09 August 2020

Sunday intercessions on
9 August 2020 (Trinity IX)

‘Peace. Be still’ … Christ calming the storm in the upper half of the Cameron window in the north chancel of Saint Seiriol’s Priory Church, Penmon, Anglesey, with Saint Seiriol, Saint Cybi and the Priory buildings below … see Matthew 14: 22-33 (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name (Psalm 105: 1).

We pray for the universal Church of God;

We pray for the bishops of the Church of Ireland
and the staff of the diocese and the Representative Church Body,
who have continued to work throughout this crisis.

We pray for our own bishop, Kenneth.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Anglican Church in Rwanda,
and the Most Revd Laurent Mbanda,
Archbishop of Rwanda and Bishop of Shyira.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough,
for Archbishop Michael Jackson,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Kilmoremoy Union of parishes in the Diocese of Killala,
their rector, the Ven Stephen McWhirter,
and the congregations of Saint Anne’s, Easkey,
Saint Michael’s, Ballina,
and the churches in Kilglass and Killanley (Castleconnor).

We give thanks for the years of faithful service and ministry
given to this parish and diocese by Edward Buckingham

We pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and pray for the Revd Bernie Daly as she prepares to
come to Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, as Dean’s Vicar.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified … But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid’ (Matthew 14: 26-27)

We pray for the nations of the world:

We pray for our own government and all governments
that have tried to find ways of dealing with this crisis,
thanking God for the blessings
of wise decision makers and advisers …

We pray for the people of Beirut and Lebanon …
the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki …

We pray for the local community:

We give thanks for frontline workers,
essential services that have kept working …
for our schools … the gardai …
for community volunteers who keep in touch with the housebound …
for those who return to work … those who wait to return to work …
those who have no work to return to …
for business owners who try to keep going …
for those who still live with fear …
for the people of Kildare, Laois and Offaly …

In this time, known in the Church as Ordinary Time,
we give thanks for all the ordinary things
we have taken for granted.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his face continually’ (Psalm 105: 4)

We pray those in need:

In our hearts, we name individuals, families, neighbours,
care homes, hospitals, voluntary groups …

We pray for those who are sick or isolated, at home or in hospital …
Brian … Alan … Lorraine …
We pray for those we have offered to pray for …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
We remember, and give thanks for, the faithful departed …
including Jack and Eileen Ryall, whose anniversary is this week …
We pray for the Casey and Byrne families,
the Ryall and Shorten families …
the Helen family …
may their families find comfort and support in the prayers of friends …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer for peace on the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
written by the Revd Dr Elizabeth J Smith of the Anglican Church of Australia:

Let us pray for an end to all violence and war,
and especially for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.
We ask forgiveness for all the wars ever fought
in anger, greed or hunger for power,
with conventional or nuclear weapons.
Teach us just and gracious ways to live as neighbours.
God of peace, hear our prayer.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for Castletown Church, Kilcornan, Co Limerick, and Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale, Co Limerick, on Sunday 9 August 2020 (Trinity IX)

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