For a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people of God all over the world, and in all worship traditions. For the readiness to be changed and made new; for a softening of the ground of our hearts to receive without fear.
For all the peoples of the earth to know and honour God’s Holy name. For the healing of the nations and a new thirst for righteousness and purity at every level and in every aspect of society. For a dissatisfaction with the pursuit of pleasure and all that distracts us from our true calling.
For the grace and power to live out our faith in the real and challenging world, among those we meet and eat with, whose lives we share, without compromising that calling to be the Body of Christ, living God’s integrity and purity, forgiveness and love.
For those whose lives feel empty or cheated, or filled with pain, or worry or guilt. For all whose hopes and dreams are in tatters; all who are in any way imprisoned.
For those who walk the dark journey of death and all who have come through it into God’s presence; for mourners distressed by regrets or angry with God at their loss.
Published on: 28-05-2020
As we celebrate this festival of Jesus’ entry into heaven as Saviour and Lord, we pray for unity in the Church and reconciliation and renewed vision.
As we recall the shout of praise in heaven as the Lamb of God appears, we pray for all who are hailed as heroes and given great honour on earth; for all who worship anyone or anything other than the true God.
We pray for all farewells and homecomings among our families and in our community, and for all who have lost touch with loved ones and long for reunion.
We pray for those who are full of tears, and cannot imagine being happy again; we pray for the hardened and callous, whose inner hurts have never yet been healed. We pray for wholeness and comfort and new life.
We commend to the Father’s eternal love those we remember who have died, and we pray too for those who miss their physical presence.
Published on: 22-05-2020
We pray that the Church may be alive with the risen life of the Lord, refreshed and revived by the breath of the Spirit, purified and refined like gold and silver, so that we truly offer the possibility of saving love to the searching world.
We pray that in all meetings and conferences where important decisions are taken, hearts may be turned to honour what is just and true, compassionate and constructive. We pray that in all areas where there is corruption, deceit or distrust, consciences may be sensitised afresh to know what is right and strive towards it.
We pray for the streets and places of work we represent. May they be places where the truth of the Lord’s being is proclaimed daily by the way we live and handle the everyday situations, through his leading. May our words and actions speak of his faithful love, graciousness and purity.
We pray for all who feel out of their depth, all who are drowning in their pain, sorrow or guilt. May the Lord of life set them free and save them, support them to a place of safety and fix their feet on the solid rock of his love.
We pray for those who have died; may they now see the Lord of life as he really is. We ask for mercy and forgiveness, and commend them to his keeping for ever.
Published on: 15-05-2020
Through the power of his Spirit, may the Living God build us up into a spiritual temple where he is glorified day after day, in all our praise and worship, and in our love for one another.
May our consciences be sharpened to sense the direction of the Living God; may he protect us from all that draws us away from him. May he guide our leaders in the way of truth and in the values which are build on him.
May the Way which Jesus shows us be the Way we live out our daily lives around the table, in the daylight and the dark, in the misunderstandings, the tensions and the rush, in the eye contact, the conversations and the growing.
We lay before the Living God those who are traveling through a time of pain or anguish, tragedy or conflict which is hard to bear. We stand alongside them in their suffering, and ask that the Lord give them his transforming, healing love.
We remember those who have died and pray for them now. May the Lord lead them out of their pain into the light of eternity, and keep us all in the Way that leads us to share that everlasting life.
Published on: 07-05-2020
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the Church; for all congregations, for pastors and all who minister in word and sacrament; we pray particularly for bishops in their shepherding of the world Church. We pray for clear guidance and direction in those issues which disturb us, asking not to be led in the easy way but in the way that is right and good.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the world we inhabit – the world we have inherited and will pass on to successive generations. May he teach us to look after it carefully and wisely, to share its gifts more fairly, and work together to ease its sufferings. May he turn the hearts of those who are excited by evil things and encourage the timid to speak out for what is wholesome and good.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for our places of work, our colleagues, friends and neighbors, and the members of our families. We ask not for popularity at all costs, but the grace to do his will and to be his witnesses to what it means to live lovingly, both when this is easy and also when it hurts.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for the weak and vulnerable, for those who must live depending on others for every need, and for those who are bullied, or constantly despised. We pray for a greater reverence, one for another, for a greater willingness to uphold and encourage one another; we pray for healing and wholeness.
We pray to the Good Shepherd of the sheep for those who have died; we pray for those who ache with sorrow at their going; we commend them all into his unfailing care which lasts throughout this life and on into eternity.
Published on: 01-05-2020
May the Lord walk with us on our journey of faith, both as individuals and as the Church of God; open up to us the truths he longs for us to understand, and inspire all who teach and encourage to pass on the good news of Easter.
May the Lord walk with us down the streets of our cities, towns and villages, drive with us down the motorways and fly with us down the air corridors. May he meet all those who are curious, searching, or moving in the wrong direction. May his presence be sought and recognised in all the world.
May the Lord walk with us in our life journeys, guiding, teaching and correcting us, as we learn the lessons of loving in our homes, our work and our communities.
May the Lord walk with us through the times of suffering and pain, alerting us to one another’s needs and providing for us in whatever ways are best for us. May he help us to trust him through the dark times, and breathe new life and hope into those who are close to despair.
May the Lord walk with us through the valley of death; may our love and prayers support those who walk that journey today. May he draw close to them and welcome them into the joy of heaven.
Published on: 24-04-2020
We bring to the Lord the Church in all its richness and all its need; all its diversity and all its division. May he give us a fresh understanding of what it means to live in him; may all of us celebrate the reality of his presence among us, filling us with new life and new hope.
We bring to the Lord all those areas of our lives and our world where there is confusion and bewilderment; may he help us to go beyond our doubts and insecurity, and to experience the joy of his peace.
We bring to the Lord our homes and families, and all the joys and sorrows of our relationships. We ask him to be with us in all we say and do.
We bring to the Lord those whom life has damaged, and all who find it difficult to trust in him; may he give them refreshment and hope, comfort, healing and inner serenity.
We bring to the Lord those who approach death with great fear and those who die unprepared to meet him. May he have mercy on us all, forgive us all that is past and gather us into his everlasting kingdom of peace and joy.
Published on: 17-04-2020
We pray that the Church may proclaim with joy the Easter message of hope for the world; may our lives, as well as our worship, testify to the truth of the Resurrection; and may our vision of what is possible through this new life be broadened.
We pray for the world we inhabit; for those who lead, and take important decisions, and for those who follow or are coerced, or who have no voice. We pray for mercy and justice, compassion and integrity. We pray for protection against evil and strengthening of goodness.
We pray for all babies, and those as yet unborn, that they may be born into a world of love and acceptance. We pray, too, for those who provide foster care, and for all children at risk. We pray for all parents and those who support them. We pray for the newly baptised and recently confirmed; for a deeper commitment to supporting one another as we grow in faith.
We pray for those who cannot think, for the pain or anguish which engulfs them; for all whose lives are troubled and insecure; for those who have little energy left to rejoice. May the risen Lord bring healing and the resources to cope with suffering, and give us the grace to carry one another’s burdens in love.
Published on: 09-04-2020
If we as the Church are truly to be the Body of Christ, then, standing at the foot of the cross, may we learn what it means to love and keep on loving; to serve and keep on serving.
If the world is ever to see real hope, may the Lord purify and transform our lives and stretch out our arms in loving forgiveness, with no exceptions and no small print, so that we shine as lights in the darkness.
If our workplaces and neighborhoods and homes are to display and respond to his values, then may the Lord make us more fervent in prayer, more courageous in self-discipline and, above all, more loving in reaching out to them.
If the terrible suffering of extreme poverty, injustice and oppression is to be addressed realistically, then may the Lord take away our greed and complacency and our assumptions about appropriate living standards, and teach us sacrificial self-giving of time, energy and resources.
Through the life-giving death of Jesus, may the dying turn to the Father and know his merciful love; may the grieving be comforted, and may we all one day share with those who have died the eternal joy of heaven.
Published on: 03-04-2020
May God breathe his life into the Church; breathe holiness and deepening faith, breathe energy, inspired teaching and fervent praise; may he unblock the channels and make us more receptive to his gentleness and his power.
May God breathe his life into the universe; breathe caring, honesty and compassion, breathe right values and good stewardship, peace and reconciliation, vision and hope.
May God breathe his life into our homes and places of work; breathe increased patience and understanding, and the courage to live the Christian life, when to do so brings ridicule or demands sacrifice.
May God breathe his life into those who suffer; breathe comfort and wholeness, forgiveness and new confidence, breathe peace of mind and the knowledge of his love.
May God breathe his life into the dead and dying; breathe courage for the journey and the realisation that he can be trusted. May he breathe life that lasts for ever.
Published on: 26-03-2020