Prayers of Thanksgiving & Intercession
Intercessor: Joan Thomson
Out of darkness the light shall shine.
(There is a time for silence or for your own prayers between each paragraph).
As we approach the dark days of Lent and begin our journey towards the glorious light and love of Easter, let us reflect on the shining face of Jesus and his love for us.
Lord, we pray for the peoples of countries such as Myanmar, Syria, Yemen and Sudan, whose plight remains largely overlooked as the most powerful countries in the world concentrate on their own health and economic problems. Give our leaders wisdom and may all nations see you shining in hope for the future.
We pray for the church throughout the world, for the Scottish Episcopal Church and all our church leaders. Help to restore and strengthen our faith during this time of suffering and despair. Lord, you are in the midst of us. Keep us fearless in proclaiming your Word and works and make us to be lights in the darkness.
Lord we pray for all keyworkers and their families as they struggle to carry out their responsibilities so that the rest of us can stay safe at home. Let them see your shining hope and give them grace and strength to do what has been asked of them. We give you thanks for the vaccines that have been made so that we can see a brighter future.
Lord, you bring light to places in darkness and hope to all who despair. Help all those suffering from illness, especially Covid 19, and bring them strength and healing. We pray for those with poor mental health and for those recently bereaved. Lord we trust in you because your love is constant, and you are always willing to save us.
We pray in remembrance of those no longer with us; for Callon Smith, John Spens, Alastair Russell & Cliff Ward. May they rest in peace.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, Our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.