We give thanks for all the help and encouragement we are given from the the Church – from its worship, teaching and fellowship; from its faithfulness in prayer. May the Lord bless and further all loving ministry in word and sacrament throughout the world Church, and inspire us all to want his will and to do it.
We pray for the world, where the misery and tragedy of wrong choices grieves the Father’s heart of love. May there be wisdom and compassion in all negotiations and decisions; May there be humility in leadership and responsibility for right action shared by all.
We bring to the Lord the joys and worries, the frustrations and accomplishments of this week in the lives we have met and shared. As we pray, may his light shine into all these lives for fresh directing and lasting good.
We bring to the Lord those we know who are ill or suffering in any way. May he give them healing, restore them in body, mind and spirit, and provide them with his in dwelling.
We remember all those who have died, and particularly those we have known and loved. We thank the Lord for them, and thank him for his promise of eternal life and peace. May we comfort one another through his love.
Published on: 25-09-2020
Whenever we start to get offended by the Father’s generosity or open-mindedness, may he give us the grace to repent and join his rejoicing. May he guard the Church against self-righteousness and all rules and limits which he would not own, but keep always before us the rule of love.
May the Lord increase in us love not only for the victims but for the perpetrators of evil and violence in our world; for all governments which run on corruption and fear. We pray for a change of heart and attitude, an awakening to a better way of living, and the courage to reject wrong principles.
May our closeness to family and friends make us never exclusive, shutting others out, but always inclusive, welcoming others in. May the lord encourage us in outgoing hospitality and keep us from becoming possessive with those we love.
We pray for all offenders in prison, that on release they will not re-offend but find enough support to start a new life in the community. We pray for all who are vulnerable and unable to cope with the demands of life, for alcoholics, drug addicts and all who are sick in mind. We pray for proper, compassionate help for them.
We pray for those who have died alone, unmourned and unnoticed. We pray for those who have committed suicide or died in accidents of their own making. We commend them to the merciful love of our Heavenly Father.
Published on: 18-09-2020
We give thanks to the Father for the love which forgives again and again, and is prepared to trust us with the care of his people even after we have let him down many times. May he teach us to minister to one another’s needs with compassion, sensitivity and discipline, so that all are affirmed and encouraged.
We give thanks to the Father for the order and variety, simplicity and complexity of this universe. In gratitude for all that humankind is able to do, we ask that all these gifts be used wisely and well, for the good of all, including those as yet unborn.
We give thanks to the Father for what we have been forgiven and for the opportunities we have each day to learn the joy of forgiving others. May he smash through our self-righteousness and keep us learning in humility at his feet.
We give thanks to the Father for all those who care for the sick, the unstable, the ungrateful and the difficult. We pray for all who are on the receiving end of hate, deceit, suspicion or abuse, and for those who cause others pain and distress of any kind. We pray for healing and transforming.
We give thanks to the Father for those whose living and dying have taught us much about love. Freed from their pain and restrictions of age or injury, may they enjoy for ever the life of heaven.
Published on: 11-09-2020
May the unchanging God change us from the heart until the whole Church awakens to his love that reaches out, nurtures and celebrates, neither holding back from what is difficult, nor rushing in where angels fear to tread. We pray for sensitivity and courage.
May the almighty God give us such love for the world that we may pray with longing and desire, ‘Your kingdom come’. May he give our leaders the grace to see their work as service and their role as stewards; and sharpen both the recognition of needs and the commitment to just provision.
May the merciful God break all habits of destructive behaviour in our homes and families, our friendships and in all the homes of this parish. May he develop our ability to celebrate what is good and face what is not with honesty.
May the healing God lay his hands on those who suffer, so that they may know the support of his presence and find wholeness and peace in his love. We pray especially for those who are locked into the conviction that they are beyond his forgiveness. May they quickly discover the freedom of his acceptance.
May the eternal God, in his unchanging love, receive all those who have died in faith, that they may rejoice in him for ever.
Published on: 03-09-2020
We pray that the Lord may help us all in the Church to understand what it really means to love and serve him. At the times of testing, may he strengthen us, at unexpected or undeserved suffering, may he support us, at the end of our energy may he revive us and teach us through it all the inexplicable peace and joy that comes from doing his will.
We pray that the Lord may have mercy on us for the misdirected use of time, money and resources in this world. In the struggle against evil and sin, may he empower us, so that justice and righteousness are established, upheld and celebrated, as hearts rejoice in the freedom of all that is good.
We pray that the Lord May renew our commitment to his loving in all our relationships, our work and our prayer. In the hard choices may he give us wisdom, in the painful decisions may he affirm us, and may our words speak his truth, whether that is to encourage, to comfort or to challenge.
We pray that the Lord may bring healing and wholeness to those who suffer in body, mind or spirit. In the sleepless nights and endless days of pain, may he give the grace to persevere with patience, and turn these dark times into places of spiritual growth.
We pray that those who have died may rest in the eternal peace of God’s presence, their burdens laid down and their suffering ended.
Published on: 28-08-2020
May the Church be filled with life and energy, spiritual health and vitality. As we feed on the Lord, may we grow more like him; may we exercise his loving, minister with his tenderness, serve with his humility and co-operate with his vision.
May the world be filled with wonder at creation, recognition of our mutual human responsibility, desire for reforming what is at fault, and hope in the possibilities of living at peace with God and with one another.
May our homes and neighbourhoods be filled with the generosity and trust that allows space but is always ready to encourage and support. May we cherish our bodies, minds and spirits as temples containing the Spirit, and honour on another as people of God’s making.
We pray for all who are ill at home or in hospital, for all in emergency surgery or in casualty; for those who have just discovered that they have injuries or illness that will change their lives. We pray for the work of all who heal and comfort, all who visit the sick and counsel the distressed.
We pray for the dying and those who love them; we pray for those who have completed this life and have made the journey through death. We pray for the work of those who comfort the bereaved.
Published on: 21-08-2020
May the worship of the Church throughout the world be attentive and expectant, ready to be set on fire again and again with the outrageous foolishness of loving, without exceptions and without limits.
May all that encourages people in goodness, honesty and compassion be blessed and grow; may all that encourages self-seeking and cruelty, prejudice and deceit wither and to be exposed for its futility. May we learn from one another’s cultures and respect one another’s differences.
We give thanks for the joy of human love, and for all those whom we live and work. We pray particularly for loved ones who worry us with their health, circumstances, or life direction. We pray for those among our friends and families who do not know the Lord, or those faith has been shaken.
We pray for all whose backgrounds make belief in a loving God difficult. We pray for all who suffer mental or emotional anguish and those who despair. We pray for those facing another day of pain, another day of hunger, another day of fear.
May all who have come to the end of this earthly life be gathered into eternal kingdom and rejoice to see the Father as he really is. We remember all whom we love but can longer see, and give thanks for the Father’s overarching love and undergirding faithfulness to us.
Published on: 14-08-2020
We pray for the gift of deeper faith in God, so that we trust him in a way that alters our dependence on everything else, and allows us clearer vision as to the direction and role of the Church. May he remind us that it is his Church, and not ours; his work, his power and his kingdom.
As we call to mind the stormy areas of our world, the raging and the insecurity, the confusion and bewilderment, the restlessness and fear, may the calming and reassuring presence of the Lord be sensed and recognised, bringing peace and goodness, righteousness and hope.
May the Lord come to us in the storms of life, when we let one another down, mishandle opportunities and come to the end of our strength or patience; may he bless us with his faithful love.
We pray for those whose emotional damage makes trusting and receiving seem threatening and dangerous. We pray for peace of mind for the anxious, and hope for all who are close to despair.
We place into the loving keeping of the faithful God all those who have died, knowing their dependence on him and his limitless mercy. We thank him for them and their gifts to the world, come to him across the waters of death and live in his company for ever.
Published on: 07-08-2020
May the Lord awaken in us our need of him and make us hungry and thirsty for him, both as individuals and as the Church of God. Let no other issues side-track us from seeking him, and may he increase our love and compassion so that we long to serve out his love to the world around us.
May the Lord allow our world to see the true value of things, so that the worthless and dangerous is unmasked and real needs acknowledged. May he guide our leaders in wisdom and integrity, and enable us all to co-operate in proper care and stewardship of the world’s resources.
As we eat our food this week, may the Lord remind us of his spiritual feeding. May the meals we prepared and eat together be opportunities for drawing closer to one another and to him.
We pray for all who need medical treatment or are waiting in pain for surgery. We pray for those who have become addicted and long to be set free. We pray for all whose wrong choices have ended in heartache, disillusion and despair.
May the Lord welcome into eternity all who have spent their lives coming to him and now come to be with him for ever. May he have mercy on all those approaching death who do not know him but reject what they imagine him to be. May they respond to the true and living God and know his love for ever.
Published on: 31-07-2020
We give thanks to the Father for all who have helped us to pray and to grasp something of his great love and power. We ask his blessing and empowering for all who teach and minister in his name; we ask for our worship to be an overflowing of our daily walk with him, an expression of our deepening love.
We give thanks for the beauty and diversity of the created world we inhabit. We ask for the wisdom to tend it carefully, respecting the natural laws and sharing the resources, listening to the weak as well as the strident, the poor as well as the affluent and powerful.
We give thanks for the candour and innocence of the very young, and for the joy of friendship; for all with whom we share our daily life, and those we love but seldom meet. We ask for hearts that are skilled in listening, so that we discern and respond to the real agendas, and remember that a conversation is a two-way event.
We give thanks for the advances in medical knowledge and the hope of new treatments for many diseases. We pray for all in medical research and all whose lives are crippled or disadvantaged by illness, frailty or damage. May the Lord give them comfort and reassurance healing, wholeness and peace
We call to mind all those we have known and loved who lived among us and now have died. We pray for all who made that journey unnoticed and alone. We ask that they may all know mercy and everlasting peace and joy of heaven.
Published on: 24-07-2020