Lord’s Prayer Prayers.

 

 

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name………….

O God of love, Creator of all that is, Ground of our Being, we praise you for all that we have been given: our lives, our loving relationships, our beautiful world and the vision of heaven you showed us through the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

 

Help us to know that you are close to us in times of joy and in times of trouble, that heaven is not far away but around us and within us. Help us in this congregation, and in all your Church, to share your heavenly presence with those we meet, through worship, through prayer, through loving service, and through action for peace and justice, and so draw all people into community with you.

 

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven……….

God, your kingship is not like any earthly king’s, for you come among us as one who serves. Help us to serve you and each other as Christ taught us to. Teach us to keep your kingdom values in the forefront of our minds when we vote, when we read our newspapers and when we express our opinions on political and social matters. May we put our own interests to one side, and consider what will help to build your heavenly kingdom on earth.

 

We pray for the values of your kingdom to inspire not only us, but also the leaders of the nations, and our local communities, especially those recently elected to serve on local councils and as mayors and police commissioners. Through people like them and people like us, may

 

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 

Give us this day our daily bread…………….

Give us each day what we need, and teach us to limit what we demand to what we really need. Help us to live more simply, that others may have their basic needs met.

 

We pray for those who work to meet the basic needs of your people, in this country and overseas. For aid agencies, food banks, credit unions, and those who campaign for freedom, peace, equality and justice.

 

We pray for those who meet the daily needs of people for health, for peace of mind, housing and companionship. May they know they are working to bring in your kingdom. In a moment of silence we pray for those we know are in need, especially those who are named on our notice sheet:…….. Teach us to share in the work of providing for everyone.

 

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 

 

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us………

Loving God, through Jesus we know we are loved and forgiven, no matter who we are or what we may have done. Help us to receive that forgiveness, and so be ready to forgive and accept others who have hurt and wronged us. Help us to admit when we are wrong, as individuals, as communities, as countries, and help us to rebuild relationships which have gone wrong. Teach us not to hang on to the hurts of the past, but to transform them into openings for new life

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil……….

God of justice, sometimes it is hard to do your will, and we encounter opposition or indifference. Help us to persevere, and not give in to the temptation to take the easy way and follow the crowd. Give us the courage to keep faith when things are difficult, and strengthen us with your love. Be with those who face persecution, loss of employment, estrangement from families and even death for the sake of your kingdom, especially in parts of Africa, the Middle East, China and the Indian sub-continent.

 

Bidding: Thy Kingdom Come

Response: Thy will be done

 

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory………….

Lord, we thank you for the people of the past who have lived your kingdom values, revealed the power of your love and the glory of heaven on earth. We thank you especially for those we love but see no longer; for those who guided us on the path of faith; and for your saints, particularly Mother Julian of Norwich, whose feast day we celebrate today.

Like her, may we know ourselves enfolded in your love, and keep the faith that all will be well,

for ever and ever.   Amen.

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