This Week’s Intercessions

Second Sunday in Lent

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

We pray for our church
As we follow in the footsteps of Abraham & Moses, may we be led up by the Spirit, to examine our own consciences, and trying to better adhere to the Christian pathway, and go forward with confidence, throughout this season of Lent.
On this Sunday we pray for our pastoral Assistants at St. Christopher’s Church, Liz and Margaret.
We pray for people in the many areas of the world where there is religious intolerance of Christians, and of peoples of the other faiths, leading to acts of suppression and violence.  We earnestly pray, that those taking part, may see the error of their ways, so that tolerance and peace may come about.

Strengthen Andrew & Jo our bishops and all your Church in the service of Christ; that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world.

We pray for the world.
 We pray for all those affected by the coronavirus, both in body or in mind, health-wise and economically. We ask for your help to guide those in authority, to find wise solutions, as our world goes through the climax of this epidemic. 
May we ordinary people help each other and share what we can:
By ourselves following instructions
By trying to protect other people
By trying not to panic
Please help people to resist temptation to panic–buy food & other goods
Please help us to remain calm and sensible as we go about the daily necessities of life.

We pray for all those caught up in wars and unrest in our world.  As we go to our warm beds each night, we pray for your help to those families sleeping in the open as they try to reach safety from bombed homes in Idlip in Syria. We earnestly hope for urgent political solutions.

We pray for all people adversely affected by the recent storms and extra rainfall in our country, including those whose homes are still flooded or uninhabitable.  We ask your help to influence people to do what is necessary to safeguard our planet’s precious resources, now and in the future.  May we eventually reverse the damage done, which has led now to accelerating climate change, and to pollution of our Earth with plastics and other materials.

On this International Women’s Day we celebrate women’s achievements, and ask your help for women who are ill-treated by partners or others.
Give wisdom to all in authority
And direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace
That we may honour one another and seek the common good

We pray for the local community
We give thanks for all the effort that Jane & Caroline, with the team of helpers, put into Messy Church.  We give thanks for all people helped by this community activity, and pray that more people may be drawn here, and so discover the Christian message of love and peace.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours; 
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

We pray for the sick
At this time we pray especially for Peter, and others on our parish prayers list, and in a moment of silence those known to us

We bring before you all those ill from the usual winter ailments of flu and now the coronavirus.  We pray for those who have to continue in pain, as their operations are postponed, to free-up hospital beds. We pray that all who are suffering may be cared for, and especially for the homeless.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit…give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.

We pray for the departed and those who mourn…. 

Please support us and lend us strength, as we ‘fellowship friends’ and ‘community friends’, join with her family this week, to mourn the passing from this Earth of our dear friend Maureen Price. We give thanks for her very full earthly life and a peaceful ending.
We bring before you the family of Dorothy Lloyd Lewis and others on our parish prayer list.
We think of people whose lives were special to us 
Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ…according to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St Christopher and of all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

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