Intercessions for Sunday 5th September 2021

Sea Sunday

These intercessions are in the form of a litany. I will say a short prayer and the response will be “In your mercy, Lord Hear us”. There will be a number of silences for you to make your own petitions on the subject.

Merciful and gracious God we pray for the worldwide Christian Church, especially for those living in countries where it is hard or forbidden to be a Christian. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for our Scottish Episcopal Church and primus Mark, for our Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, and our bishop Kevin. We also pray for our own church here at St Michael’s and our Rector Dom, Lay Reader Kevin and all who worship here. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

Although Helensburgh is a naval base, this Sea Sunday we pray, not only for the Royal Navy, but also for the merchant navies of the world, and the one and a half million seafarers engaged in international shipping. They keep us supplied with produce and raw materials from around the world and export our produce to pay for it. They have been facing great difficulties since the advent of Covid. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

In particular we pray for the men and women who, because of Covid restrictions imposed by national or port authorities, have not been allowed to step ashore for a break or exercise for many months (in at least one case, for 18 months) In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

These restrictions on getting ashore or on board and the unavailability of flights to/from their homelands makes crew changes very difficult. This has also resulted in hours of work on board having to increase to cover crew shortages and much longer intervals between opportunities to visit their families. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for seafarers who been marooned on ships abandoned by owners in financial difficulties: often left without food or fuel and without pay. We also pray for their families who have lost, for the time being, their principal bread-winner. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for the work of the Missions to Seafarers and their worldwide, physical mental and spiritual support to seafarers who are suffering, despite restrictions on their access to ships. Bless their ways of using modern technology to help seafarers keep in contact with their families (such as pre-paid mobile phones) and old methods (like buckets on the ends of ropes) to deliver toiletries, books and other literature to isolating crews. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for fishermen often facing great risks in their work. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for lifeboat crews as they keep people, working on or enjoying the sea, safe. Thank you Lord for their selfless courage In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for our families and friends, those who mean so much to us. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for the sick in body, mind or spirit and for all who care for them. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

We pray for those who have died recently and those who grieve for them. In your mercy, Lord hear us.

Silence

Lastly we pray for ourselves , that we may ever draw nearer to You and do what You want us to do.

O God of unchangeable power and love, look favourably on these our prayers today. AMEN

Intercessor: Joan Sadden

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