Sunday, 10 January 2021

Sunday intercessions on
10 January 2021,
First Sunday after the Epiphany

‘The voice of the Lord is upon the waters’ (Psalm 29: 3) … the Baptism of Christ depicted in a window in Mullingar Cathedral (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

In Baptism, God calls us from darkness to his marvellous light:

Heavenly Father,
We pray that we may be faithful to promises made at our Baptism,
so that your blessing of peace may be gift to all people,
and that your blessings may guide the rulers of the nations and every people.

We pray for all nations torn and divided by war and strife,
and we pray for all peacemakers,
for all who defend democracy and human rights,
for all who are working through this Covid crisis,
that they be filled with wisdom.

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

In Baptism, we are called into the life and faith of the Christian Community:

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may follow in your path.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
and its Primates and Archbishops:
the Most Revd Philip Richardson, Bishop of Taranaki,
the Most Revd Don Tamihere, Pihopa o Aotearora,
and the Most Revd Fereimi Cama, Bishop of Polynesia.

In the Church of Ireland,
we pray this month for the Diocese of Armagh
and Archbishop John McDowell.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray this week
for the Cloughjordan and Borrisokane Group of parishes,
Archdeacon Terry Mitchell,
and the congregations of
Saint Kieran’s, Cloughjordan,
and Borrisokane, Borrisnafarney, and Ballingarry churches.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

In Baptism, give thanks for the grace of the Holy Spirit who forms us in the likeness of Christ and leads us to proclaim the kingdom of God:

Holy Spirit,
we pray for ourselves, for one another as children of God,
for those we love and those who love us,
and we remember those who have brought love into our lives:

We give thanks for new life …
We pray for those in need and those who seek healing …
for those working for healing …
for those waiting for healing …
for those seeking an end to this Covid crisis …

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

Sylvia … Daphne … Declan …
Ajay … Ena … Eileen … George … Louise …
Ralph … Cait …

We pray for those we have offered to pray for …
and we pray for those who pray for us …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for Margaret, Nigel, Brian and their families …
we remember and give thanks for those who have died …
especially Alan …
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time …
including Kathy …
May their memories be a blessing to us …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

A prayer from the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) on the First Sunday after the Epiphany:

Almighty and all-loving God,
Help us, when hope seems lost,
to look to you again
to supply all our needs.

Merciful Father …

A stained glass window of the Baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Peterborough (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

These intercessions were prepared for use in the Rathkeale and Kilnaughtin Group of Parishes on Sunday 10 January 2021, the First Sunday after Epiphany

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