Mental Health Sunday Prayers

Invitation to Worship

Jesus says, ‘Come to me all you who are troubled and I will give you rest’.
So come, you who are burdened by regrets and anxieties,
you who are broken in body and spirit’
you who are torn by relationships and by doubt,
you who feel deeply within yourselves the divisions and injustices of our world. Come, for Jesus invites us to bring him our brokenness.

Prayers of intercession

It is suggested that a period of silence might be kept between the subject of the prayer and the bidding.

O Lord our God,

We lift up to you those of us whose lives are strained and stressed. Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For those of us whose hold on life is fragile due to physical or mental illness.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For those of us whose illness makes them vulnerable and anxious.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For those of us whose families and friends struggle to understand them.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For families and friends,
nurses, doctors and therapists and all who seek to walk alongside
the stressed and strained, the vulnerable and the fragile.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For your church to be a place of safety,
refuge and companionship for those who are anxious, despairing, lonely and lost.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

For your people to reach out to show God’s love To those who need to hear the good news.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace.

O Lord our God,
for all whose lives are in turmoil
through the effects of mental illness.
Hear our prayer and pour out your peace. Amen.

Adapted from prayers by Mary Hawes

Prayers for Peace

When creation is overcome by the chaos from which its springs, peace be with you.
When the sweet darkness of sleep never comes, peace be with you.
When the light of the day overwhelms you, peace be with you.
In the broken heart and risen body of Christ, peace be with you.

© Christopher Newell 2012

Tender God, Your gentle and kind-hearted love waits for us in the darkness and shields us from the light when it feels too overwhelming. We remember today all those who live in the depths of depression. Continue to cherish us all when we find it so difficult to cherish ourselves.

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