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Prayers of the people: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C – 6 October

26 September 2019

Introductory reflection

What an extraordinary juxtaposition of teachings in today’s gospel.

No sooner are we encouraged to let our imaginations soar on what faith can accomplish than we are unceremoniously brought to earth.

We’re told bluntly that we’re mere servants doing no more than our duty. Perhaps this disconcerting combination points to an underlying truth: that, as Paul reminded Timothy, in all our endeavours we rely on the power of God and the help of the Holy Spirit.

Faith opens the way for God to do great things through us. As Paul wrote elsewhere, being “earthenware jars” makes it clear “that such an overwhelming power comes from God and not from us” (2 Cor. 4:7).

The week’s prayer focus

For believers who have become disillusioned and discouraged, that the flame of faith may be rekindled in their hearts.

Sample intercessions

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


Dear friends, brought together in the power and love of the Holy Spirit, let us call on God’s infinite goodness. United in faith we pray for all we need.


  1. We pray for all engaged in the Pan-Amazonian Synod that starts today. May this critical event bear much fruit not only for the peoples of the Amazon but for the church at large. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the teams preparing for the Australian Provincial Council of 2020. May their challenging task of discernment be fired by the Spirit of divine wisdom. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We give thanks for all whose great faith has inspired and encouraged us. May we dare to believe as they did. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for Jewish believers observing the Day of Atonement this week. May their devotion invite us all to repentance and reconciliation. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us. 
  5. We pray for all who are struggling with mental health issues, especially young and Indigenous people. May they find strength in the support of the whole community. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for those who plan and shape our urban habitat. May our towns and cities be places where life can flourish. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the homeless and all who battle to make ends meet. May policy-makers address their needs with wisdom and compassion. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for our parish community. May our gospel living be nourished by meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary . (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be made welcome at the table of eternal life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


All-loving God, you sent your Son among us, not to be served, but to serve. Renew in us his spirit of selfless service. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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