Weekly Prayers

Collect for Sunday 4th of December

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

May your people at St. Mark’s be so built up and mature through true ministry, that no amount of cunning, craftiness or deceitful scheming would ever take us from Christ. May we build each other up in love, as we serve one another, for your glory. Amen

Lord Jesus, we praise you as the chief shepherd of your sheep. We pray that you will continue to raise up faithful leaders among us, who model their leadership on your shepherd leadership.

Please raise up pastors, deacons, wardens, parish councillors, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, youth leaders, and other leaders who will shepherd your flock by feeding them your word, loving them, and praying for them.

May they lead because they are willing, eager to serve, and in it for your gain, not their own. May they not seek to dominate your people, but rather be examples of godly living before them, spurred on it this ministry by your reward that is coming when you the chief shepherd are revealed. We ask this is your name. Amen.

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord of life and of death. Saviour and Judge, have mercy upon us. We are weak, you are strong. For us, 70 years is a lifetime, but that is but a moment in time to you.

Father we pray for your people here. In a world obsessed with youth and getting what you can out of life, teach us to number our days and gain wise hearts.

In a world that is under your judgement for sin, Assure us of our forgiveness in the Lord Jesus and enable us to live in light of that forgiveness.

In a world where anything goes, May we pay heed to your judgement.

In a world of intolerance, May we know your compassion.

In a world of frustrated plans, May you establish the work of our hands, as we worship you, build one another up, and share the hope of life in Jesus with those still facing your wrath.

Do this not for our sake, or our profit, but for the glory of our Lord. Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, renew in us the gifts of your mercy; increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlighten our understanding, widen our charity, and make us ready to serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, you have called us to be your children, and have promised that those who suffer with Christ will be heirs with him of your glory: Arm us with such trust in him that we may ask no rest from his demands and have no fear in his service; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Father, We give you great thanks that your son entered the world as a man, Lived among us, bore our punishment, died our death, and defeated death in glorious resurrection. Help us to celebrate Easter well this year, may the complications and sadness’s we face not stop us from glorying in the life and hope that Jesus Christ has won for us, In his name. Amen.

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for help (inspired by Psalm 90)

Lord of life and of death. Saviour and Judge, have mercy upon us. We are weak, you are strong. For us, 70 years is a lifetime, but that is but a moment in time to you.

Father we pray for your people here. In a world obsessed with youth and getting what you can out of life, teach us to number our days and gain wise hearts.

In a world that is under your judgement for sin, Assure us of our forgiveness in the Lord Jesus and enable us to live in light of that forgiveness.

In a world where anything goes, May we pay heed to your judgement.

In a world of intolerance, May we know your compassion.

In a world of frustrated plans, May you establish the work of our hands, as we worship you, build one another up, and share the hope of life in Jesus with those still facing your wrath.

Do this not for our sake, or our profit, but for the glory of our Lord. Jesus Christ. Amen.

For Anton Triyanto, serving with AFES at Griffith University:

Thank you God for trimester 2, and the students who have been connecting well in FOCUS. As some of the students return to their countries, please help them to continue to grow in their faith, and draw closer to God. Amen