Intercession Prayer For Sunday 6th October 2013

The 19th Sunday of Trinity

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who freely gives us His spirit of wisdom and grace, we say to you our prayer our thanks, of praise and of our concerns for ourselves, for Your Church and for Your world given into our stewardship.

 This morning, Your sun rose over this planet anew. May the new day that the sun brings shine with your light to be a beacon for all people showing them the way to you, led by the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ and guided by Your Holy Spirit.

With each dawn, You give us a new opportunity to become closer to You Father, yet so often we find ourselves distracted by other things. We do not trust you as we should, we do not thank you as we should for your gifts, especially your greatest gift, the grace of Your Son, through whom we are forgiven and at the feet of whom we may lay our troubles:

Father above,
Thank you for this morning
Thank You for this day
Thank you that I with all my trouble to You may come. 

You are ushering in another day
untouched and freshly new,
so here we are to ask You God
if You’ll renew us too?

Paul reminded Timothy to “not be ashamed to testify about our Lord”.  Let each of us take Paul’s message to heart as we, each in our own way, spread the gospel in love and faith, not just in duty.

As we approach harvest time, we pray for everyone who will be hungry because their crops have failed. We pray for places where that failure is because of weather, flooding or drought, because of mismanagement or dishonesty, or because of violence and war, where a crop has not failed but has been destroyed.

We remember those whose harvest will be only that gleaned by scavenging scraps, or begging from others to feed themselves and their families.

Our Father in heaven, we pray for the refugees fleeing war or poverty, persecution and terrorism. This week we pray especially for the refugees from, Somalia and Eritrea, who died when their boat sank, because of a fire close to Lampedusa off the coast of Italy and we pray for families they left behind. Father we ask for Your mercy upon the souls of the dead and Your comfort, strength and healing their families and the survivors of the disaster.

We thank You for the work of the rescuers, for the strength you gave to each one of them to deal with the horrors of recovering the bodies, especially of the children. We pray that in the places where these and people like them are so desperate as to risk their lives to escape, You will bring peace, stability and prosperity.

God and Father, we remember with gratitude St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day was this week (4th October) and of whom the present Pope Francis is his namesake. We thank You for St. Francis humanity and the help and care he gave to the poor and impoverished. May we learn from his example and in this time of concern for the environment, remember his teaching, that it is the ‘duty of all creatures to praise God and the duty of mankind to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God’s creation and as creatures ourselves’.

Healing and comforting Father, we bring to you those who we know that need the restoration only you can give for broken bodies, broken minds and broken spirit. There are many who need your gentle touch and you know them all. We bring to you now in prayer those whom we know in our families, in our; our friends and acquaintances and our families and in a few moments of quiet and stillness within our hearts, we tell you our own cares and concerns.

Spirit of wisdom and grace, who knows us all better than we know ourselves

Forgive the many errors,
that we made yesterday,
and let us try again dear God,
to walk closer in Thy Way. 

But Father, we are well aware
we can’t make it on our own.
So take our hands and join them tight
for we can’t walk alone.

Merciful Father, accept this prayer for the sake of Your Son, our Saviour, Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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