Sunday, 7 November 2021

Sunday intercessions, 7 November 2021,
Third Sunday before Advent

‘He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched … A poor widow … put in two small copper coins’ (Mark 12: 41-42) … old copper coins on a table top in a pub in Lichfield (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)

Let us pray:

‘Blessed be the Lord … may his name be renowned … He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher’ (Ruth 4: 14-15):

Heavenly Father,
Listen to our prayers for the world,
that you may restore life to and nourish those who suffer
through violence, coercion and subjugation,
and to all who seek mercy, peace and justice.

We pray for all who deal with the problems of climate change …
and for all who demand climate justice …
that we may take to heart the fifth mark of Anglican mission,
‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation,
and sustain and renew the life of the earth.’

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

‘Christ … will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him’ (Hebrews 9: 28):

Lord Jesus Christ,
we pray for the Church,
that we may eagerly await your coming among us …

In the Church of Ireland this month,
we pray for the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
and for Bishop Paul Colton.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this week for the Anglican Church in
Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

In our community,
we pray for our schools,
we pray for our parishes and people …
we pray for our neighbouring churches and parishes,
and people of faith everywhere,
that we may be blessed in our variety and diversity.

And we pray for ourselves …

Christ have mercy,
Christ have mercy.

The Psalmist says, ‘The Lord … gives his beloved sleep’ (Psalm 127: 3):

Holy Spirit, we pray for one another …

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,
we pray this morning for all in our dioceses who have been bereaved in the last year,
that the Lord may comfort them.

Throughout November in this group of parishes,
we remember with thanks all who have died in the past year,

including: Alan Fitzell; Arthur Gilliard; Ena Downes; Gill Killick; Joe Smyth; Kenneth Smyth (whose birthday is today); Linda Smyth;

We remember those who are remembered and mourned by parishioners this month, including:

Jack and Eileen Ryall …
Jack Shorten …
Marian Locke …
Lil Gilliard …
Alan’s sister Hazel …
Brendan Quinlan …
William, Kathleen and Dorothy …
Robert and Lynda Gardiner …
May their memories be a blessing.

We pray for those who feel pain and loss …
for those who are bewildered and without answers …
for those we love and those who love us …
for our families, friends and neighbours …

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

We pray for all who are sick or isolated,
at home, in hospital …
Ruby … Daphne … Sylvia … Ajay … Cecil … Pat … Mary … Ann … Vanessa …

Lord have mercy,
Lord have mercy.

The prayer in the Prayer Diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel), invites us to pray today:

Calling God,
may we follow you
with the conviction of the disciples,
spreading your message of love
wherever we go.

Merciful Father …

Candles on the altar in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, remember seven parishioners who have been buried since last Christmas (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2021)

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