Prayers of the People/Intercession on Sickness
Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep [tonight],
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And all for your love’s sake, Amen.
Augustine of Hippo, Evening Prayer, Language adapted for Corporate Worship by Stuart Strachan Jr.
God of all mercies, Father Jesus and our Father–You know us intimately … and you still love us immensely. Therefore, we come confident of your welcoming embrace, your gracious attention and your loving action responding to our needs … and those we care about. We pray, therefore, …For those who are ill or injured, who are recovering from or anticipating surgery this week. We ask for you to heal them, Lord; to arrest advancing cancers, to heal torn tendons and broken bones; to clean out infections and knit together new knees with natural bone and sinew.
Clear congested lungs and hearts, Lord. Cure flu. Lift flagging spirits and encourage tired care-givers. For the ones who mourn today, for whom grief is fresh, personal and real: we ask you to comfort them, Lord.
Comfort them with Your presence and the power of Your resurrection. Surround them with your people to lend a hand to help, a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. For the lonely–that you provide a companion, a friend, and the presence of your Holy Spirit as the Comforter. For the addicted–that You will set them free from their self-made prison.
For the poor–that you provide safety, sustenance and shelter; and that you would grant justice for victims of injustice, and hope to those without it. For our nation–may we be and become “one nation, under God, “where there is truly “liberty and justice for all.” Make us wise people and good stewards of blessings you’ve bestowed on this land.
Guide our leaders in your ways that are holy, true and just; give them courage to both walk in those ways and lead us in paths of righteousness. And for your church–in this country, and around the world: make us light in a dark world–living lives of love and grace, holiness and truth. Keep us faithful when it’s easier to give in and become like everybody else.
And where it’s not just hard, but dangerous, to be a believer, we pray for you to protect our brothers and sisters and keep them loyal to the gospel. This all–and more that’s still unspoken–we pray in Jesus’ Name. AMEN