Harvest – the agricultural year

HARVEST INTERCESSIONS

Heavenly Father,
You hold the whole world in your hands.
We pray for peace, for the leaders of the nations,
the armed services, and all who hold the lives of others in their hands,
for the people of Syria, and all who live in fear and need.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
Your creation is full of beauty and variety,
and you gave us the task of caring for all that you have made.
Thank you for all who work the land and make it fruitful.
Help us to be good caretakers of the earth,
and make us willing to change the way we live
so that this planet can enjoy a healthy and happy future.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus,
You said, “I am the bread of life”
and fed the hungry with good things.
Help us to be thankful for the good things we have,
and to share more equally all the blessings of the harvest.
We pray for our local food banks and hostels, and all who use them,
and for aid agencies working to feed the hungry people of the world.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Lord Jesus,
You brought life and health
to those who were suffering and sad,
and you showed those who felt they were not important
that they are worth everything.
We pray for those we know who are in need:…………………

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy Spirit,
You fill us with love
and send us out into all the world
to share that love with others.
We pray for our homes and families
our neighbours and friends
for our local community, our nation, and the world.
We thank you for what is good,
and ask you to help us change what is wrong.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Holy Spirit,
you remind us that heaven and earth are closer than we think.
We remember those we love who have died,
and are now enjoying the life of heaven:………………………

Merciful Father…..

 

HARVEST INTERCESSIONS

Heavenly Father,
Take our hopes and desires and turn them into prayers;
Take our prayers and turn them into actions;
Take our actions and turn them into blessings.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
You have blessed the earth and made it awesome and beautiful,
full of good things to share and enjoy.
Take our care for one another and for your creation,
and make us into people who make peace,
who fight for justice and who help those in need.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
you have blessed you church
with people and resources and ideas and energy.
Bless us as we gather here as your family,
and bless our brothers and sisters who are far away.
Take our life together and shape us into a church
that really does show the world what your love is like.

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
you have blessed this village in so many ways.
Strengthen everyone who uses their time and talents for the common good.
Make this village a place where everyone is valued,
and no-one is left on the edge.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
You have blessed us  with people to care for
and people who care for us.
Take our concern and worry about those who are suffering
and turn it into prayer and care
so that through us, they may know your love.

We remember especially……..

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
you have blessed us with people to share our life.
And after our life on earth you gather us into your loving arms.

We remember those who have died recently……..

Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

This harvest festival,
keep us thankful for what we have,
and keep us sharing with those who have less;
keep us caring for your creation,
and keep on making us into an even richer blessing
to one another and to the world.

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