Intercessions for Sunday 7th March 2021

Intercessions for Third Sunday in Lent

Intercessor Kevin Boak

As we individually prepare ourselves to pray, may we still ourselves in God’s presence, putting aside the distractions and preoccupations that can cloud our vision of God. Following Friday’s World Day of Prayer, we rejoice that we are part of a worldwide family of Christians, all praying to influence events for good. Verses from our epistle divide the subject areas; allow time for reflection. 

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1: 18

Gracious God, we offer these prayers for the needs of the world, the Church, our community and ourselves, through your Son Jesus Christ who became man, identified with the human condition and died for the sins of the world.

We pray for our world in all its travails, particularly thinking of those suffering from the Covid pandemic. While we are blessed with a rapid vaccination programme in the UK, we remember those in developing countries with poor medical provision and no vaccines. We pray for peace and stability when there are so many threats to liberty, reflecting on the continuing suffering in Yemen, the curtailment of democratic government in Myanmar, and the persecution of Christians and other minority ethnic and religious groups in many countries. We pray for world leaders that they may seek peace rather than confrontation, and that progress will be made in curbing global warming helped by renewed commitment from the USA. We pray for our nation and leaders as we adjust to the new Brexit arrangements, and as measures to ease lockdown after the pandemic restore economic activity and enable family and friends to be reunited. We pray that the highest standards of truth and integrity will characterise political discourse across the United Kingdom.

For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1: 25

We pray for the worldwide Church that the message of eternal life may be proclaimed boldly. In a world where hope has been in short supply, we earnestly pray that the good news of Jesus Christ will bring comfort to those who mourn and new life to those searching for meaning and inner peace. We pray for the worldwide Anglican Communion, for Justin Archbishop of Canterbury, Mark our Primus and Kevin our Bishop. At a time when the Church feels marginalised and restricted by policy or circumstances, we pray that our own Scottish Episcopal Church will be reinvigorated to bring the hope of Jesus into people’s lives. We pray too for our own church in Helensburgh, as we emerge from the lockdown and trust we can resume corporate worship soon. May we be faithful to our calling to witness in our community. Through our recent shared experiences, and through the season of Lent, may we examine and refresh our individual discipleship.

But we proclaim Christ crucified …. to those who are called …. Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God 1 Corinthians 1: 23, 24

We pray for our local community, for those who have lost jobs or been placed on extended furlough, for families under stress because of poor housing, difficulties with home schooling and poverty. We pray for those experiencing mental health problems arising from months of fear, uncertainty and stress through the pandemic. We pray for those serving our community in the health service and emergency services, remembering especially doctors, nursing and auxiliary staff, in their selfless dedication to the sick.

For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1: 25

We pray for the sick, placing before God those known to us …. (family, neighbours, friends, church members) …. asking for physical and inner healing for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. We pray for successful treatment and recovery for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital in London.

We give thanks for the lives of those who have died, thinking of Harry Yeomans whose funeral took place on Wednesday, and pray for Evanda and the family. We also remember those others known to us who have recently died within our families, church and circles of friends, praying that we may all one day be reunited in your presence in heaven.

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1: 18

We gather our prayers with the saints and angels who worship and serve before the throne of glory. 

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

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