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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.

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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

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 11th

Second Sunday of Easter

Today we ask for confidence and courage to help bring good to the world.

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of our hearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father. 

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 10th

Saturday after Easter

Today we continue our Easter prayers in celebration of the Risen Lord.

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life.

grant that we, who celebrate with joy the Lord's resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving spirit.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 9th

A verse from the bible.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

                                         (Ephesians 4: 32 )

 

A prayer.

 

Give us a sense of humour, Lord,

And also things to laugh about.

Give us the grace to take a joke against ourselves

And to see the funny side of life.

Save us from annoyance, bad temper,

Or resentfulness against our friends.

Help us to laugh even in the face of trouble,

And fill our minds with the love of Jesus,

For his name’s sake.    Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 8th

Showing up      Luke 24.35–48

 

The disciples just couldn’t recognise the risen Jesus when he appeared to them. It wasn’t their fault, really, he would just appear at random times in random places. He looked different, too, so it was only through something he said, or did, that opened their eyes. On one occasion Jesus appeared and the disciples were frightened thinking it was a ghost. So Jesus showed them his hands and feet where the nails of the crucifixion had left their mark - forever! These were the marks of his commitment! These were the marks symbolising God’s eternal and love for humankind and indeed the whole of creation. 

 

Jesus still shows up. Mostly we don’t recognise him. We’re not expecting him and he shows up in disguise - in people, and situations and events. Often amongst the poor, the oppressed, those on the edge; in families, in hospital wards, food banks, protests, schools, anywhere where great love or service or courage for justice or healing is shown. He can show up when we read the Bible expectantly, and when we pray. Remember ‘Ubi Caritas, et amor, Deus ibi est’; where there is love and charity there is God.

We pray that we may have eyes and hearts and souls open enough to see Christ in the world in all sorts of places and people. May we, too, let him come into our lives and illuminate the people and places we encounter. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 7th

We had hoped...then their eyes were opened.

This story has so much in it for us. In many ways it’s a picture of the whole Christian life. We may want us to imagine ourselves in it, and to understand the lesson these two disciples learned. All the ingredients of seeking life are here.

– Running away from where Christ is to be found.

– Meeting Jesus in the unexpected.

How does this happen and we do not recognise him?

St. Augustine describes how he himself, and really every one was in this similar situation. He came to realise, God wasn’t ever absent from him: but he was absent from God, and he hadn’t really been seeking God in his life, although he liked to imagine he was. In reality Augustine was walking in the opposite direction, like the two disciples, going nowhere, but God was truly seeking him, and He found him, and brought him home, and filled him with joy. Luke 24:13-35

Mysterious and Divine Presence, Open our eyes, and help us to recognise you in all places and in all people, for the sake of the one6whose presence is never far, Jesus Christ. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 6th

Jesus said to Mary, 'Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?'

 

John picks up the story with Mary at the tomb; the emphasis is on her crying. Her great love is poured out in her grief. She thinks she is alone, There is no indication that Mary recognises the messengers as angels, presumably due to the depth of her grief. The angels speak to her with great compassion: 'Woman, why are you crying?'. Jesus comes to Mary with great love and gentleness. The good news is not just that Jesus arose but that the character of God is revealed in Jesus. He is life, and he is also love. When Jesus calls her name she knows his voice. Mary naturally assumes that their relationship could pick up where it left off and continue on as before. Jesus’ response, however, lets her know there has been a radical change in him and consequently in his relationship with his followers.

Jesus says he is still on the move, and he also sets Mary in motion to bear the news to the disciples. She has just found him, and now she is sent away, but she is sent with a commission. As the ancient church put it, she becomes an apostle to the apostles.

 

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 5th

Yesterday was Easter Sunday.

 

For those who follow Christ Jesus Easter isn't a one day a year event but every day is an Easter day. Each day is a new dawn of hope and joy in the fact of the Resurrection of Jesus, which gives us newness of life and the possibility of passing on hope to others. We are an Easter People.

 

Risen Christ, may we live our lives in the light of your resurrection. May we bring new life and hope, as you bring new life and hope to us all. Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 3rd

Holy Saturday

 

Today as the body of Jesus lies in the dark tomb, we pray for release from all our dark thoughts and feelings that weigh us down.

 

In the depths of our isolation we cry to you, Lord God: give light to our darkness and bring us out of the prison of our despair; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 4th

Easter Sunday


Today we give thanks that we are raised to new life with our Lord at Easter.

 

God of glory, by the raising of your Son

You have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your people with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 2nd

Today we recall the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Why Good Friday for such a sad and cruel event? That is because of the love that he showed to us all, as the hymn says

‘Love vast as the Ocean.‘

 

Lord, remember your painful death on the cross which reminds us of the depth of God’s love for us. The ultimate sacrifice to save us from our misdeeds and shortcomings which through true repentance we gain the freedom to live unburdened in this world and enjoy the hope of heaven in the next. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 1st

Maundy Thursday     John 13.1–17,31b–35

Today is Maundy Thursday. This the day when we are with Jesus as he and his disciples meet for their last supper together as he gives them bread and wine as symbols of his body and his blood. This this the day when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, much to their amazement and tells them to do the same. This is the day when Judas sets his mind to betray Jesus. This is the day when, like the disciples we fall asleep whilst Jesus faces his terror alone, in prayer, in the garden of Gethsemane. This is the day that Jesus is arrested, put on trial, beaten and ridiculed. This is the day before the day that arms, still open in love, are nailed to the cross......

 

Prayer

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ for what you have done for us all. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 31st

'Jesus was deeply troubled.'

Being betrayed, betraying others intentionally or not...betrayed by false hopes or expectations, being misunderstood or misinterpreted are part of life experiences.

 

Jesus is saddened knowing that one of his friends would soon betray him and hand him over to the Romans. When Jesus tells his disciples they are shocked.  They couldn’t believe what Jesus was saying. They all loved Jesus or so it seemed...

 

At times we have been hurt, disappointed, perhaps betrayed by someone we loved. In that darkness we can turn to Jesus when we are broken by betrayal or deceit. No matter what the experience in life, Jesus has trod the path before us. He understands, loves us and longs to walk with us.

 

Today, in Holy Week, we continue to walk this path with Jesus.

 

Jesus, you know the hurt felt as a result of betrayal and broken trust. Thank you that you hear the cries in the midst of pain and you are quick to hear to give comfort. We praise you that even if those closest forsake us, you never leave us...

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 30th

'Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.'

Somehow death and seeing Jesus are intimately related. To see Jesus is more than looking at him. It is more than just believing the things he said and did. We follow Christ as participants not spectators. If we want to see Jesus then we must learn to die. To the degree we avoid and deny death, we refuse to see Jesus.

This work of dying is difficult and painful. It is, as Jesus describes, soul troubling. It shakes us to the core. Dying, however, begins to clarify and heal our vision. We see a new life, and a new way of being. It looks like Jesus, and his way of living and being. That’s what this week is about.

Lord Jesus, you taught your disciples that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain, but if it dies it bears much fruit; as we prepare our hearts to remember your death and resurrection, grant us the strength and wisdom to serve and follow you, this day and always. Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 29th

Today Covid restrictions in England are eased and we begin Holy Week.

 

Our prayer today is for us all that we may be safe, that we may care for each other as God cares for us. Remember especially today those who are anxious, depressed. lonely or troubled. Remember too those who are suffering with long Covid or other illnesses made more difficult because of the situation.

 

As we think of the love of God shown to us in the life death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us share that love with those around us. ‘Freely you have received, freely give.’

 

Lord teach us that when all around is changing, you are constant. Teach us to trust in your love and constancy towards us, that you know us each by name. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 28th

Palm Sunday

Today we journey with our Lord in prayer.

       

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory.

Amen.

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

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