The word 'Intercession' comes from 'Intercede' meaning to act on behalf of someone else. Intercessionary prayer is any prayer that's offered for someone or something else, such as for friends or family, refuges, a school or other institution etc, so again there isn't a 'right' format; you can say whatever seems right at the time.
'Intercessions' in a church Service are prayers said on behalf of others and can be fairly formal, although they can be very informal too dependent on the type of Service and your church's tradition.
If you're asked to 'lead the intercessions', don't panic. There may be a 'template' in your church's Service book that suggests the topics, or you can get formal prayers written by ogthers in many books and from the Internet. If there isn't a template, you might like to pray for the church, the world, friends and neighbours, the sick and to remember the departed. Don't speak too fast as many buildings have some form of echo that can make the words blend together, and remember to leave some quiet spaces to allow people to add their own words as they wish, eg: if praying for the sick you might like to leave a short space for people to add the names of any they know who are ill; but announce what the space is for so people don't just think the gap is there because you've forgotten what comes next! (Return to top)
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