collects and forms of intercession for the prayers for the primates meeting 2016

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Here are three prayers composed by the Rev'd Don Tamihere for use in the leadup to and during the Primates gathering in Canterbury. The Rev'd Don Tamihere | 07 Jan 2016 1. God of Everlasting Love, You who loved the world so much that you gave your only Son; You who call us to love you with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength; By loving our neighbours as we love ourselves; By loving our enemies, and blessing those who curse us; By loving the stranger in our midst, and holding no hate in our hearts; Grant that we might be true vessels of your love: Patient, kind, and keeping no record of wrong; Bearing through all; Believing through all; Hoping through all; Enduring through all; That we might fulfil your command to love each other as you have loved us, with a love that never fails; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. 2. God of Ocean and Earth, You who made mountain and river, sea and sky; You who gave your breath to all creation, great and small; Grant that we might live as a reflection of you; Like wind in the wheat; Like sunlight on the water; Like summer rain falling on the righteous and unrighteous alike; So that we may live as new creations in Christ, ever truthful; ever forgiving; ever renewed; Made not in our own image, but in yours alone; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen 3. God of Peace and Unity, You who made the many as one body; Foot and hand; Eye and tongue; Head and heart; Each different and unique; Each in need of the other; Grant that we might find peace in our bonding, and unity in our difference; many members woven together as one body, for Your glory and not ours alone; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. INTERCESSION AND THANKSGIVING Let us pray Eternal God, You are the Lord of Heaven You made the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars You are the Lord of the Earth You made the Land, the Sea, and the Sky You are the Lord of life You made us to live, to laugh, and to love We thank You Lord for all our blessings We thank You for the good things we have For the food we eat For the clothes we wear For the homes we live in We thank You for the abundance that we share We thank You for those who love us We thank You for our family and friends We thank You for those who teach us We thank You for our guides and mentors We thank You for those who challenge and oppose us Grant that we may grow to be less like ourselves and more like You Help us to reach the lost and the lonely That we might be providers of safety and comfort Help us to serve the poor and the marginalised That we might be bringers of truth and blessing We pray for the sick and the suffering Grant that Your healing presence may always be with them We remember those who have passed away We commend them into Your keeping We give thanks to you for all the Saints We know they watch from heaven with You We give thanks for the Body of Christ We praise you for the Family of God. We thank you for our calling to mission and ministry; Help us to ever be Your true disciples; To live as you lived; To serve as you served; To love as you loved; Help us to walk in your ways, O Lord; To suffer the children To welcome the prodigal To give like the widow To be good like the Samaritan To have faith like the Centurion To challenge the Pharisee To dine with sinners To bring Good News to the poor and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour Look now with mercy upon us, and upon the Anglican Communion that we represent Lord to You we offer our thanks and praise Be the healing in our hurt Be the strength in our weakness Be the peace in our our misunderstanding Be the light to our path Be the love that covers all sin Be the cord that cannot be broken Almighty God, we lift our hearts to You Without You we are nothing, but with You we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us; In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Amen.
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