DAILY PRAYER

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DAILY PRAYERS

Prayer is something anyone can do. You don’t have to use complicated words or special phrases. You just pray what is in your heart. 

We hope you find our prayers helpful.

YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOR FRIDAY

Every day we share prayers on facebook and our website.  

We would now like to extend this to sharing your prayer requests on Fridays. 

So if anyone would like someone or something prayed for then please let us know. 

Please email our vicar, Rev. John McDermott, at: 

vicar@stcuthbertsonline.com

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PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 21st

The Summer Solstice.

Today marks the longest daylight day of the year so we remember that all our time belongs to God. As it says in Psalm 31 verse 15 “My times are in your hands.”  Today we pray for all who find time passing far too slowly as they are alone and without company. For all those who find time passing too quickly as they anticipate the ending of something special.  For all who watch and wait, for all who count the minutes in hope or fear; our prayer goes up for them. Praying for ourselves, that we will make best use of the time given to us.

 

Lord of all time, may we treasure the gift of time and make the best use of that given to us by you.  In Christ’s Name. Amen. 

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 22nd

“Beginning and Ending”

Our lives and our work are a constant series of endings and beginnings. Some of these endings come suddenly or unexpectedly.  Others are planned and come more gradually. Some are happy.  Some are sad.  But each ending gives us the opportunity for a new beginning.  As is said, “When one door closes, another door opens.”

  • Make time to reflect and be thankful for what is ending.  Be grateful for what was learned and what was accomplished.

  • Make time to celebrate the new beginning and what we have to look forward to.

  • Recognize there are things about endings and beginnings that we do not control. Act on what we can control, but recognize and move on from what we can’t control.

  • Pause to reflect and refresh.  The pace, chaos, and emotion of change can be stressful; make time to take care of ourselves and each other.

  • Be grateful for what we have and for those around us with whom we share these changes.

  • Remain optimistic and hopeful for what is yet to come and the new relationships that new beginnings may bring.

  • And finally, take time to remember that God is with us through all the events of our lives, and that these endings and beginnings are no different.

Liberating God, walk with us into our new freedoms, taking care to remember that we all approach life differently; Give us sensitivity to people’s feelings. Give each person a sense of joy as we explore renewed life. Reveal to us, your vision, as we hold on to the simplicity, we have found with you. Enable us to share your enduring love for all people and creation. Hug us every day, by your spirit. Amen

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JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 20th

Third Sunday after Trinity

Today’s prayer asks for a blessing for our broken world.

God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 19th

Sundar Singh, holy man, evangelist, teacher of faith (1889-1929)

Sundar Singh was born a Sikh but converted to Christianity and became an inspiring missionary working across the Indian sub-continent.  He travelled widely including to Britain and USA.

My Lord God, my all in all,

life of my life and spirit of my spirit,

look in mercy upon me and so fill me with Your Holy Spirit

that my heart shall have no room for love of anything else but You.

I seek from You no other gift but Yourself,

who are the giver of life and all its blessings.

From You I ask not for the world or its treasures,

not yet for heaven even make request,

but You alone do I desire and long for,

and where You are, there is heaven.

The hunger and thirst of this heart of mine

can be satisfied only with You who has given it birth.

Amen.

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FRIDAY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 18th

Today we use the words of a hymn to ask God for courage and his presence as we face whatever the day holds for us.

God promises to be with us through and in whatever we have to contend with today. He says "I will be with you. " Psalm 23.

Father hear the prayers we offer

Not for ease that prayer shall be

But for grace that we may ever

Live our lives courageously

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MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 16th

“Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why then should we desire to be deceived?" Joseph Butler (Bishop of Durham died 1752)

 

It is easy to move through the day and simply go about our business.  Today may we be mindful of our choices and decisions. Jesus also reminds us to be aware of our motivations. Why do we make the choices we do? Do our decisions flow from care and concern for others? Or do I usually do what is best for me?

 

Today we might experience a choice or challenge as we go about our day. May we pause for a moment and thoughtfully ask ourselves: What would Jesus do?  Jesus hopes actions and decisions will flow from love of God, and love for the people we meet. Love truly is all that matters!

 

God, whatever we do today, let’s do it with you as our guide. Search us and know our hearts. Open our minds today to truth, lest we deceive ourselves and miss opportunities to serve you.

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PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 17th

Do good despite ….

To do good often attracts criticism. Many who want to make things better have to struggle against opposition. Such was the case with Samuel and Henrietta Barnett who the church remembers on this date each year. Samuel an ordained minister, along with his wife worked tirelessly for the education and welfare of the poor of the east end of London, often in unorthodox and, at the time, controversial ways. Henrietta founded the Hampstead Garden Suburb, where all classes of people might live together. There is a tablet to their memory in Westminster Abbey on a which Samuel is depicted as a sower with the inscription ‘fear not to sow because of the birds’. 

 

Prayer 

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation.

May God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, doing in his name what others claim cannot be done.

Franciscan blessing 

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 15th

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45a).

This is not an easy command from our Lord.  But it is a command of love.

 

First, He calls us to love our enemies.  Who are our enemies?  Hopefully we do not have “enemies” in the sense of those who we have willfully chosen to hate.  But we may have people in our lives who we are tempted to have anger toward and who we have a difficult time loving.  Perhaps we can consider anyone we struggle with as our enemies. To love them does not necessarily mean we must become best friends with them, but it does mean we must work toward having a true affection of care, concern, understanding and forgiveness toward them.  This can be hard to have toward everyone but it must be our goal.

 

The second part of this command will help.  Praying for those who persecute us will help us grow in the proper love and affection we need to foster.  This aspect of love is quite straightforward even though it is also quite difficult.
Think about those whom you have a very difficult time loving.  Those toward whom you have anger.  It could be a family member, someone at work, a neighbour or someone from your past with whom you have never reconciled.  It is in keeping with this Gospel passage to honestly admit that there is at least someone, or perhaps more than one person, with whom you struggle, either externally or internally.  Admitting this is simply an act of honesty.  
Once you identify this person or persons, think about whether you pray for them.  Do you spend time regularly offering them to God in prayer?  Do you pray that God pours forth His grace and mercy upon them?  This may be hard to do but it is one of the healthiest acts you can do.  It may be difficult to show love and affection toward them, but it is not hard to consciously choose to pray for them.
Praying for those with whom we have a hard time is key to letting God foster a true love and concern in our hearts toward them.  It’s a way of letting God reform our emotions and feelings so that we will no longer have to hold on to feelings of anger or even hate.  


Commit yourself this day to prayer for the person you struggle with the most.  This prayer will most likely not change your love for them over night, but if you commit to this form of prayer every day, over time God will slowly change your heart and free you of the burden of anger and hurt that may keep you from the love He wants you to have toward all people.

 

Lord, I pray for the person for whom You want me to pray. Help me to love all people and help me to especially love those who are hard to love.  Reorder my feelings toward them and help me to be free of any anger.  Jesus, I trust in You. Amen

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PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 14th

Many people, and perhaps we ourselves, are suffering from frustration and concern because we cannot make plans or decisions in this time when we don’t always know what the next step in the Covid regulations will be. There may be other things for which we need to ask for God’s serenity, as we are unable to do anything about them. But there are also areas of life where we can change things and we need God’s help to have the courage to act for justice and the good of others. And as the prayer  of  Reinhold Niebuhr also asks, we pray that we may know one from the other. 

 

Father, give us courage to change what must be altered,

serenity to accept what cannot be helped,

and the insight to know the one from the other. Amen. 

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JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 13th

Second Sunday after Trinity

Today’s prayer asks for grace to strengthen our faith.

Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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LINDA'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 11th

One of today's suggested readings is from Acts Chapter 11 verses 19-30. Here we are told about the spreading of Christianity to the Greek world by Barnabas and Paul. The passage talks about encouragement and staying true to the faith. It is interesting that Barnabas' real name was Joseph but he was known as Barnabas which means "Son of Encouragement".

 

Dear Lord help us to be open to those small words and actions of encouragement that come our way and know that you are in them. Also help us to be able to be encouragers to others. Amen.

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JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 12th

Marriage Prayer

This prayer comes from the Mothers Union.

Lord of life and love, we pray for all who are preparing for marriage; for those who are already married and for those who find their marriages difficult.

Be with them all; in their joy and sadness, their hope and their expectations, and above all, help them to understand

that you hold them in love each moment of their lives.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 10th

Look for what is good and beautiful  Matthew 5.20–26

‘WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT WITH SOAP AND WATER!’. Have you ever said that? Or had it said to you?  It used to be said after the utterance of a swear word. But it could equally be said after ‘badmouthing’ someone, or jumping to judgment and sharing it with others. And there seem to be so many opportunities and reasons to find fault nowadays. 

 

 “IF YOU ARE ANGRY WITH A BROTHER OR SISTER”, said Jesus, “you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire”. Wow! Strong words!   I guess all of us stand accused. Jesus knew the power of words for good or evil. In the Epistle of James the tongue is likened to a tiny fire which can set whole  forests on fire! 

 

LOOK FOR WHAT IS GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL  in others wrote Saint Paul; meditate on it and share it. You might call it godly gossip. That is indeed a spiritual discipline. I’m not being naive and of course, truths need to be told but political discussion and social media could be transformed and our  lives and our communities would be happier places if we learned to spread the positive as well. 

 

Prayer

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19.4

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MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 9th

Columba’s story, who we remember today, reminds us that, even when things go wrong, God will still use us for his purposes. Although often at prayer this did not prevent him being impetuous, described as being both like a ‘wolf’ and a ‘dove’. He came into conflict with others, even those in authority. The story goes that Columba secretly copied a manuscript from a monastery.  When discovered he was taken to the High King’s court, a ruling indicated that Columba’s copy rightly belonged to the monastery.  He refused to accept this and gathered an army to oppose and defeat the King.  However, Columba found no comfort, and his arrogance turned to remorse for what he had done.

Columba left Ireland and set out to another land to win souls for Christ as had been lost in battle.  Columba and twelve companions let God’s winds blow them across the sea, where they finally landed on the island we know as Iona. It became his base, the message of Christ spread throughout what is now Scotland.  His community spread the Gospel even further, including Northumbria, for many years after Columba’s death.

 

My dearest Lord, be thou a bright flame before me,

be thou a guiding star above me,

be thou a smooth path beneath me,

be thou a kindly shepherd behind me,

today and ever more, today and ever more.

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"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."