18 July 2021

Sunday intercessions on
18 July 2021, Trinity VII

‘He saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd’ (Mark 6: 34) … part of the panel over the east porch door in Saint Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, Co Cork (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Let us pray:

‘You are my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation’ (Psalm 89: 26):

Lord God of test tube and blueprint,
we pray for the world, for the kingdoms and the nations of the world,
that they may know your peace and your healing.
We pray especially for those nations suffering through war, tyranny, injustice and oppression.

We pray for justice, mercy and peace,
for all prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience,
for all people and families living with addictions.

We pray for the people of Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands and Austria,
and all who are suffering in floods and storms.
We pray for Ireland, north and south,
We give thanks for all who are responding
to the pandemic crisis …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘He saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things’ (Mark 6: 34):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be filled with compassion,
reach out in hope
and be a source of healing for those who are ‘like sheep without a shepherd’.

We pray for all in leadership in the Church, that they may seek to what is right … even when it is not popular.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth,
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda,
the Anglican Church in Rwanda,
and Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, Bishop of Shyira.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry,
with which we will be united,
and for Bishop Patrick Rooke.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
the diocese is praying for the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of parishes,
Canon Patrick Comerford, Siobhán Wheeler,
and the congregations of Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton,
Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin,
and Holy Trinity Church, Rathkeale and Castletown Church.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘The love I have pledged … will I keep for ever’ (Psalm 89: 28):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …

We pray for those we love and those who love us …
we pray for our families, friends and neighbours …
we pray for all on holidays …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …

We prayer for those preparing for baptism and for marriage.

We pray for those who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and those who seek healing …
in ‘villages or cities or farms … in the market-places.’

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

Ruby … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Adam … Pat …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for all who are broken-hearted,
trying to come to terms with the loss of loved ones,
including the Casey and Gilliard families …
We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
giving thanks for the life of Arthur Gilliard …
May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) holds its annual conference this week. On this, the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, USPG invites us to pray:

Almighty God,
We have much to learn.
Teach us your ways of righteousness, your gospel of love.
May we be faithful servants, eager to do your will.
Bless us in all we do.

Merciful Father …

He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while’ (Mark 6: 31) … at the end of the beach in Lahinch, Co Clare last weekend (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

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