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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 8th December 2013
My brothers and sisters, as we prepare the way of the Lord in our world and in our lives, let us bring our prayers to him.
We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis: that he may be strengthened to serve and lead all God’s people.
We pray for the people of South Africa, as the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela; we pray that he may rest in peace, and that his legacy of forgiveness, reconciliation and equality may always be remembered and upheld.
We pray for the people of Syria, in the continuing conflict: may there be a just peace, and an end to suffering and oppression.
We pray for those who are suffering as a result of the severe weather, especially those who have had to leave their homes: that they may receive the help they need to rebuild and repair.
We pray for those who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter, and those who struggle to feed their families: may we all have a genuine concern for those who are most vulnerable in our society.
Heavenly Father, as we prepare in this Advent season to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in the power of the Holy Spirit through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.