Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sunday Prayers - 18th September 2011

Intercessions for Holy Communion
at the
Church of SS. Mary & Nicholas, Littlemore, Oxford

18th September 2011, 10 a.m.

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16
The Labourers in the Vineyard


Father, may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

God our Father, Lord of the vineyards in which we toil in your Son’s name, we pray for the Church in this place and throughout the world. We pray for the bishops who serve our dioceses, and for our clergy who care for our parishes, for all congregations who gather in your name in every denomination, to pray your praise and to set it forth before your other children, in word, and work, and example. Hear our prayer for Rowan our Archbishop, and John our Bishop; for Margreet and all, lay and ordained, who serve us here. We pray that the Holy Spirit may bring them vision and joy, commonsense and kindness, guide their deliberations and enlighten their choices.

Father, may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

We pray with joy for this beautiful world which you made and gave to us to look after. Hear our prayer for the those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, elected and unelected, for the work of the United Nations, for those in the Middle East who are discovering new freedoms; may those with power use it wisely and well, and may their people have courage to hold them to account for wrongdoing and cruelty, and gracious hearts and minds to encourage them in the ways of peace and justice;

Father, may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

We pray for our families, and friends and neighbours, for all the communities to which we belong; and we give you thanks that we were made for one another and for you; we thank you for the love and laughter that we share, for the shoulders to cry on, the tables at which to rejoice in fellowship, the pubs and clubs, the bus-stops and shops, where we can make, for however long or brief a moment, new friends;

Father, may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

Hear our prayer for all who suffer in any way, for ourselves, and all who suffer sorrow, anxiety and grief, physical pain or frailty; we pray especially for the families and friends of those who have lately died in the Welsh mining accident; we pray for all whose work is hard and dangerous; we pray for those who face the fear and horror of military combat around the world, and for those who love them; We have been especially asked to pray for …. and in a moment together, aloud or silently, we remember before you the names on our hearts at this time ….

Father, may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

God our Father, you are Love, and in the Divine Trinity in whom we are all baptised, you show us that love, which is immortal and eternal; hear our prayer of thanksgiving for all those we have known who have exchanged this world for the Kingdom of Heaven, we thank you for their love, and we pray for those whose love was never known or never saw the light of day; especially at this time we remember …

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon them

May they rest in peace
And rise in glory

Let us take a moment in silence together to offer our own personal and private prayers to the Lord of the vineyard in which we serve …

Father may our prayer be our work
May our work be our prayer

Merciful father …

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