Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Sample Intercessions for October 3, 2004

27th Sunday Ordinary Time, Year C
October 3, 2004

Things, events, and news items to keep in mind:
  • Click here for this Sunday's readings.
  • October 3 is Respect Life Sunday.
  • Over 1500 killed in floods in Haiti.
  • Hostages killed in Iraq.
  • Hurricane victims recovering.
  • Farmers begin the fall harvest.
  • Nation prepares for presidential debates.

The following are just samples meant to inspire your work. Use them as ideas for your own assembly's intercessions. Read 10 Principles for Writing Intercessions and Step by Step Guide to help you write your own.

Trusting all things to God, let us lift up the needs of the world.


For the Church (pause):
for clear vision of God’s reign;
for faithfulness to the Gospel amid destruction and violence;
for the spirit of power and love and self-control dwelling within us.
We pray to the Lord.

For world leaders and those in authority (pause):
for an end to strife and clamorous discord;
for a commitment to life in every social activity;
for a generous sharing and responsible use of resources.
We pray to the Lord.

For victims of violence (pause):
for those abused who suffer silently;
for those caught in storm, flood, fire, and quake;
for those struggling to be born and those struggling to survive.
We pray to the Lord.

For farmers, migrant workers, and all who feed and serve us (pause):
for a bountiful harvest;
for a just wage and safe work places;
for satisfaction in their labor and re-creative rest.
We pray to the Lord.

For our parish community (pause):
for faith enough to move mountains of injustice;
for courage enough to proclaim our faith in Christ;
for love enough to do what we are obliged to do.
We pray to the Lord.

Through Word and Sacrament, spirit and faith,
you have given us all we need to be your servants, O Lord our God.
Hear the cries of violence that pierce the clouds,
and look upon the ruin of our lands.
In your mercy, increase our faith and make us people of life
that we may press on to the fulfillment of your kingdom
and the vision of your reign.
We ask them through Christ our Lord. Amen.