Sunday, 21 June 2020

Sunday intercessions on
21 June 2020 (Trinity II)

‘Hagar and Ishmael at the Well’ (1842) by Marshall Claxton (1813-1881), York Museums Trust

These intercessions were prepared for the Second Sunday after Trinity, 21 June 2020, in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes. However, the churches have been closed temporarily because of the Covid-19 pandemic:

Let us pray:

Hagar lifted up her voice and wept. God heard that voice and the angel of God called to Hagar and said to her, ‘Do not be afraid’ (Genesis 21: 16-17).

Heavenly Father,
on this Father’s Day,
incline your ear, O Lord (Psalm 86: 1),
as we pray for all your children.

We pray for all fathers, our own fathers, those missing their fathers today,
all longing to be fathers, and give thanks those who we were loving father figures to us.

In Refugee Week,
we pray for all refugees, and all who work with them.

Comfort all who are victims of racism;
challenge us when we become too comfortable;
give us hope for all that is wonderful.

Comfort those who are isolated, alone and living in fear;
sustain and protect frontline workers;

Give hope to schools and places of education,
give wisdom to our government,
guide all who make difficult decisions,
help us to protect our communities and ourselves.

Give wisdom to all people
crying for justice,
condemning racism,
seeking peace.

We give thanks for the life and years of service of Detective Garda Colm Horkan,
and pray for all those who mourn his death,
including his family and all members of the Garda Siochana.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus Christ:
you were raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,
so we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6: 4):

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 Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
and Most Revd Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba,
Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja.

On Jerusalem Sunday,
we pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls’ (Psalm 122: 6-7),
and we pray for people of all faiths who share the city.

In the Church of Ireland, we pray this month for
the Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh,
and for Bishop Ferran Glenfield.

We pray for our Bishop Kenneth;

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Drumcliffe Union with Kilnasoolagh,
the Revd Kevin O’Brien,
and the congregations of
Saint Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe (Ennis),
Saint Fachtnan’s Cathedral, Kilfenora,
Christ Church Kilfarboy (Spanish Point),
and Kilnasoolagh church.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

Holy Spirit,
Help us to be ‘not be afraid,’
for we are ‘of more value than many sparrows’ (Matthew 10: 31):

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 baby Matilda Dorothy Caroline, born on 4 May …
and ask for your blessings on her parents, William and Karen Langford …
her sister Chloe Dorothy …
her cousins, uncles and aunts …

We pray for one another,
for those who are alone and lonely …
for those who are sick, at home or in hospital …
Alan and Margaret … Ajay … Charles … Tom …
Maria … Niall … Linda … Simon …

We give thanks for Lorraine’s successful treatment.

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…
we remember those who have died recently …
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 Second Sunday after Trinity
in the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG,
United Society Partners in the Gospel:

Loving God, we thank you for the clinics that are
reopening in Jobarpar, Bangladesh,
and we pray for continued growth
and success for the community health programme.

Merciful Father, …

Saint Fachtnan’s Cathedral, Kilfenora, Co Clare … named in the diocesan cycle of prayer this morning (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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