Prayers and Intercessions


in our thoughts and prayers

 

Intercessions for the Baptism of Christ – Epiphany 1 – 10th January 2021

“Prayer is a plant, the seed of which is sown in the heart of every Christian.
If it is well cultivated and nourished it will produce fruit, but if it is neglected,
it will wither and die.”

Jesus is alive.
Love has won the victory over evil and death.

Let us pray:

Everlasting God, we give thanks for this new day and as we gather here this morning as we remember the Baptism of our Lord Jesus.

May we remember our own baptisms and our calling to be Christians, followers of Jesus Christ. May we be filled with joy as we believe in you. Help us to remember that we are your children, loved by you and cared for by you. Help us to care for each other as your beloved children.

After a short Silence: Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father, we pray for the world stuck by coronavirus …

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.”
At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus,
that we may experience your healing love.

Loving Father, as are again in a national lockdown, we know that You are always with us. Where there is weariness, would you bring Your rest; where there is hopelessness, would you bring fresh encouragement; where there is despair, would you bring hope.  

After a short Silence: Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we remember all countries where there is war and conflict; we pray that you will look mercifully upon the sufferings of the people especially the innocent and the poor. We pray for our Queen and Government, for the leaders in the rest of the world. Give them the courage to make wise decisions and meeting the needs of all who suffer especially during this pandemic.

After a short Silence: Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father God, we pray today for our friends, our families and our Christian community, that united by our common baptism we may always welcome the newcomer, the stranger and

Loving God we pray for those who face difficulties in their personal lives. 

We raise before you all who are sick, the bereaved, those with problems in their families, in their relationships, in their neighbourhoods or in their workplace.  Give them a patient faith in their troubles and the knowledge that you share their sufferings with them.

We now especially remember Diana, Mel, Valerie, Paul, Margaret Allen, Jean, Jo, Roy, Claire Scourse, Matt, Jennifer, Christina and others we know of. Comfort and heal them, give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them the joy of your saving love.

After a short Silence: Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Loving and eternal God, we pray for those whose earthly lives have ended. We remember those whose anniversary of their passing falls at this time and for the souls of all who have passed away recently.  We remember especially Lisa, Colin, Jim, Jean and Richard… May they find rest in the eternal joy of heaven and let all who mourn their passing find comfort and peace.

After a short Silence: Let us pray to the Lord: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Faithful God, we thank you for making us your children, for feeding us with the spiritual food which satisfies our longings and for the promise that you listen to our supplications and answer our requests.

And finally let us now pray for ourselves … let us tell the Lord what is of deepest concern in our hearts …knowing that he loves, forgives us and hears our prayer…

(after a silent, longer pause …) 

Father,
we feel loved,
we feel forgiven,
we feel saved.

Thank you for Jesus Christ your Son
who died for us on the cross
and rose again from the dead
and who offers us
true peace and true hope.

Help us to hold on to him
and to follow him
the way, the truth and the life
as we entrust you our prayers
in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.

Amen.

[Revd Dr ST Mattapally, Rector, Springline Parish, Diocese of Lincoln]