Intercessions 7 Oct 2018 by Nick Irens

In the fading summer sun and shortening days,
cooling breeze, swallows flight, moonlight rays.
In the browning leaves and morning mist,
autumn chill, fruit that falls, frost’s first kiss.
We see the Creator’s hand.

Creator God, as you have blessed the Church with abundant grace, keep her faithful in the offering of word and sacrament, knowing all things come from you and return to you. Send out your labourers to gather the harvest of the world, that all may know the riches of your love.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labours of those who harvest them. We pray for all those who bring in the harvest, our farmers and their families, for all those employed in the processing, transport and retail of food, and we pray for a more just distribution of your bounty throughout the world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we remember and pray for those for whom the harvest has failed, who watch their children starve and who have an uncertain future. We pray for those suffering from natural disasters; in particular, we pray for those caught in last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, and we pray for the relief agencies and aid workers in their efforts to help them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, you have given your people a rich land, yet by our sin we have abused it and made a world of greed and sorrow. We are heartily sorry for our negligence in harming your creation and pray that you will help us change our ways. We pray for those who suffer the consequences of our selfishness, that they may come to share our life of comfort and plenty.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, we pray for all those engaged in medical research. Prosper the work of their searching minds, that their labour may be for the welfare of us all.

We pray for all those who are sick, remembering those who are in hospital or nursing homes and those who care for them. Through your abundant love may they find comfort and hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Creator God, your son Jesus Christ is the first fruit of the resurrection and will reap the harvest of the dead in the autumn of their years. We pray that when our time comes, he will gather us together with our loved ones who have gone before, in his garden of joy and happiness.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, as we leave this church today we ask that your guiding hand may be upon our lives and all those we meet in the days and weeks ahead. Inspire us with your spirit, that those who have, may readily share with those who have not.

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


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