Prayers for 6th Sunday of Easter

Prayers at home for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Today is also known as Rogation Sunday (rogare – to ask in latin) when the church traditionally prays for all those who work in agriculture.
In some country areas people process through the fields asking for God’s blessing on the crops and livestock.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing
(Ps 145 :13-19)
God of heaven and earth,
you call us to share in the care of creation
and to bring food and fruitfulness
from field and farm.
Hear our prayers on this Rogation Sunday
for all who make their living on the land,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Penitence

Let us confess our sins to God…..
When we demand cheap food without regard for the well-being of growers, farm animals or the land itself….
Lord have mercy.
When we fail to consider those who produce our food in difficult conditions for meagre rewards
Christ have mercy.
When we forget to give thanks to God for good food and clean water……
Lord have mercy
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect & Readings.

God our Redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; through Jesus Christ you Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Acts 17 : 22-31
Psalm 66 : 7-18
1 Peter 3 : 13-22
John 14 : 1-21

Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of Jesus…….
Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried; he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers, and to all the apostles;
this we have received and this we believe. (1 Cor 15 : 3-7)
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Intercessions.
Father we give thanks for the wonder of Creation: for the immense and the minute, for gentle beauty and fierce grandeur, for all the variety of place and season, for fruitfulness in nature and plentiful harvests….
Father we give you thanks and praise
For our heritage from generations past: for landscape and garden, for crafts and skills, for breed in livestock and variety in crops, for wildlife untamed and fertility renewed.
Father we give you thanks and praise.
For all who act as stewards of creation, for gardeners, fishermen and farmers, for their families and rural communities, for seasonal weather and good markets, and for the work of rural churches.
Father we give you thanks and praise.
For prosperity on farms and for far-sighted government policies, for care of the enviroment and for fairness in world trade.
Father we give you thanks and praise.
For God’s blessing on land and livestock and on the ripening crops and for ourselves that we may receive our food with grateful hearts
Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Father

(You may like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion at this point)

God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and forever. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed Alleluia!