Intercessions

Angel Intercessions — Ana Gobledale, UK

‘Do not be afraid’ — words of the angels Prayers of Intercession This was originally written for a worship service marking the opening of a week-long Angel Festival. It might be used during Advent, particularly at a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service. The word ‘angel’ is not always popular, or sometimes over-popular!  How can […]

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Prayers of the People — United Church of Christ, USA

Prayer items are listed before the prayer starts, bringing the news of God’s gathered people into the light.  This allows time for the experience of surprise and concern to arise in the hearts and minds of all, and a time of resettling as the congregation continues with the prayers.  This family news is shared in […]

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God of righteous anger, a prayer — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

This prayer has been written in response to the cover-up of sexual abuse revealed within the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania USA.  Items italicized might need to be updated to be more relevant to today’s worship. God of righteous anger and holy healing, We pray for our world For Ireland and Pennsylvania and Roman Catholics […]

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Prayer for our world — Ana Gobledale

Living, loving God, thank you for the world around us, your splendid garden creation entrusted into our hands. Please grant us the wisdom to be faithful stewards of your earth: • Keeping air and water clean • Being mindful of energy consumption • Growing foods to share with all your people, our sisters and brothers […]

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Prayers arising from Amos 7 — Ana Gobledale, UK

God of the prophets, we lift our prayers to you. Prayers of intercession for Eighth Sunday of Pentecost, Year B Amos 7:7-15 Ready-to-print copy:  PDF Prayers of Intercession – Amos 7,7-15 WORD Prayers of Intercession – Amos 7,7-15 A different responsive line might be chosen, e.g. God of the prophets, we lift our prayers to […]

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Prayers for 1 July, Pentecost 6, Year B — Ana Gobledale, UK

Prayers for our World (Intercession) In response to Mark 5:21-43 We turn to God, reaching out through our prayers of intercession, lifting up those near and far, known and stranger, trusting that even if our entreaties but touch the hem of the divine garment, they will be heard. Pray with me. God, thank you for […]

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Refugee Prayer, Ruth 1 — Nicola Robinson, UK

Ruth 1: 1 – 5 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land …. Hospitable God, who teaches us to welcome the stranger; we pray for all refugees and immigrants: those who have been displaced through famine, those who have been displaced through climate change, those who have been […]

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Reconciling prayers of intercession for Reformation Sunday — UK

God of Grace, shepherd us Reconciling Prayer for Reformation Sunday – WORD Reconciling Prayer for Reformation Sunday – PDF Using a sung or spoken response:  Shep-herd us, O God, beyond our wants, be-yond our fears, from death in-to life. Click here for music.        God of grace, shepherd us.                    Sung/spoken response:  Shepherd us, O God, […]

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Prayers for Today — Caren Clarke, UK

Originally written for the fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A (2020)   Eternal One, we thank you for this opportunity to worship together. Please help everyone here today, to learn something new about you…   We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love, so that we […]

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Prayer response to violence, 1 John 4:20

Adapted from a prayer written by Revd Terri Hord Owens, USA, originally forged in response to peaceful demonstrations and violent response in Charlottesville, North Carolina USA. God of Love, our hearts break at the violence in our world, the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of […]

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Prayer for Healing Service — Tod Gobledale, Australia

Originally written for an Order of St. Luke Healing Service in Melbourne, Australia Gracious God, loving parent, you watch over us like a mother with her children.  You have created a world for us with a richness, a beauty beyond description.  As another spring blossoms around us, we are awed again by the splendour of the […]

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Prayers of Intercession — Caren Clarke, UK

Eternal One, thank you for this opportunity to worship together. Please help everyone here today, to learn something new about you… We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone’s heart to be filled with love, so that we can all live together in harmony, whatever our differences are. We pray especially for refugees […]

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Prayer of Intercession for Father’s Day

Mother Father God, creator and sustainer, we thank you for nurturing us like a mother. We praise you that your care and protection surround us like a father. On this Fathering Sunday, we remember all the people who have nurtured us, especially the important men in our lives, those who have seen, not just with […]

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Prayer following a bombing — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Holy God, Today we pray for the people of (area effected by bombings)… For parents whose children will never return, For children, youth and young adults whose safe world has been shattered, For first responders who arrived on the scene To care for the injured, the traumatised, the deceased. Gracious God, We give thanks for courage and […]

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Easter season intercessions — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Individual candles may be distributed to be used at the close of the prayer. Hope of all hopes, God of new life, of resurrection, we come before you this Easter season, our hearts rejoicing in you.  And yet, despite our joy and hope, we feel the darkness around us.  God, may we know your healing […]

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Breath of Life, hear our prayer: intercessions (Lent 5 Year A)

Prayers of Intercession arising from  Ezekiel 37:1–14  Valley of dry bones John 11:1-45        Resurrection of Lazarus Click here for a ready-to-print Word document:  Breath of Life – Prayers of Intercession, Lent 5 Year A   Join me in a moment of silence to reflect on those things in your life that feel […]

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Prayer for London — Moderators of General Assembly, UK

The moderators of General Assembly (United Reformed Church in Great Britain), Alan Yates and Kevin Watson, offer a prayer for us all, in the aftermath of the attack on Westminster , London, Wednesday 22 March 2017. A prayer for the worldGod of the world, Our hearts go out to all those directly or indirectly affected by the […]

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Good Shepherd, Guide us in love — Ana Gobledale, UK

Prayers for our world — inspired by Psalm 23 Let us turn our mind and thoughts to others. We will lift up prayers for our world, our nation, our community and our church, responding with the phrase: Good Shepherd,  Guide us in love. Pray with me. . Good Shepherd, we hear the cries and joys […]

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Litany of Hope for Earth Day — Eco-Justice Ministries, USA

This litany was first used at an ecumenical Earth Day service in Denver, Colorado USA, sponsored by Eco-Justice Ministries and the Colorado Council of Churches. Biblical references include:  Lamentations 1:20 (Holy Week), Psalms 5:1 (Sixth Sunday of Pentecost, Year C), Psalms 31:14-15 (Holy Week), 25, Psalms 71:14 (Holy Week), Romans 15:13 (Second Sunday of Advent, Year A) We have […]

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Intercessory prayers — adapted from Christian Aid resource, UK

This multi-voice responsive prayer might incorporate groups of readers or individual voices.  Group/Voice 1 states the facts about the suffering in our world.  Group/Voice 2 lifts up those taking action to improve the situation and change the world.  Group/Voice 3 voices a prayer request.   Leader:  Through our faith, we reach out to God, interceding […]

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Street Pastor Song — David Ouston, UK

Written by David while he served as Co-ordinator for the Isle of Wight Street Pastors, this song was inspired by an interaction with a young man on the streets of Ryde. This video recording might be played as an integral part of a worship service.

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I cannot…, a Prayer of Intercession — Lawrence Moore, UK

At the end of each section, pause to allow participants time to reflect and fill in the names of places and people as appropriate, silently or aloud, as appropriate for the group. I cannot take bread and forget those who are hungry…. I cannot take wine and forget those who thirst for justice…. I cannot […]

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Epiphany Prayers of Intercession — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Loving God, We gather as your people this morning Seeking your presence, your comfort and your love. In this Epiphany Season of light Shine your light upon us – Into the recesses of our spirits, Those places where we experience anxiety, depression, fear and despair. This morning, we lift up in particular all among us […]

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Spirit of Unity, hear our prayer — Ana Gobledale, UK

A prayer for our church, community and world, originally written for Trinity Sunday     Spirit of Unity,    hear our prayer. We pray for your Church in all its many forms and manifestations: for the churches in our neighbourhood; For [church name], [church name] and our own church, [church name], We pray for those […]

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Prayers to help counter fear — Worship Ways, USA

Perfect love casts out fear.  — 1 John 4:18 Pastoral Prayer Holy One, We live in fearful times. Suicide bombers, terrorists, climate change, economic crises— these are overwhelming realities. Hold us in our fears. Sometimes candidates in elections may prey on these fears. They paint pictures of disaster—especially if we vote for their opponents. Help […]

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Prayers of the people — Jo Clifford, UK

Written for Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost, Year C Note: There’s an invitation for all to say the line in bold. The prompt is always “Amma”.   Abba You are our mother and our father And we try to believe you love us Abba, Amma, Remind us we are not alone Abba We don’t always seem to […]

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Lenten Prayer (Lent 4, Year A)– Lynne Roberts, Australia

For the fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A Prayer for Lent 4 ready- print Gracious God, loving shepherd, friend and constant companion we thank you for the stillness of your presence that restores our souls. We acknowledge your comfort and guidance in the hard places and tough decisions of life. We express our gratitude for […]

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Prayers of Intercession, Pentecost 17 — Ana Gobledale, UK

for Pentecost 17, Year C As people of faith, we accept our interconnectedness with all people, and all creation.  And so we unite our hearts in prayer for those in need.  Let us draw near to the divine and to one another through our prayers of intercession.  There is a responsive line at the end […]

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Prayer of Intercession — Lynne Roberts, Australia

God of grace and compassion Our hearts are full of gratitude as we think of the many blessings in our lives: the gift of faith to believe in you, the love of family and friends, for shelter, clean water and plentiful food, for access to education and health care, for the freedom and speech and […]

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Father’s Day Prayer of Mourning (Luke 15)

While written in response to a specific event, these prayers are easily altered to be applicable today. These prayers were originally written in memory and honour of Jo Cox, Member of Parliament, UK, murdered at her surgery, and her surviving husband, Brenden.  Jo was assassinated primarily for her supportive stand on LGBTQ rights.  Jo was killed the […]

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Come, shine in the darkness — Cara Heafey, UK (John 1:5)

God, you are not distant from us You came to us in vulnerability You offered yourself as a gift of love. We pray today for those who are in the midst of darkness The darkness of poverty The darkness of loneliness The darkness of grief The darkness of despair Wherever shadows threaten to overwhelm Wherever […]

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Prayer for empathy, vulnerability and curiosity — Australia

Our God We pray for Empathy – seeking to understand: ideas, people, situations, ourselves, our faith, our hopes, seeking, exploring the why of life, the why of who we are. seeking because we know that only by seeking, do we go beyond ourselves, to where answers reside, answers that we had never considered. And we […]

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