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Ecumenical Prayer, 01.11.20

CALL TO PRAYER: SUNDAY 1st November 2020 Prayer @ 7pm

As we enter into the season of Remembrance, we are especially conscious of those whose lives have shaped our lives, but who are no longer with us. In one sense, their absence serves to highlight the significance of all that they have given to us. Equally, we recall those who have shaped the life of our Church and of our community and the faith that they have passed on to our generation. The hymn writer captures well the thanksgiving of the Church at this time:

For all the saints, who from their labours rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia!

The vision unveiled in the Book of Revelation sees the ‘great multitude…from every nation’ gathered before the throne of God ‘and before the Lamb’. For those who have endured, the Lamb ‘will be their shepherd…and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’. (Revelation 7: 9-17) Our faith invites us to embrace that vision and, in turn, to share the vision with others. In this season of Remembrance, we share the promise of the enduring presence and healing of God. We pray:

Living God,
We come to your presence
And we are conscious that we do not come alone.
We come in the company of the saints of God
And the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
We come to your presence
And we remember those who have given life and nurture to us. We remember those who are no longer with us

And we give thanks for their lives. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
Living God,

We come to your presence
And we pray for those who have suffered loss at this time. We ask that they will know the presence
Of the One who will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
We come to your presence
And hear again the promise of your enduring presence. We ask for ourselves, and for others,
That we might know the promise of healing of God. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Living God,
We come to your presence
And we recall the hymns of faith that echo in our hearts. We lift up our hearts and anticipate the praise of heaven; Offered to Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

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