This week’s Bidding Prayers

For the Church, led by Pope Francis.

That baptised in the Holy Spirit and ministering in the name of the Lord, we will meet people in  their suffering, not break the crushed reed or quench the wavering flame but give support and encouragement to all.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

   

For all world and civic leaders.

That they will strive together to find solutions to the many problems facing the world and so bring stability and peace.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

  

For all refugees, imprisoned or homeless people, those afflicted by natural disasters, and for all suffering from mental or physical illness.

That ways will be found to alleviate their suffering and provide all they need for a full and meaningful life.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

  

For all who work to keep hope alive.

That as the Spirit revealed Christ as his Son and as the Christmas season ends, that same Spirit will awaken all hearts to allow Christ to be born again in them as they work to “open the eyes of the blind and free captives from prison”.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

  

For the people in our ASK group preparing for baptism this year or for communion.

That the Lord will lead them to an ever deeper appreciation of His love for them.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

  

For a desire within ourselves to be of service.

That as baptism was a call to service, we may dedicate our lives to helping to bring justice and peace to society.

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer

  

Let us pray in silence for any special needs.