Intercessions - 31/05

Intercessions at Pentecost


Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire.

Lord, your Holy Spirit descended on the apostles at Pentecost, inspiring them to new understanding of you, their Lord and Saviour, and to new ways of service. May we and all Christian people be inspired in this most unsettling and uncertain time, be inspired to reach new heights of praise, worship and service. Lord, we ask for your inspiration and guidance as to new ways for us to serve those we live amongst and, so doing, to serve you. We cannot meet together as we would wish, so we pray for you, Lord, to hold us together in your hand. May each and every one of your people, across the world and of all ages, know how much they are valued and how precious they are to each other and to you.

Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto thee.

 

We and the people of many nations around the world have experienced unprecedented restrictions on meeting even our close family, which is most unsettling even when we understand the reason. Lord, we pray for those for whom the current restrictions are the most worrying and upsetting, the very young, the vulnerable, those confused, for example suffering with dementia. We pray for those most at risk – here and across the world - living in crowded conditions or under duress. We pray for safeguarding of the vulnerable, for those in care homes and hospices. We pray for those under financial stress struggling to make ends meet, for those with uncertain job prospects, and for those who are returning to work and especially for those schools which are reopening – for comfort for the fearful, for understanding and implementation of safe practices.

Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto thee.

 

The lockdown has helped people appreciate that everyone’s role is important in enabling society to function. Now we begin to take the first steps towards what might be a new normal, a changed society perhaps with changed priorities. Lord, may we and all your people play a major role in reshaping the way we live, in order to protect the vulnerable and those in greatest need, and so form a fairer society which respects every member, where everyone understands that they are valued and precious.

Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto thee.

 

Holy Spirit, dwell within us and, as the fruits of the spirit developed in the first Christians after Pentecost, develop them further in us. Enable us to have love for each other and for you in our hearts, joy in our souls as we rest in you, peace in the face of uncertainty and adversity, with patience and kindness toward everyone. Above all give us faithfulness to continue to believe in you and to hold fast the hope we have in Christ.

Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come unto thee.


We pray with grateful thanks for all who work in the care sector, for those in direct patient care roles and in supporting roles, for those for example providing and transporting supplies. We pray for protection, strength and support. We pray for the bereaved, for families and friends at this painful time of sad loss. We pray for those who are ill with coronavirus or other conditions, for those who are fearful of becoming ill, for the friends and relations of those who are suffering, perhaps having not been able to see their loved ones, for those whose treatments for other conditions have been delayed. Let us remember those on our hearts in a moment of silence.

We pray that the pandemic would be truly coming under control and, Lord, bring peace and comfort to all who are suffering.

Lord of all hopefulness, let our faith and hope be in you.

 

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


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