Bidding Prayers

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Below are a selection of topical Bidding Prayers that are made available FREE each Thursday by 5 p.m. for use that weekend. N.B. The more general prayers for the Church and the World, which are linked with the Sunday Readings, are provided in our publications The Living Word and Common Worship Living Word. If you would like us to send you a free sample copy of either of these publications please email or call us on 01420 88222.

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Sunday 4th December 2016


Lord of hope, John the Baptist described himself as “a voice crying in the wilderness”. During this Advent season, we come before you, confident that you hear even our unspoken prayers.


• Let us pray for Pope Francis, that he and all religious leaders might be candles of light and hope in a world which is longing for warmth and understanding. Lord, hear us

• Let us pray that, especially during this Advent season, people will hear Pope Francis’ constant calls for them to notice and care for those who are poor, suffering and marginalised. Lord, hear us

• Let us pray for the civilians trapped and suffering as a result of conflict in the Middle East. May just solutions be found; gunfire and bombing come to an end and people live in security and peace. Lord, hear us

• Let us pray for all those who lost their lives in the plane crash in Brazil, that they might have eternal rest. May their families, friends and colleagues, the survivors and everyone who feels touched by the tragedy find the comfort and support that they need. Lord, hear us

• Let us pray for families and schools preparing for Christmas, that, in the excitement, they might not lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas. Lord, hear us


Loving Lord, we offer you our prayers in the name of your Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit of peace and love. Amen.

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