We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the Church; for all congregations, for pastors and all who minister in word and sacrament; we pray particularly for bishops in their shepherding of the world Church. We pray for clear guidance and direction in those issues which disturb us, asking not to be led in the easy way but in the way that is right and good.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the world we inhabit – the world we have inherited and will pass on to successive generations. May he teach us to look after it carefully and wisely, to share its gifts more fairly, and work together to ease its sufferings. May he turn the hearts of those who are excited by evil things and encourage the timid to speak out for what is wholesome and good.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for our places of work, our colleagues, friends and neighbors, and the members of our families. We ask not for popularity at all costs, but the grace to do his will and to be his witnesses to what it means to live lovingly, both when this is easy and also when it hurts.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the weak and vulnerable, for those who must live depending on others for every need, and for those who are bullied, or constantly despised. We pray for a greater reverence, one for another, for a greater willingness to uphold and encourage one another; we pray for healing and wholeness.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for those who have died; we pray for those who ache with sorrow at their going; we commend them all into his unfailing care which lasts throughout this life and on into eternity.
Published on: 01-05-2020