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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 14th September 2014
God the Father loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. Let us bring our prayers to him.
We pray for Pope Francis: may he be strengthened and supported to continue to lead and serve all God’s people with loving care and humility.
We pray for the troubled places of the world; especially for Syria and Iraq, and for Ukraine: may the leaders of the nations work for a truly just, peaceful and lasting solution to the conflicts.
We pray for those working to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa, and for all those suffering from the disease: may the Lord uphold and protect them, and bring hope and healing.
We pray for the people of Scotland, as they vote in their referendum this week: may they use their votes wisely and thoughtfully, with a true concern for the welfare of all.
We pray (on this Racial Justice Sunday) for the courage to speak out in situations where racial tensions persist; that the Lord will help us to support the work of racial justice through our prayers, time, skills, talents and resources.
We pray for the liberation of the victims of human trafficking, for our brothers and sisters trapped in the cycle of abuse and exploitation; that the Lord will sustain with his grace those who support and rebuild the lives of the vulnerable and traumatised victims of modern-day slavery.
We pray for students and teachers who are beginning a new academic year, and especially for our young people who may be leaving home for university or college: may they be strengthened to face the new challenges that await them, and may they always know our loving support for them.
Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ offered his life on the cross, for the salvation of the world; we ask you to hear our prayers for the world he came to save, which we offer in the power of the Holy Spirit, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen