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Prayers for 23rd June 2019 – St John’s Church of Ireland

Let us pray

Living God, fountain of goodness, mercy, healing, compassion, love and wisdom,we thirst for your presence in our lives, community, nation and world.

Pour out your steadfast loving kindness upon us when our lives feel parched, or when we are undergoing difficulties or challenges that sap our spirit, or if we sometimes fear that evil is triumphing over good.

Remind us by the wind of your Spirit that you are the creator of all life, that you wish to give meaning to our existence and genuine opportunities to experience you authentically in our quiet times of meditation, prayer, worship and fellowship in the Church, in quiet moments in nature or stillness during our busy lives.

May the light of your countenance warm our souls and inspire us to place our trust in you Father, to follow the example set by the Lord Jesus and to let your Spirit guide us on the path you set before us in life.

May your loving kindness restore us in mind, body and spirit like springs of refreshment when our energy or attention flags or when we  are diverted by the clamour of the world away from placing our trust in you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

God of wisdom, power and truth, help us like your servants of former times to recognise your prophetic utterences and whispers through the encounters, events, people and challenges we face in life. Grant us discernment to recognise and heed your call in our dreams, meditations, worship and prayer life.

In our restlessness, help us to experience wellsprings of peace and retreat from the insistent clamour of the always-on, instant communication and virtual overload of the digital age.

Teach us to seek times of quiet reflection, real conversation and empathic presence as we thank you for listening to our concerns, guiding us in our life decisions, answering prayer and in revelation through your word.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

God of salvation, redeemer, Lord Jesus Christ, Name above all names, lead us Lord to take up your yoke of forgiveness, mercy and love of neighbour and to live in authentic fellowship as your disciples of this age.

Help us restrain judgmental attitudes, grudges and condemnation of those whose lives have been touched by sin, addiction or criminal activity as you remind us of your sacrifice to atone for the sin of the world and for each one of us.

May our faith in you increase as we journey through the time that is alloted to each of us and may our lives reflect your compassion, healing, generosity and sense of  justice towards our neighbours who have little. Inspire us by your example, Lord Jesus, to share our time, talents, riches and possessions with those whom we encounter during our pilgrimage here on Earth.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Creator God, may we be allowed glimpses of your love for us and for all of your creation as we contemplate the challenges of responding urgently and collectively to climate change at individual, family, community and national levels. Help us to remember your call to us in our generation to be good stewards of the world you created and to preserve it for our children and future generations.

We pray for all in our world whose lives are blighted by famine, war, disease, poverty, persecution or extreme weather events. We pray for the relief of their suffering, and for all who suffer through loss, bereavement, homelessness, statelessness, unemployment or familial breakdown.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

God of love and healing, we pray for those whom we know personally in our neighbourhood or community or further afield who are ill, undergoing diagnostic tests, awaiting or undergoing therapy and treatment, aftercare or care at home or in a residential setting.

Lord, bless each person or situation weighing on our hearts and minds, strengthen their families, carers, physicians and health or social care staff. May your blessing, the touch of your Spirit bring resolution, healing and peace at the level and to the degree they need. Spirit of the living God, we take a moment to remember all those who need or have asked for our prayers at this time …

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord of Life, guide and defend your church, inspire and encourage its leaders – we ask your blessing on our rector, Elaine, all the clergy and laity in the diocese and our bishop, Paul, to care for the family of God in body, mind and spirit as true pastors of faith.

Bless their endeavours in the parish and wider society to work for greater interfaith dialogue across the strands of your Christian church and other faith communities,  towards greater understanding, mutual respect and social cohesion.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

And we say together:

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

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