Intercessions - 21/06

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, you promised through your Son, Jesus Christ, to hear us when we pray in faith.

We lift to you our Queen and country. Guide, we beseech you, our politicians and all in authority. May your Spirit fill our hearts and turn to good account the strange existence we lead at present. We pray for wisdom for those who have to make momentous decisions for us.

We think of our young people suffering from the disruption of their studies. May they be helped by groups such as Scripture Union reaching out to them, thanks to the timely intervention of new technology. Thank you, Lord, for aiding its development.

We ask for your blessing on all who are in any kind of danger because they are Christians. To us, here, lockdown is a new concept, but for millions of Christians it means living with some semblance of it constantly. Grant them protection and wisdom as they worship you, often in secret. We pray for Christians in China learning to live with facial recognition cameras in churches which may be used against them.

We pray for the Priory and all the congregation. May your blessing be rich upon Rod, Johnny, Anne Rich, Mary, the retired Clergy and the Custos team as they strive to hold together the strands of contact between us. We remember our Missionaries, especially the Testers in Lima and John and Gillian Robinson in Bangkok.

For those many who work for and in the NHS we ask protection. May your loving, healing presence be with everyone who suffers from Coronavirus. Grant recovery to them.

We remember those who mourn; in particular Helen Wells, Gladys Clements and the families of Jocelyn Geyer and June Schuil.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them to the joy of your Salvation.

O loving Spirit of God, give us serene and quiet hearts. In days of stress and anxiety give us your tranquillity and, even amid worries, stress and disaster, hold us in your divine peace.   Amen.

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