Sunday Prayer 28/02/21

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 it says: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

Father God, we have so much to be grateful for, so much to praise you, our heavenly Father, for.  

We thank you for Jesus Christ, our precious Lord and Saviour, and for all that he accomplished on the Cross, taking the punishment for our Sins, cleansing us from our sins with his blood.

Your blessings are many, Lord.

As we look around us, we see the beauty of your creation. As each season gives way to the next, we delight in the way you are constantly renewing it. Grant us wisdom for how to respect and care for it.

We are fortunate, Lord, to live in comfort – in good homes, with warmth, and easy access to all we need – we acknowledge that all of this comes from you. We thank you for the safety and security that we enjoy – and even take for granted. Rarely are we persecuted for our faith, but we lift up to you our brothers and sisters across the world where this is a daily reality. Give them the strength to run the good race despite hostilities.

Thank you Father for fellowship here, for the spiritual encouragement you bring to us through meeting with each other, and even though direct practical support is limited at the moment, thank you that technology has helped us to continue to meet.

We thank you for our heath, and the excellent healthcare we enjoy.  We do pray for those that are currently suffering with COVID, that you would bring about healing, and we pray for all those that are affected – those that are bereaved, those that are suffering from long COVID, those that adversely affected by anxiety or mental health conditions exacerbated by the current situation, those that are feeling acute loneliness.

We praise you for the progress that has been made in reducing the impact of COVID, through Government restrictions, the impact of the vaccine, and the changing seasons – the signs are encouraging.  We pray for our leaders in Government – that you will grant them wisdom to lead, and for scientists, doctors and health care professionals as they work so hard to keep us safe.

Father God, we have so much to thank you for.  May our gratitude to you translate into faithful hearts.  As we prayed last week from Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  It is liberating that you aren’t interested in our talents, or what we can do for You, or how clever we are, or how often we serve – You are interested in the faithfulness of our hearts.  Help us to come to you, to approach you as Children.

We have been considering in our prayers this week as a congregation the needs of our community, and I pray that as we discuss this later in our groups that you will prompt us and guide us in ways to be faithful to you by serving the community, despite the challenging nature of the circumstances we’re in.

Father God, we thank you that we can only be faithful to you because you are faithful to us. 

In Romans 5:8, it says: But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Father God, you are faithful and true.  It is such a privilege to brings our prayers to you. Help us to continue to draw close to you as we worship you today. Amen

Pete

Sunday Prayer 14/02/21

Dear Lord Jesus we come humbly before You now.

We are in awe of You.Great and Worthy are You of our praise.You are alive!You are our rock!You have saved us.You love us and You are our source of love for one another.
We are sorry Lord for any of our thoughts, words or actions that have hurt You, other people or ourselves. We repent too for what we have not done and said. 

Thank you that You are so faithful and just that… You forgive us… You purify us ……and You make us new again.  We have so much to thank You for.(Add your thanks here)
You have told us Lord, not to be anxious about anything, but to bring everything to You, and that Your peace will guard our hearts and minds….So let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence. Much of the time  we don’t know how to pray , but thank You Holy Spirit that You groan for us in a way that is deeper than words. 
We bring before you Lord our families, friends, neighbours,community and our church……..                                                                                                                                              

Please guide us as we pray, repent, and listen to You closely as a fellowship over the coming weeks.
We pray for those ill or bereaved.
Those lonely or experiencing hardship.
We pray for our country..
For this season of pandemic.
For our young people throughout the country
For our Government responding to Covid and Brexit.
For our Health Service
We pray for our World….
For the global response to Covid
For inter-country relationships For persecuted groups of people and refugees
For wars and unrest …for God to bring Peace.

We thank you Lord, for you have heard our prayers. We leave them all in your hands and bless You, for you carry the burden. 
And as we close this time….Drop Your still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease. Take from our souls the strain and stress. And let our ordered lives confess, The beauty of Your peace, The beauty of Your peace!

Amen.

Liz

Sunday Prayer 31/01/21

Jesus, Friend, Guide and Good Parent


We are here with you and you are here with us. We give thanks for the stillness of our surroundings, the sounds of nature, and for your love which is greater than our imagination and beyond our comprehension.We ask you to be with those who are saddened or bereaved and with those who life now is short and who face discomfort or decline before they experience your comfort and peace.We pray for young people in our community, constructing their identities amidst social media and searching for adults and peers who can express a solid basis for living a good life.We remember our World – and ask for perspective.

Our difficulties are lived out in heated homes awaiting vaccinations for Covid and surrounded by healthcare resources, while others huddle in refugee tents, or coax meagre crops from parched and degraded land. Help  us to break out of our anxiety and pessimism with action. Action which earns us hope, and gives others their own.Fill our sails with your Spirit so that, trembling, we find courage to point our boat into the storm, knowing that You are with us.  

Amen

Al