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Following our recent Virtual Ultreya, a number of people were in touch with us to ask if we could publish the words of the intercessory prayers which our BACC Area Rep, Jeanie Feneron read for us. Jeanie points out that the words of the poem beginning: “We will meet when the danger is over….” within them are from prayers published by the Iona Community and which she has found so comforting during the pandemic. We will of course continue to pray for Jeanie, her family and all their staff as the face the challenges presented by the lockdown restrictions in place at the moment. Jeanie’s prayers read:

Lord Jesus Christ

In these dark and difficult days we turn our hearts to you.

In this season of waiting help us to be purposeful and productive and grow in hope, faith and love.

Direct us to those who are searching and give us the wisdom to know how best to draw them to your love.

Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to all our leaders in the world.

Give strength beyond human strength to all those working in our health services and all who are working to bring a successful vaccine.

Give comfort beyond human comfort to the lonely, the sick and the grieving. We take a moment to remember any who are known to us personally.

We pray for the church throughout the world . For our bishops, clergy, Lay readers and the leaders of the Cursillo movement especially Beth Roberts our new national President.

Anoint them with the oil of your spirit so they may burn brightly, lighting the dark with your love and truth.

We will meet when the danger is over

We will meet when the sad days are done

We will meet sitting closely together

And be glad our tomorrow has come

We will join to give thanks and sing gladly We will join to break bread and share wine And the peace that we pass to each other Will be more than a casual sign

So let’s make with each other a promise That when all we’ve come through is behind We will share what we missed and find meaning In the things which once troubled our mind

Until then may we always discover

Faith and love to determine our way

That’s our hope and God’s will and our calling For our lives and for every new day.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples “ I am with you always”.

Be with us today as we offer ourselves to you.

Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves and keep us in your care.

Holy God, we thank you for the gifts and talents you have given us.

Give us the courage to use them for the good of the world.

Amen

We rejoice in the fact that we are blessed with so many wonderfully prayerful people in our 4th Day Community. Let us all pray with Jeanie, that the day might soon arrive, when we may indeed meet sitting closely together once again. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen

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