18th SUNDAY

That the Church will resist the temptation to the vanity of power, but seek rather to journey alongside the broken and powerless in imitation of Jesus: we pray for Pope Francis as he challenges the Church to walk humbly as a servant ‘Church  of the poor, a Church for the poor’ 

[READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]                      Lead us to live simply

For a world obsessed with the idolatry of power and wealth, where people are judged by what they have rather than who they are – that rich nations will have the courage to release the poorest nations from the strangle-hold of debt and poverty and build just trading structures: we pray also for the people of Idlib in Syria and in the Yemen – that peace might come!

[READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…

For our nation at this time of political change and turmoil; for our new government that it will listen to the cries of the poor and address urgent issues other than Brexit; for the people of the island of Ireland as they fear a hard border, damaging the peace accord; and for the community of Whaley Bridge threatened by the crumbling dam

[READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…

For all who share their homes and their hearts with children fostered and adopted; for the healing of children growing through wounded pasts; for our Diocesan Children’s Society as they seek to make new beginnings possible for children without love

                                            [READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…

For our young people anxiously awaiting examination results: for those who will be successful that they will use their learning wisely; for those who will be disappointed that they will not lose heart but know their value lies not in their knowledge but in their humanity  

[READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…

For those injured by war especially in Syria where hospitals are again being bombed; for  the sick, the housebound and the depressed, that we might be a community of healing and hope: we pray especially for ….
for those who have died recently: ….. and for the victims of war, violence and poverty, especially in Idlib in Syria and those who have died because of the Ebola virus;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time 

[READER]                         LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Queen of Peace and Prophet of Justice, that we might ‘live simply so that others might simply live’

                                                                                           HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

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