Using the Thy Kingdom Come Allesley pilgrimage prayer walk as a prompt , I shall use the stopping points on the walk as a guide for our intercessions.
We start our virtual prayer walk outside the church. We give thanks for our church here in Allesley , for Miles Dawn, Hannah and Mollie and all those who serve at All Saints organising the many groups and events aimed to bring the people of the parish nearer to God. We pray for good health for Miles and strength for all those challenges that lie ahead. We ask your blessing on the Pentecost party on Thursday, for good weather and a good turnout. We pray for our diocese, the Church of England and the church throughout the world especially where to admit to being a Christian means imprisonment , torture or death.
In the imaginary prayer walk we now move to the Elms and remember when it was once a hospital. We pray for all who are ill in mind , body or spirit and all who care for them. Give strength to all health care workers as they deal with the ageing population. We lift the care homes of Allesley to you and all those individuals struggling with loneliness in their own homes.
We give thanks for the Elms as it is now and for all places in our parish that provide a place to relax and meet with family and friends. We pray that in our busy world there may always be times to stop and unwind.
Walking across to the Allesley Old road we pause at the funeral home and remember all those are grieving. Comfort those who have lost a loved one and surround them with your love. We think of those who have died recently , in the boating accident in Hungary and the shootings in America . Especially today we think of the missing climbers in the Indian Himalayas and for Richard, Lisa Payne’s son. Guide those searching for them and send good weather. Surround all the families of the rescuers and climbers with your love and comfort
We walk on to St Christopher’s school and we think of the people who are taking exams this Summer and all the teaching staff supporting them. Whether GCSEs , AS, A levels , degree exams, yearly tests or vocational assessments we ask for your peace to surround each individual. Whatever, the results, help each person to know your love and that a bright future can be theirs.
Moving on to the shops , we think of all businesses in our parish. We pray for small retail outlets competing against on line shopping and think of those with limited mobility that need the local outlets. We pray for all those making their living in Allesley.
Imaging walking back across the wedge we notice the wonder of nature, the plants and wildlife . Help each of us to care for your beautiful but fragile planet. Give us wisdom as we shop. Guide us as we make life choices to remember the mountains of plastic waste in our oceans and wasted food in our food caddys. Help us to think of future generations that have to deal with decreasing resources.
And in a few moments of quiet, we lift before God those 5 people who we pray will know Jesus and perhaps join us on next years prayer walk.
We ask these things in Jesus name.