Intercessions for the Third Sunday of Epiphany 

Just four days ago millions, many millions, tuned into the language of poetry as the young poet laureate of the US, Amanda Gorman performed ‘The Hill We Climb’. It was a performance addressed not only to her fellow citizens but to the whole world. And a poem speaking to the whole world reaches, as she reached, for religious language.  She spoke of transformations, of ‘braving the belly of the beast’ of ‘sitting under vines and fig trees’ of ‘justice’ and ‘striving’. She ended with the challenge of these lines:
For there is always LIGHT
If only we are brave enough to see it
If only we are brave enough to be it.
May we be brave enough
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord support the legislators in Denmark next month as they debate whether to compel all religious sermons to be translated into Danish. In the metropolitan area of Copenhagen many catholic masses, for example, are conducted in Polish, English, Ukrainian, Croatian, Chaldean, French, Spanish and Italian, as well as Danish. To insist upon translating most of these sermons would not only add a damaging cost burden but, more importantly, would close down the freedoms of religious expression.
We pray for all law makers in all states to be mindful of the fundamental freedoms of religious expression.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Lord, in our diminished and isolated present encourage us to look forward towards the good. 2021 might be the time when the Mancunian and Victorian Elizabeth Prout becomes the first English woman since the early seventeenth century to be canonised.  More urgently, we certainly hope that as Winter turns to Spring the communities of St Luke’s and the Barn Churches complete the appointment of our next vicar. May she or he exemplify our optimism, our expansiveness and our joy in being together again.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Our fourth prayer is in the experience of looking. Please take a couple of minutes with these paintings.

Help us Lord to plant goodness and life in our churching, when gathered together, in our virtual services and in our wider worlds.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Please remember in your prayers
The Sick:  Peter Low, John Lynch, Canon Robin Morrison, Annie Woolmer, Gemma Fryer and Revd Neil Summers (from St John the Divine, Richmond)

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.

The Avenue




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