Prayers for Harvest time 2018

Intercessions for Harvest Service at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne
14 October 2018

Written by our Reader, Martin Brown


To the Bidding: Father, Lord of creation:
The Response is: In your mercy, hear us

Let us pray to God, the Lord of the Harvest, that he will bring to fruition all that he desires for his creation, saying:
Father, Lord of creation: In your mercy, hear us
God, the beginning and end of all things,
in your providence and care
you watch unceasingly over all creation;
we offer our prayers
that in us and in all your people your will may be done,
according to your wise and loving purpose in Christ our Lord.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We pray for all through whom we receive sustenance and life;
for farmers and agricultural workers,
for packers, distributors and company boards;
as you have so ordered our life that we depend upon each other,
enable us by your grace to seek the well-being of others before our own.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We pray for all engaged in research to safeguard crops against disease,
and to produce abundant life among those who hunger
and whose lives are at risk.
Prosper the work of their hands
and the searching of their minds,
that their labour may be for the welfare of all.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We pray for governments and aid agencies,
and those areas of the world where there is disaster, drought
 and starvation.
By the grace of your Spirit,
touch our hearts
and the hearts of all who live in comfortable plenty,
and make us wise stewards of your gifts.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We pray for those who are ill,
remembering those in hospital and nursing homes
and all who are known to us.
We pray for all who care for them.
Give skill and understanding
to all who work for their well-being.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We remember those who have died,
whom we entrust to your eternal love
in the hope of resurrection to new life.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

We offer ourselves to your service,
asking that by the Spirit at work in us
others may receive a rich harvest of love and joy and peace.
Father, Lord of creation
In your mercy hear us.

God of grace,
as you are ever at work in your creation,
so fulfil your wise and loving purpose in us
and in all for whom we pray,
that with them and in all that you have made,
your glory may be revealed
and the whole earth give praise to you,.

Ending with.....
Lord of the Church hear our prayer,
and make us one in heart and mind
to serve you with joy forever.  Amen


 


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