Caroline's Intercessions for Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020

Prayers Remembrance Sunday

Heavenly Father we come to you in the quiet and stillness of our own spaces and hearts to remember those whose great and ultimate sacrifice has enabled us to live in freedom and peace.

 

We remember any family or friends who serve in the armed forces or ancillary services who are currently serving at home or overseas. We pray especially for all chaplains both in the forces and the NHS who are working constantly, particularly at the bedside of COVID patients. We ask for your peace and presence for all those giving and receiving care especially at the end of life. We think of families, friends and colleagues of serving soldiers, sailors and airmen left at home without loved ones in these constrained times.

 

Today we think of serving personnel and veterans who are troubled at the lack of traditional remembrance services this year; let them be assured of the nation’s gratitude for all they have done and are doing to ensure a protected world. We pray and plead to you for those parts of the world we feel a particular affinity with; those frightened of conflict in war zones, those in places of environmental crisis or those stateless or in poverty.

 

We continue to pray for all decision makers in our hospitals and residential homes, leaders in government and medical researchers.

 

While we wait for a vaccine we know we can hope in your unfailing love for each of us. Thank you that we can be certain that in your own sacrifice death has been overcome and we are on a pilgrimage to a very different life with you.

 

As we go into a new week we thank you for all the good things we have to celebrate and we ask to be prompted to share those good things with others who cross our paths. Help us to offer support to those we meet and to build strong supportive communities inspired by those who choose lives in the armed forces and in the NHS.

 

As Justin Welby has reminded us in his Lockdown Prayer - ‘Let us be calm, compassionate and courageous’.

 


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