Sunday 25th October 2020
Welcome to today's service
“When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, he shall guide you into all truth, for he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He shall praise me and bring me great honour by showing you my glory. All the Father’s glory is mine; this is what I mean when I say that he will show you my glory.”
John 16:13-15 (Living Bible)
we thank You that by faith in the Lord Jesus,
Your Holy Spirit has made us alive in Christ
and placed us into the family of God and the Body of Christ.
Thank You, that your Spirit has set His seal of ownership upon us
and taken up residence within our hearts,
so as to empower us in our spiritual walk,
as He gradually transforms us in to the lovely likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
We pray that the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us in all things,
and that we would learn to listen to the gentle promptings of His voice.
May we maintain an open heart and develop a teachable spirit,
and we ask that even today you will speak something into our lives.
Something of who you are.
Something of your promises to us.
Something of your plans and purposes.
We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen
Prayers of Intercession
Lord God, our world is changing in ways that we never imagined.
We are in need of your unwavering love.
We live in a world which holds so much pain and need –
need for hope, peace, expressed love, justice and heartfelt understanding.
Comfort us. Strengthen us.
God, our world might be changing, but you are changeless.
You remain with us. Help us to find new ways to live and to love.
We ask for your compassion as cases worldwide of those who have been infected with Covid rises to over 40 million.
We ask for your loving kindness as we grow weary of being separated from loved ones and despair at the economic impact the pandemic has created,
especially on businesses that are being forced to close and families who are struggling financially and emotionally.
We ask for your wisdom for our government and leaders across the world.
We also think of the upcoming election in America, may grace and humility be shown, and may your will be done.
And in places of turmoil we ask for your peace.
We especially ask for your healing presence for those in Nigeria where anti-police violence protests continue.
Sovereign God, hear our prayers and have mercy on us we pray,
for yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen
Reading - 2 Kings 3
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
And give you peace.