Sunday, 4 October 2020

Sunday intercessions on
4 October 2020 (Trinity XVII)

A harvest of apples in the orchards at Cappoquin House, Co Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

Let us pray:

We give thanks for the harvests
in the world, in our land, in our communities:

We give thanks for all who work in fields and on farms,
at sea and on land,
in forests and in the air,
in shops, in factories and in offices, in the private sector and the public service, in government and in education,
in the health sector, hospitals and homes,
and for those who have retired
but have given us with a rich harvest in our lives today.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

We give thanks for your Harvest in the Church,
that we may both perceive and know
what things we ought to do.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Anglican Church of Tanzania
and the Most Revd Dr Maimbo Mndolwa,
Archbishop of Tanzania and Bishop of Tanga.

Throughout the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory,
for Bishop Michael Burrows,
and for the people and priests of the diocese.

We pray for our bishop, Kenneth,
and for his ministry, mission and witness …

We pray for all being ordained at this time …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for those who are anxious, frightened, depressed
or in any distress in the dioceses.

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

We give thanks for the harvest in our own lives and families,
praying that we may receive more abundantly from you than we sow:

We give thanks for new life …
for Simon Michael Foley …
for his parents, Nicky White and Rob Foley …
for his sister, Tamsin …
for his grandparents, Hilary and Simon …

We pray for those in need:

In our hearts, we name individuals, families, neighbours,
care homes, hospitals, voluntary groups …

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

Alan … Margaret … Lorraine …
Ajay… Joey … Ena … Trixie …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
We remember, and give thanks for, the faithful departed …
including Margaret Glynn and Sylvia Mitchell, who died this week …
Bertha Marsh, who died last week …
Canon Marie Rowley-Brooks, who died recently …
Richard Langford, whose anniversary occurs at this time …
may their families find comfort and support in the prayers of friends …
may their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer of Saint Francis used today in the prayer diary
of the Anglican mission agency USPG
(United Society Partners in the Gospel):

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me so love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. Amen.

Merciful Father …

These intercessions were prepared for use at the Harvest Thanksgiving services in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, Co Limerick, and Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry, on Sunday 4 October 2020.

A harvest of apples in the orchards at Cappoquin House, Co Waterford (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2020)

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