Sunday, 25 July 2021

Sunday intercessions on
25 July 2021, Trinity VIII (Saint James)

Feeding the 5,000 … a modern Greek Orthodox icon

Let us pray:

‘The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of earth’ (Psalm 14: 2):

Lord God, who hears the cry of the poor and the cry of creation,
we pray for the world, for the kingdoms and the nations of the world,
that they too may hear the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth,
that those with power and privilege may turn their hearts to justice, mercy and love.

We pray especially for those nations suffering
the destruction caused by climate change, by violence, racism and oppression.

We pray for justice, mercy and peace,
for all prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience,
for all people and families living with addictions.

We pray for Ireland, north and south,
We give thanks for all who are responding
to the pandemic crisis …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘It is I; do not be afraid’ (John 6: 20):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
in ‘A Time Such as This’,
marked by pandemic, racism and violence,
that we may not be afraid to speak out
for those who need relief and deliverance.

We pray for our Bishop, Kenneth,
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Scottish Episcopal Church,
and the Primus, the Most Revd Mark Strange,
Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry,
with which we will be united,
and for Bishop Patrick Rooke.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for the Clonfert group of parishes,
the Revd Olive Henderson, and the congregations of
Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Clonfert,
St Paul’s Church, Banagher,
Saint John the Baptist, Eyrecourt, and Christ Church Portumna.

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

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘God is in the company of the righteous … the Lord shall be their refuge’ (Psalm 14: 5, 6):

Holy Spirit,
we pray for one another …

We pray for those we love and those who love us …
we pray for our families, friends and neighbours …
we pray for all on holidays …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …

We prayer for those preparing for baptism and for marriage.

We pray for those who feel rejected and discouraged …
we pray for all in need and those who seek healing …

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

Ruby … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia …
Ajay … Adam … Pat … Trixie …

We pray for all who grieve and mourn at this time …
for all who are broken-hearted,
trying to come to terms with the loss of loved ones,
including the Killick, Gilliard and Blennerhassett families …
We remember and give thanks for those who have died …
giving thanks for the lives of Gill Killick … Arthur Gilliard … Yvonne Blennerhassett …
May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) held its annual conference this past week. On this, the Eighth Sunday after Trinity, USPG invites us to pray:

Almighty Lord,
May we rejoice in Your name.
Fill our mouths with laughter,
And our tongues with shouts of joy.

Merciful Father …

‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ (John 6: 5) … bread on sale in a bakery in Platanias near Rethymnon in Crete (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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