PRAYERS & INTERCESSIONS from WALMSLEY PARISH

Thank you to everyone who volunteers to lead our intercessions.

Lovely intercessions given by Sandra Morris on Sunday, 25 February 2024

Lord we come to you today with faith and belief in your everlasting love
Hear us as we pray for the Church, for all people and the world
Hear us as we pray for: Christian leaders throughout the world and today we ask you to hear our prayers for those close to us, for the parishes in our Mission Community of Walmsley and Belmont.
In the world wide community we pray for The Anglican Church of Tanzania, for their Bishops and congregations. Lord we ask for your blessing for Elliot Jude Fairhurst, Harry Phillips and Isla Phillips who are to be christened here today.  We ask you Lord to guide and journey with their parents, families and friends.  To speak into their daily lives and live life fully with love, kindness and the knowledge of your unconditional love.
Lord, today in the Gospel we heard from Mark who recounts what we know would have been a very difficult and challenging message to hear and accept.  To be told of the hardships, rejection and outcome that awaited Jesus is not a message the disciples wanted to hear, but you know that your Son had to prepare the way for what was going to happen.  Lord, your message through your son cannot be ignored and Jesus was very clear and unambiguous.  You wanted all to know what following you means, what we have to do, what we have to give up and what we will receive.  This message is in no way any easier to hear today, than it was when your Son Jesus Christ told his disciples.  The message remains relevant and is still one that is not easily received and fully understood.
Lord we ask you to speak to us, to help us understand and not be ashamed of who we are and what we believe in.
LORD, IN YOUR MERCY HEAR OUR PRAYER  
Father God, we pray to you most weeks about wars, violence, intolerance, hatred and man’s inhumanity to man.  We pray to you to speak into the hearts and minds of people who believe that violence is the only way to live; we pray to you that people who are caught up in such desperate situations, can see some light and a way forward.  Lord, we pray to you that your wonderful world can be a peaceful world.  Lord, help us to be tolerant, to accept people, to understand that differences are to be celebrated.  You have made us all different, unique, individuals.  Please help us all to know this, to understand this, to accept this; to be aware of how we form opinions and judgements.  Lord, we need you to work with us to widen our hearts and accept people where they are.
Bless and guide Charles our King: Give wisdom to all In authority; direct this and every nation In the ways of Justice and of peace, that we may honour one another and seek the common good.
LORD, IN YOUR MERCY HEAR OUR PRAYER  
Hear us as we pray for: the priests, ministers and congregations in our local churches of other denominations.  We pray for charities who support others such as Lions, Rotary and Bolton Hospice who provide local palliative care.  We continue to pray for all those known to us who serve in the Armed Forces at home and abroad, who work in the NHS and our local health services.
We pray for the sick and those who suffer, giving thanks for those who serve and relieve them and those without faith.
Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind or Spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the Joy of Your salvation.
LORD, IN YOUR MERCY HEAR OUR PRAYER  
Hear us as we pray for those who have died In the faith of Christ, remembering especially this week our Team Rector, Canon Peter Reiss, who died peacefully on Thursday 22 February after a long illness.
And we pray for those from the Book of Remembrance
According to your promises, grant us, with them, a share In Your eternal Kingdom
LORD, IN YOUR MERCY HEAR OUR PRAYER  
Rejoicing In the fellowship of all Your saints, we commend ourselves and all the human family to Your unfailing love.
MERCIFUL FATHER, ACCEPT THESE PRAYERS FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SON, OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

 

Heartfelt intercessions given by Alison Bolton at Christ Church Walmsley morning service on Sunday 11 February:

We pray for the Church of God throughout the world, that it may be a beacon of light and hope. We ask for unity, wisdom, and the strength to carry out Christ’s mission. We ask for your blessing today on the leaders and congregations in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and in our mission community for St Paul’s Astley Bridge and the Antioch Network. This morning we pray for Amelia Jayne and Ava May Reynolds who will be baptised here later today. We pray for their lives ahead as they start their relationship with you that through good times and challenges they would grow to know your love and strength in their lives. 
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
We give thanks for the gift of creation and the beauty of the natural world. In these winter months, we thank you for nature’s signs that spring is on the way and the hope that this brings. When it’s pouring with rain, help us to be observant and notice the first spring flowers and the lighter evenings and remember that the beauty of your creation is a reflection of your love for us. 
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
We pray for peace in the areas of the world where there is currently conflict. We pray for leaders of all nations that they would strive for harmony and peace above politics. This morning we pray especially for the King and ask for your healing hand to be upon him and, as he lives so much of his life in the spot light, we pray that he would be able to rest and know your presence with him. We give thanks for all those who work in medicine and healthcare and the scientists who strive for cures and better treatments.  
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
We pray for our local community and give thanks for the relative privilege of our lives. We thank you for our Parish Hall. We are grateful to have this facility and for such a wide range of activities that can take place because we have this space. We also bring before you the staff and volunteers at Urban Outreach and Fort Alice and the individuals and families who they support. We pray for the ongoing fundraising and resources that all these organisations need to keep providing their valuable services.   
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
We remember in our prayers those who suffer in mind, body, or spirit. Grant them healing, comfort, and the knowledge of your presence. We bring before you today those for whom prayers have been requested. 
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
We remember those who have recently died including Cecilia Hill, Harry Rimmer, Helen Shipperbottom, Ruth Jolley and all those who grieve for loved ones. We pray also for those from our Book of Remembrance.
 Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
 
Finally, we thank you for each other. For our families and friends. Our work colleagues, fellow volunteers and carers. Helps us to be watchful this week for those who need a listening ear or an arm around them and to show love, understanding and patience to all those we come into contact with. 
 
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Beautiful Intercessions given by Kath Grieve at the mid-week Communion Service on Wednesday 17 January 2024

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky has gone,
When the wise men have returned home
And the shepherds are back with their flocks,
Then the work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost; to heal the broken in spirit; to feed the hungry;
To release the oppressed and rebuild the nations;
To bring peace among all peoples
And to radiate the light of Christ every day in all that we say and do.
Then the work of Christmas begins.
Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Shepherd God, who protects the flock and searches tirelessly for those who wander from your fold, we pray that they will hear your voice calling them and will find their way into your loving presence. Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Loving God, wrap your loving arms around those who are in pain, broken-hearted, depressed or grieving. We think especially of the family of Reverend Peter Reiss at this difficult time; fill their hearts with your comfort, peace and love.
    Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Faithful God, we pray for everyone who will not have enough food to eat today: those we strive to help in our own community and those far away. We pray for all the aid agencies around the world seeking to bring relief to many millions of people, that they will receive the funds they need to continue this work.
    Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Almighty God, who created all the people of the world in your own image, help us to see your face in every person we meet. We pray for all who are persecuted and for those who are oppressing them, that they will see your face in theirs and be transformed. Help us to use our freedom to work for justice throughout the world.
    Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Merciful God, we pray for those countries that are being torn apart by war.
We bring before you: Ukraine, Russia, Palestine, Israel and all the Middle East.
We continue to pray for peace in our world and for those involved in the process of reconciliation and bridge building between peoples, cultures or nations.
We pray that one day all may be free from war.
     Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
When our lives feel chaotic and desolate because of illness or other problems, help us to hear your Holy Word, for by that Word, your Son Jesus healed the sick.
We remember all those for whom our prayers have been requested…
In a few moments of quiet, we remember them and any known personally who need prayer today. Help them to put their trust in their Heavenly Father and – in the case of illness – in the knowledge and skill of the medical staff who are treating them.
    Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Loving God, we pray for those saddened by the death of someone close and dear to them.
    Lord in your mercyHear our prayer
Gracious God, help us to be more aware of your presence and may we learn to trust in you more in all that we do.
 
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

 

These beautiful prayers were given by Karen Sudworth at the 9.30am Morning Worship celebrating CHRIST THE KING and STIR UP SUNDAY . 

Intercessions for Christ the King, 26th November 2023

We pray to our Everlasting God, through our Saviour Jesus, who is both Christ the King and the Son of Man and who understands our needs and the needs of this world.

Holy God, we raise before you your church here in Egerton, of which your Son is King. We pray that you will draw us together and unite us in the love of Christ, that we may proclaim with one voice your justice and righteousness in a broken world.

In our Mission Community we pray for the parishes of Walmsley & Belmont and for Eloise Johnson & Stanley Sankey to be baptised today.

In the world-wide church, we pray for The Anglican Communion of the Church of Nigeria.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for your world, of which your Son is King. We pray for peace, reconciliation, and healing in the places of war, hatred, and terrorism. We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine, Russia, Gaza, and Israel.

We pray that the nations of this world may be united and subject to the rule of Christ the King, through whom and for whom all things were created.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Father God, we pray for our communities here in Bolton, of which your Son is King. We pray for the communities of our friends and families, our church and our places of work and study. Help us to know the people around us to be our brothers and sisters in Christ, and to serve them as He would serve them.

We also pray for the priests, ministers, and congregations in our local churches of other denominations, charities who support others such as the Lions, Rotary and Bolton Hospice.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Loving God, we pray for all those who suffer.  We pray that they will know the presence of your Son alongside them and the power of Christ the King within them, bringing peace and healing with help and encouragement for those caring for them at this time of need.

We particularly pray this morning for all those known to us:

  • Kathryn Browning;
  • Sheila Fairclough;
  • David Lord;
  • John Lewer;
  • Yvonne Ashmore;
  • Chris Foster;
  • Reuben Baker;
  • John Wallington;
  • Jennie Webster;
  • Bill Hardman;
  • Paul Atherton;
  • Marlene Holt;
  • Heather Lloyd;
  • Kath Rushton;
  • Rev Peter Reiss.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Merciful God, we raise before you all who have died and who are now with your Son the king.  We pray for those who have recently died and for their resurrection into the kingdom of God, and for those whose anniversary falls at this time. In a moment of silence, we pray for those known to us personally who are now no longer with us.

Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we give thanks to you for all that you do in our lives.  As the church year comes to an end, we commend to you all those for whom we have prayed throughout the year and ask that you continue to use us and our prayers to make a difference in their lives.

Merciful Father: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen