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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 19th October 2014

Let us now bring our prayers to God, who is always more ready to hear us than we are to listen to him.

We pray for the Pope and his work for our Church: may his wisdom, humility and compassion guide him in all his work.

We pray for all those caught up in the troubles in Turkey, Syria and Iraq; we ask that all are kept safe when in dangerous places and that international co-operation will bring about a lasting peace.

We pray for all those affected by the Ebola virus: for those who suffer from the disease, and their families, and those treating them: may God’s heavenly love protect them and bring healing and hope.

We pray for all the services that are working together to combat the spread of the Ebola virus: for the medical services and the troops, and the governments who direct them. May their efforts bring the suffering and spread of infection to an end.

We thank God for the harvest: for all those involved in the growing and production of the food that we take for granted; and we ask that those of us who have so much, share with those who have not enough.

We ask for God’s blessing on those who are homeless or sleep rough; we ask that help is given and that the authorities work to provide sufficient decent homes for all.

Hear our prayer, O heavenly Father, who sent your Son Jesus Christ to bring your message of salvation to the world, we offer these prayers in your name, O loving and generous God. Amen