Prayers

Intercessions - 30 August 2020 -  12th Sunday after Trinity

by Eileen Shepherd

Teach us to trust Lord, whatever the problem, however difficult the task, whenever we feel in trouble or danger, help us to be calm in the knowledge that you are with us. And let us be sensitive to others who fear and are yet to trust. Thank you for your patience and active presence in our lives, Lord.

 Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

 We pray for your Church in its mission and for its leaders everywhere. May we cherish and support them all - especially Justin, our Archbishop, Martin our Bishop and Nick our vicar, together with his family. We ask your blessing on the members of our own churches, St Margaret of Antioch, St Peter and St Paul and the diocesan and national structures supporting them. Open the hearts of those we meet and greet so that your love be known by more and embraced by many.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer 

Fill our hearts and strengthen us with the power of the Holy Spirit as we survey your world and are challenged to act. Beset by many serious problems and conditions we face among others the worldwide Covid pandemic, floods resulting from tornado Francis, forest fires and their resulting devastation in Australia and America and famine and water shortage in various countries. May the action decided upon to deal with these matters resolve them as speedily and effectively as possible and the work of international emergency relief organisations be guided by your spirit. 

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

In our communities we pray for all the residents of our villages as the process of emerging from lockdown continues. We commend to you our children and young people as they return to educational establishments and adapt to changes in former routines. We thank you, Lord, for the caring and concern shown to those in need by so many. We pray that this spirit will be ongoing.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We ask your blessing, Lord, on all who are sick at this time. May they know the love that surrounds them. We pray for those in urgent need. Give us the grace to help where we can and to encourage the ministry of healing and wholeness. 

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We remember those who have died and passed to their rest in your eternal kingdom. Bring comfort to the bereaved and let hope shine through the fond memories.

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