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28 October – A prayer for free school meals for those who need them
Psalm 126:5-6

God of justice
thank you that your idea of fairness
is shouts of joy for those who weep
and sheaves of corn for those who sowed in tears.

We pray for all the disadvantaged children in our nation –
to have a square meal at lunchtime
and a fair chance to concentrate on their education.

So their future can be full of joy
and their tears consigned to the past.

We ask these things in the precious name of Jesus
who had compassion on a hungry crowd gathered to hear his teaching
and made a harvest for them from a little boy’s packed lunch.

Move in power again Lord Jesus;
soften the hearts of those holding our nations resources
so all our children can have the school meals they need.

Amen.

Related content:
Fair and Square - our campaign to ensure that all children in need of a free school meal receive one.

21 October – A promise prayer - Psalm 91:15

Lord God
you love us so much!
You keep all your promises
and never go back on anything you say.

Lord God
thank you that you hear every prayer;
that you always answer and that you are always with us when things are hard.

Lord God
I remember these promises as I pray
for all the children in our country today who are lonely, scared, unwell or don’t have enough.

Lord God
please answer their cries for help
and my prayers for them by changing their lives today.

Amen.

We have another prayer this week written by The Rt Revd John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford in honour of National Parents' Week

Gracious God
Thank you for the privilege and pleasure of children,
Thank you for what they represent for both the present and the future
and what they give us as they explore life and make their discoveries.
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment,
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it's your speed,
And so lead us together into life and joy, 
in the company of your Son,
Jesus Christ, our Lord

 

Amen

14 October – A prayer for a renewal of generosity to those living with disabilities – Mark 10:21 

Compassionate Saviour
you look on us and love us.
It is we who struggle to do the same,
preferring to pursue our own desires than serving others’ needs.

Compassionate Saviour
look on us now and forgive us.
For we reduce your commands to suit our convenience
and seek to set limitations on who receives our generosity.

Compassionate Saviour
look on our government and guide them.
Open our eyes to see the true cost of disability
and lead our politicians to balance their books with justice.

Amen.

7 October – A prayer bringing children in need to God – Mark 10:14 

Gracious Lord 
with arms outstretched wide you said, 
‘Let the little children come to me’. 
And they came. 
You took them up in your arms; 
laid your hands on them; 
and you blessed them. 

Gracious Lord 
with hearts heavy with their pain, 
we bring the little children to you again. 
And we pray that you make us: 
your outstretched arms to the vulnerable, 
your hands to give to those who are disadvantaged; 
your blessing to each precious one – today and always. 

Amen. 

23 September (16th after Trinity / Proper 20)

Prayers of intercession
Reflecting James 3.13-4.3,7-8a

Wise and gentle God, 
we pray for those who are driven by envy and ambition, 
and for those who are the victims of envy and ambition.
We approach you, Lord, in faith.
Give your gifts of wisdom and hope.

We pray for places where disorder flourishes: 
where young people are uncared for and abused;
for those whose daily life is chaotic and dangerous.
We approach you, Lord, in faith.
Give your gifts of wisdom and hope.

We pray for places where wise and gentle love is witnessed:
for those who care for the young and those who feel unloved;
for children's centres and places where self esteem can be reborn;
for places where teaching and learning flourish; 
for those who commit their lives to caring for others.
Give your gifts of wisdom and hope.

We lift to you, gentle God, all who need to know your love.
We approach you, Lord, in faith,
Give your gifts of wisdom and hope.
Amen.

A prayer for all ages
Reflecting James 3.13-4.8

Invite people to stand with their hands over their eyes as they listen to each verse of the prayer then remove hands as if taking off blinkers as they join in with each response.

Loving God, who is present all around us,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

Loving God, who brings wisdom to the world,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

Loving God who brings gentleness and peace,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

Loving God who is in the people who are struggling,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

Loving God, who is alongside the needy and oppressed,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

Loving God who is with each person wherever they are,
take off our blinkers
so we can see you, Lord.

A prayer of confession
Reflecting Mark 9.30-37

Forgive us, God,
it's just the way we are...
We are fooled by fancy appearance
and miss you, the simple soul by our side.

We are dazzled by the dramatic entrance
and ignore you, the constant child by our side.

We are bewitched by the powerful presentation
and abandon you, the faithful friend by our side.

Open our eyes; clear our thinking; help us to learn wisdom
and in humble honesty to be glad you are by our side.

© ROOTS for Churches Limited. Additional prayers are available at www.rootsontheweb.com

16 September (15th after Trinity / Proper 19)

A prayer for those who suffer
Reflecting Isaiah 50.4-9a

God, who sees the suffering of his people throughout history,
Be with those who are suffering today.

To those who face insult and torment, bring your healing presence.
To those who face adversaries of any kind, bring your healing presence.
To those who are weary of life, bring your healing presence.
To those who are unfairly punished, bring your healing presence.
To those who feel they are alone, bring your healing presence.

Prayers of intercession - Reflecting Mark 8.27-38

We pray for those who have power:
For those who control communication, manage the media, select the images we see.
Let truth and honesty underpin their work and justice for all guide those who monitor them.
Lord, give your gifts of wisdom and understanding.

For those who teach and train, educate and enable, preach and pronounce.
Let humility and persistence characterize their work and learning for all be the goal of those who employ them.
Lord, give your gifts of wisdom and understanding.

For those who lead and legislate, police and punish, rule and reign.
Let service and sacrifice be their hallmark and mercy be their gift to those who elect them.
Lord, give your gifts of wisdom and understanding.

We pray for those without power:
For those who live simply that others might live, who work for the good of all, who love their neighbour at whatever cost.
Let their strength be recognized and valued in a world of glory and gain.
Lord, give your gifts of wisdom and understanding.

For those who have no choices to make, no power to assume or reject.
Let their weakness be our strength, their powerlessness be our driving principle.
Lord, give your gifts of wisdom and understanding.

We pray for each person here:
Generous God, who gives us your gifts of wisdom and understanding, 
when we have power may it be subject to Gospel values and 
when we are powerless may we be free to follow Christ's example.
We make this prayer in the name of God, Father, Son and Spirit.

Amen. 

© ROOTS for Churches Limited. Additional prayers are available at www.rootsontheweb.com

9 September (14th after Trinity / Proper 18)

Prayers of intercession

Reflecting James 2.1-17 and Mark 7.24-37

Jesus, who listened to the call of the woman who asked him for help,
we pray for those who have no-one to speak up for them, no one to take care of them.
May we be willing to speak up for them.

Jesus, who recognised the faith of the woman who was herself an outsider,
we pray for those who feel abandoned or excluded from our society.
May we be willing to speak up for them.

Jesus, who chooses the poor in the world to be rich in faith,
we pray for those for whom poverty is a way of life and for whom riches are a dream.
May we be willing to speak up for them.

Jesus, who offers mercy over judgement, 
we pray for those in trouble with the law, the isolated and those at risk on the streets.
May we be willing to speak up for them.

A prayer for joy and hope

Reflecting Isaiah 35.4-7a

Loving God who, through the prophet Isaiah, tells us to be strong and have no fear,
protect your children who are frightened or alone.
Just as the people of Israel returning from exile shared their joy and hope, 
may we recognise your presence now so that all may share in the fullness of joy
and praise your holy name.

Amen.

Prayers of intercession

Reflecting James 2.-17

In the spirit of generosity with which you welcomed the outcast;
Help us, Lord, to accept and be open to all.

In the spirit of generosity with which you welcomed the stranger;
Help us, Lord, to accept and be open to all.

In the spirit of generosity that embraced those who mourned;
Help us, Lord, to reach out to those in need.

In the spirit of generosity that suffered for our sins;
Help us, Lord, to reach out to those in need;
for we are all in need, no matter what our colour or creed.
Help us to reach out to all,
and prove ourselves a church without walls.

Amen.

© ROOTS for Churches Limited. Additional prayers are available at www.rootsontheweb.com

2 September - Prayers of intercession

Reflecting James 1.17-27

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, 
for all the blessings we enjoy today.
Invite people to name in their hearts one blessing 
they enjoy today then say together.
Blessed be God for ever.

We pray for those who are unable to join us today,
because of sickness in body, mind or spirit.
Lord, pour your blessings upon them.

We pray for those who are caring for others, 
for young carers and those for whom they care.
Lord, pour your blessings upon them.

We pray for those who are hungry or homeless,
those who are young and frightened, feeling unloved and alone.
Lord, pour your blessings upon them.

We pray for those who work for the good of others,
for foster carers and the youngsters for whom they care.
Lord, pour your blessings upon them.

And we thank you, Lord, because your Word has comforted us. 
Blessed be God for ever.

Support us as we listen,
that we may become doers as well as hearers of the Word,
for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God for ever.

Mo Baldwin, Editor ROOTS for Children & Young People magazine

19 August – a prayer that includes children’s voices

'Young people with disabilities can often have so much frustration,

because a lack of support creates a circle of isolation.'

--Liam Midwood, a schoolboy living with blindness and deafness

 

Gracious God,

In our multi-faceted world of variety we pray for those, who through being different, experience our world in sometimes richer and sometimes harder ways.  

Help us to be eyes for those who don’t see 

and ears for those who don’t hear.

We pray for those whose bodies restrict their freedom, 

that we might help in ways that are sensitive and appropriate for their needs.

And in our service of others, may we be eager to receive their gifts of service to us, 

that we might deepen our love, joy, peace, grace and understanding. 

Thank you for our mutual inter-dependence.

May our belonging to you be reflected in our belonging to each other.

Release us all from our circles of isolation.

Amen.