Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, July 15, 2018
God’s help is near to those he sends out to bring his message to a troubled world. We offer our prayers and petitions confident that he hears and answers all our needs as we pray in faith.
- That the Church, under Pope Francis’ leadership, may be a prophet for the world that teaches with persistence, truth, and love. We pray to the Lord.
- That peace among nations of the world may supplant war and bickering for the well-being of all God’s creation. We pray to the Lord.
- That Bishop Frank Dewane, who was ordained a priest 30 years ago this week, may serve God’s people with humility, be faithful to his priesthood, and cherish and support the vocations of the priests who serve in the Diocese of Venice. We pray to the Lord.
- That the universal concern for the boys trapped in the dark caves of Thailand and the rejoicing that met their recovery will be matched by concern for each child in the darkness of the womb and a joyous celebration upon his or her birth into this world. We pray to the Lord.
- That refugees from Syria and Yemen, and all innocent people who flee deadly assaults, poverty, and hopelessness, may find comfort, support, and opportunities to rebuild their lives in peace and security. We pray to the Lord.
- That as he endures the stress of the attack on his priesthood Fr. Christopher may be encouraged by the words of the psalmist, “Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven.” We pray to the Lord.
- That all parishioners who work for justice, in Sanibel and elsewhere, may be guided by the Holy Spirit with wisdom and grace as they seek the well-being of the Church. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who are ill may receive the blessings sent by the Lord, welcome those who come to care for them, and be confident that they will be healed of afflictions even as they know that life on earth is a finite gift from God. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died may be welcomed with joy into the everlasting life of heaven and also remain with us through memories and in prayer in the communion of saints. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
Lord God, your life with us is the strength of your people, more precious than food, sacks, or money in our belts. We ask that we might be blessed to live your word and bring it to those in need through your mercy and grace. We make our prayers through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord. Amen.