Intercessions for Sunday 18th July 2021

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Intercessor: Rosemary Wilson

After the words “Dear Lord” the response is “Hear our prayer”

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit we bow our heads before You and bring to You the needs of the world. 

First it is our joy to thank You for the beauty of Your creation all around us. After the long months of lockdown our eyes are open wider to appreciate and praise You for the diversity in flowers, shrubs, trees and landscape which lifts our impoverished spirits closer to you. We have learnt the value of these things and the joy of companionship with other people, help us to draw closer to each other in compassion and fellowship, and thus to You. Bind us together as a family of God so that we may attract other people by reflecting Your love. For all Your manifold gifts we praise and thank You. 

In silence we give thanks for special blessings received this week. Dear Lord: Hear our prayer

Loving Father, as we approach the cusp of our release from social restrictions, give us wisdom in our behaviour. Help us to think carefully about the protection of those around us, to show discipline and restraint. Grant that by so doing we may contain the spread of Covid and gradually return to fuller lives in which to serve You. Silence. Dear Lord:Hear our prayer 

Heavenly Father we hold before You the areas of the world where conflict endangers people’s lives, especially in Afghanistan, now left without foreign military deterrents. Give Your pure and peaceable wisdom to the leaders of the nations, and strengthen their resolve to seek an end to violence. 

In our own country we are ashamed of the verbal racist insults directed at our footballers after all their dedication in training. Purge the minds of these unfeeling and unthinking people and let Your love take charge.  Silence  Dear Lord: Hear our prayer 

Loving Father we pray for the leaders of our churches. Give them and us grace to inspire knowledge and faith in You. At the time of uncertainty and anxiety help us to trust in You. Strengthen our resolve to serve You in our lives. 

Take our hearts and souls to love with; Take our minds and wills to pray with; Take our emptied hands to heal with; Take us, body, soul and spirit; Live in us however You will; Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Dear Lord: Hear our prayer Loving Father, we ask Your blessing for grace and guidance to all members of our Royal Family. In all their stresses and strains uphold them by Your Holy Spirit so that they can be beacons of Your love and inspire us all to live closer to You.  Silence  Dear Lord: Hear our prayer

In trust and faith, we commend all members of our community who are suffering in mind, body or spirit. In silence let us bring them before you.We ask Your blessing on all in the National Health Service, all carers and social workers ~ and ourselves. We pray for all who are mourning the loss of a loved one and we remember and give thanks for all the departed; especially, today, Ian Hume and Donald Boak.  Silence

Let us end our intercessions with the prayer of St Francis: 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace;

Where there is hatred, let us sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt , faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive;  It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying that that we are born to eternal life. 

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

Service Sheet: Sunday 18th July 2021

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 76 Christ is made the sure foundation

COLLECT

O God of power and might, all good things belong to you: sow in our hearts the love of your name, and make us grow in the life of faith; nurture the things that are good, and tend them with your loving care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Jeremiah 23. 1­ – 6

Restoration after Exile

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.

The Righteous Branch of David

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

PSALM Psalm 23
R. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. R

He revives my soul and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. R

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 2. 11­ – 22

One in Christ

So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’ a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling­place for God.

GRADUAL HYMN – 193 (Omit v3) Hail to the Lord’s anointed

GOSPEL

Mark 6. 30­ – 34, 53­ – 56

Feeding the Five Thousand

The apostles returned from their mission. They gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

Healing the Sick in Gennesaret

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market­places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 244 In Christ there is no east or west

COMMUNION HYMN – 490 The Lord’s my shepherd

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God, as we are strengthened in these holy mysteries, may our lives be a continual offering, holy and acceptable in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 13 (Omit v3) All hail the power of Jesus’ name

BLESSING

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.page2image24064

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

St Michael’s thank you to Barbara Wenborn

On Sunday, 11 July 2021, we thanked Barbara Wenborn for her services as the church’s organist for 16 years!. Regretfully, Barbara decided to retire; we will certainly miss her playing church’s organ after so many years.

Barbara is a Maid of Kent, who arrived in Helensburgh in Sept 2003 with her husband, Malcolm. They joined StM & for the last 16 years, Barbara has been an organist with specific responsibility for Choral Evensong. Pre Covid, StM was the only church in Argyll offering weekly Choral Evensong & this was primarily down to Barbara, who built a reputation of being an Evensong specialist!

Thank you, Barbara!

Service Sheet: Sunday 11th July 2021

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 25 AIIeluia, alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise

COLLECT

O God, you have prepared for those who love you good things no eye has seen: pour into our hearts such love of you, that, by loving you in all things and above all things, we may be worthy of your promises, which surpass all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Amos 7. 7 – ­15
This is what the Lord God showed me: The Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by; the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.’
Amaziah Complains to the King
Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent to King Jeroboam of Israel, saying, ‘Amos has conspired against you in the very centre of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. For thus Amos has said, “Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile away from his land.”’ And Amaziah said to Amos, ‘O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, earn your bread there, and prophesy there; but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.’ Then Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of syca more trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”

PSALM Psalm 85. 8­ – 13
R. Show us your mercy, O Lord, and Grant us your salvation.

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him. Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. R

Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring up from the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. R

The Lord will indeed grant prosperity, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness shall go before him, and peace shall be a pathway for his feet. R

EPISTLE

Ephesians 1. 3 – ­14

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

GRADUAL HYMN – 288 King of glory, King of peace

GOSPEL

Mark 6. 14­ – 29

The Death of John the Baptist

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, ‘John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘It is Elijah.’ And others said, ‘It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.’ But when Herod heard of it, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.’ For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.’ And he solemnly swore to her, ‘Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.’ She went out and said to her mother, ‘What should I ask for?’ She replied, ‘The head of John the baptizer.’ Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, ‘I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.’ The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 200 (Omit v3) Hark! the sound of holy voices

COMMUNION HYMN – 462 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Living God, in this sacrament we have shared in your eternal kingdom. May we who taste this mystery forever serve you in faith, hope and love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 293 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

BLESSING

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 11th July 2021

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Intercessor: Joan Thomson

Those who speak out God’s will are bound to be vulnerable to rejection and abuse.

To the words: Show us your loving kindness O Lord

Please reply: And grant us your salvation

Father, we pray for more thankful hearts to bless you, because the gifts we receive from you are so much more than we deserve. We pray for all Benedictines as the Church remembers Benedict of Nursia today. We give thanks for the work of our church in the community, for Kevin our Bishop, Dom our Rector and Kevin our Lay Reader and their families. We pray that, as we are permitted to meet informally once again, that our church community may shine with goodness and love, humility and truth. We thank you, Father, for the gift of music this church has received over so many years. We ask your blessing on all who have made music in this place – our choir and our organists. We think especially today of the pleasure Barbara has given us with her organ playing and her dedication and ask you to give her strength to enjoy her retirement.  Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father we give you thanks for John the Baptist and the way he stood against an evil regime in which Herod abused his position. Keep us and our local, national and world leaders from contempt for what is just and true in your eyes. We thank you for the gift of your kingdom to us. We rejoice in our freedom and the freedom of our Church and country. We pray for all those who protest in all corners of the world, against dictatorship and corruption, and who give their lives for truth and freedom. We remember all those who are persecuted for their faith in you and for making a stand against evil. Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father, we pray that our households and neighbourhoods may be areas of praise and thankfulness, not only in the places where we are comfortable, but particularly through these disturbed and difficult times. We pray for our hope and strength to increase in the face of this new wave of Covid 19. We remember before you all who are slaves to sin. We pray for drug addicts, alcoholics and those who gamble away their lives. We ask your love to strengthen all who are in homes where there is oppression and where lives are not valued. We pray for all who suffer mental anguish or physical pain.  Silence

Show us your loving kindness O Lord: And grant us your salvation.

Father, we pray for all those on our prayer list and those suffering illnesses who are known to us personally. Lord we pray for the time when your kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. We join our prayers with our loved ones departed, remembering today the family of Donald Strachan, and with all your saints praying that we may all know your rule and enjoy your presence. Silence

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

[Watch] Celebration of the Eucharist for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, 4 July 2021

Celebration of the Eucharist for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost led by the Reverend Dom Ind from St Michael and All Angles Church. on Sunday, 4 July 2021.

For the weekly service sheets, please click on this link: https://www.stmichaelhelensburgh.org.uk/2021/07/03/service-sheet-sunday-4th-july-2021-sixth-sunday-after-pentecost/

Service Sheet: Sunday 4th July 2021, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS’ CHURCH, HELENSBURGH

Charity Registered in Scotland SC006468 

INTROIT HYMN – 296 Let all the world in every corner sing

COLLECT

O Lord, let the world be ordered in peace, according to your will: that your people may be free to worship you with joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Ezekiel 2. 1­ – 5

The Vision of the Scroll

The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. When I saw this, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of someone speaking. He said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.

PSALM Psalm 123
R. Our eyes look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us his mercy.

To you I lift up my eyes, to you enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he show us his mercy. R

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt, Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, and of the derision of the proud. R

EPISTLE

2 Corinthians 12. 2­ – 10
I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given to me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

GRADUAL HYMN – 268 Jesus Christ is waiting

GOSPEL

Mark 6. 1­ – 13

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Jesus came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

The Mission of the Twelve

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

OFFERTORY HYMN – 514 Thou, whose almighty word

COMMUNION HYMN – 463 Sweet sacrament divine

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God, may we who have shared in holy things never fail to serve you in your world, and so come to the fullness of joy, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN – 188 Guide me, 0 thou great Redeemer

BLESSING

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

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Scripture quotations from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA amended according to the Revised Common Lectionary in NRSV. Psalm from the Book of Common Worship of the Church of England. Collect, Prayer after Communion and Blessing from Scottish Liturgy 1982 with Propers and Revised Common Lectionary published by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Edinburgh 2006.

Intercessions for Sunday 4th July 2021

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Commemoration

Intercessor: Jane Taylor

To the wordsLord, in your mercy’, the response is Hear our prayer’

Holy and mighty God, the light of your Word probes the darkest corners of the world, and flings open the shutters of our souls.

Your voice sounds the trumpet-call of freedom, calling us to leave behind our dull and spirit-cramping existence,and stride forth in a blaze of confidence and joy to announce the news of your coming, and to make your glory known.

Gracious Lord, in the same way that you have created us as unique and precious reflections of yourself: so you have assigned each one of us our own particular role in the work you are doing on earth, according to our own special gifts and talents.

As we remember this, and ask your help in discerning how best we can serve you: we thank you and praise you for your love and goodness, your tenderness and generosity: and for all the blessings that you shower upon us, day by day.

Father in Heaven, whose compassion knows no bounds, and who longs for our trust and confidence: we seek your mercy, your help and your healing for the earth, and for all that is in it.

May your Church be true to you, and blessed by the power of your Holy Spirit: that she may be faithful in all you have commissioned her to do, and by her teaching and example, bring all people to your love and grace. Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Bless Elizabeth, our Queen; Strengthen her for her task, and speak to her government: that our land may be ruled with fairness and compassion, the weakest be defended, and none be left without a voice. Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We pray for people and places everywhere, suffering hardship and violence, cruelty and oppression.

Especially we remember those doing their best to survive amid war and conflict; famine and disease.

Those who have been forced to flee home and country; all prisoners and captives, and those trying to cope with the weary anxiety of illness; the frustration of handicap, and the pain of bereavement and grief. Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

May all whose lives are broken know the comfort of your Presence, and find hope and a fresh start through you: Lay your hand upon them, that the nightmare of their existence may be ended, and they find new life: and let us not rest until we have done all that we can to eradicate the causes of their trouble. Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all who seek to walk in the way of Christ, that we may serve one another; that we may love as Christ loves us, and that we may help build a world of fairness, understanding and love. Silence

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

In silence, now, we make our own private prayers for those whose particular needs are close to our hearts ……………

Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer

We remember, O Lord, with thanksgiving, the community of saints in heaven; the faithful departed, and those dear to us, who are at rest in you. May we, in our time, take up the work they have laid down and so carry the torch of Christ that when our day is ended, the evening shadows lengthen

and we prepare for our own rest: we may look forward to joining them, and eternal life in your Presence with dancing hearts and joyful spirits: through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Messenger – July | August 2021

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Front cover The Messenger 07|08 2021

Intercessions for Sunday 27th June 2021

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Intercessor: Richard Horrell

Everlasting God we are gathered together in love and fellowship, hear us now as we bring before you our cares and our needs.

And so we pray for your church throughout the world, for Christians everywhere meeting in small house groups, in rural and town churches and in great city cathedrals. Grant that we and all your people may be built up in our faith and show in our lives the love we see in Jesus.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Lord God, we give you thanks for our church here in Helensburgh, for Mark our Primus,Kevin our Bishop, Dom our Rector and Kevin our Lay reader. We pray for all who minister and preach and who enlarge and enrich our understanding of God and help us to respond to his love.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Holy God, we pray for Christians working in places of power and influence who make decisions which affect the lives of so many people. We ask you to bless those who work in politics, in the media, in advertising and in the financial markets. May they all know what to say and how to act for the benefit of all people and at all times to be true and faithful to you. We pray for Mothers’ Union members throughout the world who are working to minimise the effect of the Covid pandemic in their communities wherever they are living.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Father God we pray for those whom we love, family and friends who are the special people in our lives wherever they may be. We pray for their hopes, their fears, their problems and their needs but most of all we thank you for each one of them and for what they give and mean to us.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, todays gospel showed the tremendous faith of a sick woman.  Help us to learn from this “that we should always pray and not give up” and that if we “ask it will be given to us.” We raise before you now all those who we know who need to touch the hem of Jesus garments and receive health and healing in their lives especially those affected in any way by Coronavirus.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Merciful God, into your caring hands we commit those who have died and we pray for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. This morning we pray in remembrance of Donald Boak, priest. May he rest in peace.

(Short Silence)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer

Gracious God, we have laid before you our concerns and now we offer you our thanks and praise for all the blessings and gifts you lavish on us. In the weeks ahead help us to keep the faith as deeply and passionately as Jairus and the woman at the lake.

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