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Bidding Prayers for Sunday 20th July 2014
My brothers and sisters, let us bring our prayers to the Lord who is good and forgiving.
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 Holy Land: that there may be an end to the violence and suffering, and that the peoples of Israel and Palestine may seek to live together in peace, justice and mutual respect.
We pray for those killed in the crash of the airliner in Ukraine: may they rest in peace, and may their families be comforted; and we pray that there may be peace in that region.
We continue to pray for the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria: that they may be set free without harm, and enabled to return to their families.
We pray for those who are vulnerable, especially those who are elderly, sick or disabled, and for those responsible for their care: may we develop a society that truly respects and cares for all its members.
We pray for students, teachers and all those who work in education: may their summer break be a time of refreshment and renewal.
Heavenly Father, you have sent your Holy Spirit to help us to pray in our weakness; we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in the power of that same Holy Spirit, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.