Prayer Requests

“… I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people…”

(St Paul, 1 Timothy 2:1)

 

We would be delighted to pray for you or someone you know.  Please email the church administrator for a name to be added to our prayer list.  This list is used regularly during the intercessions at public services at St Mark’s.  It is our policy to normally leave names on the list for one month.

Where possible and appropriate, please ensure you obtain the permission of the person you are adding to the prayer list.

The current prayer list is shown on our weekly notice sheet.

 

Intercessions

Below are a selection of intercession prayers from St Mark's:

 

Intercessions based on Luke 2:22-40

Be still, and aware of God’s presence, within and all around.

We pray for all those who lead and take part in the Christian church around the world, for Archbishop Justin and Bishops Christopher and Richard, for Clive, Charles and Paula here at St Mark’s, and for the wider Christian church in this country. In particular we pray today for the new Bishop of Stockport, Rev Libby Lane, consecrated this week as the first female Bishop in the Anglican Church. We pray for Christians around the world, in particular in countries where there is persecution of Christian minorities as part of wider power struggles, and we pray for your help Lord in finding ways to understand.

We pray for the community of this church, for those who are new to this church, maybe attending today for the first time, and those who have been here for many years. We also pray for the wider St Mark’s family, those who have moved on or can’t be here, and we pray that this church will continue to be a place of ideas and inspiration wherever people are. We pray that the doubts that we all we have can be transformed to strengthen our faith.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, we thank you for the light that illumines our darkness; at Candlemas we reach the end of the beginning of that great story that has no ending, and we now begin to turn our faces towards Lent, and the time of reflection that follows from it. Help us with the passing of time to grow in wisdom and simplicity, like Simeon and Anna, through listening to your word. As we seek to be faithful followers of the essence of your message, may the whole Church submit to the fire that refines and purifies as it turns back to the single truth that you were made man, and live today in bread and wine. Grant that we may stand before you with hearts cleansed by your forgiving love.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

God, our dayspring and our dawn, we turn to you when we fear the dark and all around us weep. We pray you greet us with your shining light, that we may spread your warm embrace and kindle the hope of Christmas in all whose lives remain in shadow. Come and be our strength O Lord, our hope and our salvation.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for those damaged by the fighting in the Middle East, but also those continuing conflicts which have disappeared from the headlines, but nevertheless are overwhelming to those caught up in them. We pray for those affected by terrorist attacks in ostensibly peaceful countries, where fear is a powerful weapon. 

We pray for those who believe that their faith is the pretext for terrible acts of revenge or punishment, to the wounded and injured:

Come Lord Jesus

To the terrified who are living in shock:

Come Lord Jesus

To the hungry and homeless, refugee and exile:

Come Lord Jesus

To those bringing humanitarian aid:

Give protection Lord Jesus

To those administering medical assistance:

Give protection Lord Jesus

To those offering counsel and care:

Give protection Lord Jesus

For all making the sacrifice of love:

Give the strength of your Spirit

and the joy of your comfort.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Let us pray for charitable organizations who have to deal with the problems of now, and the people who work for them or who volunteer. Let us reflect how we can personally make a difference. This month we are praying for the Wimbledon Guild.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, understood people's fear and pain before they spoke of them, we pray for those in hospital; surround the frightened with your tenderness; give strength to those in pain; hold the weak in your arms of love, and give hope and patience to those who are recovering. We pray for those known to us who are ill or troubled, and we will have a few moments silence to think and pray for them….

Especially today we ask for prayers for…

We also remember those close to us who have died, may they rest in peace. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

At Candlemas, let us contemplate the candles we light at the back of the church in memory of loved ones:

I left my candle burning. Lit from light

Borrowed from another, it stood there witness to Christ, Light of the world.

Prayer that night would overcome darkness.

As I left, another lit a candle from my light,

Dispelling gloom with added strength.

Who knows how many joined their light to those,

Or drew fresh courage from their company;

Who knows how many took a step, drawn by the 

Light of Christ from darkness to new life?

  

Lord Christ, set us on fire.

Burn from us all that dims your light,

Kindle an answering flame in lives around;

That darkness may be driven back into this world,

Transforming it with love.

The peace of God

In our lives and our seeking

The love of God

At our end and new beginning

The arms of God to welcome us 

And bring us home.

 

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Mark and all the saints we commend ourselves and all Christian people to your unfailing love. Accept these prayers for the sake of your son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Intercessions based on Luke 24:13-35

Let us pray. We are all children of God, all on our own individual faith journeys, like the disciples on the road to Emmaus. At times, we may not recognise Christ's presence. Let us learn to be more receptive, as we walk in his light.

Our prayers this morning are based on visualising our church, right through to our precious planet.

Imagine if you will that you are standing outside St Mark's – look at it's familiar shape, the beautiful glass windows, the cross on top. Think about all it represents – the weekly worship, the daily prayers of the congregation, the different groups that meet here, the good works done.

Now try and see St Mark's as God sees it, and loves it. In stillness, let us pray for the life of our church – for our clergy, for those on our intercessions list, for our new committee members.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Imagine now if you will rising above the church, up over Wimbledon, right up over London. Look down on the whole of it and be aware of it's vibrancy – of the amazing parks and green spaces, of the River Thames, of all the wonderful architecture. Be aware of those struggling in London – the homeless, young people in gangs, the unemployed.

Now try and see London as God sees it, and loves it. In stillness, let us pray for our city – for all those trying to make a difference, for our government, for communities where there is racial tension and prejudice.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Imagine now if you will rising above London, up over the UK and zooming right out so you can see our planet and all it's glorious colours. Look down on God's creation that we have been entrusted with – on the wonderful forests, bountiful oceans and strong mountains. Be aware of those struggling to live in environments where there is poor infrastructure, where there is conflict, where there isn't enough to eat.

Now try and see our world as God sees it, and loves it. In stillness, let us pray for our world – for the work of our charity of the month, Christian Aid, for those killed in the landslide in Afghanistan, for the political tensions in Ukraine.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Finally, let us take a moment of stillness to bring our own prayers before God.

Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Be with us Lord on our road to Emmaus:
guide us on our journey and nourish us.
Open our eyes that we may see your presence - open our hearts that we may reflect your love.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.