Intercessions for Sunday 25th April 2021

Easter 4

Intercessor: Kevin Boak

The Lord is our Shepherd; knowing his care for us, let us pray. To the words, ‘The Lord is our Good Shepherd’, the response is, there is nothing we shall lack. 

For all who shepherd others as bishops and pastors, and for all in their care; thinking of our own diocese we pray for vacant charges and for efforts to appoint new priests. We pray for Christians threatened and under attack because of their faith, and for all whose ministry feels demanding, particularly those in the front line of providing meals and care for communities suffering deprivation during the Covid crisis. For a greater affection and care, one for another, in the Church. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

We pray for all in positions of leadership and influence in our world, that they may use that power for good; we pray for countries where tensions are high and for all working for peace and reconciliation between nations and faiths. We remember political leaders in our own nation, whether serving in Westminster or Holyrood, and for all candidates standing in the Scottish elections on the 6thMay, that honesty, courtesy and realism may prevail in our political discourse. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

We pray for all who provide essential services in society, thinking especially of the NHS and emergency services, for local authority social services departments and care home workers, who have faced high risk from infection in the past year. We remember too, charities and voluntary services that do so much to provide care and support for the needy and sick. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

On this Sunday we bid farewell to Angela Russell, as she moves south to be with family. We thank you for her faith, her many gifts and her long association with this church, not least for her contribution to the Mothers’ Union and the church choir. Bless and strengthen her as she becomes involved in a new church and community in Twickenham. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

We pray for those who are wandering, lost and aimless, with no idea that any Good Shepherd exists; for those who face illness or are waiting for delayed treatment without spiritual hope, for those who are facing death unaware they are precious and valued by the God who loved them into being. In our prayers this morning, we pray especially for the Rev. Angela West, once at Craigrownie Church, who is seriously ill with cancer. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

We remember those who have died in faith, that the Good Shepherd, who understood what it is to die, will keep them in eternal security in the great sheepfold as we await the resurrection of the dead. We name Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Nette Lawrence and Richard Todman. We give thanks for those close to us who have gone before, released from the travails of this earthly life. Silence

The Lord is our Good Shepherd, there is nothing we shall lack.

We pray in thankfulness for your shepherding of us, and own you as our Good Shepherd in whom we are kept safe for ever.

We will now have a period of silence to offer our own petitions.

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

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