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Intercessions for 3rd Sunday before Advent – Year B – series 2 – 8 November 2015


The Collect

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

¶ The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Jonah 3.1-5,10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.


Psalm 62.5-12

Wait on God alone in stillness, O my soul; *for in him is my hope.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, * my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
In God is my strength and my glory; * God is my strong rock; in him is my refuge.
Put your trust in him always, my people; * pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
The peoples are but a breath, the whole human race a deceit; * on the scales they are altogether lighter than air.
Put no trust in oppression; in robbery take no empty pride; * though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
God spoke once, and twice have I heard the same, * that power belongs to God.
Steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord, * for you repay everyone according to their deeds.


Second Reading: Hebrews 9.24-28

Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.


Gospel Reading: Mark 1.14-20

Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven.

After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.


Prayers of Intercession

[These intercessions are suggested by the compilers of Visual Liturgy:]
We pray for the coming of God’s kingdom.

You sent your Son to bring good news to the poor, sight to the blind, freedom to captives and salvation to your people: anoint us with your Spirit; rouse us to work in his name.
Father, by your Spirit: bring in your kingdom.

Send us to bring help to the poor and freedom to the oppressed.
Father, by your Spirit: bring in your kingdom.

Send us to tell the world the good news of your healing love.
Father, by your Spirit: bring in your kingdom.

Send us to those who mourn, to bring joy and gladness instead of grief.
Father, by your Spirit: bring in your kingdom.

Send us to proclaim that the time is here for you to save your people.
Father, by your Spirit: bring in your kingdom.

Lord of the Church, hear our prayer, and make us one in mind and heart to serve you in Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us pray to God, that his Kingdom may come and his gospel be proclaimed through all the world.


¶The Church of Christ

Lord, we are gathered today to worship you, to sing our praise and tell out our love. But you remind us that this is only part of our relationship: we also need to wait on you alone, in our stillness. And then you in your turn will speak to us. Help us to fulfill our calling, both as part of the Body of Christ as a whole, rejoicing in moving together as one to serve you, and also as individual atoms of that Body.

Lord, in you alone is our hope: in your mercy, hear our prayer.

¶Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

Lord, we ask you to inspire the powerful to acknowledge, even if only to you, their own failings and fears, and recognize their need for forgiveness, so that they may empower the oppressed, temper the law with mercy and work for the common good, mindful always that with great power over the lives of others comes great responsibility. *

Lord, in you alone is our hope: in your mercy, hear our prayer.

¶The local community

Lord, inspire us every day with your love so that it may overflow into love for those we live amongst. Teach us to share in each other’s joys and bear one another’s burdens, for your sake. And together may we build something of use, foundations for the next generation to inherit and build on in their turn.

Lord, in you alone is our hope: in your mercy, hear our prayer.

¶Those who suffer

Lord, show your mercy to those who feel themselves unwanted and unloved, who can see no place for themselves in our common life together. Turn and soften those whose hearts are hardened against their neighbours. May they all be comforted by the reality of your presence, and know the blessing of your grace.

Lord, in you alone is our hope: in your mercy, hear our prayer.

¶The communion of saints

Lord, we pray for those whom we have loved here on earth and who have now entered into rest. May they know peace, and may they rise in glory to be with you and all your saints.


Merciful Father, accept these prayers…

*Inspired by Jim Cotter’s meditation on Psalm 62.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above): Some material included in this service is copyright: © 1989 National  Council of the Churches of Christ, USA Post Communion (3rd before Advent) © CBFCE 1980; Archbishops’ Council 1999 / Church of the Province of Southern Africa Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2002

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