Prayers

Intercessions -  Sunday 16 August  - 10th Sunday after Trinity

by Mary Oddi

 

Father God in your mercy listen to the prayers of your children for their needs and the needs of others.  We pray for Your guidance to Justin, our Archbishop, and Martin, Bishop of Chichester.    We ask your blessing on Pastor John Chaudhary and the congregation of Emanuel Church in Nepal.  We pray for all who live and work in our Midhurst Deanery, especially for Nick and his family and all who are seeking to do Your will here in the joint benefice of Fernhurst with the parish of Lynchmere and Camelsdale.      

                                                         

Lord in your mercy

 

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen and give wisdom to all in authority and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and peace that we may honour one another and seek the common good.   We pray for the people of Syria, that all parties may be brought to seek a just and lasting peace, also for the victims of war and terror throughout the Middle East, holding before you in particular the millions of refugees from these, facing life in overcrowded camps without adequate food or facilities.   We pray for all politicians and world leaders, asking You to turn their hearts and minds towards the search for peace and the lessening of international tensions.     

                                                                                

Lord in your mercy

 

Sovereign Lord, the defence of those who trust in you: look with compassion on the afflictions of the persecuted, hungry and all suffering through war and natural disasters and bless and strengthen all those involved throughout the world in bringing relief, shelter and emergency health care to the poor, needy and refugees.   At this time we remember the people of Lebanon following the terrible explosion in Beirut and in particular all those who are affected by the worldwide outbreak of the corona virus, for those who have died or been bereaved and for all who are working to contain its spread.    We pray for the men and women of our Armed Forces on active service and remember the sacrifices which brought about the end of World War II hostilities on VJ Day 75 years ago .   We bring before You the many thousands of Christians throughout the world risking persecution and death through their witness for Christ.    

                                   

Lord in your mercy

 

O wise and loving Father, hear us as we pray for our own country and its government.   At this time of nationwide concern during the pandemic, we pray for the confidence to trust in each other, to concentrate on the guidance and not the rumour-spreading  and be particularly aware of the needs of others.   We bring before you all whose jobs are at risk and ask you to direct all the decision-makers in the vital economic choices which will affect this and every succeeding generation.  Give them the strength and wisdom to overcome prejudice, self-interest and discrimination.                                                                          


 Lord in your mercy 

 

In our villages we pray for all the local businesses and shops which provide essential services and employment, for the work of the surgery, the pre schools and the schools during their summer holiday and for all whose voluntary work is so important within our communities. We give thanks for all who support the Haslemere Food Bank in its work of providing practical help to those in need.                         


 Lord in your mercy

 

Touch with your healing love all who are suffering, through sickness, frailty or the actions of other people; we hold before You all who are in pain, the lonely and also all whose vital work in our hospitals, social services and the voluntary sector – especially carers -  is often unrecognised.                          


Lord in your mercy


Lord, we believe You our Saviour will receive our souls after earthly death and we ask You to look with compassion on all who are grieved by the loss of loved ones.     We ask you to comfort their families and friends at this time of sadness – may they feel your presence close to them.                        


Lord in your mercy


God our Redeemer, help us to deepen our trust in you through prayer.   We praise You as our Creator God, asking you to help us to remember that the future of our earth is entrusted to us and that our Christian faith requires us to share its resources freely and fairly.    Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Margaret of Antioch, St Peter, St. Paul and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love. 


 Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen