Father of grace and mercy who hears all prayers, we off you this prayer, through Your Son Jesus Christ, whom you allowed to be sacrificed for us. Hear us as we pray for your world, Your church, for ourselves and for all your people.
Father God, you gave us a perfect world and we can only guess how you must feel about the way we treat it and each other. What was perfect we have defiled and yet Your love, grace and blessing are freely given to all who accept Your Son as Lord.
We thank You for the blessing of peace we enjoy here in the west. We look and listen with compassion to the news reports of places where some people choose not to accept that blessing, bringing conflict and death to places like Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and places we here little about in the news in our homeland.
In the places where there is violence we pray for everyone affected and especially for the innocents caught up in conflict not of their own choosing.
We pray for our government, who made a decision to send the Royal Air Force to strike against the Islamic State militants in Iraq.
We recognise the difficulty of that decision which few of us, if any ,would wish to make. We pray that none of our own servicemen and women or those of our allies are hurt or killed. We pray too that ultimately the decision to send our military results in less casualties and death than if the action of the Islamic State remains unchecked.
Father Son and Spirit, whose light clears away all clouds. We take refuge in you, King of Men, God of all and Lord of Angels. We pray that you dispel the mist of illusion from hearts and nations and lift their lives by Your sufficient power upon them, Your limitless love, Your ever shining light, Your everlasting life and Your heavenly joy and perfect peace.
We pray especially for the family of Alan Hemmings, coping with their grief for the aid worker who was beheaded by ISIS, whose only aim in the middle east was to help and bring aid; he posed no threat.
Lord and Father we pray for the people of Liberia, suffering from the ebola virus that is killing so many people. Give your comfort to those who suffer and your strength to sustain the medical staff and personnel trying to treat the infected and protect the healthy and stop the disease spreading. Again we give thanks and prayer for our military men and women, providing medical aid and assistance in this crisis.
God and Father, You created a world of beauty and grandeur and of challenges and risks. We pray for all whose faith in You puts them at risk, where they are not free to live openly in the Christian faith. Those of us that are free to express our faith give You thanks and praise and ask for your support as we face the challenges of living that faith and spreading Your word.
We thank You for the churches of our own parishes and around the world and we welcome those joining, coming as children into your family with Your Son, Jesus as brother. Spirit of the Father, who hovered as a dove over the waters at Jesus Baptism, spread Your wings of love over all your family as they grow in age, in stature and in faith.
Creator and giver of life, we call to mind in prayer and before You the hurt and unwell, whether or not they are know to us. We ask that You comfort and strengthen them each according to his or her need.
Through Your grace we have the ability to mend and cure many hurts and ills but sometimes Lord, we need reminding that true healing comes only from you. In Jesus Christ our Saviour we are reminded that death can bring healing, bringing an end to pain and suffering.
Heavenly father we take a few moments of reflection and silence to lay before you the cares and concerns, each of us of our own hearts.
Living Lord who called us to be the stewards of this world, You share with us Your sacrifice, Your love, Your life and Your forgiveness. Help us on our journey of faith to live by Your grace to always travel nearer to you.
Accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour,