Intercessions

Intercessions

Prayers of intercession written each week by a member of our Benefice


Intercessions for the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity, 19th September 2021

 

Almighty God and Father, help us to be still in your presence, that we may know ourselves to be your people, and you to be our God; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen

 

Holy Father, give us a spirit of contentment and peace, and the wisdom to know and appreciate who we are and what we have.

Teach us to remember the that the good things of this life are given to us, not only to enjoy, but to use and to share; and help us to exercise our stewardship more faithfully and generously as we think of the needs of others.  We thank you for the beauty that surrounds us and keep us aware of the care we need to take to conserve this for future generations.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We give you thanks for your peace in our hearts and minds,

That deep peace which comes from you alone.

Make your church an instrument of peace, of love and healing.

We pray for the resolution of areas of conflict within the church.

We pray for the candidates standing for election to the General Synod, that those chosen will undertake their responsibilities prayerfully, always seeking to do your will.

We bring before you, Lord, the five churches in this Benefice and thank you for all who minister to us during this time of vacancy. 

Today, we pray for the Benefice of Holy Trinity and Barwick and for the appointment of a new Vicar for those churches.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Bring your gift of peace, Lord, to places of war and unrest,

to peoples being destroyed by greed and selfishness.

We pray for all refugees and hostages, all who are living in poverty,

those who have lost their homes and livelihoods because of conflict,

and all Christians who are being persecuted for their faith.

We continue to pray for the people of Afghanistan as they try to settle under the new leadership, and especially for women and girls who have found their way of life severely restricted.

Give wisdom, Lord, to the leaders of the nations that they may govern with justice and humility in the interests of all.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

God, grant your grace to the communities to which we belong,

that there may be good communication between people.

We pray for the Village Cafes as they begin, with care, to open again,

that they may become once again centres for meeting, for chat and for companionship.

Give your peace in our homes, in our work and in all our dealings.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Comfort, O Lord, all who have been betrayed or deserted,

all who have been misunderstood or persecuted.

We pray for the sick, at home or in hospital,

for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit,

for those waiting for surgery and for all who are having to isolate.

We bring before you, today, Lord, David, waiting for surgery

and others who are in our hearts and minds,

we name them in a moment of silence:

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

We give thanks for the gift of eternal life

and pray for friends and loved ones who are with you in glory.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Grant us, Father, the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,

the courage to change the things we can,

and the wisdom to know the difference,

 

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour,

Jesus Christ

 

Amen