Led By The Spirit – intercessions by young people

Today a small group of young people (age 11-14) met to write the intercessions for this evening’s Led By The Spirit service at All Saints, High Wycombe (http://www.allsaintshighwycombe.org/).

I provided some framework for the writing process, and acted as scribe, but the ideas and the words are entirely the young people’s own. None of the young people had done anything like this before, and I am very proud of their first attempt!

Let us pray.

The response to “Come Holy Spirit” is “Come, hear our prayer”.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We pray for the church. For churches to be a place of love and inclusion and not a battlefield. For people to know that they are always welcome in our church community. For people who are searching for God’s love and finding it hard. For Christians living in fear of being persecuted for their beliefs.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We pray for the world. For an end to the war in Syria and other countries around the world. For society to be more accepting of people of different genders, races, sexuality and class. For everybody to have clean food and water and good sanitation. For world leaders to make wise decisions on behalf of their countries. For and end to FGM.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We pray for our local community. For everyone to give and receive compassion from our community. For people who are homeless to be and feel safe, and to escape the trauma of fear and anxiety. For local schools and young people and the future of our community. For harmony and peace between people of all faiths and none.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We pray for people in any kind of need. For people who are hungry or thirsty. For people who are suffering physically, mentally or emotionally. For people for whom family is not a safe place.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We pray for people who have died. For those we love and miss. For people who have died in war or traumatic situations. For people who have inspired us, and people who have given their lives for others.

Come Holy Spirit. Come hear our prayer.

We thank you God that you always listen to us, that you act out of love, and that you accept us as we are. We pray for your Holy Spirit to work in us to make the world a better place and reflect your love. In the name of our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Led By The Spirit prayers

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