Intercessions

Intercessions

Prayers of intercession written by a member of our Benefice


Intercessions for Sunday 7th August 2022, the eighth Sunday after Trinity

 

We begin with a prayer from the Deanery Prayer List, which today focuses on us, the Benefice of Mudford, Marston Magna, Ashington, Rimpton and Chilton Cantelo. It is good to know that we are joined in our prayers by worshipping communities across the area.

 

We give thanks that services have begun again at Ashington, and that it is playing an active part in the benefice again.

We, also, pray that we can find a way to reach out to the young families who we saw at Marston Magna fair, and to the wider community.  We need a radical rethink.

Amen.


Today, we shall use this response:

Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

Generous God, we thank you for summer sunshine, relaxing holidays, and the beautiful countryside in which we live; for our homes and families, friends and community, and the loving fellowship we enjoy as members of your church. Help us to live our lives in such a way that everyone we meet may encounter you and may come to know something of your loving care and kindness in and through us.

 Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

Creator God, you made the world and all that is in it, and it was good. Even as we give thanks for your gifts, we are conscious that we human beings are the architects of our own downfall. Over the years we have exploited and abused the natural world and other humans to feed our greed. While we relish our creature comforts and our rich and varied diet, help us to remember those who are suffering at this time. There are problems with drought and wildfires in this country but, in many other parts of the world, whole communities are on the brink of extinction in the face of changing weather patterns. Show us the steps we should take as individuals, both to amend our own practices to reduce our reliance on food and energy sources that contribute to the worsening crisis and to put pressure of the decision-makers in government and business, who need to take urgent, responsible, and courageous action to address the issues. We pray that you will breathe your sovereign will into every aspect of our daily lives.  

 Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

Compassionate God, we pray for all who are suffering in the current cost-of-living crisis, for those who are facing real hardship, in the form of those terrible evils, poverty, hunger, homelessness and ill-health, both here in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. We thank you for local organisations, like Christians against Poverty and the Lord’s Larder, and those on the wider stage, like Christian Aid, all striving to do your will in bringing relief to those in need. Show us how you want us to give our support, whether through donations, volunteering, or our prayers.

 Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

 God of Peace, we earnestly beg that you will intervene in situations where terror and violence hold sway. From domestic abuse, through the brutal actions of criminal gangs, to full-scale warfare, the imposition of power over others by force can never be your way. Pour your gentle oil into the turbulent waters of angry and vengeful minds. Make a quiet space so that words of compromise and reconciliation may be heard, and that the pursuit of justice might prevail. We pray for peace in Ukraine and in the many other war zones in our world, and we also pray that we will find a way to follow your command to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

 Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

God of healing, we pray for the sick and the sorrowing, the anxious and the troubled, the lost and the lonely. In particular, we pray for the family and friends of Edie Robinson, who died recently, and for our friend Yvonne, very seriously ill in hospital. In a moment of quiet, let us hold in the light of God’s love these and others who are in our thoughts this morning …………………………………………………

 

We know that healing can take many forms and we know that you will always answer us when we pray in faith.

 Strengthen our faith, O Lord …

…and may we be always ready to serve you.

 

Breathe love into lives ruled by fear
Soften hearts that are hardened by pride
Whisper gently to those bound by chains
Sow peace where conflict divides

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake your son, our saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.