PRAYERS

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Intercessions for Sunday 5th July 2020

by Maureen Pavey

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

                                                          Psalm 19:1

 

In the current situation of lockdown and gradual lifting of restrictions, we do thank you, Lord, for the beauty of your creation that we see all around us, for the glorious weather you have provided since early spring, lifting our spirits in times of difficulty.

 

We pray for our bishops and all clergy, especially Nick and his family, and for our lay readers in this joint benefice. We pray for your churches here in Fernhurst, Lynchmere and Camelsdale, and that with places of worship opening after months of being closed many more people will enter the doors of St. Margaret’s, St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s, to seek you,  find you, walk with you, and to join in  prayer, worship, praise, contemplation and fellowship once again.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Lord, bless your faithful servant, Elizabeth our Queen.  We give thanks for her recent broadcast to the Nation, her concern for her people, and her faith.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We pray for the Prime Minister and all his Government as they move forward to lift further restrictions on people’s lives.  Give them wisdom, we pray, that their decisions will be for the safety of all. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray for all countries that are, or in the future might be, affected by the coronavirus.   We pray for a swift resolution to this problem, we pray against a new wave of it, and that a reliable vaccine will be found soon. Please guide those responsible for research in this field.  Please give strength and protection to all NHS workers, paramedics, carers, medical advisers, and scientists. We thank you for the sterling work these people undertake under such difficult conditions. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We pray for evangelism in this country, and indeed worldwide, that your true gospel message may be spread to and heard by all people.  We pray that they will grasp the truth and the truth may set them free. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

For all those people in our community who may be seeking you and are afraid to do so, banish their fear, we pray, and give them a boldness to step forward, to explore and find. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We lift those to you who are troubled, weary, weak, ill – we ask that you give them strength to bear their afflictions, to know that you go through their troubled times with them.  We ask that they may turn to you in their time of need. We pray particularly for those who are suffering or have suffered from Covid-19, especially those who have been left with serious health problems as a result.

 

We pray for those for whom prayers have been requested by name, for those on our prayer chain, and for those known only to us.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 We remember those who have recently departed this life on earth. Please bring comfort to family and friends left behind, may they know that your Son came to heal the broken-hearted and the grieving.  Give them strength, Father God, to cope with loneliness and help them to move forward as their pain heals. 

 

Merciful Father Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.