Sunday 3rd November 2013 – Pentecost 24C/ All Saints’ (5)

There are bits of this that are mine and bits borrowed from somewhere else.   Three years on I’m not sure where from.   So whoever you are thank you.

Lord of love,

moment by moment

we encounter men and women

some of whom we know,

others with whom our meeting is but fleeting,

but whose generosity and simple nobility are plain to see.

We give thanks

for all who through faith have built up your church,

for those who quietly served you and the community;

we remember especially any who have inspired us.

May we become the people you have called us to be,

a chosen people, a holy people.

May we each fulfil our vocation

and use our gifts to your glory

and the relief of those in need.

 

Bless, O Lord, all peace-makers:

and all those who are striving for peace and freedom.

We pray for all who seek to promote justice,

integrity and right dealings,

for all who work for fair trade,

and all relief organisations.

 

We give you thanks for all who have inspired us,

who have enriched our lives by their goodness and faith.

We pray for all who are seeking to live a godly and saintly life.

We ask your blessing upon our community,

our homes and loved ones;

we remember before you all who are lonely and fearful.

Lord, make us to be numbered with your saints

in that glory which is everlasting.

 

We pray for all who watch and wait for your coming,

for the weary and the worn,

the hungry and the rejected,

all who long for justice and freedom,

all who weep because of injustice.

 

We pray for all who suffer for their faith:

the scorned and the persecuted,

the mocked and the ignored.

We pray for friends and loved ones who are suffering,

that they may be strong in their faith.

Lord, make us to be numbered

with your saints in that glory which is everlasting.

 

We give thanks for all who have lived their lives

in honour of your Name,

all who have been undiminished

and now share in the communion of saints in your kingdom.

Lord, make us to be numbered

with your saints in that glory which is everlasting.

AMEN.

 

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