The 5th Sunday of Lent.
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Living God, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to proclaim Your word to all mankind. Thank You for His teaching of peace, compassion and justice, as we seek to learn His ways. May our lives influence those who have not heard Your message until Your Kingdom reigns over everyone.
Thank You for the enthusiasm in Lent initiatives and guiding us through the Lenten season. Give us the opportunities to put into practice what we have learned.
God of hope and unfailing love, cleanse us and let us find the joy and gladness you offer. Show us how to be pure in heart, serving our community as Jesus served all mankind.
We pray for people going through dark times. For those in places of conflict. For people struggling to feed their families an who have suffered rejection, feeling discarded or disposable.
We pray for staff of toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us as it closes. Help former staff find new work or training. Enable them to support themselves and their dependants.
Father God give wisdom to the leaders of the world’s nations. Encourage moderation by our Prime Minister and the Russian leadership, to lower the tension between Great Britain and Russia caused by the attempted killing of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia.
We pray for those recently departed this Earth, to stand in your presence. Gentle God who gave the gift of life, give them peace in Your kingdom. Comfort those who grieve, knowing that their loved ones are with You. Be with them in their sorrow and pain.
We bring before you the friends and family of scientist Stephen Hawking. May they know he is healed and whole in your presence. We mourn his loss to science and pray for his legacy to inspire people to continue exploring the mysteries and wonders of the universe You made.
Loving Father we bring to You the hurt in body, mind or spirit. Be with the unwell and injured and frightened. Reassure them that by the creative ability You gave to our medics many will be cured, restored to health and relieved of pain. Give them courage and comfort by knowing that you are always with them throughout their suffering, and we pray especially the alone and lonely who have no one to help them.
We offer this prayer for those we know in need of Your healing, comfort or wisdom. We pray for those needing care, those who care for them and the medical staff who treat them.
Lord and Father be with us in the week to come. Help us be good tempered and considerate to all who we meet. To be cheerful when things go wrong and to act kindly to those we find it hard to like. Send Your spirit to guide us while we go about our daily lives.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.