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 22nd January 2017


Father in heaven, your Son Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him as he carried your message of love to the people of his time and beyond. We come before you, confident that you hear even our unspoken prayers and will lovingly respond to our requests.


• Lord, we pray for Pope Francis, that he will have the health and strength that he needs for him to be an effective leader for the people of our time. Lord, hear us

• During this week of prayer for Christian Unity, we pray that Christians across the world might be eager and willing to take the Gospel message of love to the ends of the earth. Lord, hear us

• At the start of a new Presidential term of office, we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide the Government and people of the United States towards a future of hope, dignity and cooperation. Lord, hear us

• We pray for all those who have been affected by recent industrial action, that all parties might listen to each other and work for just and meaningful solutions to their difficulties. Lord, hear us

• We pray for the people of the United Kingdom and of the wider global community that this period of planning for Brexit will be a time of listening, understanding and cooperation. Lord, hear us


Lord God, we place our prayers in your loving hands in the name of your Son and the Holy Spirit, who live and reign with you for ever and ever. Amen.