Prayers for the Nineteenthth Sunday after Trinity

18 October 2020

COLLECTS

O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

(or)

Faithful Lord,

whose steadfast love never ceases

and whose mercies never come to an end:

grant us the grace to trust you

and to receive the gifts of your love,

new every morning,

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty God,

you called Luke the physician,

whose praise is in the gospel,

to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:

by the grace of the Spirit

and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,

give your Church the same love and power to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

The Lord is always ready to listen, let us pray to him now.

 

Heavenly Father, we come before you with our thanks and praise for your presence among us in our worship together, here today.

Also in our times of quiet, private prayer. Increase our faith and love for you, and by our lives and actions make God real in us to the people we meet.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Holy God, the signs in our world of hate, distrust and greed are shown to us clearly every day. May we see with your eyes, the signs of hope and opportunities for loving service. Let there be a new openness and generosity of heart, and a shared responsibility for right action by all, to help solve the problems of this world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord of love and faithfulness, we pray for those around us now; for our families, the special people in our lives, and the village we live in. May the love of Christ be shown in what we do and say, for grace to respect one another and ourselves, and in the way we behave.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

These are challenging times, with an unpredictable future, the spectre of Covid 19 ever present. Many will be frightened with the prospect of continuing isolation, both mentally and physically; teach us to walk beside them, and help with open hands where we can, Lord. We thank you for our own health and strength, and pray now for your help and healing for the sick; for those who ache with pain and sorrow, loneliness or fear. We pray especially for those on our prayer list - Bless them in their need, and surround them with your love, Lord.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord God, we thank you for lives well lived, and all those who guided us to you. We pray for those who have died, and all those grieve for their loved ones. Comfort them at this time with your loving presence Lord.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

Lord we thank you for all our blessings, and pray that we may take none of them for granted, but commit ourselves to live out our thanks to you each day. In the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, 'Give me the love of thee only, and with thy grace I am rich enough.'

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