‘Are there not 12 hours of daylight?’ – 29th March 2020 – Passion Sunday

This week we celebrate Passion Sunday.
Our Sunday evenin preacher is Catherine.
Our intercessions are provided by Anne.
The readings are from Romans 8 and the Gospel of John.

Romans 8. 6 – 11

John 11. 1 – 45

Sermon by Catherine, Lay Reader

The Prayers

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord hear my voice.
Hear us Lord as we pray this day for your world in its suffering and struggle. We pray for all those who are working as fast as possible to respond with new policies and new strategies to keep people safe and to sustain livelihoods and economies, and for those involved in research into faster and more effective tests, vaccines and medicines.  Be with those in government, local authorities, health professionals as they manage this challenging situation, and police and military personnel as they turn their skills to provide care and support.  We pray for leaders who continue to work even when ill themselves.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord hear my voice.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I hope. Hear us as we pray for those who wait and look for hope as they stay at home, come to terms with social isolation, and work to shield and protect the most vulnerable.  May those who are particularly struggling with loneliness, anxiety and family stress find new seeds of hope in their unfamiliar circumstances. In this period of lockdown may we wait on you and hear your voice speaking words of hope even in the turmoil of our thoughts and emotions.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord hear my voice
My soul waits for the Lord, more than those who watch for morning. Hear us Lord as we pray for those who are looking for light in the darkness, for those who are sick, on the edge of life or anxious for loved ones they cannot be near. Hear us as we pray for those who grieve in isolation, unable to mourn or commemorate their loved ones as they would wish. Sustain them with your loving grace and help them to trust that light will dawn in their darkness and morning will follow night.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
Lord hear my voice
Hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love.  Hear us as we pray for those who have shown their love and dedication through unstinting and sacrificial service and care, through volunteering, through labouring to keep supplies reaching those who need them, and for all who are demonstrating huge community spirit.    Hear us as we pray for those who are adapting their businesses and skills in innovative ways to provide support to health workers and communities and for supermarkets as they develop their businesses to respond to new realities. Hear us as we pray for churches, clergy and congregations, as they find new ways to witness to your love, share in worship and serve your people and communities. We pray for Canon Sophie as she begins her ministry in the diocese and all others affected by delays in ordination and commissioning that they may be patient at this time and know your creative love.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
Lord hear my voice
Hope in the Lord for with him is great power to redeem.  Show us the redeeming and transforming power of your Spirit especially as we begin this holy season of Passiontide in unfamiliar circumstances. May we look forward with renewed and real expectation to the new life of Easter as we live through this time of suffering and pain. Reveal to us the reality of your promises of everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
Lord hear my voice
Hear us as we remember those who have died and especially those who have died separated from family and friends. Support those who mourn and those who minister to the grieving. May Jesus' words of hope that those who believe will see the glory of God strengthen hearts and guide our faith always.
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
Lord hear my voice.
Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one
with your saints in heaven and on earth;
grant that in our earthly pilgrimage
we may ever be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer,
and know ourselves surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

‘Seeing as God sees’ – 22nd March 2020 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Mothering Sunday

As of Sunday 22 March 2020, we aim to publish the readings, sermons and prayers of intercession on this website in advance of the normal service times. While we cannot meet in person, this allows us to join together in prayer, wherever we are. Audio recordings of the sermons and intercessions will normally be available from 9am on the relevant Sunday.

This week we celebrate Mothering Sunday.
Our Sunday morning preacher is Kath.
Our intercessions are provided by Catherine.
The readings are from 1 Samuel 16 and the Gospel of John.

1 Samuel 16. 1 – 13

John 9. 1 – end

Sermon by Kath, Lay Reader

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray…

We pray for the whole world
united in facing the same adversity
A danger none of us can see.

We pray for governments and leaders
For scientists researching treatments and vaccines
for healthcare services and workers
that they might have the insight to see clearly
readily share what is already known
and together determine the best possible courses of action
to enable the welfare of all.

We pray for those areas of the world already struggling
Places devastated by flood, fire or war
Refugee camps
Places of poverty and only basic healthcare.

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer

 

We pray for the worldwide people of God
Unexpectedly and suddenly challenged to be Lights of Christ
in new and creative ways.
We give thanks for the technology which allow us
to stay connected
to support one another
to reach out to the wider community.
We pray for broadcasters on television, radio and online
as they seek to offer virtual opportunities
for prayer and worship together.
We pray for all who work in IT
who help to make this possible.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

 

We pray for our community in Walkley
and for our city of Sheffield.
On this Mothering Sunday we remember all who care for children,
for parents suddenly asked to be home educators
in addition to their day jobs,
for those caring for the children of the carers.
We pray for our local businesses,
especially any who are now finding it difficult or impossible to trade.
We give thanks for local initiatives seeking to support
those self-isolating or generally isolated.

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all who are ill,
for those suffering from Covid-19,
for those worried about catching the virus
for those whose treatment for pre-existing illness is now being delayed.
We pray for all who are feeling lonely or anxious.
We pray for all who work in the health service, and for their families.

In quiet, we bring to mind anyone known to us
who is in particular need today….

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

 

We pray for those who have died
and those who mourn.
We think of those unable to hold or attend the funeral of a loved one.
In quiet, we remember anyone known to us who has died or in mourning...

Lord Jesus
who gave sight to the man born blind
enabling him to see you clearly
and to share this insight with others,
be with us in the coming weeks
help us too
to see and to shine your light
so that all might see
your kingdom here on earth.

Merciful Father
accept these prayers,
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
Amen.[1]

[1]Final words © The Archbishops’ Council 2000