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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 19th April 2015
Let us now bring our prayers to God, who is always ready to listen.
We pray for the Pope and the bishops this Eastertide: may they guide us, God’s forgiven people, as we follow Jesus.
We pray for all political leaders, that they may work for the people of their countries with humanity, courage and common sense.
We pray that throughout the world there may be equality between the sexes of opportunities in education and employment.
We pray for the schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria last year: may they remain strong and brave in their captivity, knowing that they are loved; and may those continuing to work for their safe return remain steadfast and diligent in their effort.
We continue to pray for those affected by the crisis in the Ukraine and hope for a lasting and stable peace.
We ask for God’s blessing on all migrants in uncertain circumstances as they search for a better life.
We pray for those drowned near Libya as they attempted perilous journeys in difficult and crowded conditions and ask for God’s blessing on all those at sea.
We pray for families where young people are missing, injured or killed and ask for God’s loving light on them in their darkness.
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. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.