Monday Prayer

Monday 3rd August 2020

Whether you have had a personal relationship with God for years or you are only beginning to discover who Jesus is, we all need guidance sometimes when it comes to prayers. Our prayers today and during the week ahead help us to reflect on God’s presence with us. Please use them as you wish and add your own prayers and words as you find helpful.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

Monday morning prayer

Lord,

Sometimes, Monday can be a hard day. Dreaded on Sunday and fled from on a Friday. Yet why Lord as Monday could be the beginning of a work adventure, the new challenge of a week filled with potential? So I pray you would help me to embrace this day.

Let it be a new day and a wonder day. Help me to see not the clouds but the sunrise, not the rain but the ripples of falling drops. Show me the joy of the embrace with loved ones, not the tensions and troubles. Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced.

This day, help me to turn my eyes towards your Kingdom, of love, hope and new beginnings.

Amen.

Tuesday morning prayer

Lord, on this day I chose to put You first. Thank You that when You are at the centre of our family, our lives are rich with love and goodness. Lord, be the running stream, springing up at the very heart of our household. Might we drink daily from the water of life, that our days would be filled with kindness, forgiveness, trust and love. Amen.


May this day be a gentle time
Of love and kindness shown,
To all my friends and family
A love that helps us grow.

Let Tuesday always prompt my heart
To place my life in You.
To see Your holy will be done
I give my life anew.

Amen

Wednesday morning prayer

Lord on this day of the week I recall the strength of the Trinity in my life. Thank you for the strands that hold me safe in the Father, that bring redemption and grace in the Son, and freedom and hope through the Holy Spirit. Thank you for this cord of strength. May I celebrate with the Three that encircle my life! And this day may I give out the love of the Father, the grace of the Son and the freedom of the Holy Spirit in all I do. Amen.

May Wednesday be a dwelling day,
Curled up on Abba's knee.
Following in the path of Christ,
With His Spirit I'm set free.
Let Wednesday always prompt my heart
To travel home to nest.
To feel the blessings of my faith
To know Your peace and rest.

Amen

Thursday morning prayer

Lord on this day I remember that You go before me, so I pause to meditate on Your promises. Thank You Lord that You go with me, You lay a pathway, You watch over me like a shepherd. So I give You my fears, worries and anxieties. I lay all tension and stress at the foot of the cross. Thank You that You arose from the death, and that You bring life, freedom, hope and the promise of Heaven! Praise You that I am safe in Your presence. Amen.

May Thursday be a hope filled day,
That floods my fears with light,
A day that quiets all anxious thoughts
As I encounter Christ.
Let Thursday always prompt my heart
To stop and find Your peace,
And live upon the truth You give
My eyes to You I lift.

Amen

Friday morning prayer

Lord on this day I am aware of the troubles and darkness in our world. Please come and lead me in prayers for my community, my nation and the world. You are the light that shines in the bleakest times, let your Kingdom be built on earth. May those who suffer be comforted, may those who are at war search for peace, and may those who are in pain find healing. Amen.


May Friday be a thoughtful day
When Your Spirit leads my prayer.
I trust each trouble small and wide,
With faith into Your care.
Let Friday always prompt my heart
To stand upon the truth.
Darkness has been overcome
The Earth belongs to You.

Amen
Saturday morning prayer

Lord on this preparation day, I jump into all that You have given me. Might I embrace each part of this glorious time, enjoying the service, relishing in the challenges, engaging with the fun and celebrating with laughter.

Lord on this day, may I enjoy the beauty of the created world all around me. Might I run, drive, walk and sing in the freedom of this day! Thank you that right now I can feel Your love flowing through each vein of my being, causing me to pulsate with vision and life. Lord, on this day I jump into all that You have given me. Amen.


Lord, on this preparation day, I wake to live and give.
May it be a worthwhile day, fill up to the brim.
A day with service, laughter, work and play,
A time to run and sing.
May Saturday be a day I walk
And breathe your goodness in,
Enjoy the beauty all around
And freedoms joy within.
Sunday morning prayer

Lord on this special day, I run into Your loving arms. May Sunday be a celebration, filled with thankfulness, where I connect with the presence of Heaven, seek Your beauty and goodness, and cherish special family time together. Come fill my heart afresh with Your love. May it overflow with Heaven's bounty, moving through this rest day and into the week ahead.

Lord on this special day,
I run into Your arms.
Spend cherished time with family,
And find shelter in Your palm.
May Sunday be a celebration,
Full up to the brim,
With Heaven's promise ringing loud,
And Your love flowing in.

Amen
  May The Road Rise Up To Meet You

May the road rise up to meet you
And the wind be on your back
May the sun shine warm upon you
And the rain fall gently down

May God hold you, ever hold you
May God hold you, in the palm of His hand
Gently hold you, come enfold you
May God hold you, in the palm,
The palm of His hand

May the stars come out to greet you
As you lie your head to rest
May the moonlight smile upon you
And your dreams be ever blessed

 


 

Monday 27th July 2020

Whether you have had a personal relationship with God for years or you are only beginning to discover who Jesus is, we all need guidance sometimes when it comes to prayers. Our prayers today all reflect prayers that help us through the times of our lives. Please use them as you wish and add your own prayers and words as you find helpful.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

A prayer to begin the day.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,

‘I am with you always’.

Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.

Hear my prayers for others and for myself,

and keep me in your care.

 

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

from St Patrick’s Breastplate

 

For those who are ill

Merciful God,

we entrust to your tender care this day, those who are ill or in pain,

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.

Comfort and heal them,

and restore them to health and strength;

through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray.

Amen.

 

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,

give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure for illnesses, especially at this time, the Coronavirus,

Strengthen them with your Spirit,

that through their work

many will be restored to health;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

A prayer for the world regarding Coronavirus

God of love and hope,

you made the world and care for all creation,

but the world feels strange right now.

The news continues with ongoing stories about Coronavirus.

Some people are worried that they might get ill.

Others are anxious for their family and friends.

Be with them and help them to find peace.

We continue to pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,

and all who are working to discover the right

medicines to help those who are ill.

Thank you that even in these anxious times,

you are with us.

Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

Amen.

 

A prayer remembering God is with us

Lord God, you are always with me.

You are with me in the day and in the night.

You are with me when I’m happy

and when I’m sad.

You are with me when I’m healthy

and when I am ill.

You are with me when I am peaceful

and when I am worried.

Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling)

because (reasons you are feeling this way).

Help me to remember that you love me

and are with me in everything today.

Amen.

 

General prayers

Almighty and everlasting God,

we thank you that you have brought us safely

to the beginning of this day.

Keep us from falling into sin

or running into danger;

order us in all our doings

and guide us to do always

what is righteous in your sight;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy

in this time of uncertainty and distress.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may rejoice in your comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us

from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

 

And finally on this Monday we are able to say together:

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen.

 


 

Monday 20th July 2020

Whether you have had a personal relationship with God for years or you are only beginning to discover who Jesus is, we all need guidance sometimes when it comes to prayers. Our prayers today all reflect prayers that help us through the times of our lives. Please use them as you wish and add your own prayers and words as you find helpful.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Let us adore the might and majesty of God which we see reflected in the wonder and mystery of his creation.

The wide places of the earth; the vast expanse of space; the limitless horizons of the sea, wonderful in its stillness and fearful in storm. The Lord, he is God: We glorify your holy name, O Lord.

The stretching polar icefields; the mystery of the voiceless deserts; the minute wonders revealed by the microscope; the perfection, the variety, the colour and the beauty manifest in all creation. The Lord, he is God: We glorify your holy name, O Lord.

The numerous peoples of the earth; the varieties of nation and race; the wide – ranging differences of human hopes, culture, abilities and insights; the God – given belief in brotherhood and tolerance glimpsed in the Church and seen best in Jesus. The Lord, he is God: We glorify your holy name, O Lord.

Amen

 

Help us to learn from each other’s differing experiences of life.

Lord, open our eyes to the world around us, through radio and television, newspapers and conversation, internet and social media, in order that we may know with greater clarity the true needs of the world we live in. help us to distinguish between the falsely sensational and the true dramatic news, in order that we may face up to features of life that disturb us. Help us to sift the wheat from the chaff in the daily events of life and to face tragedy and delight in the confidence that you are in control.

Lord, above all else, open our eyes to the life of Jesus, the life he lived in the flesh and the life he now lives in the power of the Spirit. Let his teachings pierce our complacency and our prejudices. Let his life of love point to the higher instincts within us. Let his death and rising to life again be signposts to ultimate reality.

Lord, we are blind. Open our eyes and raise our sights to see the splendour of your glory in the whole of life.

Amen

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self – control.

We admit with sorrow and shame, Lord Jesus, that we are often unloving and gloomy, quarrelsome and impatient; unkind and ill – natured; unreliable, harsh and self – indulgent.

How much in these days, we need the fruit of your Spirit! Grant us these, your qualities and help them to grow in us to your glory and for the good of others.

Amen

 

We ask, God our Father, that you will give us courage:

  • Courage to face disappointments without bitterness
  • Courage to shoulder responsibility with cheerfulness
  • Courage to hold fast to the good in the face of evil
  • Courage to make experiments without being afraid of making mistakes
  • Courage to get up when we fall, and to go forward again
  • Courage to bear and to be a good witness to Jesus Christ, and to his name be honour and glory for ever.

Amen

 

Eternal God, in Jesus we see love set before us in a way that can never fully be copied by us, yet standing as a constant hope and challenge in our struggle to love. In him we see the fulfilment of our strivings after compassion. We pray that love may increase, and it is this hope that brings us before you this day.

Look at us, O God, in our family life, bound up together in love for each other. Let that love be strong enough to bring us to maturity in all the relationships that we hold together.

Look at us we pray, as we live alone, separated from loved ones by a variety of circumstances: bereavement, or in a solitariness that is chosen or even enforced upon us. Let our inner resources of love be strong enough this day to help us withstand isolation or loneliness.

Look at us in the daily life of the world as we seek to create a new society. Help us to love and by our love to transform the unlovely. Inspire us to use our power and influence in releasing the resources of society for those who are weak and underprivileged.

Look at us in the life of our churches. Let love hold and bind us together in the swirl and midst of change. Let love provide so secure a foundation that we can allow Christian disagreement. Let love be that bond of our conversation, the power behind our search for your will, and the springboard of our service to others. Let love be in our worship, in whatever form that takes, so that we hold hands in a circle of praise and adoration to you our Lord and Saviour.

We ask these things in the name of him who came amongst us with love unconditional and everlasting, the name of Jesus.

Amen

 


 

Monday 13th July 2020

Whether you have had a personal relationship with God for years or you are only beginning to discover who Jesus is, we all need guidance sometimes when it comes to prayers. Our prayers today all reflect prayers of response. Please use them as you wish and add your own prayers and words as you find helpful

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

After each phrase the response is: Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

 

Let us pray for strength in times of temptation.

 

When we slip into the wrong rather than stand up for the right, then ... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

When it is easier to tell a lie than speak the truth, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

When we lose our direction in life, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

When we neglect our prayers, worship and friends, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

In laziness of body, mind or spirit, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

In pain and hardship and sorrow, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

In health and prosperity and ease, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

In fear and loneliness and death, then... Come to our aid, Lord Jesus

 

Lord Jesus Christ, who conquered evil on the cross, give us power to overcome temptation and to share in your victory, now and always.

Amen

 

After each phrase the response is: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

 

Lord Jesus, long ago you called ordinary people like us to be your disciples, and we believe that you are calling us to follow you today. Therefore:

 

As we seek to be your faithful disciples: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

As we face up to life's problems: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

When we are face with important decisions: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

As we seek to do those things of which you would approve: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

In choosing between what is good and what is best: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

In our choice of our life's work: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

And, above all, as we choose you to be our way, our truth and our life: Guide us and strengthen us, O Lord.

Amen

 

Following the prayer: Speak, O God, the reponse is: And help us to listen

 

This is a busy world that we live in, Lord: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

Through the suffering of the sick and sad, the hungry and the homeless, the anxious and the afraid: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

Through the words and examples of other people: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

Through the beauties of nature that surrounds us, music that fills the air and art that inspires us: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

Through your Holy Word, the Bible and through your Church and its people: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

In and through the events and experiences of everyday life: Speak, O God: And help us to listen.

 

And when we have heard you speak clearly to us, O God, give us strength to obey you now and always.

 

Amen

There are so many that call out to us in our world today, Lord, but one voice needs to speak louder and clearer than everything else Lord, and that is your voice. In our prayers, Lord, we seek to:

 

Offer ourselves to you now, as your faithful servants.

Offer our minds - to think for you.

Offer our eyes - to see the needs of others.

Offer our voice - to speak for you.

Offer our hands - to work for your Kingdom.

Offer our feet - to walk in your path

Offer our hearts - to love you above all, and to love others as much as we love ourselves.

Offer our lives - to be used in your service, and to the glory of your name.

Accept us, bless us, and use us for your glory, we pray.

 

Amen.

 

To the phrase: We are grateful, the response is: Thank you for them, Lord.

 

Thank you, Lord, for good neighbours.

For the people next door,

For our special friends,

For those we work with,

And go out with,

And who come to visit us:

We are grateful: Thank you for them, Lord.

 

For shopkeepers, and plumbers and electricians,

For police, fire, and ambulance personnel,

For bus drivers, road menders, and rubbish collectors

And all who work in our villages, towns and cities:

We are grateful: Thank you for them, Lord.

 

For doctors and dentists, nurses and carers,

For teachers and others who help in schooles,

And for all those people we know in our churches:

We are grateful: Thank you for them, Lord.

 

Amen

 


 

Monday 6th July 2020

Whether you have had a personal relationship with God for years or you are only beginning to dicover who Jesus is, we all need guidance sometimes when it comes to prayers. It's often hard to find the words to pray, that's why we put together this collection of short prayers. This section of our prayers follow short prayers offering guiding words to use for praying over various topics, such as confidence, perseverance, feeling inadequate and other areas of life where we need to ask for God's help. Please use these inital prayers and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you as you add some of your own words and personalize your petitions to God.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Prayer for Perseverance

Holy Lord, Thank You for grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me the strength and wisdom to look up and see the hope I run toward in Christ. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Self-Control

Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favour upon my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer For Worry

Father, I am tempted to worry about so many things. Our world is a mess! Frogive me for focusing on anything or anyone but You. Thank You for the Bible that equips and empowers me to live each day. Right now, I declare that You are my only Hope. Please help me remember that You really are in control. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer When Feeling Inadequate

Dear Lord, Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Confidence

Lord, Help me let go of my fear of failure. I know Satan wants to use my fears to hold me back from living boldly for You. Forgive me for not living in faith and help me from this moment on to live with bold confidence in You. Lord, help me not compare myself to others around me. I pray instead that I can keep my eye on You and live a life that procalims Your excellence. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer for a Heavey Heart

Lord, I want to lay before you all that weighs heavy on my heart. Reveal even the sin I am not aware of, Lord. I lay these at your feet and pray your forgiveness on me. I believe you when you say that you wash us whiter than snow. Thank you Lord for your unending love for me! Help me start fresh right now to make choices that honour you. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Restored Relationships

Father God, open my eyes to see the ways I'm like Cain. What conflicts am I allowing to brew in my family? What anger is bubbling into murderous rage in my relationships? Thank You for the clarity to see how hatred kills relationships. I choose instead the way of love. Love protects. Help me to protect those I love by loving them. Your way is always the best, Father. I pray in Jesus' Name, Amen,

 


 

Monday 29th June 2020 - Monday Prayers

As we continue our Monday Morning Prayers, we come together on this Monday morning and offer together a selection of prayers for Monday through to Friday.


Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayer

Father God, every day you give us is a new day, with new things to do, new ideas in our minds, new people to meet and new sights to see. A new day is like a present you give us to enjoy; full of hours and minutes and seconds to fulfil our lives; time to share with other people. Forgive us for the days that we have taken and spoilt; for times we have used selfishly as though they belonged to us alone.

 

Father God, help us to use this new day to learn more about Jesus, to practice kindness to other people, to worship you and to pray to you; so that at night - time we can say that this has been a good day, and therefore to offer thanks for it.

 

Tuesday Prayer

In a world torn by noise and splintered by division; Let your peace be known in this holy place.

 

In days destroyed by pressure and fractured by strain; Let your peace be known in this holy hour.

 

In personalities threatened by the foes of the mind and in spirits menaced by guilt: Let your peace be known in this holy worship.

 

Eternal God, by the power released into human life in Jesus, you have pursued us down the years of life and you will not let us go. We have tried so often to close our ears to your voice, to shut the doors of our minds, but still you come and come again. We have hidden behind pious phrases but you penetrate their shallowness; we have lost ourselves in endless activity but you make us pause in our headlong rush and think again; we have chatted our way through the 'ifs and buts' of idle speculation about the faith but you have silenced us and made us listen; you have burst into our noisy lives and crept nto our silence. And we are glad. Glad that you disturbed us; glad that you persist in your searching; glad that you come upon us unawares to confront us with your presence. For, as our wills have blown to yours, as your persistent word has challenged us to love, to compassion and to service, we have found life, a life that endures and is stronger than death.

 

Wednesday Prayer

God bless you in rising, through dawn chorus and cheerfulness. God bless you in working, through honest toil and service. God bless you in sharing, through spoken word and embracing. God bless you in resting, through peaceful sleep and protection.

 

We pray for those who wearily make their way often to work, or hop into the car and do the weekly shop, and we pray for those who through the night while we were asleep have stacked the shelves, made safe the roads, transported goods, kept factories running, cared for the sick and dying. Bless them with the rest that they deserve and need, and may we be thankful for the work they do that makes our lives each day a little easier.

 

Thursday Prayer

By faith

I gaze up to the heavens

and know

within its vastness

that this is your creation

planned and effected within eternity

 

By faith

I pluck an ear of corn

and know

within its symmetry

lies the chemistry of life

the potential of creation within my hand

 

By faith

I listen for your voice

and know

the whisper that I hear

breathed a world into existence

yet listens to the prayer within my oul

 

By faith

I stive to do your will

and know

the door that I approach

may lead me to shadows

where my roll is to become your light

 

By faith

I cling to your word

and know

the strength that I receive

has its source within my love

that is at the centre of all things.

Friday Prayer

In my heart I have known such intimacy with you Lord, known you are always within my reach. I have heard your glorious whisper breaking through the clamour of the world in which I move, spent time in silent worship in places of tranquility and peace. But there are moments when deep in my soul you seem so far away, when the moments of my day are consumed by own self-interest ambition and pride, when my heart judges and declares my guilt. Draw me close again, restore the love I first knew that I might worship you in spirit and truth not only with my lips but with each moment of my day.


Ever-present God, you walk with us through good times and bad, mountain top and valley deep, your footsteps our guide, hands our support.

 

Ever-present God, you are close to us when life is smooth or rough, in wholeness and brokenness, your healing our hope, your touch our desire.

 

Ever-present God, bring comfort and peace and warmth of your presence and I shall fear no thing, for you are with me, always.

Amen

 


 

Monday 22nd June 2020 - Monday Prayers


As we continue our Monday Morning Prayers, we come together on this Monday morning and offer together a prayer that is linked to the Lectionary Prayers. Also our prayers for this week focus on the aspects of family in general and the relationships we have in whateve form that may take. Share these prayers on your own or with someone else and let God be near you this week.

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

So let us begin this week by sharing together a simple prayer:

In our meeting together let us remember that we worship the God who create this world, the God who spoke through his prophets from generation to generation, led his people from captivity to liberty, healed the sick, fed the hungry and was faithful even when faced with rejection. Te same God who wants all people to be drawn to his love and grace, to know his forgiveness and the joy of his Salvation. Let us put aside all that hinders and join together in worship and praise.

Amen.

 

Adoration

May the Father who is the source of all;

creator, sustainer and provider,

grant his blessing

to this meeting of our lives.

May the Son who gave his life for all;

saviour, redeemer and sacrifice,

be the focus

of this meeting of our lives.

May the Spirit who brings power to all;

knowledge, wisdom and flames of fire,

be the encourager

in this meeting of our lives.

And may the Father, Son and Spirit,

Godhead and glorious Trinity,

be the peace

within this meeting of our lives.

Amen.

 

Confession

You have called us to be your hands,

feet and voice in this world,

to bring compassion to the bereaved,

wholeness where lives are broken,

comfort to the wary,

healing to body and soul

throught the power invested in us

by your gracious Spirit.

Forgive us when our lives are busy

and we choose to walk the other way.

Forgive us when our lives are lived

purely for the benefit of ourselves,

and we do not share them with others.

Grant us a strength of faith and body

that we can be your willing servants

wherever you might place us.

Amen.

 

Thanksgiving

As the oil and flour did not run dry

until rain fell upon the land,

when Elijah brought your blessing to a widow,

so you care for your people

and provide for those who are in need.

In response we bring to you our thank offering.

Thank you for provision

of sunshine and rain in due season,

of seed, soil and harvest,

sufficient for our needs.

Thank you for provision

of living water that does not run dry,

and the nourishment

of your Word

which feeds our souls.

For love which endures,

and blessings which satisfy,

we offer our thanks.

Amen

 

A selection of prayers that deal with families, relationships within families and attitudes.

 

Bless our children, Lord,

growing up into a future

that is difficult to predict.

Protect them, guide them

and give them wisdom

to see above and beyond

the tempting choices

this world may offer,

that they might become

the people who, in your eyes,

they were always meant to be.

 

We pray for families

who, for various reasons

find themselves

living beyond their means,

unable to provide

even life's essentials

without borrowing more,

sinking deeper into debt.

Oh Father, that we might be

a compassionate nation,

more ready to give

than take away,

more ready to love

than to condemn,

more ready to lend

a helping hand,

working together

for the common good

of all your children

within this land.

Through Jesus Christ,

who took the little

that was available

and shared it such

that we all were fed

this we pray.

 

We pray for healing and peace

for the stresses and strains

within family relationships.

For couples who have lost

the love that they once had,

and their lives are drifiting apart.

For parents who no longer

can control their children,

and are beginning to despair.

For families who struggle

to live within their means

and not slip deeper into debt.

For children who walk into

a more uncertain future

with difficult choices to make.

For the stresses and strains

within family relationships

we pray for healing and peace.

 

Bless the children who,

because of background

or circumstances, do not

fulfil their true potential

in our education system,

and are disadvantaged

from such a very early age.

Forgive us if we are guilty

of not doing enough

to support the vulnerable

the neglected, and those

who have already given up.

Give wisdom to teachers,

support workers, parents

and all who desire the best

for all our nation's children,

that they might not only

survive, but go on to thrive.

 

We thank you, Gracious God

for Hallelujah moments.

Those turning a corner

and meeting a long-lost friend

moments.

Those climbing a mountain

and standing in awe of the view

moments.

Those wiping of tears

from our eyes as a baby is born

moments.

Those welcoming back

a prodigal child into our arms

moments.

Those answers to prayer

at times when we feel totally helpless

moments.

Thos sighs of relief

at the end of the dear friend's suffering

moments.

For these and all

Hallelujah moments,

we thank you, Gracious God.

Amen

 


 

Monday 15th June 2020 - Monday Prayers

As we continue our Monday Morning Prayers, we come together on this Monday morning and offer together a few more reflective prayers. Our prayers are a 'life - line' to God, who does not dismiss us or abandon us, but shares with us in all that we do. Share these prayers on your own or with someone else and let God be near you this week.

 

Every blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

'I will exalt you'

Consider these words from Psalm 145

'I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.

Every day I will prasie you and extol your name for ever and ever'

 

(A moment of silence)

 

Creator God, we glimpse your beauty

in setting sun, mountain top, eagle's wing.

We sense your power in thunder crash,

lightning flash and ocean's roar.

Creator God we praise you

 

Precious Jesus, we see your love

stretched out upon a cruel cross.

We stand in awe at your sacrifice,

pure love poured out for humankind.

Precious Jesus we praise you

 

Holy Spirit, we see your power

in lives transformed, hearts on fire.

We listen for your still, small voice,

comforting, guiding, calling.

Holy Spirit we praise you

 

To the words 'Every day I will praise you' you might like to respond, possibly speaking out aloud with the words 'And extol your name for ever'

 

From the moment we awake

to face the day ahead,

you are with us,

through good times and bad,

Your presence enough for our needs.

Every day I will praise you

And extol your name for ever

 

Through the hours of the day,

in our travels and work,

you are with us:

in decisions we must make,

Your wisdom enough for our needs.

Every day I will praise you

And extol your name for ever

 

As we lay down to rest

at the end of the day,

you are with us,

as we lay our fears at your feet,

Your peace enough for our needs.

Every day I will praise you

And extol your name for ever

 

'God of all ages'

Listen to these words from Psalm 40

'I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry... He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.'

 

Eternal God,

it was your Spirit

hovering over the waters

at the dawning of that first day.

It was your voice

echoing through the darkness,

that brought forth light,

God of all ages

Accept our sacrifice of praise

 

Eternal God,

it was your love

that birthed humankind,

and placed them in a garden.

It was your hand

that helped them to their feet,

each time they fell.

God of all ages

Accept our sacrifice of praise

 

Eternal God, it was your prophets

who spoke forth your words,

to a rebellious generation.

It was your Son

who showed the depth of love

tht will not let us go.

God of all ages

Accept our sacrifice of praise

 

God of life,

whose love enfolds us,

and spirit fills us,

we praise your holy name.

God of joy,

whose sunrise wakes us,

and sunset amazes us,

we praise your holy name.

God of hope,

whose promise sustains us,

and power upholds us,

we praise your holy name.

God of love,

whose patience humbles us,

and touch can heal us,

we praise your holy name.

God of peace,

who breaks down barriers,

and walls that divide us,

we praise your holy name.

God of eternity,

who has always loved us,

and by grace has saved us,

we praise your holy name.

 

Spend a moment thinking about all that God is and has done for us, and consider your individual response to his grace.

 

God of all ages,

who from generation to generation

has heard the cries of your children

humbly seeking forgiveness,

and has welcomed sinners

back into your embrace,

hear the thoughts of our hearts,

examine our motives,

forgive us our faults,

of word and action.

We ask this through your Son,

who died that we might know

the true cost of forgiveness.

Amen

 

And finally today we pray:

Your footsteps are not easy to follow,

for they lead not only to green pastures

where we find nourishment and rest,

but also desert and wilderness places

where we are vulnerable and alone,

and crowded and uncomfortable spaces

where we feel threatened and distressed.

Your footsteps are not easy to follow,

but you have walked this way before

and are never far from any one of us,

your Spirit guiding and instructing,

your arm supporting, your love supplying,

on this necessary path we tread.

Grant us the confidence, Lord

to step out in faith and become the people we are meant to be,

unapologetic in our love for you,

wanting to be change-makers,

bringers of hope, love and grace

into an unbelieving world

that has no faith but in itself,

is almost blind and cannot see

that all it seeks is found in you.

Grant us the confidence, Lord

to step out in faith and become

the people we are meant to be.

Amen

 


 

Monday 8th June 2020 - Monday Prayers

In the absence of being able to meet in a physical way, we can still pray before God in a spiritual way. We offer these general prayers this Monday morning, in the hope that you might meet once again with God.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

This morning,

and all mornings

as we face the day

daunted by expectations

others place upon us,

weighed down by burdens,

unsure of outcomes,

opposed,

alone,

afraid;

remind us

that you faced all this

and more,

that we might loose

these chains that bind us,

rise above and beyond

the troubles of this world,

and know peace.

To the one who has overcome

we bring our thanks and praise

this day and always.

 

Loving Lord Jesus,

I do not fear this day,

for I know that you are with me

wherever I might go.

In my heart, I know that your

light will shine ahead,

your footsteps will lead the way.

I do not fear this day,

for your word will be my guide,

your strength will sustain me,

your love as always will revive me,

this day and all days.

I do not fear this day,

for you are with me.

Thank you, loving Lord Jesus.

 

O, Lord my God,

I arise today,

conscious of the forgiveness

of God the Father,

conscious of the companionship

of God the Son,

conscious of the guidance

of God the Spirit,

conscious of the unity

of the Trinity,

Three in One

And therfore, O, Lord my God,

May I arise not just this morning,

But every morning

feeling your warmth

embracing me,

knowing your peace

within me,

feeling your Spirit

strengthen me,

hearing your whisper

encouraging me.

Amen

You call, and so often,

amid the bustle of our day,

we're distracted

and fail to hear your voice.

You knock, but our lives

are untidy, unprepared,

and so we pretend

we never heard the sound.

Forgive us, Lord,

when we look to you for guidance,

but only on our terms,

- when we call you -

and so often your need of us

is in the 'now' of our busy-ness,

which can be 'inconvenient'.

Forgive us, Lord,

may the door of our hearts

be open, and our ears attuned

for that unexpected call.

And therefore, within each day may there be

peace within my busyness,

space where I can rest awhile,

and listen to your gentle voice

before engaging with the world.

Amen


Knowing you are with us

in the ebbs and flows

of our everyday lives,

your Spirit's presence

within our hearts,

your gentle whisper

guiding steps,

your warm embrace

when times are hard,

your hands held out

each time we fall.

Knowing you are with us

in our everyday lives

is blessing enough for today my Lord.

Amen

And finally, as we pray:

 

We give thanks for generosity!

For billionaires giving their wealth

to establish research programs

for the eradication of disease;

volunteers giving of their time

to help those less fortunate

in their neighbourhood, city

or in some remote disaster zone;

and of course the widow's mite,

given without counting cost

and no less generous a gift.

For all such generosity,

which comes from one heart

and flows freely to another,

as does your love for us,

we thank you, generous Lord,

wherever generosity is shown.

The giving of time of help

when someone is in need.

The always-being-there

as children finally leave home.

That spontaneous purchase

as a token of someone's love.

The sharing of resources

with those who do not have.

The freewill offering

for the ministy of your Church,

and the digging deep

for a charitable cause.

Wherever generosity is show,

may lives be blessed, dear Lord.

Amen

 


 

Monday 1st June 2020 - Monday Prayers

In the absence of being able to meet in a physical way, we can still pray before God in a spiritual way. We offer these general prayers this Monday morning, in the hope that you might meet with God.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Thank you, Lord God for the opportunity of coming together this day,

for the freedom to be amongst your family wherever they may be

meeting together in their house and homes,

and in the warmth of your embrace.

 

Thank you that in coming together in this way we can put aside,

the uncertainties of this world and rest

upon the certainties of the Kingdom,

for your promises are not changeable

as those of a politician might be,

but immovable and eternal.

 

Thank you that we can bring to your feet

all the hurts and fears that trouble us,

and leave them there,

knowing that your strength and assurance

are all that we require.

 

Thank you that as we draw near in this special way,

we are transported

from a world of concerns and fears,

to a place where we can be at peace in your presence,

find healing, wholeness and refreshment.

Thank you Lord God for the opportunity of praising your Holy name this day.

Amen.

 

Creator God

who breathed this world into being,

who is discernible within

the harmony of nature,

the perfection of a butterfly's wing,

the grandeur of a mountain range,

the soaring eagle and humming bird,

thank you for this world

which you created.

Thank you for summer sun,

which reminds us

that your creative breath

is still alive and active.

Thank you for the warmth of your love,

sustaining this world of which we are a part.

Amen.

 

Loving heavenly Father,

thank you that we can glimpse you within creation

this is such a beautiful thought,

but it also tells us that you desire to be seen,

to be found and known.

Open our eyes, Lord,

as we walk through this world,

feel the wind and sunshine,

see the majesty of creation

unfolding before our eyes.

Help us to see you more and more each day.

Amen.

 

The Lord is our salvation,

the rock upon which we stand,

the light by which we walk,

the strength by which we overcome.

Therefore we shall live by faith

and fear no one,

for the Lord our God is with us,

walking beside and before us,

sheltering us from harm.

It is the Lord's song that we sing,

his praise within our hearts,

his word upon our lips

and the reason that we live.

Amen.

 

O, Lord our God, as we journey together

in the footsteps of faith

may we never lose

our sense of direction with you.

Please, we pray, keep eyes focussed

upon our destination,

allow us to drink from the well

and eat of the bread

that will bring us life,

and hold out our hand

to any who may falter

or stumble the way.

Amen.

 

And so finally pray this day Lord, that the warmth of the sun's embrace,

the gentle breeze swept in by incoming tide,

the rhythm of seasons,

of new birth,

death and recreation will rest and remain with us.

All of these things speak so clearly of your love,

your power

and your beauty.

All are expressions of your creativity,

and more importantly of yourself.

As an artist might share his personality 

within each brushstroke,

so within the myriad colours of a butterfly's wing

you share the exuberance of your love towards us.

Amen.

 

 


 

Monday 25th May 2020 - Monday Prayers


In the absence of physical gatherings, we have an opportunity to revitalise the scattered church. For as long as our church buildings are closed, we can serve those in our communities through prayer in our everyday comings and goings.

We invite you to, as you embark on your regular daily exercise, and whilst you are doing this to prayer walk during the lockdown. This will be a time when you are attentive to God's presence in the places you walk, seeing God's heart for the people and challenges around you and responding to His Spirit as you seek to love your neighbours.

 

As, and if, you are able to do this during the coming week, below are some prayers that might help you in and during this task. Some of these prayers are used by the Evangelical Alliance.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Loving Heavenly Father, we pray this coming week as we walk around our local areas for the following:

 

Neighbourhoods, streets, communities

We thank you for the neighbourhood in which you have placed us.

We pray for good relationships, trust and support within this place.

Show us where we can offer ourselves in welcome, friendship and hospitality among these people.

We pray for those who have no homes, no people and no sense of belonging. May they not be forgotten in this time of crisis. Help us to be quick to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Councils, government offices

We pray for those who make decisions for this country and this city - for politicians, council members, department heads and public leaders. Grant them with wisdom, compassion, integrity and health.

We pray for unity of purpose. May they not be overwhelmed by the responsibilities placed upon them.

Give them eyes to hear the cries of the vulnerable. For your people in these places, strengthen their hands as they seek the welfare of our country at this time.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Families

We thank you and pray for our families. We pray for those living without family just now, disconnected and missing those they love.

We pray for parents juggling school, work and home in a time of pressure. We ask you to stregthen marriages amid this extra stress.

May we, in your power, offer a spirit of joy, love, peace, harmony, patience and forgiveness.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

NHS: GP's, chemists, clinics, hospitals

We thank you for the healthcare we enjoy in this country and call out for mercy for those with much less.

We pray for the hands of NHS workers to bring healing and wholeness to body and mind.

We pray for scientific and medical understanding and responses to the virus to be developed quickly.

Lord, we pray for each frontline staff worker who enters this place. We ask for protection from the virus, for wisdom as they care, and for stamina as they face new challenges.

We pray for those undergoing or waiting for healthcare during this time. Lord, have mercy.

In Jesus' name, Amen

 

Nursing homes and elderly residences

We pray a blessing over this home that brings care and community to the elderly as the virus strikes hardest here.

We pray for all who work in this community, and ask for your strength, energy and protection as they bring your caring touch.

We pray for elderly, disconnected from loved ones. May they be drawn to your prsence, have access to your word, and meet you in the silence.

We pray for those living with dementia. We ask for your presence to bring order over inner chaos and security over confusion.

Give us eyes to see, hearts to love, words to speak, and hands to care for those near to us.

In Jesus' name, Amen

Loving, Lord Jesus, help us during this coming week to pray for the following:

 

Prayer for Being Grateful

Father, I am sorry for the way I complain about my circumstances. Please forgive me for my bad attitude when things don't go my way. I want to see Your hand in every part of every day - good or bad. Help me learn how to face every storm with confidence, knowing that You really are in control even though I cannot hear your voice or see Your hand at work. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Pray for Loving Like Jesus

Father, I have to thank You for looking beyond my faults and for loving me unconditionally. Forgive me when I fail to love others in the same way. Give me eyes to see the needs of the difficult people in my life, and show me how to meet those needs in a way that pleases You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Pray for the Broken - Hearted

Lord, my heart is broken but You are near. My spirit is crushed, but You are my rescuer. Your Word is my hope. It revives me and comforts me in especially now. My soul faints, but you are the breath of life within me. You are my help, the One who sustains me. I am weak but You are strong. You bless those who mourn, and I trust You to bless me and my family with all that we need. You will rescue me from this dark cloud of despair because You delight in me. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

Prayer for Thankfulness

God, sometimes life gets me down and I find it hard to see things to be thankful for. Open my eyes to see the gifts you've given me in my life. I'm going to start by thanking you for loving me enough to come to earth and die so we can live together forever. Amen.

 

Prayer for Growing Faith

Dear Lord, help me - every single morning - to find faith in the midst of the chaos. Give me the desire and ability to see You, hear You, talk to You, and give thanks to You. And as I do, pray that I will draw nearer and nearer to You, and that my faith will mulitply exponentially as I understand in new, deeper ways that You are everything I ever hoped You would be. And so much more. Amen.

'Lean on me', says God. The following is a new poem/song that is linked to the video from poet Lucy Berry. A song of comfort for times of trouble.

This can be used as a closing act of worship for the Monday Morning Prayers this week.

 

And God said: 'Lean on me'


It seems as though our world is at a halt:

sickness in the air, but no-one's fault.

Lord, how did this hapen overnight?

We are in the dark and there's so little light.....

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when you lean on me".

 

Dear God, we're in a Wilderness for sure,

In a place we've never seen before:

lost, and poor in heart and weak of soul!

How is it that we could lose so much control?

 

And God said: " Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when lean me".

 

In fear of flood, or flames, or Lion's Den

That's when we remember God again.

That's when we begin to hear God say

"I am with you always. And that means today!"

 

So children: "Lean on me, lean me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's strong,

this is when you lean on me".

 

God, what a lonely time is to bear!

Staying in, and thinking no-one's there.

Lord, You're always here through all alarms.

How did we forget to climb into Your arms?

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's stong,

this is when you lean on me"

 

And God said: "Lean on me, lean on me.

I AM here right now, so you can lean on me!

I have been here all along, I will be the One who's stong,

this is when you lean on me" 

Lucy Berry 21.03.2020

 


 

Monday 18th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Our Monday Prayers this week are looking at all things to do with BMS World Mission.

 

The Director for Mission Training and Hospitality is Rev. Mark Ord. In the recent BMS Prayer Guide 2020, he writes an introductory welcome, which says:

 

A meditation on prayer

Now more than ever we are aware of the need for prayerful engagement from our supporters before anything of worth can be attempted for God. In the face of the global Covid - 19 Coronavirus pandemic, many of us feel uncertain and afraid. During these difficult times, we encourage you to turn to prayer as a vital source of help in the global fight against the Coronavirus. We are very grateful to God that you are committed to praying with us and for us - because we know that your prayers are being answered.

 

This year, we have seen a robust witness to Christ grow within the secularism of France and the pluralism of India. We've upheld people offering opportunity to people with disabilities in Thailand and Nepal............... We also committed ourselves to praying for the worldwide Coronavirus response, for God's protection over vunerable people, and for his healing love to be experienced by all those in need.

 

Pause over these prayers. Pray for those people. We are participating in what God is doing, in God's world. Every blessing. M. D. Ord.

 

As you share in these prayers remember others today.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Some of the Places that BMS World Mission are working in at present are:

Thailand, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, France, Netherlands, Albania. 

Pray for these places that God would work through the people who are in these regions.

 

  • Pray for the work that happens in serving trafficked people and those marginalised in society. Pray for those BMS workers who work among children with disablities.
  • Pray for the poorer countries of the world. Some may be rich in mineral reserves, have fertile soil and receive ample rainfall, but are economically poor. More than half the population live on less than £1 a day.
  • Over two billion people live in the least evangelised communities in the world. Please pray for the work that BMS World Mission does in some of these areas as they aim to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who have never known of his love.
  • Some countries in the world are hostile to Christianity. Pray for those who work in some of these areas of the world, that they may be 'Salt and Light' in the communities that they are part of.
  • Through clean water projects, teaching safe birth - practices and much more, health facilitators in some of the poorest countries are helping to transform lives. Pray for their safety and well-being.
  • Pray for people who live in fragile states who experience a mixture of compliacted issues such as elite groups in conflict, fleeing or arriving refugees, an abscene of democratic voice or human rights, as well as more obvious factors, such as war or extreme food shortages. Pray for BMS World Mission as it aims to bring and to be good news in these broken places.
  • Pray for those areas of the world where peace - building is needed. Pray for thos who seek to bring peace into communities that are ethnically different and still show hostility to one another.
  • Praise God for the work that BMS World Mission is undertaking in India. Pray for the ongoing work of those who deal with 'street children', and those who work in the Christian Medical College Hospital.
  • Pray for those countries in the world where BMS World Mission work, that are prone to natural disasters.

Why not, if you are able to, spend time looking at BMS World Mission on its website: www.bmsworldmission.org

 

BMS World Mission ask: Pray with us for the global Covid-19 Coronavirus response:

 

  • Pray that God will stop the spread of the virus. Pray that those who are ill or displaying symptoms will be healed, and that the Lord will bless the work of all those developing a treatment and a vaccine.
  • Pray for the response to the virus around the world. Pray that the Lord will keep NHS workers safe, as well as other healthcare workers across the world also risking their lives in the fight against Coronavirus. Pray especially for workers in countries that are particularly vulnerable, such as Chad and Afghanistan.
  • Pray for people living and working under lockdown around the world. Pray also for people across the world who are unable to work and struggling to support themselves and their families. Pray for BMS-supported work offering food relief in places like Tunisia, Bangladesh and Albania, that it will help vulnerable people get through this difficult time.
  • Pray for governments and leaders across the world. Pray that they will make wise, proactive decisions that will benefit all their countries and the global community.
  • Pray for BMS mission workers and UK staff. Pray for mission workers who have returned to the UK, they they will be able to continue their work as best they can remotely. Pray for workers who are still overseas, that the Coronavirus will not prevent them from carrying out their vital work.

 

 

As we pray together throughout the week, let us remember that we are part of a bigger, wider Christian family that is spread throughout this world. Pray for one another as the week goes on.

 


 

Monday Prayer 11th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Our Monday Prayers this week cover all the week. You will find a short prayer for each day of this week and the thought is that you say that prayer, reflect on it, and then add your own prayers into that particular day. We hope that this will be of help in your praying this week.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

A Prayer For Monday

Father God, every day you give to us is a new day, with new things to do, new ideas in our minds, new people to meet and new sights to see and behold. A new day is like a present you give us to enjoy; full of hours and minutes and seconds to fulfil our lives; time to share with other people. Forgive us for the days we have taken and spoilt; for times we have used selfishly as though they belonged to us alone.

 

Loving Lord, help us to use this new day to learn more about Jesus, to practice kindness to other people, to worship you and say our prayers together; so that at night - time we can say that this has indeed been a good day, and therefore offer thanks for it.

 

A Prayer For Tuesday

God, our heavenly Father, when we try to talk to you, we sometimes feel that we must speak in a special way and use words that we do not really understand.

 

Help us to remember how Jesus taught his friends to call you Father, because that was the most loving word he could use.

 

Then help us to speak to you in words we would use when we share with close friends our joys and sorrows. 

 

We believe that you are glad to hear our prayers, and to listen to our needs.

 

A Prayer For Wednesday

Following the words: We come to you, the response is: Lord be with us.

Eternal God, it is easy to feel afraid. There are known fears that rouble each of us: ill health, the fear of death, of pain, of disturbance. There is the unknown fear: the fear that springs out, the fear that grips the heart and erodes life. In our fear we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, we often feel the weight of our own sin and folly. We see the right and we can't do it. We know the wrong and it comes so easily to us. We speak and wish we had been silent; we are silent and wish we had spoken Friendships are fragile and even live can be perverted. In our sin and folly we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, there are times when we feel that evil will gain the upper hand in this world. Force seems mightier yet and power is in the wrong hands. Peace is destroyed and enmity and prejudice triumph. In our fear of the power of evil we come to you.

 

Lord, be with us.

 

Eternal God, we here and now affirm our faith. Nothing is all creation, in earth or heaven above, can come between your people and your eternal love.

 

A Prayer For Thursday

Lord God you are the Father of all people and we bring to you this day our prayers knowing that you will hear us and that you will be with us.

 

We pray this day for the whole family of your church. Grant that we, and all your people, may be built up in our faith, and always show in our lives the love we see in Jesus. Give courage to those who find it hard to follow you; to those who are finding it difficult to have faith because of a personal hardship or tragedy; to those who are made to suffer for their faith. Let your Holy Spirit support them, and may all Christians stand firm in the hope that your Kingdom of love will it come in all the world.

 

We pray for our country. Let your love surround and give wisdom to our politicians and leaders, and to all who have responsibility in education, in industry and in commerce.

 

We pray for people who are ill, those who are sad and those who are hurt in any way. We pray especially for those known to us in our fellowship. Let your love surround them and give them of your peace. 


We pray for one another. Help us to grow together in faith and love, rejoicing in your fatherhood and that we can bring our prayers to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

A Prayer For Friday

Lord God, you call us to share in our mission to all the world. You have given the gospel of Jesus for all people and we must share his gospel with everyone. Strengthen us to serve you in the places where we live and work, that our deeds and actions may show to others that we are your people and follow in the ways of Jesus Christ.

 

Help us to play our part in the life of the church both here in Salendine Nook and throughout the world, by our prayers for all Christian people, and by our gifts of money and of service.

 

May your people, in every land and of every race, show to the world that the gospel of Jesus can break down all the barriers that divide, and that all people are equally your children, belonging together and sharing in the joy of your kingdom.

 

A Prayer For Saturday

Thank you, Father God: For the warmth of the sun on our backs, for the seasons that we have. For each and every good thing that comes from you.


Thank you, Father God: For the worship that we can bring to you, whether that is in a church building, or in our own homes. For the way in which we can praise your holy name, for hymns, prayers and stories, both old and new.

 

Thank you, Father God: For service and caring, love given, and love receive. For all who share with us in order that we may believe more fully in you, our Lord and Saviour.

 

Thank you, Father God: For all that you give to us, for work times, and for play. For the start of a new day and the knowledge that with you, no matter what, all is well.

 

A Prayer For Sunday

Heavenly Father, we know from the life and work of Jesus that your will is that we shall be healthy and whole. So, in confidence, we make our prayers for those who work is for the health and healing of the community. 

 

We pray for the doctors, and nurses of the NHS who are battling to save lives and comforting those suffering with Covid-19. We thank you for their knowledge and skills, for selfishness, for their dedication and perseverance. Help them to have the resilience to carry on when all seems lost around them.

We pray for those who work behind the scene in hospitals, also trying to battle the onslaught of the Cornonavirus. We pray for Laboratory Assistants and technicians, for cleaners, and porters. May they not be forgotten in their contribution to the care and healing of others.


We remember also, Lord, the many countries where these services, which we take for granted are in short supply. Lord, prompt us we pray to be generous in responding to their needs as well.

 

As Jesus had compassion on those who were sick and dying, so we pray today that that same compassion would rest on those who need it most.

 


 

Monday Prayer 4th May 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

I offer these Monday Prayers today in order that we may do just that. Today we have a collection of prayers, and picture thoughts to guide us through the week.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Lord, on this Monday morning as we begin another week, we thank you for this day, to live another day, to love and one more day to forgive. Make us a light and blessing to one another as we acknowledge you.

 

Loving God

who summoned the world into being,

moulded the mountains,

bathed the earth in colour and light,

and breathed into us the Spirit of life

we bring you our praise.

 

We adore you,

the God who first loved us - 

who knew us in our mother's womb

made each of us unique

and who tends us with care.

 

We praise you

for revealing your love to us in Jesus.

Love which through

dusty feet, faithful service, wise words and caring hands - 

and later throught the cross and empty tomb - 

turned despair to celebration,

exclusion to inclusion

and sadness and oppression into liberation and laughter.

 

We praise you that through your Spirit at work in the world,

We can all know the joy and freedom of your generous love.

Loving God,

forgive us when we fail to show that love to others.

Forgive us when we stifle

your ever - creating Spirit

in our lives or in the lives of others.

 

Forgive us

when we fail to allow others to shine,

and when we make light

of the others gifts you have given us.

 

By your love,

make us new,

and hel us to know ourselves

forgiven and loved, a people of your pleasure.

Amen

As so much within life is now being re-shaped by Coronavirus Covid-19, let us pray together for:

  • People left unwell, those who we know and have died, or those bereaved.
  • People providing professional health care and advice, looking after love ones at home or working to create treatments and cures.
  • People shaping the response of nations and neighbourhoods, of commerce and industry, of service and voluntary organisations and of communities of faith.
  • People who are anxious or afraid, alone of isolated.

 

Living, loving God, we praise you, and through times of peril we lean into you, for in Jesus you have trodden paths as difficult as ours, revealing there a love that nothing defeats, a love that bears us through. Even as we strive to behave responsibly, and to care reliably, so we feel after you that in these uncertain times we might trust you are with us, our refuge and strength, and our faith, hope and love might be renewed.

Amen

 

Our loving, heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity to worship you today and throughout this coming week.

 

Please help me today, to learn something new about you...

 

We pray for peace throughout the world and for everyone's heart to be filled with love, so that we can all live together in harmony, whatever our differences are.

 

We pray especially for refugees and asylum seekers everywhere, that they will be welcomed into their new communities and not treated cruelly.

 

We continue to pray for the time when everyone will have food, water, shelter, medcal supplies and the chance to sleep without dear of tomorrow...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

You created our world and gave us life... we are sorry for destroying your creation...


We have chopped down trees, pollute the air, poisoned the rivers and seas and destroyed the places where animals live...

 

Help us to change our ways so that we can look after the world and make it the way that you want it to be...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all those who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Especially we pray for: ..(person's name)

 

Please give them peace in their pain, strength in their weakess and comfort in their sadness...

 

God of Love..... Hear our prayer.

 

Everlasting God, you have given us new life and, as we go back out into the world now, we pray that our lives will reflect your love to all those we meet...

 

Amen.

Loving Lord Jesus, we pray today and every day:

 

For Empathy - seeking to understand: ideas, people, ourselves, our faith, our hopes. Seeking, and exploring the why of life, the why of who we are. Seeking because we know that only by seeking, do we go beyond ourselves, to where answers reside, answers that we had never considered, And we are enriched, by becoming more whole.

 

We pray that we would be:

 

Vulnerable - open to being indluenced to new ideas, new possibilities.

Lives enriched with new experiences, horizons, things we thought not possible. Surprise us, our God. We know change causes us to be vulnerable; as we become less capable of adapting, changes seem greater as our limits become more apparent, our abilities seem in decline simple things, small changes take on greater magnitude.

 

Keep ideas, possibilities, dreams, our hopes, growing in and around us, so that change is not an inhabitor, but stimulation into new life. Cause our attitude to change to be invitational, not to create whirlwind in our lives, but measured growth.

 

We pray that we would be:

 

Curious - about life, exploring and discovering, gorowing into understanding, more of the mystery of life as we walk with you author of life, and our guide. As we seek these things for ourselves, we pray that they become realities for those around us.

 

Use us as channels of understanding, influence, curiosity, to help others grow. We take our part in your creation more fully when we offer ourselves to others and to you. Use us, we pray.

 

Place people in our path that will cause us to grow and whom we can help grow. The things we desire, we pray for those whom we find difficult to love, as well as those close to us.

 

Lord, lead us into wholeness, whatever that may be, in Jesus name

 

Amen.


 

Monday Prayer 27th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

I offer these Monday Prayers today in order that we may do just that. Today's prayers are more contemplative. Please use them a best meets your own needs. 

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Lord, Monday can be a hard day. It's often dreaded on Sunday and fled from on a Friday. Yet why Lord, as Monday can be the beginning of a new work adventure, the new challenge of a week filled with so much potential?

 

So I pray today Lord that you would help me to embrace this day and all that it brings.

 

Let it be a new day and a wonder day. Help me to see not the clouds of darkness or despair, but the sunrise and hope that comes in you. Show me the joy of the embrace with loved ones, not the tensions and troubles that seem to surround our world in these present days.

 

Monday need not be the grudge day to be endured but the fun day to be embraced.

 

This day, help me to turn my eyes towards your Kingdom, of love, hope and new beginnings

Amen.

 

Take a moment to listen to the still small voice of God within the hustle and bustle of the day which has begun. Find a quiet place where you can enjoy precious moments of peace in God's presence. Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the world around you, both outside and in the place where you are. Now maybe write down what God is beginning to say to you. Breathe slowly and rest in God's presence.......

 

Hear those words of an early Christian monk:

God can be sensed when we gaze with trembling hearts at the power of his which controls guides, and rules everything, when we contemplate his immense knowledge and his knowing look which the secrets of the heart cannot evade.

John Cassian (360 - 435) Monk, writer, traveller.

(Why not repeat these words a couple of times before moving on in prayer)

 

Spirit of Truth

who reveals to us the things of God

we praise your name today.


Spirit of Wisdom

who inspires the words we ought to speak

we praise your name today

 

Spirit of Power

who grants the courage we need to act

we praise your name today.

 

Spirit of Love

who knows our nature and loves us still

we praise your name today.

Amen

 

A prayer of confession:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The worship that pleases you

is not simply with our words

but with our lives and hearts.

The worship that pleases you

is to see love and justice

where there is oppression,

healing and compassion

wherever there is need.

The worship that we offer

falls short of your ideal.

Forgive us when our lives do not

reflect the faith we profess.

Give us a heart for your people

whoever they might be,

and a willingness to serve them

that your name might be glorified.

Amen

 

Read these words of encouragement and challenge from the Psalmist:

Taste and see that the Lord is good;

blessed is the one who take refuge in him.

Fear the Lord, you his holy people,

for those who fear him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, my children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Whoever of you loves life

and desires to see many good days,

keep your tongue from evil

and your lips from telling lies.

Turn from evil and do good;

seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34 v. 8-14

 

So let us pray:

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Father, Creator and Sustainer,

who gives all good things

seen and unseen.

 

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Son, Saviour and Redeemer,

Who died for our sins

and rose again.

 

In you alone we put our hope,

God the Spirit, Teacher and Comforter,

who moves us to sing

'Our God reigns!'

In you alone we put our hope.

Amen

 

Maybe end today's Monday Prayers with a song. One that helps you to draw closer to God could be 'Be still for the presence of the Lord....' Click here for the YouTube link to the song.

 

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy On, is here;

Come bow before him now with reverence and fear:

In him no sin is found - we stand on holy ground.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

 

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shinning all around;

He burns with holy fire, with splendour her is crowned:

How awesome is the sight - our radiant King of light!

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around.

 

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;

He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister his grace - 

No Work to hard for him. In faith receive from him.

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

 

May God journey with you throughout this coming week.

 


 

Monday 20th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

God is His word, the Bible, encourages us 'to be still and know that He is God....' and so I offer these Monday Prayers in order that we may do just that. Our prayers this week are used with kind permission from John Birch & faith and Worship.

 

The first set of prayers reflect about the week that lies ahead and the second set are more prevalant to the Coronavirus situation that we find ourselves part of at the moment.

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday mornings are often difficult when it comes to motivation - the commute to work, by car, bus or train, long hours, decisions to make, responsibilities, frustrations, fears, joys and unhappiness. Mixed emotions!

 

For those who are not in paid work it can mean the start of another week of loneliness, or coping with caring roles, making ends meet, housekeeping etc.

 

So, today let us pray:

Heavenly Father we pray:

As we make our way,

often wearily, to work,

or hop into the car

and do the weekly shop,

we think of those

who through the night

while we were asleep

have stacked the shelves,

made safe the roads,

transported goods,

kept factories running,

cared for the sick and dying.

Bless them with the rest

that they deserve and need,

and may we be thankful

for the work they do

that makes our lives

each day a little easier.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the work we do,

the words we say,

the love we share

and the grace we show,

on our daily walk

through this beautiful

and precious world.

For those struggling

on their daily journey, Lord,

offer your steady hand

over the rough terrain

they are facing today

and let them drink

of your living water,

pure and refreshing,

soothing, restoring

the weariest of souls.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Lord, bless our journey

through this coming week.

May the pace be steady,

paths made safe,

no obstacles impede,

and conversations

with fellow travellers

be fruitful and uplifting,

Lord, bless our journey

through this coming week.

Bless the week ahead.

May its challenges

not overwhelm us,

and in all things

may we remember

you are with us

in our journeying,

your love our fuel,

your word our guide,

today and always.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the strangers

I meet today, Lord;

Their lives a mystery,

sorrows, joys, loves

and deep concerns

so well disguised.

But bless them, Lord,

these unknown faces,

make this day

one of encounter,

not only with strangers

but also with you,

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

A pandemic is the time the world discovers who its neighbour really is - when we begin to embrace the concerns of others who are suffering with Coronavirus, as well as deal with our own fears and anxieties. When we reach out to those whose need is greater than ours, the elderly and vulnerable, and do all that we can to become 'community', then we are being true followers of Christ.

 

'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second (Commandment) is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.' (Mark 12 v. 30, 31)

 

For all those whose day starts with anxiety,

as they leave the security of home

worrying about the risk of infection;

particularly those whose health

or age classifies them as vulnerable.

Loving God, be close, keep them safe,

along with all whose tasks today

includes the care of frail and elderly.

And for all of us, grant wisdom

to make sensible choices, not just

for ourselves, but for everybody.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

We are beginning to learn

that this is a fragile world

you've placed into our care.

But there are times, Lord,

when we are reminded

of our human fragility,

needing your loving care

through times of anxiety

and illness. Touch us, Lord,

with healing hands and words,

that we might walk together

through this temporary darkness

and into your glorious light,

Gracious God, let us never forget,

as daily life becomes more difficult

and restrictions cause more annoyance,

that there are many for whom

this has been normality for years;

affected by long-term drought

or destructive storms; struggling

in poverty, or through violence

forced to adopt the life of a refugee.

May we remember to be thankful

for what we have, and work together

selflessly for all who need our help.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Give wisdom, Lord, to all in authority,

not only leaders of nations but local

communities, that actions and words

are prompted by the needs of others,

not personal gain. That we might ask

the question, 'Who is my neighbour?'

and, as if seeing through your eyes,

want nothing but the best for them.

Loving God, what we desire is this;

that people see not us, but through

our smile, greeting, helping hand

or helpful word, your love reach out

and touch, maybe at a time of need.

Keep us focussed through this day

on being your servants in this place,

or wherever you might take us,

and may your name be glorified.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless the good neighbours, Lord,

who call to check that all is well,

with those unable to get out,

and whose gentle act of service

brings a ray of light into a day

that would otherwise be cheerless.

Bless them, and all who likewise

give of their time for others

in following your good example,

that this might become a better

and more caring world in which we live.

Help us to put aside

preconceptions

about other people,

because that alters

our behaviour,

and simply accept

that they, like us,

are precious in your eyes.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Bless all who work in stressful situations;

healthcare, teaching, law enforcement,

social services and other occupations

where patience, love and perseverance

can wear thin, and daily stress levels rise.

Keep them safe and keep them well,

equipped to follow their vocation

through the most difficult of times.

And at the end of their day, grant rest.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

 

We pray for our communities - 

that snapshot of humanity

with all ages, backgrounds,

education, employment status,

politics and religious viewpoint

who are our neighbours

in the streets where we live.

We pray for all of them;

not only those we know by name

and chat to through the day,

but also less familiar faces

about whom we know so little

and pass by with just a smile,

All in need of your love at this time.

Bless their homes and families,

and let your love and peace

so shine within this community

that smiles turn to conversations,

and strangers turn into friends.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

In the darker moments,

when clouds gather

and the heaviness we feel

seems over whelming,

remind us of your love,

carrying the wight

of so much in that cross,

embracing the world

with arms outstretched

that we might know

freedom from the chains

which no constrain us.

Bring us to your light,

release our burdens

and from despair bring hope.

Lord, in your mercy...

Hear, our prayers...

 

Lord, we pray these prayers today in the name which is above all other names, the name of Jesus.

Amen

 


 

Monday 13th April 2020 - Monday Prayers

Welcome to another set of Monday morning prayers. Our prayers this week centres around the Acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication). Please use the outline to best fit the prayers that you wish to pray in each section of the Acronym. Maybe begin by just thinking what each of the headings mean and the spend about 5-10 minutes on each. I hope that this approach this week will help you to engage in a deeper way of praying before God.

 

Every blessing to you all during this coming week.

 

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Morning Prayers - 13th April 2020

How do you get to know someone? When it comes down to it, it's simple: you talk with that person and spend time with them. Your relationship with God is no different. If you want to get to know God, what he loves and what his desires and passions are, you need to spend time with him. Prayer is one of the ways you can do this.

 

I love the Lord because he hears and answers my prayers. Because he bends down and listens, I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116 v. 1-2, NLT)!

 

Learning to pray can often be overwhelming, especially if you're new to it or if you haven't done it in a while. It can help to remember that praying is simply having a conversation with God. It's telling him what's going on in your life. It's about trusting him with your needs. It's also a time to praise and worship him for who he is and what he has done. He wants to be first in your life, and he wants you to worship him in the good times and in the bad so that your trust in him will deepen and grow and your heart will be encouraged.

 

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace... (Philippians 4 v. 6-7a NLT).

 

A simple guide to help shape your prayers as we have already said is to use and follow the acrostic ACTS.

 

A: ADORATION

To adore God is to worship him for who he is and not only for what he does. In adoration we are able to verbalize our worship, praise, honour and exaltation of God. Many of the Psalms can help us to focus on the attributes of God, such as his loving kindness, his mercy, and his majesty. Adoration is an expression of love and trust.

 

Why not start your prayers this week by praying prayers of adoration to God. Thank him for all that he has done for you. Praise him for his love for you. Lift your voice before him, maybe in song!

 

For example: 'God, thank you for being trustworthy and kind. You have never broken a promise, and everything you say will happen. I praise you for being all-knowing. You're seated above the heavens and you oversee the galaxies, but not one detail escapes you. In fact, you take care of the sparrows and you count every hair on my head. You know everything about me, and yet you love me anyway...'

 

C: CONFESSION

As you begin your prayer by worshipfully adoring God, the Holy Spirit will often reveal any sin in your life that needs to be confessed. To confess means to 'agree with'. In other words, you agree with God concerning your sin - that it is, in fact, sin; that Jesus' death on the cross has paid for that sin, and that you are fully forgiven as a result of that perfect sacrifice. This leads you to ask God for forgiveness and thank him for doing so.

 

In quietness why not spend some time just 'confessing' to God, all that you know in your heart that you have done, said or thought that has 'taken you away' from God.

 

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim to have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1 v. 9-10 NLT)

 

T: THANKSGIVING

Giving thanks to God is an expression of faith, and faith please God. In saying, 'Thank you,' you are expressing your gratefulness and appreciation for what God does. Thanksgiving is also saying, 'God, I trust you.' It is the opposite of whining and becoming bitter when things don't work out the way you want them to. The Bible tells us that God's will is that we give thanks to him in all circumstances. 

 

As we go through life, it may seem at the moment that God is not with us or is against us. Neither of these are true, God has always been with us, maybe we just haven't seen that yet! Our prayers this week can be focus on what is good in life and can be used to thank God for many blessings that are around us. Maybe this week look around you and see all that is good in life. Thank Him for the basics, like food, clothing, shelter, family, friends. Thank Him for the bigger things like salvation, forgiveness, an eternal home, fellowship with brothers and sisters, spiritual giftings. Thank Him for the little things that speak of His care, like the tulips budding in your yard, the gorgeous sunrise that greeted you this morning, and even the unexpected sale of that kitchen staple you always run out of.

 

Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5 v. 16-18 NLT).

 

S: SUPPLICATION

Supplication means entrusting all your needs and desires to God. He is the Creator of the universe, and he wants you to tell him what's on your heart, however minor it might seem. Anything that concerns you concerns God. That includes difficult areas in your personal life, or the needs of others.

 

When you pray, don't forget that listening to God is just as important as speaking to him. Listen to him as the Holy Spirit speaks to you through the Bible or even in the quiet stillness of your heart. 

 

Remember that a clear answer might not come right away or in the way you'd expect it, but God is always listening, and he does respond. The more you pray and spend time with him in his Word, the more you will get to know who he is and see him at work.

 

In our Monday Morning prayers this week, maybe even over the course of the week, why not bring your prayers to God for those things that are really on your heart right now. It may be that you want to pray for loved ones, for family and friends. It could be that you want to pray for the NHS and all other carers. You might pray for the ongoing situation of the Coronavirus, and those who have lost their life because of it. God hears all of our prayers.

 

You haven't done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. (John 16 v. 24 NLT)

 


 

Monday 30th March 2020 - Monday Prayers

Welcome to another set of Monday morning prayers. Our prayers this week include a few pictures and then a short prayer to accompany the picture. I hope that this approach this week will help you to engage in a more reflective way of praying before God.

 

Every Blessing to you all

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 30th March 2020

Prayer for Peace

Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion in all that is going on around me at this present time. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion in not knowing what the days and weeks ahead will look like. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Like a dove, I invite you today to rest over me and give me the peace and tranquility that only You can bring into my life. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

 

Prayer for God's Direction

 Lord, help me not to lean on my own understanding but in everything   acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour. In the fragility of life and in all its   current uncertainties, may you give my life direction and meaning. Direct my   words, thoughts and actions, I pray. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

 

Prayer for God's Strength

 Lord, thank you for your greatness. Thank you that when I am weak, you are   strong. Lord, the Devil is scheming and I know he desires to keep me from   spending time with you. Don't let him win! Give me a measure of your strenght so   that I might not give into discouragement, deception and doubt! Help me honour   you in all my ways. In Jesus' Name, Amen

 

Prayer of God's Provision

 Dear Father God, Thank You for Your unfailing love for me, Your blessings, and   goodness. Thank You for Your faithfulness to guide me and se me through times   of uncertainty, for lifting me up, and setting me on high. Thank You for Scripture   that comforts and reminds me of Your promises, plan, and provision. Thank You   for taking away my fears and worries, the what-ifs, and reminding me that my   help comes from You. Help me to be a good steward and to sow wisely. In   Christ's Name, Amen. 

 

 

 

Prayer for Hope and Trust

 Father, sometimes it does feel that you have left us in the battle. We know that   you are with us, but so are our feelings of aloneness. The Enemy seems to be   taking ground. Our crying out to you seems to go unanswered. We know you are   at work, but help us trust you in the midst of our questions. In Jesus' Name,   Amen.

 

 

 

 

Maybe spend about 5 minutes on each prayer. Firstly, look at the picture and let it 'speak' to your heart and mind. Secondly, read the prayer and the spend a few minutes allowing God to speak to you.

May God truly touch you today.

 


 

Monday 23rd March 2020 - Monday Prayers

During these uncertain times, I will be attempting to produce on a Monday some prayers of Thanksgiving and reflection that can be used by both individuals and families. The prayers will take different formats so people can engage with them as they so wish.

 

Prayer is a vital connection that we have with our living God. It is a way of us being able to have a 'conversation' with God in order that we may share with God our own thoughts and feelings, but also it is a way that God can 'communicate' with us also.

 

God in His word, the Bible, encourages us 'to be still and know that He is God.....' and so I offer these Monday Prayers in order that we may do just that. 

 

Every Blessing

Rev. Ian Lovell

 

Monday Prayers - 23rd March 2020

On 22nd March, Baptists Together took part in the National day of Prayer and Action (in Light of the Coronavirus) as part of Churches Together in England along with CYTUN in Wales and churches in Scotland. Catriona Gorton, Minister at Hillhead Baptist Church, Glasgow led prayers with the General Secretary of the Baptist Union Of Great Britain, Lynn Green.

 

The Bible Readings that were used were: John 8 v. 12, Matthew 5 v. 14-16 and Philippians 2 v. 15b-16a. If you were unable to take part in that prayer time, then the following are the prayers that Catriona Gorton used.

 

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving

The beginning of the gospel of John assures us that:

'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'

This evening (22nd March 2020) we are invited to join with other Christians across these islands to place a lighted candle on a window sill, where it may shine into the physical darkness, just as the light of Christ shines into the metaphorical darkness of the times in which we find ourselves.

 

The prophet Isaiah these words:

'Comfort, comfort my people, says your God, Speak tenderly to Jerusalem...

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens - who created all these things?

He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.'

 

In the letter to the church at Philippi, we read that we should:

'Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the word of Life'

 

With these thoughts in mind, let us pray:

God who is Light and Love, we praise and thank you for your inextinguishable presence in the darkness that surrounds us. 

 

As the Psalmist reminds us, you, our Creator, know every star by name, and ensure that not one of them is lost. For this we offer thanks and praise.

 

As the Apostle reminds us, you, our Sustaining Redeemer call us to shine brightly where we are. This is an awesome privilege, and a huge responsibility. So we thank you for your Holy Spirit, recalling how the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of fire on the frightened followers and empowered them for service and mission.

 

We pause briefly, looking back over the past week, recalling moments when light pierced the darkness of fear, anxiety or business and we found ourselves smiling or laughing, refreshed or renewed; and, in the privacy of our hearts, we name them before God...

 

This week, when so many of us feel that we have been running to stand still, we are grateful for this brief opportunity to slow down, to 'be still', and recognise that our lives are lived in the safe embrace of the God whose name is revealed to be not, 'I Do', but 'I Am'...


God who is light and love, accept our prayers and give us your peace. Amen.

 

Prayers for Others

These prayers for others include a response, which, if you find it helpful, you are invited to join in with at home:

When is says, Jesus Light of the World, you are invited to say, 'Shine in the darkness'

 

Let us pray...

 

God of compassion, we come to you in these moments with our prayers for others, and for each other. Jesus tells us that we are the Light of the World, called to shine like stars in the universe, so help us not only to pray, but also to live the answers in our own homes and communities

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Day by day, the news media are filled with updates from politicians, medical experts and scientists. We pray for those who serve in governance of the four nations of this United Kingdom, in Westminster, in Holyrood, in Stormont and in Cardiff, especially for the Prime Minister, First Ministers and Presiding Officers. Grant them wisdom, insight and compassion.

We pray for the devolved Public health bodies, working and collaboratively to ensure that all appropriate measures are implemented across these islands.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all leaders of industry, business and commerce, in organisations large and small, as they face new challenges every day, and have to make complex and unpalatable choices. Grant them wisdom, creativity and compassion.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for all faith leaders, those serving local congregations and those who are chaplains in healthcare, educational, prison, military and workplace settings. From learning new skills to managing others' expectation, from the challenges of being defined as 'key workers' to feeling inadequate and exhausted, this has been a hugely demanding week and uncharted territory. Enable them to care for themselves and those closest to them, taking time for rest and refreshment,

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for those in our nation who are especially vulnerable because their already fragile lives are now further endangered. People who have no homes, people who have sought asylum or refuge from terrible situations, people who live in food, fuel or period poverty, people whose mental health and wellbeing is impacted. Show us how, to these neighbours, we can be the light of the world, how we may shine like stars in simple acts of kindness, compassion and grace.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the people of Croatia following the major earthquake in Zagreb on 22nd March. Grant wisdom to their national leaders as they seek to respond to both this and Coronavirus; strengthen all whose work it is to undertake the work of rescue and care, and bring a measure of peace in the inevitable bewilderment and fear.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

We pray for the Baptist churches of these islands, among whom are many who are fearful about loss of income in these uncertain times. We pray for wisdom and compassion as they discern their way forward; and also for those employed by our Unions who offer advice, guidance and support.

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

Lastly, we pray for ourselves, each one of us with a unique mix of emotions, fears and challenges. In the quiet, we name them before God...

Jesus, Light of the World                    Shine in the darkness

 

God who knows and names the stars in the universe, hear our prayers, and empower us to shine like stars in the days ahead. We make our prayers in the name of Jesus, Amen


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