Sunday, 31 May 2020

Sunday intercessions on
Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2020

‘Spirit of God unseen as the wind’ (Hymn 386) … sunrise on the River Slaney at Ferrycarrig near Wexford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

These intercessions were prepared for use on Day of Pentecost, 31 May 2020, in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes. However, the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 pandemic:

Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray on this Day of Pentecost:

‘May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works’ (Psalm 104: 33):

Loving Father,
may we rejoice in your care for us,
in body, mind and spirit.

Comfort those who are isolated and alone;
sustain and protect frontline workers;
enlighten the minds of those working
to contain the spread of Covid-19
and those searching for a vaccine;

Give hope to schools and places of education,
to teachers and lecturers,
to students and pupils,
to parents and staff;

Give wisdom to the government,
guide all who make difficult decisions,
help us to protect our communities and ourselves.

Give wisdom to people in America
this weekend crying for justice,
condemning racism,
seeking peace.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:
no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’
except by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12: 3):

We pray for the Church,
that we may share that life generously and in abundance.

We pray for churches that are closed this morning,
that the hearts of the people may remain open
to the love of God, and to the love of others.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for the Anglican Church of Melanesia
and the Most Revd Leonard Dawea,
Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Temotu.

In the Church of Ireland, we pray this month for
the Diocese of Connor and the Bishop-elect, George Davison.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Growth, unity and the service of Christ’s church
in our dioceses.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
you are poured out on all flesh (Acts 2: 17):

We pray for ourselves and for our needs,
for healing, restoration and health,
in body, mind and spirit.

We give thanks for new life …
We give thanks for the birth of Verity Rebecca …
and ask for your blessings on her parents, Amy and Damien …
her grandparents, Jennifer and Niall …
her great-grandmother, Ruby …

We pray for one another,
for those who are alone and lonely …
for those who are sick, at home or in hospital …
Alan ... Ajay … Charles …
Lorraine … James … Terry …
Niall … Linda ... Basil …

We pray for those who have broken hearts …
for those who live with disappointment …
We pray for all who are to be baptised,
We pray for all preparing to be married,
We pray for those who are about to die …

We pray for those who mourn and grieve…
for Michelle, Ian, and the Shorten and O’Riordan families …
for Lynn and the O’Gorman, Hodge and Latchford families …
for those who mourn PJ and who mourn Sherry …
may their memories be a blessing …

We pray for those who have asked for our prayers …
and for those we have offered to pray for …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer on the Day of Pentecost,
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

Loving God, on this day of Pentecost, give us a
fresh appreciation for the diversity that we enjoy in
the Body of Christ through your Holy Spirit.

Merciful Father, …

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