Prayers for Sunday 3rd May

 
Good Lord
Keep us under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all those who are brought low, that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord in your mercy – Hear our prayer
Dear Lord
We ask you to help all the heads of state throughout the world and for our own country, our Queen, Elizabeth and all her family. For all ministers and those in authority. We pray for the worldwide church and our local clergy.
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God of Compassion
be close to those who are ill or afraid or in isolation. We pray for those who are homeless or in conflict with their families at this time. In their loneliness, be their consolation, in their anxiety, be their hope, in their darkness, be their light, through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus our Lord.
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Gracious God
Give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who care for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a vaccine for a cure. Strengthen them with your spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health: through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Dear Lord
Give help to all those in public services , and those who work to keep us supplied with food, medicines and clothing. For the farmers growing the crops to feed us, the haulage to the shops, the vegetable growers, the egg producers, the dairy farmers all whom we rely on. The food preparers, the factories, shop workers, the postmen, the bin men. A special thanks to our village services, those who are shopping for others and others who are not mentioned. May you look after them all.
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Dear Lord 
We pray for all those on our village prayer boards and for those who placed their names there. For the bereaved and their families, this week we remember Angus Campbell who passed away last Friday, and pray for Jean, Jane, Peter, Hamish and their families, may they find peace.
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Merciful Father
Accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen