Prayers


Intercessions for Sunday 17th January 2021

by Maureen Pavey

 

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth”.   Ps. 121 - NKJV

 

We pray for our bishops and all clergy, especially Nick and his family, and for our lay readers in this joint benefice. During this time of national restrictions, we ask that we might be granted patience, acceptance, and gratitude that we are able to worship you at home whilst going about our daily activities, whilst out walking, and via the use of technology.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Lord, bless your faithful servant, Elizabeth our Queen.  We give thanks for her steadfast faith and the ease with which she talks about it.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We pray for our Prime Minister and all his Government as they daily face the hard task, amidst much criticism, of deciding what is best for our nation in this unprecedented situation that is affecting everyone in some way, as we are locked in, locked out, and kept apart from families and friends.   

We pray for leaders everywhere.  We ask for peace in the United States.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Lord, we pray for our United Kingdom and indeed all countries as this pandemic rages.   We ask that it be halted soon.  We ask for guidance and wisdom for those devoted to research. We thank you, Father, for the vaccines that have been developed.  We pray for their swift distribution and effectiveness against Covid-19.  We do thank you for our NHS, for all those working under great pressure to tend to those in great need at the expense of their own well-being.  Please grant them protection and sufficient rest, Lord, that they may continue to provide excellent care.  We trust and thank you for your provision – of dedicated workers, of oxygen, medications, and equipment. 

We pray for leaders everywhere, and ask for peace for the United States of America.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Loving Father, please grant peace to those who are fearful, lonely, vulnerable, facing financial difficulties in business or in their daily lives.  And we pray for those who are not fearful, who are taking risks, potentially putting others, as well as themselves, in danger of infection.  Lord, please soften their hearts that they may be aware of others and be thoughtful and considerate. May we all follow the guidelines as instructed. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Father, we pray for your worldwide church, that your Word will be spread and heard far and wide. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We remember in prayer our communities in this lovely part of the country.   We pray for the children and families.  For teachers, who currently have such a hard task in providing ongoing education, and parents having to home school their children, some without access to the necessary tools of technology, and some finding it hard to juggle this with working from home or working elsewhere.

For all those who continue to provide a service here - the shops, businesses, the surgery. We thank you for their ongoing commitment to our community.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We lift those to you who are troubled, weary, weak, ill, – strengthen them, we pray, and mend the broken, heal the sick.  Bring light into their darkness and strength and courage to face their difficulties and stresses, peace in their hearts, and trust in you. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

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

 

And we remember those who have recently departed this life on earth.

Please wrap your loving arms around family and friends left behind - comfort them in their grief and grant them healing of their pain through your soothing balm of love. 

 

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