28 February – Prayers for the 2nd Sunday of Lent

Our prayers of intercession have been contributed by a parishioner of St. Mary’s, Luppitt

Abba, Father, we praise your Holy Name and give thanks for so many things.

We thank you for the success of the vaccination programme, and the weakening of the hold the pandemic has had on humankind.  We pray for countries around the world which are still waiting for a better supply of the vaccine.  May there be plenty for everyone.

We thank you for the signs of spring which are lifting spirits all over the country; for the snowdrops, primroses, and celandines, and for glorious birdsong.

We thank you for giving us the perseverance to cope with isolation, home-schooling, loneliness and boredom, and for giving us hope that soon we can  spend time with our families and friends.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We ask for your healing spirit to fill the bodies and minds of people struggling with ill-health, anxiety, or fear.  We pray for Jane Penn – may she recover full use of her arm quickly.  We pray for John and Katherine Hayhoe and we give thanks for their ministry and care of our communities. Help us, during this time of Lent, to think of our neighbours and offer help, make a friendly phone call, and always wear a smile.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

We continue to pray for medical staff and frontline workers; keep them safe from harm as they put themselves at risk daily from the Coronavirus. Loving Lord, heal all who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic and grant them a full recovery.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus, you said children should be allowed to come to you, and you blessed them.  Be with all our children and grandchildren as they return to school in March. Keep them safe, and nurture their friendships and self esteem, so their lives can recover fully from the time they have spent in isolation. We give thanks for all teachers, now fully aware of the wonderful job they do.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray that everyone we know and love will be healthy, happy and full of hope for a better future.

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

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