Sunday, 26 September 2021

Sunday intercessions on
26 September 2021, Trinity XVII

‘And if your eye causes you to stumble’ (Mark 9: 47) … the London Eye (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘Our help is in the name of the Lord, who has made heaven and earth’ (Psalm 124: 7):

Heavenly Father,
we pray for the world and the nations of the world,
for those nations where rulers and leaders hold onto power
through violence, coercion and subjugation;
that the hearts of those rulers may be changed,
so that the people may know mercy, peace and justice.

We pray for all who face discrimination …
who are denied equal opportunities …
praying this morning for women and minorities in Afghanistan …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

May these days be ‘turned … from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday, days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts … to one another and presents to the poor’ (Esther 9: 22):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may be signs of the Kingdom of God,
sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday …
promising days of feasting and gladness …
generous in bringing your gifts to the world …

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Meath and Kildare
and Bishop Pat Storey.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for retired clergy in the diocese …

We pray for our Bishop, Kenneth, as he prepares to retire,
we give thanks for the work of the diocesan synod yesterday …
and pray for the work of the General Synod later this week …
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 Episcopal Church …
and the Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry.

In our community,
we pray for our schools,
we pray for all working in the fields at harvest time …
we pray for our parishes and people …
and we pray for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

‘If the Lord had not been on our side … then would the waters have overwhelmed us and the torrent gone over our soul’ (see Psalm 124: 2-4):

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 …
and we pray for those we promised to pray for …

We pray for those who have been baptised, married and ordained in recent weeks …
We pray for families where children, partners and those who are vulnerable …
all who suffer violence, abuse or neglect …

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

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

Ruby … Ann … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Cecil …
We pray for Pakie and Eileen Moloney and family …

We remember all who grieve and mourn at this time …
all who are broken-hearted …
those who have died recently, and those who are about to die …

May their memories be a blessing …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) in its Prayer Diary this morning, the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity, invites us to pray:

Holy Father,
We thank you for the gift of prayer.
May we pray when we are suffering,
And when we are cheerful.
Let us pray for ourselves,
For others and the world.

Merciful Father …

‘… they should make … days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and presents to the poor’ (Esther 9: 22) … the Megillah or Scroll of Esther in a synagogue in Prague (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

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