Prayers for: 17th November 2019–2nd Sunday before Advent

Prayer for the day: Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Post Communion:   Gracious Lord, in this holy sacrament you give substance to our hope: bring us at the last to that fullness of life for which we long; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

Intercessions

For the World and Mission: This week‘s focus: Christian Aid:   Give thanks and pray for the work of Christian Aid’s programme, Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships (ALTP) in Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria and South Sudan. Pray that this programme will foster strong partnerships between national and local agencies.   Pray that it will ensure local voices and leadership will be heard and heeded when responding to humanitarian needs.

In the Parish: This week’s focus: East Berkshire College, schools and educational organisations that provide academic, vocational, and practical training for all people in the community.   Pray all Christians—staff, students, faculty—will daily show the love of Jesus at each place and make a difference.