Edited prayer, missed from Sunday 5th June 2016.
Eternal Father, creator of us all, who sent your son amongst us to be the Servant King who showed the way to freedom, help us to become His servants and find the true freedom He offers to all who have faith. Father Hear this prayer that we offer in Jesus name.
We pray for all who are not free, whether their captivity is physical, mental or of the spirit. May national and international leaders work for justice, peace and freedom where there is oppression, intolerance and dictatorship.
We pray Queen Elizabeth II, and remember her quoting her earthly father:
I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me light that I may tread safely in to the unknown” and he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light , and safer than a known way.”
Let us follow our Queen Elizabeth II’s example, and each of us place our hand into God’s hand.
God of water, Lord of life, we pray for all being baptised today. We welcome them into Your holy family. Bless them and guide them now and throughout their lives that they may thrive.
May we who are Baptised be renewed in our baptismal promises in a spirit of love and trust.
Gracious God, we pray to You to lay your healing touch upon the unwell, the hurt and the injured, whether in mind, body or spirit. Let your healing power flow into them and fill them with renewed life and strength.
May the light of God surround them,
may Your presence enfold them,
and may Your power heal them.
Glorious and gracious Father, as we leave this place, let my ears hear you, let my eyes see You and my heart perceive you and as we feel your presence,
may we dream Your dreams, reflect Your love, do your work and may we taste your peace.
Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our saviour, Jesus Christ.