Intercessions - 18/10

Heavenly Father, we continue our life's journey in the certain knowledge that you are with us. Your Son our Saviour reminds us of our duty to you: to give to you what is yours in our daily lives so that your presence with us is clear to all around us. We come now to thank you for all your gifts to us, and pray for your guidance in using them.

We pray for our world with its many problems, asking that our governments and leaders would seek your guidance to work with one another through the present challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Please guide all who are working to find treatment for sufferers, and preventive measures to check its progress. Whilst this is the over-riding concern at present, we ask that our leaders will continue to work for peace, for measures to lessen the harm we are doing to your creation causing the current climate crisis, and for realistic trade deals with other countries. We pray for those trapped in slavery, and the millions of people who have fled their homes and still seek a compassionate reception in strange lands.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We bring to you all who are not in a position to pay tax because they have lost their job, or seen their income drastically reduced, due to the pandemic.  We pray for every person worried about feeding themselves and their families, and for all whose very homes are threatened by inability to pay the rent. We bring to you every child going to school on an empty stomach. Please look after each person, and all those who were taken off the streets at the beginning of lockdown but have now no alternative but to sleep rough again. We ask that our government will find ways to provide for them all. At the end of Prisons Week, we continue to remember the difficulties in our prisons. Please help every governor and staff member; every inmate wanting to turn around their life, and the families who are unable to visit

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Please guide our church leaders. We pray especially that they, and we, may learn from the recent report on abuse within the church and implement safeguarding measures to prevent such abuse in the future. Help our Archbishops, Bishops and parish priests as they digest the report. Grant them wisdom in considering safe options for worship week by week, and in planning for Advent and Christmas.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

In the Priory family, we pray for patience as we suffer the frustrations of not being able to express our worship in traditional ways or come together for usual church activities. We cannot be sure of how to plan for next year's Lifepath and other events; please guide us, Lord. We rejoice with those who have married recently, and those celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. We pray for all who are not well, in hospitals, hospices, nursing or care homes, or at home; please bring them your healing, and the assurance of knowing you are with them. Bring comfort to all who are mourning the death of loved ones, including the family and friends of those killed in a road accident this week. And we pray for the emergency services who cope with traumatic incidents every day.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

As we go into another uncertain week together, we hold on to you and pray: Heavenly Father, grant to each of us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.

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


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