Third Sunday of Advent (A) Dec 15, 2019

  1. The church is so full of possibility and yet so vulnerable; it is so urgently needed by our world and yet often so weak; We pray that the Lord may strengthen each member of the body, and increase our sense of expectation so that we live with your life.

  2. In our constant changing world, with its shifting values and fragile ecological balance, may we be rooted deeply in the Lord’s unchanging nature of mercy, goodness, faithfulness and love.

  3. May we welcome the Lord into our homes, our streets, and our communities; where we are blind to his presence, may he gives us sight; in the ordinary and the remarkable, help us to recognise our true and living God.

  4. With God-given love we bring to mind those who are suffering physically, spiritually or emotionally, that they may find the Lord there beside them in these dark and painful times.

  5. We pray that the Lord, to whom eternity is natural, may help us to realise that time is not the whole story, and welcome into his kingdom those who have lived this life in his company and have now passed through death; may he comfort those of us here whose hearts are heavy with grieving.

Published on: 14-12-2019

Second Sunday of Advent (A) Dec 8, 2019

  1. In gratitude for all those who remind us to be kind and loving by their words and example, we pray for the Church throughout the world and for our own community, that we may be ready to welcome the Lord and put right whatever blocks us from his love.

  2. We pray that the lines of communication between people and nations may be kept open, respected and honoured, and that where communication has broken down there may be a new desire for healing.

  3. We pray for those we see and talk to every day or every week; for those we often argue with or misunderstand; for those who brighten our lives and make us smile; for a greater thankfulness and appreciation of those we usually take for granted.

  4. We pray for those we have hurt or upset; for those who feel isolated and alone; for the ill, the frail, the stressed and the bitter.

  5. We pray for the dying and those who have died to this earthly life, May they know the eternal peace of heaven, and may those who miss them be comforted.

Published on: 07-12-2019

First Sunday of Advent (A) Dec 1, 2019

  1. As we prepare ourselves for the time when Christ comes again in glory, we pray for the grace and honesty to see what needs transforming in our lives as individuals and as members of the Church of God.

  2. May all church leaders, pastors and teachers be directed, inspired and upheld by the living Spirit of God, and may there be a deepening of love and commitment in all Christians the world over.

  3. May the leaders if this nation and of all the nations be drawn increasingly to understand God’s ways of justice and righteousness, and be filled with the longing to do what is right and honest and good.

  4. May all families on earth be blessed with mutual love and caring consideration one of another; may arguments and misunderstandings be properly resolved, and difficult relationships refreshed and healed.

  5. May those who have reached the point of death be given the knowledge of God’s closeness on that last journey; and may those who have died know the eternal peace and joy of heaven.

Published on: 30-11-2019

Christ The King Solemnity (C) Nov 24th, 2019

  1. As we celebrate Jesus, the head of the Church body, we pray for all the members with their various gifts and ministries; we pray that even our weaknesses can be used for the glory of God and for the good of the world.

  2. May all monarchs and heads of state be led in ways of truth and righteousness, and recognise with humility that they are called to serve. We pray for all shepherds, rescue teams and trouble-shooters; for all who work to recover the lost.

  3. May we reach out to one another with greater love and better understanding; we pray for our homes, our relatives, our neighbours and our friends, particularly those who do not yet realise the extent of God’s love for them.

  4. May those who have been scattered far from their homes and loved ones be enabled to live again in peace and happiness; may the bitter and resentful find hope again and the confused find new direction.

  5. May the dying know the closeness of God, and those who mourn their loved ones know for certain that God’s kingdom stretches across both sides of death.

Published on: 23-11-2019 (Last modified: 26-11-2019)

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Nov 17, 2019

  1. We pray particularly for those whose faith is being battered and those who no longer pray; we pray that our faith may be deepened and strengthened.

  2. We pray for those whose responsibility it is to manage the world’s economy, and for those who have difficult ethical decisions to make; we pray for wisdom and courage to do what is right.

  3. We pray for the world our children will inherit and ask blessings on all parents and the responsibilities they face; we ask for understanding, maturity, and the gift of laughter.

  4. We pray for the victims of disasters, famines, earthquakes and plagues; and all who are crying and those who have no tears left. We pray for comfort, renewed strength, and available friends.

  5. We pray for those who are nearing death and those who have died; especially we pray for those who have died suddenly and unprepared. We pray for mercy and forgiveness.

Published on: 16-11-2019 (Last modified: 19-11-2019)

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Nov 10, 2019

  1. We pray that we, the earthly part of the Church, may always reflect the living presence of Christ among us, in our liturgy and in our daily living.

  2. We pray for guidance in our world as we work out policies and target needs, and misunderstand one another’s cultures and get carried away with excesses and the taste of power.

  3. We pray that our waking, working, eating, relaxing and sleeping may become a pattern coloured and lit by God’s love; may our homes reflect it, our places of work be energised by it, and our relationships glow with it.

  4. To those who are losing heart we pray that the Lord may give his heavenly encouragement and patience; to the young and vulnerable give his heavenly protection; to the ill and the damaged give his heavenly healing and inner peace, as he touches our lives.

  5. Knowing that physical death is not the end of life, but the beginning of a new dimension, we recall our loved ones who have died and commend them to God’s eternal keeping.

Published on: 09-11-2019

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Nov 3rd, 2019

  1. We pray that the Lord may look into us and teach us to know ourselves more honestly, to recognize the area which need cleansing, and inspire us to live more faithfully and fruitfully as the people of God.

  2. We pray that parliaments and all places of government throughout the world may be filled with a desire for integrity and a determination to stamp out corruption and deceit.

  3. May the Lord speak his peace and reconciliation into all family disputes and hurtful misunderstandings; and may a spirit of loving community be nurtured in our neighborhood, heightening our awareness of one another’s needs.

  4. We pray that the Lord may bring reassurance and practical help to those who are close to despair and those in long-term suffering; may he use us as instruments of his healing love.

  5. We pray for those who have faithfully lived out their days; as we miss their physical presence, may they be brought into the peace of God’s kingdom.

Published on: 05-11-2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Oct 27th , 2019

  1. We pray for the Church, with all our faults and failings, missed opportunities and misunderstandings; may we be guided to be truly the Body of Christ on earth.

  2. We lay before the Lord the political issues, the moral dilemmas and the dreams of peace that concern our world, and all who share its resources. Where we can see no clear way forward we pray for vision to enable us to be good stewards of all God provides.

  3. We pray that the Lord may take all our relationships and drench them in his transforming love, so that we appreciate one another more, and value what each has to offer.

  4. We pray for those who feel spiritually dried-up or emotionally drained; may the Lord heal and mend broken bodies and broken hearts, and provide clear pools of water for those who are walking the valley of misery and depression.

  5. We pray for those who have run the race and fought the good fight; may the Lord have mercy on all who are at the point of death, and receive them into his kingdom.

Published on: 26-10-2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Oct 27th , 2019

  1. We pray for the Church, with all our faults and failings, missed opportunities and misunderstandings; may we be guided to be truly the Body of Christ on earth.

  2. We lay before the Lord the political issues, the moral dilemmas and the dreams of peace that concern our world, and all who share its resources. Where we can see no clear way forward we pray for vision to enable us to be good stewards of all God provides.

  3. We pray that the Lord may take all our relationships and drench them in his transforming love, so that we appreciate one another more, and value what each has to offer.

  4. We pray for those who feel spiritually dried-up or emotionally drained; may the Lord heal and mend broken bodies and broken hearts, and provide clear pools of water for those who are walking the valley of misery and depression.

  5. We pray for those who have run the race and fought the good fight; may the Lord have mercy on all who are at the point of death, and receive them into his kingdom.

Published on: 26-10-2019

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) Oct 20th , 2019

  1. We pray for those who teach prayer and open Scriptures to others at schools and colleges, retreat houses, and conferences, and in churches and homes all over the world. We pray that many will find in Scripture words speaking into their situation and providing the guidance they need.

  2. We pray for those picking their way through situations of potential conflict and danger; for law makers and keepers and all who are oppressed unjustly; for the leaders of the nations and their people.

  3. We pray for the grace to listen to one another and respond to one another’s needs; we pray for a spirit of co-operation and generosity in our homes and neighbourhoods.

  4. We pray for those who are wrestling with problems which seem too big to cope with; for those who have recently received news that has stunned or appalled them, and are still in a state of shock.

  5. We pray for those who have gone through death, that they may be judges with mercy and brought safely into the eternal life of heaven.

Published on: 19-10-2019