Saturday, 24 September 2011

INTERCESSIONS FOR EVENSONG
COMMEMORATING THE CHURCH’S 175TH ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, 24th September, 2011, 4 p.m.

PARISH CHURCH OF SS. MARY AND NICHOLAS
LITTLEMORE, OXFORD

God, our maker and redeemer, we come before the throne of the heavenly grace to offer our prayers for this church, this parish, this people, for one another, and for ourselves:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

At this Festival time, we pray with thanks for the witness of our church here in Littlemore, for all those in its 175 years who have illuminated its walls with their prayers, those who have come here and found your love and your solace, your kindness and your joy, your truth and a true faith, those who have led the celebrations at the altar, and sought to enlighten from the pulpit, those who have gone out refreshed, to witness to your faith and hope and love in the world;

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father, as we give thanks for past and present, give us eyes to look towards the future, and your light for the path we must take, the better to bear witness to your Good News in our midst; give us courage and wisdom, hope and heart, to make good choices, to risk change, and being changed, and to dare to become all that you will us to be;

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

We pray for your blessing on this parish and this city, for its universities, colleges and schools, and especially for Oriel College, our partron, for its hospitals, care homes and hospices, factories, businesses, shops, and watering holes, for our families, and friends, and neighbours, and all the communities to which we belong; we pray especially for our brothers and sisters in the faith, who ascend the holy mountain with us, but by a different path, for the congregations of the Roman Catholic and Baptist churches in Littlemore, for the people of the University Church of S. Mary the Virgin, out of which our parish grew, for all Christian people, for those of other faiths, and those whose faith is known only to you; may your kindly light lead us all to that place where our differences shall be lost in wonder, love, and praise;

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Father of your compassion we pray for all those at this time who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity; in the quietness of our hearts we name before you those known to us in a silent moment now …. Be with us in our hard times, and show us the way to be good friends to those who need us;

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Lord of life, whose son conquered death and rose again, we pray with thanksgiving for the lives of all those who have died; at this time we pray especially for Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas, Blessed John Henry Newman, for Jemima Newman, and all the many benefactors of this church, by gift and prayer, and deed; we pray for all who have touched our lives also with their love, and called our love out, and especially for those who have led us in the way of faith; in the fullness of time, may we share with them in the eternal banquet prepared for all your children;

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
And rise in glory

Silence for Private Prayers

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with us all, evermore, Amen.

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