I want to begin the intercessions today with the prayer about the current crisis facing our country written by Gregory the Bishop of St Asaph to be used in the Anglican churches in our area in these days. Let us stand with our Anglican friends
Dear Father, who created us, and redeemed us, and who has promised us your love, be with us in a time of danger and of worry.
May those who suffer, or who are ill, know the blessing of your grace, while we who are well be inspired by your Spirit
To be wise and to be servants, working for the healing and wholeness of all, each in our own way.
Keep us calm and cautious, strong and open to service,
So that we take care of those around us, and also ourselves.
We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Let’s go on to develop those themes further
Lord God help us to look to you for help in all our times of trouble.
In these days we are facing issues most of us have never faced before.
Let us do that not in fear but in confidence trusting not in our own strength but in yours.
Help us to reach out in love and compassion to those in need especially the old and infirm. Touch the lives of others who would not call themselves Christians to do the same so that as a society we may all better reflect your love.
We pray for relationships to be strong and for the young people in our community to be loved and cared for as they face uncertainty as schools have shut for the time being.
Give wisdom to all those charged with making important decisions that they would have your wisdom as they do so.
In the name of Jesus