Sunday, 22 August 2021

Sunday intercessions on
22 August 2021, Trinity XII

Pray for the People of Afghanistan … a recent work by the Afghan artist Shamsia Hassani

Let us pray:

‘May all the peoples of the earth know your name and fear you’ (I Kings 8: 43)

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the nations of the world,
and for all who live in fear and hunger for mercy, peace and justice.

A prayer for the people of Afghanistan:

For those who are fleeing: sanctuary
For those who are staying: safety
For those who fighting: peace
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort
For those who see no future: hope.

We pray too for the people of Haiti, Greece and Turkey.
We pray for Ireland, north and south …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life’ (John 6: 68):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be faithful in the ministry of word and sacrament,
and in response to the spiritual and physical hunger of the world.

We pray for our Bishop, Kenneth, as he prepares to retire,
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 Anglican Church of South America,
in six dioceses in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay,
and the Primate, Archbishop Gregory Venables, Bishop of Argentina.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Dublin and Glendalough
and Archbishop Michael Jackson.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Church of Ireland Theological Institute
and all who preparing for ordination.

In our community, we give thanks
for all who work on farms, in schools, in business and industry …
and we give special thanks this morning
for all in sports who give us fun and joy
and a sense of belonging …

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘One day in your courts is better than a thousand’ (Psalm 84: 9):

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 ordination:

We pray for families where children, partners and those who are vulnerable
suffer violence, abuse or neglect …

We pray for those who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and those who seek healing …

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

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

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for all who are broken-hearted,
We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
Gill Killick … Arthur Gilliard …
Yvonne Blennerhassett … Beth Mayes … Stephen …
Myles ‘Miley’ Harty, his fiancée and his family in Askeaton …
May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) in its Prayer Diary this morning, the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, invites us to pray:

Welcoming God,
You make our hearts sing for joy.
May we be doorkeepers in the house of God,
Embracing all who enter.
Let us praise and worship You.

Merciful Father …

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