Intercessions, August 2020

[Intercessions for Sunday 23 August, Trinity 11, Proper 16a]

Father in heaven, we give you thanks for your love, and the enormous gift of Jesus, the promised Messiah and vital rescuer of humanity. As we remember all that you have given, we regret the ways in which we have not used these gifts as well or as fully as we might. We know that there is still plenty in us that needs sorting out and putting right. Have mercy on us, forgive us many failings, and give us the faith which will let your transformation of what we are continue effectively, for your glory.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Thank you for the reminder of all those you have blessed in the past, recorded in the pages of scripture, and also in our lives and the histories of the congregations to which we belong. Thank you, too, that your blessings have not been neutralised by human failings or frailty. We ask your strength and direction for today’s Church. For its leaders and planners [and we remember especially Adrian our Vicar, and John our Bishop], for its members, and for those who have drifted away from Christian fellowship. May we be built together on Christ the cornerstone, using the gifts you give for your glory.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

[Remembering our brother and sister Christians around the world, we pray today for those in the Talgarth-Llyswen Ministry Area, lead by Canon Rowland Edwards, and for the Church of the Province of South East Asia – the varied communities of Indo-China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Phillipines. May we value our unity in Christ, and look forward to sharing more fully in God’s Kingdom.] – or use other diaries of prayer, from Church, mission agency, or other source.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.]

As we pray for the community in which we live, we remember the confusion over exam grades, and all the students and staff caught up in uncertainty. Help those who are particularly affected, and those who want to learn but are not sure how teaching will be delivered or how college life will work out.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

We pray too for those whose work has been changed, or disappeared, with Covid 19. For them, and for those trying to plan our economy in a new situation, give hope and opportunity. May our new world be different, but in important ways better, than our old one. In particular, let us find ways of keeping some of the peacefulness and lack of pollution in a transition to greener, more climate friendly living.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Help those in trouble or crisis. Those who found the stress of lockdown hard. Those who are ill, or worried by the threat of illness, and those who care for them, as health professionals, carers or friends. Let those who are dying be aware of your love and your presence.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

Help us each to know what is most important for our faithful living now. Guide us to understand the gifts you have given us to use, and to know the transforming work you long to do within us. Let us delight in all that Jesus has won, and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit.

Merciful Father,

accept these prayers, for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.