03 October 2021

Sunday intercessions on
3 October 2021, Harvest

Harvest fields on the banks of the River Blackwater at Lismore, Co Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

Let us pray:

God of the universe,
we thank you for your many good gifts.
For the beauty of creation
and its rich and varied fruits,
for clean water and fresh air,
for food and shelter,
animals and plants.

Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Forgive us for the times
we have taken the earth’s resources
for granted, and wasted what you have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds,
so that we would learn to care and share,
to touch the earth with gentleness and love,
respecting all living things.

Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

We pray for all those who suffer as a result of
our waste, greed and indifference, and we pray that
the day would come when everyone
has enough food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
and help us to willingly share your gifts,
today and always.

Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

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

Creator Father,
May we remember that
We are all children of God.
Let us pray for young people,
For they are both the present
And future of the Church.

Merciful Father …

(The ‘Prayer of Gratitude for Creation’ by Fiona Murdoch, Eco Congregation Ireland, was found at the Slate Quarries on Valentia Island)

An autumn crop of apples in the orchard at Cappoquin House, Co Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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