Let us pray in love to God who loves all that he has made.

Let this whole church be filled with your divine grace which comes where two or three are gathered together in your name.

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he says

All Joy be yours;

Lord, help us to appreciate the joy we have in our lives, we thank you for the joy of knowing you love and care for us. Help us to find ways to pass this joy onto everyone we meet.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Let your magnanimity be manifest / let your generosity show

Lord, we thank you for all that we have.  Help us to be generous with your love.  Help us to say the right word at the right time; to hold and comfort someone when needed; to do one good thing each day.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

The Lord is near

Lord, be near us as we worship you today. Hear us in our words of song and prayer.  We pray that you will be near us as we leave this church and go about our daily lives.  Be near us as we try and do your work, be near us to protect us from harm, be near us so we can embrace the joy in our lives.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Have no anxiety

Lord, you know the fear and worries that sometimes fill our hearts.  Anchor our thoughts and minds in your great power and love and send us into each new day with your peace in our heart and the sure confidence of your fatherly care.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Petition with thanksgiving

Lord, we thank you for all that we have and all that we can give.  We thank you for the security of our homes and jobs; for the love of our families and friends; for our food and drink; for the peace we live in.  We pray that you help us cherish all these and not take them for granted.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

So Lord, as we leave here today, help us to put the lessons you have taught us into practice, help us to think about what a Christ centred life would be like; help us to portray your image in our lives. Show us where we need to make a change and give us guidance and strength as to make a change.

Lord, accept these prayers for the sake of your son Jesus Christ, Amen.