Father God, thank you that we are your workmanship. We have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works which you prepared in advance for us to do. Please show us clearly what those works are and give us willing, available and obedient hearts.
Lord thank you for the precious gift of friendship. You knew the joys and frustrations of living alongside others. Teach us how to value each other and help us to grow as a loving church community. We pray that each of the Life Groups continue to flourish and encourage strong fellowship.
With yet another humanitarian crisis in Africa and news of unimaginable suffering around the world, Lord keep us from hardening our hearts. With so many calls on our time, money and energy it’s hard not to suffer from compassion fatigue. Prompt each one of us to react generously and prayerfully to the suffering of others.
Lord we pray for those known to us who are sick at this time. Please help them with the daily challenges they are facing. We pray especially for those awaiting test results and for those struggling with long term health conditions. May they know your peace and trust in the One who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. Thank you too for all who are working to alleviate their suffering.
Father in the light of the recent terrorist atrocity in London we pray for courage. Comfort those who mourn or who continue to suffer from the after-effects. May the perpetrators see the futility and horror of their actions and may good overcome evil.
Lord, we pray for the opening of the Easter Centre – that all the preparations will go smoothly and that it will be well attended. We thank you for all the opportunities we will now have to serve the community in that place and we pray that many will come to know You through the work that is done there.
We pray for Jeff as he preaches at both services. As we celebrate Palm Sunday, help us to spend time in the week ahead preparing for Easter. May our worship today be as whole hearted and enthusiastic as the crowds who lined Jesus’ way but may we also be prepared to take up our individual crosses and follow him.