Prayers of the People

Father God, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we too have known your love, and experienced your care and provision. You invite us to extend that love to the world around us, to care for others as deeply as we care for ourselves. And so as we turn our prayers towards the hungers and thirsts of the wider world we acknowledge that the personal fears and anxieties associated with the outbreak of the corona virus and the health care and economic crises facing our world today are foremost in our thoughts. We pray for doctors, nurses, cleaners and carers involved in hospitals and care facilities as they work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We pray for all those seriously ill with the virus, and for their families. We pray for world leaders and governments, for those in leadership in Australia – for wisdom, rest and calm.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are spiritually thirsty, who long to know your presence, who are looking for a faith which will enable them to turn around the defeat and shame of their present story, but don’t know where to find You. We pray for those who are alone and without hope, those who long to feel needed and loved, who have found that no human friend or loved one is able to reach the lonely depths of their sorrow. We pray for those who are searching for meaning and purpose, who in their insecurity rush from one religion to another, and from one counsellor to another.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

We pray for all who are physically thirsty, for those who despair because they don’t have enough water to drink, or feed for their animals, whose fields are parched, whose crops have withered; those who have to walk long distances to find enough water to survive, or who have to be content with water that is unclean. We pray for those whose homes and villages have been torn apart because of the effects of drought, fire, flood, famine or war; whose land or jobs, homes or health, freedom or reputation, have been taken from them. We pray for those who do not have enough food to eat, or shelter to keep warm; enough employment, or money to pay their bills; enough medicine or medical care.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We also pray for those who have more than enough, but who still struggle to find meaning and purpose in life; for the self-made, self-sufficient and seemingly self-assured people who privately are driven by an unnamable discontent which makes them irritable and hard to live or work with and, who indulge in dangerous or self-serving activities to dull their pain or loneliness.

Lord, in your mercy, – hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are thirsty for justice, who long for an equal sharing of resources among peoples and nations; those who put their lives at risk to protect streams and rivers and oceans; those who are working to find clean water, and make it available to those who need it. We pray for those whose thirst derives from a bitterness caused by lives that have been devastated by the bad decisions of leaders in business, parliament or court.

Lord, in your mercy, – hear our prayer.

We pray for the life and mission of our parish here in Armadale, for the work and leadership of our minister Fiona. We pray that the negotiations between our parish and the parish of St Mary’s and also with Arrow Health reach a successful conclusion. We give thanks for the contributions made to our parish by …..

And we uphold …….. and our efforts in caring for them in their different situations

Lord in your mercy; – hear our prayer

God, we ask that you would open our hearts to the needs of all who thirst. You call us to live as citizens of heaven, give us courage to live and work together for justice, in a manner worthy of the Good News we have received, offering our lives in service of Your kingdom, where the last are first, and the first are last, and there is grace enough for all.

In the name of Jesus Christ—the source of living water—we summarize our prayers in the words he taught us to pray -:

Our Father in Heaven

Hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

Give is today the bread we need

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from all evil

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours for ever and ever

Amen

This prayer was adapted from prayers on Bruce Prewer’s website and the Re-Worship website for Lent 3A

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