Prayers for the week commencing Sunday 18th April 2021

Servicing the Bald Hills and nearby Communities

Prayers for the week commencing Sunday 18th April 2021

Prayer of Praise  (from Psalm 16) 

Almighty God, your presence fills me with joy and gives me pleasure always.  You are my Lord, it is only to you that I offer my praise and worship.

I put my trust in you for the deliverance from my sin, because I cannot remove it by myself.  I put my trust in you for protection from the attacks from Satan and his demons, because it is only through Jesus Christ that the powers of darkness were defeated.  I put my trust in you for sustaining me every day, for all the good things I have come from you.  How wonderful are your gifts to me.

Almighty God, I acknowledge that my future is in your hands.  I praise you because you guide my thoughts and show me the path that leads to life. 

My conscience, which you gave to me on the day that I was born, warns me of the consequences of hasty decisions and of unwise acts.  The light of your presence reveals what is good, and true, and pure.  Your written Word displays your righteous thoughts and reveals to us the right way to live together in harmony and for the benefit of all.

Almighty God, I offer to you all that I am and all that I have.  I offer to you my adoration for who and what you are.  I offer to you my appreciation for the security of life here and for life to come.  I offer to you my heartfelt thanks for being there for me. 

Almighty God, my words cannot express all the gratitude in my heart towards you.  May my life be lived in accordance with your Will, may my thoughts and actions reflect your love and grace towards all people.  To your glory and honour we pray.  Amen.

Prayer of Confession  (from Psalm 17 and 16: 4) 

Merciful God, you know me, you have judged my actions and my character,

You have examined me completely and have found me wanting.

You have found evil desires abiding within my heart,

Merciful God, forgive my sin.

You have heard me speak evil of others.

Merciful God, forgive my sin.

You have seen that I have not always obeyed you call to come and to follow.

Merciful God, forgive my sin.

You have seen that I often stray from your path in life.

Merciful God, forgive my sin.

You have seen that I often rush to the gods of this age and the gods of the world.

Merciful God, forgive my sin.

Merciful God, you are the one who remains faithful, you are the one who is merciful and kind in spite of our neglect and wilfulness.  Look upon us with your grace, for only in you is there hope for our lives and hope for our future.

Rid me of my sins.  Renew my life.  Refresh my soul.  Restore me to a right relationship with you.  Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness 

The Apostle John declared; “Christ appeared in order to take away our sins.  Having confessed our sins before God, and trusting in this promise, let us be assured that Christ has indeed, taken away our sins and cleansed us in God’s sight.

Thanks be to God.

Prayers for Others

Let us come before God with our cares and our concerns.

Loving God, we pray for the Church, that the Spirit will open our minds to understand the Scriptures and empower us to share the message of your love and forgiveness with all whom we encounter.

We pray for the grace of forgiveness, that we will be open to your free and generous forgiveness, and strive to forgive others as we have been forgiven.

We pray for the gift of faith, that we will depend more fully on you in every aspect of our lives and grow in our confidence that you who will never abandon us.

We pray for all who are broken and wounded in mind and soul, that they may find healing and wholeness in Christ and that you will help them to regain purpose and fulfillment in life.

We pray for all who feel bound and constricted by their past, that you will heal and free them so that they may live life fully.

We pray for the members of our levels of government, that you will guide their deliberations and help them find ways to act upon the critical issues confronting our nation.

We pray for healing of the wounds of racism and prejudice: that you will help us to recognize the dignity of each person and work to heal the wounds and divisions that exist.

We pray for refugees and immigrants, that you will lead them to find communities for support and opportunities to use their talents for the good of others.

We pray for a spirit of stewardship, that we may make wise use of the resources of the earth and protect the soil, air, and water for future generations.

We pray for an end to the pandemic, that your healing love will restore the sick to health, make the vaccines effective, and curtail the spread of the virus.

We pray for an end to the development and proliferation of weapons that can destroy Humanity, that you will free Nations from fear and inspire them to promote education and development opportunities for their people. – Copyright © 2021. Joe Milner. All rights reserved.<br> Permission is hereby granted to reproduce for personal or parish use.

We pray for Kylie Conomos, that she will be renewed in energy and enthusiasm so as to face the tasks and challenges of the coming school term.  May she receive the support needed from the school so that she can identify areas of need in which she can play a role.

We give you praise for those who have dedicated their time and talents to the leading of Religious Instruction classes at Bald Hills State School.  May they find a blessing in interacting with the children and the challenge in finding the means of introducing the good news of the Gospel into their lives.

We pray for the ongoing life of our Congregation.  Please guide those in the Presbytery Office in the choosing of a replacement Minister of the Word for us.  Please inspire us as we seek to be a witness to your love and grace in our corner of theworld.

Loving God, we bring these prayers to you, trusting in your compassion and care.  To your glory we pray.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil,

For the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,

Now and forever.  Amen.