prayer (Belfast)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on September 21st, 2003

After the thanksgiving and intercession, we will close with the prayer of Jesus, the modern version, on the back of Rejoice and Sing. Now let us pray.

1.
Lord,
our sustainer,
healer,
and comforter,
thank you for this beautiful autumn,
for the maple trees and apple trees.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

2.
We thank you
for those who keep the utilities running,
for those who take away our rubbish,
for those who deliver our post and email,
for those who build and maintain our roads,
for those who run our buses and trains,
for those who grow and harvest our food,
for those who keep us informed and those who entertain us,
and for those who take care of our health.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3.
We thank you
for the police officers,
for the government ministers and civil servants,
for all the political parties,
and for all those who serve us and minister to us.
Help us to know how we can serve them and minister to them.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4.
God, we pray for the international institutions, in particular
the European Union
(we pray for the member state and the applicant countries),
the Commonwealth,
and Nato.
Lord, help each of us to participate fully in the democratic process.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5.
Lord, we pray for the Church,
which is very different from all the worldly organizations,
and in which we find the sweet fellowship
with sisters and brothers in Christ,
near and far,
those who went before us,
those who are here with us now,
and those who are to come.
For this we thank you.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6.
We thank you for those who strive to make peace and keep peace,
each in their own way.
Lord, guide them;
Christ, teach them;
Lord, inspire them.
Help them to find your way to Peace.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7.
We pray
for all those who work,
for the retired,
for the unemployed,
for those who have better things to do than work,
for those who feel underappreciated for their work.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

8.
We pray for the students, each of them —
especially the new students coming to university,
wherever they are now;
Help us to know how to reach out to them.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

9.
Lord, remind us what you want us to do —
not just on Sunday mornings,
but also on Wednesday afternoons,
and Saturday nights.
Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

And now we close with the prayer of Jesus.

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