Prayers of thanksgiving and intercession

posted by Kaihsu Tai on November 23rd, 2003

1.
God,
our sustainer,
healer,
and comforter,
thank you for giving us
the gift of life
and the gift of time.

Thank you for giving us winter,
when we are most aware of our individuality;
when we remember how we are responsible for ourselves
and how we should take care of one another.

Thank you for giving us winter,
when we crave for the warm places
and the company of close friends;
when we remember friends afar
and want to get in touch with them again.

Help our immune systems in this season —
help us to care for ourselves and for one another,
so we may be strong to do your work.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

2.
God, thank you for giving us this
beautiful and ancient city of Oxford,
where we go to schools and universities,
where we meet our friends and make new friends.
Thank you for the streets and for the countryside.

Remind us that
we are meant to be your saints;
we are to look forward to your city; and
we are to work for your kingdom.

God, we remember the scholars and students —
free them from any restraints that keep them from the truth.
May they be closer to you as they find things out.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

3.
God, we pray for all the places where we have friends,
where we marked with stars on the map.

We especially pray for our neighbours in Wolvercote
and those in Northern Ireland too,
as they approach the upcoming elections.
Give each of them wisdom and understanding
as they go to the ballot box.

We also think of the places in the news this week:
Turkey, Iraq, and Georgia —
we don’t always understand what is going on.
Help us, Lord, help us.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

4.
Lord, thank you for giving us
the freedom to travel,
that we may understand the world, your creation,
and the people in it.

God, we remember those who cannot travel freely,
those who fear travelling for one reason or another,
those who will never see their names on a plane ticket,
those who are forced to leave their homes, families and friends,
and those amongst us who need our hospitality.

We also remember those who are travelling at the moment:
Lord, keep them safe.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

5.
Lord,
whenever we flip a switch,
whenever we lick a stamp,
whenever we eat and drink,
whenever we go shopping,
help us to remember
how we are connected to you
how we are connected to everybody on this planet.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

6.
Lord, help us to work for a world
where no parents will say
‘I don’t have enough time to spend with my children;
‘I don’t have enough money to bring up my children;
‘I can’t get enough help to care for my children;
‘there is nowhere safe for my children to play.’

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

7.
May what we do be worship to you;
may what we say be prayer to you;
may our rest be thanksgiving to you;
may what we care be intercession to you.

Lord, in your mercy, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

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