As we celebrate the lives of those Church members who have shone with the brightness of love, we ask that the Lord may refresh our commitment and conscious awareness of our need for him in this parish and as individual Christians.
May the kingdom of love and peace be established in this world and grow. We pray for both the influential and the ignored, both the popular and the disliked, both the ambitious and the vulnerable. May the Lord teach us all his ways and his values.
We call to mind our families and friends, neighbours and colleagues, giving thanks for all the loving care and forgiveness the Lord has shown them, and we ask him to shine his light in all areas of hurt and misunderstanding.
We bring to the God of healing those whose lives are darkened by pain, fear or weariness. May he come to our aid, help us to bear what must be carried, and take from us all resentment and bitterness, replacing it with the abundance of peace.
We thank the eternal God for all the saints – those recognised by the Church and those known only to a few, and to him. We rejoice that they live in heaven with every tear wiped away. May all who have died in the friendship of the Lord know his mercy and lasting peace.
Published on: 31-10-2020