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Prayers of Intercession
Sunday July 14th 2019

• Lord, we bring our own needs, and those of our neighbours and friends to you, and entrust them to your love and generosity, as we confidently pray: In today’s Gospel, we are reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan, who showed compassion and love to a total stranger in need. We pray that we too become good Samaritans in our daily lives, and that we heed the call of Jesus, when he tells us: “Go and do the same yourself”.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• We pray for the volunteers in our communities who commit themselves to the care and welfare of those who are less well-off in our society: the sick, the poor, the homeless and the lonely. We pray to the Lord, that he gives them the energy and commitment to continue, especially when they sometimes feel discouraged.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

• We pray for our young people, who are, at this time, experiencing the joy of school holidays and Summer camps. We pray that they get the sunshine they deserve and that, in a safe and happy environment, they learn to appreciate the wonders of nature and the companionship of friends.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• We pray for good weather, Lord, for the farmers, who depend on it, to bring to a successful outcome, the fruits of their labour. Give them sufficient sunshine and water to ripen and mature their crops, and to keep their animals strong and healthy. We remember, also, people in other parts of the world (in New Orleans, for example), for whom extremes of weather present big challenges.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• Lord, we pray for friends, family and neighbors who are ill at this time. Bless all that is being done for their recovery, and answer our prayers for them as
you see best. We bring their concerns and worries to you, in the quietness of our hearts, and with con?dence that you love us, and know our every need.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• We remember all who have suffered bereavement through the death of loved ones – those who have died peacefully and those who have died as a result of violence. Comfort them, Lord, in their loneliness and in their loss. Help them, as they struggle to balance their need to grieve with the, day to day, practical and organizational diffculties they face, as they try to get their lives back on an even keel. Help us to be agents of assistance to them, when our involvement is appropriate.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• We pray, Lord for our religious leaders. We pray for our Bishop Paul and his family; for Revd. Elaine and her family; and for all who minister here in the Carrigaline Union of Parishes, in many different
capacities. We remember people who experience abuse or hostility because of what they believe. Give them the strength to have the courage of their convictions, and grant that the perpetrators of prejudice and intolerance in our society will see the error of their ways.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.


• We now take a few moments in silence, to bring before you Lord, our private and personal prayers.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We now say together: Merciful Father,
accept these our prayers,
For the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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