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PRAYERS  


please take time to insert your own prayers and the names of those you know.


On this Palm Sunday morning when we should be shouting our ‘Hosannas’ in the streets,
may we still hold on to the knowledge that Jesus is indeed our King and Saviour

and we are calling out to Him to save us now.

Let us remember how often in the past we have been distracted in mind and spirit by so many small concerns. In this season of need and lament, let us first thank our Father that He always hears our prayers, whether faint and unfocused or from the deepest cries of our hearts.  

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


We thank You Lord that as well as always being able to speak to You,

we also have many ways of keeping in contact with each other.  

Praise You for all the blessings we are discovering in these days.

(Take time to praise God)


Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


We pray for those who lead our church, nationally and locally.  
Thank you for their trust in You, for their understanding of new technology,
for their unselfish willingness to continue to take funerals and minister to their congregations.
 

(Please name any known to you).

 

As we approach Holy Week and Easter
we pray that the message of the Cross and the Resurrection
may burst upon the world afresh despite the closure of the church buildings.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


We pray for our government and local council leaders.  
We ask Father for a spirit of truthfulness and compassion to overrule any political machinations.  
We ask for your protection over the health of all those in leadership around the world,
giving thanks for the recovery of the Prince of Wales
and asking for Your healing hand to be upon our Prime Minister.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Father we bring before You all those working on the front line at this time,
for doctors and nurses, paramedics and laboratory technicians.  
We also remember the teachers and other staff working in schools
and all those delivery drivers, shop assistants, postal workers, public transport drivers
and local neighbourhood volunteers who are constantly in contact with possible carriers.  
Please protect them by Your mighty power.
 

(Please name those known to you)


Dear Father we thank You for the willingness to serve others shown by so many at this time.  

May we be spurred on ever to be better neighbours to others.

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Father our hearts are heavy for those who are already ill with this virus,

for those who have lost loved ones and those who are frightened for family and friends.  

We confess that we too are afraid for ourselves and for those we love.  

We remember too that there are so many around the world with the same fears

and far less opportunity for health care or protection.  

Please dear Father have mercy on us, on those who are weak and afraid,

on those who are ill and dying.  

In our own community we remember especially the family of Chris Johnson.

(Please name any others known to you)


Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you

He will never leave us nor forsake us.


Finally a prayer for ourselves:

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

remember those children who will go hungry with no school meals.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those with no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other

let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbour.

And whatever God teaches us through this season, may we never forget

Through Jesus Christ our Saviour, whose arms of love embrace us all.

Amen. 


Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers

For the sake of your son, our Saviour

Jesus Christ

Amen


We end our prayers with the Lord’s Prayer

Let’s pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom

under the rule of Jesus, His King;

in our lives,
in Ledbury,

in our country  
and in the world in general

saying together:


Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,

the power and the glory
are Yours now and for ever.  

Amen.


Sunday Service Prayers