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Prayers of the people: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 4 October 2020

27 September 2020

INTRODUCTORY REFLECTION

Paul’s calm encouragement of the Philippians stands in stark contrast to the threat of judgment conveyed by the vineyard stories of Isaiah and Jesus.

Paul offers a strategy for peace of mind amid the current turmoil of our troubled world and fractious society. He invites us to reflect on our spiritual diet. On what do we feed our minds, our hearts, our spirits? How much of it is junk, or worse still, poison?

The coronavirus crisis that has forced us to re-assess our habits also gives us the chance to nourish our inner health. It’s time to seek out the company, the reading, the practice of prayer, the attention to nature that will lead us to the peace of God.

THE WEEK’S PRAYER FOCUS

For the human family, that by God’s grace a new spirit of solidarity will draw all people together in peace.

SAMPLE INTERCESSIONS

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.

Presider

Dear friends, Paul encouraged the Philippians not to worry but to pray with peace and thanksgiving. In that spirit let us place all our needs in God’s loving hands.

Reader

  1. For Pope Francis, that his appeal for a new spirit of human solidarity will be welcomed around the world. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all creatures of the earth, that they will praise and glorify God in the spirit of Francis of Assisi. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For the leaders of nations, that they will commit themselves to protect the living world from the peril of global warming. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For all who are poorly housed or homeless, that the world’s wealth will be re-directed to provide them with the shelter that is their right. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For the government and its advisors crafting this week’s federal budget, that they will do justice to those who are most needy and disadvantaged. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For all whose hopes in life have been dashed by the COVID pandemic, that the support of family, friends and the community will help them make a fresh start. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For social policy makers here and overseas, that they will reform the prison system and bring an end to the death penalty. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For our parish community, that we will be a vineyard producing good fruit for the kingdom of God. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.
  9. For the recently deceased, . . . , and all the faithful departed, that they will enjoy for ever the peace which the world cannot give. (Pause for silent prayer) Let us pray to the Lord.

Presider

Mighty and merciful God, you have made us living stones built on the foundation that is Christ. May we be a house of prayer and peace for all people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 

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