Sunday, 7 February 2021

Sunday intercessions on
7 February 2021,
Creation Sunday

‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it’ (John 1: 4) … evening lights at Knightstown on Valentia Island, Co Kerry (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein (Psalm 24: 1):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the world,
and for all who ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation
and sustain and re-new the life of the earth.

We pray for all who defend democracy and human rights,
for all who stand against racism, prejudice and oppression,
for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Christ ‘is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; … in him all things in heaven and on earth were created … ’ (Colossians 1: 5-16):

Lord Jesus Christ,
on this Creation Sunday, we pray for the Church,
that we may reflect your love for the cosmos.

We pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes
in Co Limerick and Co Kerry,
that we may be blessed in their variety and diversity.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for the Anglican Church of Burundi,
and Most Revd Martin Blaise Nyaboho,
Archbishop of Burundi and Bishop of Makamba.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Clogher,
and the bishop-elect, the Revd Canon Dr Ian Ellis.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer this week,
we pray for those in our dioceses
suffering from despair, depression and addiction.

We pray for our own parishes and people,
and we for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘When you send forth your spirit … you renew the face of the earth’ (Psalm 104: 32):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for all created beings;
we pray for ourselves, for one another as children of God,
for those we love and those who love us,
and we remember those who have brought love into our lives:

We pray for those in need and those who seek healing …
for those working for healing …
for those waiting for healing …
for those seeking an end to this Covid crisis …

We pray for those who are sick or isolated,
at home or in hospital …

Linda … Ann … Daphne … Declan … Sylvia …
Ajay … Ena … Eileen … George … Louise …
Ralph …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …
and we pray for those who pray for us …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for Margaret, Nigel, Brian and their families …
Anne, Pete and their families …

We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially for Alan Fitzell … George Hill … Pete Culley …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
including Kevin … Kathy … Stephen … Dorothy … Kathleen …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on this Sunday:

Lord, we bring before you
all whose lives have been affected by Covid-19.
Give restoration to those who have lost livelihoods,
comfort to those who grieve,
And grant eternal rest to those who have died.

Merciful Father …

‘Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth’ (Proverbs 1: 25) … the Pyrenees on the borders of Spain and France (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use on Sunday 7 February 2021 in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes

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