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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.

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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

Hands in prayer.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 7th

Even in Jesus’ times some people were confined by the old law and their beliefs would be a filter that blocked them hearing something new. We too can ask the wrong questions, hear what we want to hear and thus limit receiving the true message of Jesus. Again, we meet people who are not really open to the truth, but who want to believe their own version of things and then try to persuade others of the same.  Jesus was once asked a question designed to show that life after death is a ridiculous concept. He, however, didn’t  attempt to give a reply to such questions. Instead, he tries to open their minds to other possibilities. 

 

Lord, do we approach you with closed minds? Are we unwilling to be open to your possibilities when we engage with uncomfortable questions about faith? Open our ears so that we may hear your voice. 

Open our minds that we may receive your wisdom. 

Open our spirits so that we may know your leading and guidance.

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 6th

“Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew Chapter 28 Verses 18-20

What does God want us to do as followers of Jesus?

It’s actually remarkably simple: there’s only 3 things he has asked of us. The first is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The second is to love our neighbour as ourselves. The third is to go and make disciples. As we seek to disciple other people, we do so from a position of weakness, not authority. We do so from humility and vulnerability, not strength.

We are on this journey together – and we are all amateurs in God, stumbling forward two steps and then back one.

As we make disciples, we do that from a position of recognizing that we are all learners together and so we are then more prepared to learn from others as well as teach them what we know of God for ourselves. And so St. Cuthbert’s will increasingly become a learning community.

“Go and make disciples”. The Great Commission, not the Great Suggestion. This is our responsibility under God: to love him, to love others and to make disciples.

God, help us to obey this command.  Help us to believe your authority, Lord Jesus.  Help us not to be afraid of anything, or anyone in this world.  Lord, help us to be bold in our lives, and in reaching out to the people we live around, the people we work with.  Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 5th

As part of our monthly Cafe Church in the Coquet Tea rooms we listened to this beautiful version of Psalm 19.

 

We were thinking about the beautiful world God has entrusted to our care.

The heavens declare your works
And the skies proclaim your glory
Day by day they tell of you
Night by night your wisdom reveal
They speak but without words
No sound is heard from within them
Yet their words go to all the earth
And their voice to all the world

The heavens declare your works And the skies proclaim your glory Day by day they tell of you Night by night your wisdom reveal They speak but without words No sound is heard from within them Yet their words go to all the earth And their voice to all the world

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 4th

Trinity Sunday

Our prayer today refers to God the Three-in-One.

Holy God,

faithful and unchanging:

enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,

and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,

that we may truly worship you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Holy God,  faithful and unchanging:  enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,  and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,  that we may truly worship you,  Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 3rd

Prayer for Ukraine

We continue to pray for all the people of Ukraine and Russia.

Holy and Gracious God,

we pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia;

for their countries and their leaders.

We pray for all those who are afraid;

that you will hold them in this time of great fear.

We pray for all those who have the power over life and death;

that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.

Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son. Lord have mercy.

Amen.

Holy and Gracious God,  we pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia;  for their countries and their leaders.  We pray for all those who are afraid;  that you will hold them in this time of great fear.  We pray for all those who have the power over life and death;  that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.  Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.  And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son. Lord have mercy.  Amen.

MARGARET'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 2nd

We thank you, our Father, for those whose work sustains our nation, and this community in which we live, for all who create the wealth by which we trade, for those who grow and provide our food, or who in industry, commerce and transport bring it to our homes. We thank you for those who, day and night, maintain the public services, for the police, for those who respond to emergencies, and for all whose work is in health or healing or social care.

 

Teach us to remember that all our lives depend upon the work of many minds and hands, and so we pray that we may live thankfully and in unity as members of one human family, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

We thank you, our Father, for those whose work sustains our nation, and this community in which we live, for all who create the wealth by which we trade, for those who grow and provide our food, or who in industry, commerce and transport bring it to our homes. We thank you for those who, day and night, maintain the public services, for the police, for those who respond to emergencies, and for all whose work is in health or healing or social care. Teach us to remember that all our lives depend upon the work of many minds and hands, and so we pray that we may live thankfully and in unity as members of one human family, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 25th

Venerable

Do you remember any of your teachers? Why do you remember them? Was it because they were more than teaching machines? Maybe they had time for you, or took what you had to say seriously, or were just so enthusiastic about their subject that you became fascinated with it yourself?   

Today the church remembers a scholar, historian and teacher who was revered by his ‘students’ for similar reasons. His name was Bede. He spent his life at the monastery at Jarrow and wrote many books including a famous book ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English people’ completed around 731. He became famous throughout Europe and is remembered as the father of modern history. 

PRAYER  Lord, we thank you for all the people who have inspired us throughout our lifetime. We remember the gentle and conscientious faithfulness of Bede who himself followed the example of his master Jesus Christ and brought a renewed understanding of the stories of his time, and kindled the rainbow light of God's kingdom for the people of his day. We pray all teachers and students. Amen

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 24th

Parents spend much time guiding their children in life before that gradual letting go as they grow into adulthood. Like Jesus we should pray for those who move beyond our care. These verses in John Chapter 17: Verses 11-19 talk about our heavenly Father keeping us safe and being with us. Just as parents want their children to stick to what is true, God reminds us on how we should stay authentic towards the way we try to live for him. The world is filled with many contradictions, paradoxes and distractions. Just as parents hope that their children are grounded in love and care, Jesus himself reminds us that he is always there for us. He assures us that he is working for, in, and through us. Sometimes it is challenging but Jesus came to demonstrate his life, and because of His love we can know all things are possible. We are not on our own.

A drawing of daddy by Isla.

Lord, guard us while we are in the world. We are here just as you belonged here, with all the risks involved. We ask you to protect us and keep us on the path you set before us. Thank you for those who care and show us the true way.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 23rd

John Chapter 20  Verses 19-20

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord."

When you speak out against violence. When you stand by those who are hurt or ridiculed. When you listen to those you disagree with. When you give your time and energy to help others. When you try to forgive those who hurt you. When you love and open yourself to others. Then you praying in action for peace.

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy. Amen

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:  where there is hatred, let me sow love;  where there is injury, pardon;  where there is doubt, faith;  where there is despair, hope;  where there is darkness, light;  where there is sadness, joy. Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 22nd

The good weather has a cheering effect but today let's pray for those who find it difficult to be cheered by any thing because of mental health issues. We pray today for those who suffer, for peace healing and comfort. Also we pray for families affected by the mental health of loved ones. Lord in your mercy Hear our prayer.

Lord we pray for all those distressed in mind or  soul.  May they find your peace and comfort in jesus name,  Amen.

Lord we pray for all those distressed in mind or  soul.  May they find your peace and comfort in jesus name,  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 21st

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Our prayer continues to focus on the Resurrected and Ascended Lord.

Risen, ascended Lord,

as we rejoice at your triumph,

fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,

that all who are estranged by sin

may find forgiveness and know your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

Risen, ascended Lord,  as we rejoice at your triumph,  fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,  that all who are estranged by sin  may find forgiveness and know your peace,  to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 20th

Prayer for Ukraine

We continue to pray for all the people of Ukraine.

Lord of all the earth,
be present with the people of Ukraine
at this time of danger, fear, and conflict.
Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail,
and give to all suffering nations the freedom they desire and deserve.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lord of all the earth, be present with the people of Ukraine at this time of danger, fear, and conflict. Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail, and give to all suffering nations the freedom they desire and deserve. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

ROBERT'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 19th

Saint Dunstan died on May 19th AD 988. He was an important figure in English history serving as an advisor to kings and as Archbishop of Canterbury. He devised a coronation service, first used in AD 973, elements of which were used at our King’s coronation. He was a man of many talents,  skilled with his hands, a silversmith who loved music. The prayer I have chosen comes from St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta Georgia USA. (stdunstan.net). The church website includes some powerful messages; “Love your neighbour, who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. Love your neighbour. No exceptions.”

 

Let every instrument be tuned for your praise!

Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!

And may God give us faith to sing always,

Alleluia!     Amen.

Let every instrument be tuned for your praise!  Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!  And may God give us faith to sing always,  Alleluia!     Amen.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 18th

The Ascension

Today is the feast of the Ascension. Just as the disciples were getting used to the risen Christ appearing to them, just as they were getting excited that he would miraculously restore God’s kingdom and independence to their people, he left them. No wonder then that they were perplexed and stood gazing up toward heaven, struggling not to lose sight of that source of power around which they had learnt to rebuild their lives. The message of the ascension story to the disciples was  to not cling to familiar ways of knowing God, but to be open to new ways in which God might be active in the world.

The ascension conveys the powerful truth that it is during times of God’s seeming absence, when the last signs of our hope seem to fast disappear behind the clouds of hopelessness, uncertainty, doubt, and despair, that God chooses to enter human lives with the transformative intimacy and depth of the Holy Spirit. 

Loving Lord, when we fear you are absent, remind us that we are not orphans. Embolden us with your Spirit and in drawing close to you transform our lives, our community and our world. Amen.

Loving Lord, when we fear you are absent, remind us that we are not orphans. Embolden us with your Spirit and in drawing close to you transform our lives, our community and our world. Amen.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 17th

How can we bear the unbearable? Jesus tells his friends in John’s gospel chapter 16 verse 12, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth”. Our experience seems that we need time to understand what Jesus said, for it is often a question of the meaning of love, of suffering, the presence of God in all our lives. What are those experiences that are unbearable? Think of pain, loss, times that break hearts, shatter lives, and bring us to tears. These are not the only experience of the unbearable. Think about a time when love, joy, or beauty was so real, so deep, so full beyond yourself. Something in our hearts was in awe of what was happening.  Hearts can be opened in either way making us equally vulnerable. It creates space and invites to something beyond ourselves, like the beginning of a new life. Is there a sense in which we need the unbearable? Jesus tells us that the Spirit guides us gently to understand, to be open to his gentle presence. He says that he has much more to say to us. How do we feel about that?  We never bear the unbearable alone.

Let me sit quietly with Jesus and allow him to speak to my heart. Asking the Holy Spirit to guide me into the truth, and to help me to trust that what Jesus wants will always be life-giving. Lord let me rest in you.

Photo from Ukraine, contemplating amidst war.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 16th

John Chapter 17 Verses 1 and 9-11  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify the Father.  I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”

This is Jesus, who prays to His Father before His crucifixion,  the same Jesus who continues to pray to His Father after His crucifixion. After His death and resurrection, Jesus ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father where He rules over all things. He now intercedes for us. Jesus knows the temptations, the struggles, the burdens we bear. His incarnation offered Him a deep resonance with our life experience. His crucifixion carried the weight of all sin. His resurrection from the dead and bodily ascension into Heaven means He continues to know what it is like to live in the flesh. This risen, ascended, incarnate Jesus has sent His Spirit to dwell in our hearts. The Spirit takes our sufferings, our groanings we cannot put into words, and brings them to Jesus. Jesus brings them to His Father. And His Father hears and responds, doing what is best for us, His beloved children, who live in the Kingdom of His Son.

There are times in life when it is hard to know what to pray. God feels distant. His ways are hard to understand. This prayer of Jesus reminds us of His powerful intimacy not only with His Father but also with us. He has interceded to bring us salvation and He continues to intercede to bring all our lives before God. Perhaps today it is good for us to take a moment and be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the intimacy of Jesus with His Father. This intimacy is beyond our understanding but certainly for our good.

·        God, protect me and those I love.  ·         Keep me in the hollow of your hand,  ·        and draw me ever more deeply into your friendship. Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 15th

When someone goes away, for a while or even forever, they leave an enormous gap in our lives. That was the case when Jesus left his friends. And he left them twice. The first time when he died on the cross but that was brief as he returned for a short time numbered in days but then he left again, an event we look at this week when we will celebrate Ascension Day this coming Thursday. But he promised he would send someone who would be with them always. This person we call the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Helper, the Advocate, the Counsellor and one who comes alongside us.

The Holy Spirit is “only an ask away” so today’s prayer does just that.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.

​Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people and kindle in them the fire of your love.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 14th

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Our prayer continues to focus on the Resurrected Lord.

Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

Risen Christ,  by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:  help your Church to obey your command  and draw the nations to the fire of your love,  to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 13th

Prayer for Ukraine

We continue to pray for all the people of Ukraine.

Lord God, we ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart.
Protect them, we pray; from violence, from political gamesmanship, from being used and abused.

Give, we pray, the nations of the world the courage and the wisdom to stand up for justice and the courage too, to dare to care―generously.

Lord, in your mercy, take from us all the tendencies in us
that seek to lord it over others: take from us those traits
that see us pursuing our own needs and wants before those of others.

Teach us how to live in love and dignity and respect―following your example.
In your name and for your sake,

Amen.

Lord God, we ask you to hold the people of Ukraine deep in your heart. Protect them, we pray; from violence, from political gamesmanship, from being used and abused.  Give, we pray, the nations of the world the courage and the wisdom to stand up for justice and the courage too, to dare to care―generously.  Lord, in your mercy, take from us all the tendencies in us that seek to lord it over others: take from us those traits that see us pursuing our own needs and wants before those of others.  Teach us how to live in love and dignity and respect―following your example. In your name and for your sake,  Amen.

FRIDAY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 12th

This prayer was written by David Adam

Circle me, Lord. 

Keep protection near and danger afar.

Circle me, Lord. 

Keep hope  within.

Keep doubt without.

Circle me, Lord. 

keep light near and darkness afar.

Circle me, Lord. 

Keep peace within.

Keep evil out.

Circle me, Lord.   Keep protection near and danger afar.  ​  Circle me, Lord.   Keep hope  within.  Keep doubt without.  ​  Circle me, Lord.   keep light near and darkness afar.  ​  Circle me, Lord.   Keep peace within.  Keep evil out.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 11th

Be a rebel: Be kind!

A supermarket has a slogan ‘every little helps’. The cynical side of me thinks ‘helps the profits’! It’s a shame when a clever slogan is hijacked for commercial interests. It is a good slogan. Every little does help. I’m talking here about every little act of kindness. I’m thinking of every little (or large) act of volunteering. I’m remembering the theme of the coronation and it’s celebration of the goodness of people when they give of their time and themselves to serving others. Some can give more than others but everyone can try each day to share a little act of kindness. Such acts are acts of rebellion against the prevailing selfishness and individualism of our culture today.

PRAYER  Father God, bless all, great and small, who volunteer themselves and their time and who make a real difference in the lives and wellbeing of people, communities and the environment. Help us all to make even little but beautiful acts of kindness however and whenever we can.  Amen.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 10th

Jesus often used images from nature like the vine and branches in John chapter 15 verses 1-8, reminding us, as branches, we cannot stand alone, we need to remain connected with who we are in God. We are to abide in Jesus, the 'true' vine and his Father, the vine grower. Just as the vine grower is responsible for growing good grapes, God desires that we bear good fruit. This involves some pruning. Life prunes us all the time, and, most often, it is painful and difficult. New growth and life comes from pruning. This may be for the better! Do we trust God the 'vine grower', who only desires the best for us? Hopefully our answer is yes! True, it may not take away the pain of pruning which is often difficult. However, if we trust the vine grower and believe that growth and change will come from pruning, we will continue to bear good fruit in our lives.

Lord of the one true Vine, in you we live and move and have our being. We are your branches, often prickly, slight or fragile. Plant us in the soil of your grace. Nurture us with the strength of Christ. Abide in us, that we may abide in you and live in your love. Amen

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 9th

'If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” John Chapter 14 Verse 15

 

Love is shown by the actions that back up a person's words. We show our love for Jesus by what we do, by obeying what he has taught us. Jesus, however, doesn't expect this demonstrated love for him to be a one-way street. He shows us his love for us by having the Father send another Friend like himself to us. This Friend, the Holy Spirit, is called the Advocate or Comforter or Helper. The Father sends this Friend so that we will never be alone. We can be confident that we will always have the presence of God in our lives.

The Spirit is on your side. He works to open doors for you, empower you, and remind you. Because he is God, he sees the truest and loveliest version of you. He works hard to come alongside you to bring that vision to life. He is not against you, outside of you, merely watching you, waiting for your failure. No, he is for you, inside of you, engaging with you, waiting to witness your growth and success.

The Spirit gives comfort. Life is a painful mess of challenges, limitations, and failures. You are always put face-to-face with life's difficulties.

The soil produces fruit, but only with tears. We often agonize, but the Spirit lives within us to provide us with comfort. He works to bring Scripture, friendships, and perspective into our minds at just the right time. He loves to engage with you and be the still, small voice of God’s comfort during your moments of pain.

Let us pray……   Send your peace, O Lord which is perfect and everlasting, that our souls may radiate peace.  Send your peace, O Lord that we may think act and speak harmoniously,  Send your peace, O Lord that we may be contented and thankful for your bountiful gifts  Send your peace, O Lord that amidst our worldly strife, we may enjoy your bliss. Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 8th

Yesterday St Cuthbert’s Church hosted a Coronation Tea party for the community. As well as enjoying food and good company together, we shared in Café Church. This usually takes place in the Coquet Tea Rooms once a month and is an informal time of worship, prayer and sharing thoughts. The picture shows the end of the Café Church session when we joined hands in a great circle to pray for each other. So today we pray for all our communities and the support we give to each other.

Heavenly Father, King of Kings we thank you for our communities. Help us to show support to one another in times of sorrow as well as in times of joy and celebration.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

Heavenly Father, King of Kings we thank you for our communities. Help us to show support to one another in times of sorrow as well as in times of joy and celebration.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 7th

 Fifth Sunday of Easter

Our prayer continues to focus on the Resurrected Lord.

Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Amen.

Eternal God,  whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life: grant us to walk in his way,  to rejoice in his truth,  and to share his risen life;  who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 6th

Coronation of Charles III

These words are spoken by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the focus prayer during the Coronation of the King.

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour:
look with favour upon thy servant Charles our King,
and bestow upon him such gifts of wisdom and love
that we and all thy people
may live in peace and prosperity
and in loving service one to another;
to thine eternal glory,
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit
reigns supreme over all things,
one God, now and forever.

Amen.

Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour: look with favour upon thy servant Charles our King, and bestow upon him such gifts of wisdom and love that we and all thy people may live in peace and prosperity and in loving service one to another; to thine eternal glory, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

MARGARET'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 5th

Celebrating Community

 

Behold how good and 

pleasant it is to dwell

together in unity. 

Psalm 133.3

 

Being part of community is essential to human life. We find community in our friendships, families, colleagues and classmates, the places we live and in our churches. Living in community helps shape our character and behaviours, and as a community of God we find our identity in how we grow in our faith together. 

 

Being a community of God is also about being a community of love, belonging and togetherness. As we learn to see the nature of God in the face of others, our communities in turn reflects God's character to the world. 

 

Many communities will have planned street parties, church services.and other celebrations for this Coronation weekend. We pray that in these occasions we, with King Charles, may recognise the face of Christ in those with whom we share them. 

                  PRAYER   Living God,you bring us together in community and teach us to love one another as you have loved us.  May we be beacons of your light in the communities in which we are set,that through truth,justice and action we may see your kingdom come upon earth       In Jesus Christ our Lord,                    Amen 

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 4th

True witness

This day is set aside to remember all who witnessed to their Christian faith during the conflicts in church and state, which lasted from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries but were at their most intense in the sixteenth century. Though the reform movement was aimed chiefly at the papacy, many Christian men and women of holiness suffered for their allegiance to what they believed to be the truth of the gospel. As the movement grew in strength, it suffered its own internecine struggles, with one group determined that they were the keepers of truth and that all others were therefore at best in a state of ignorance and at worst heretical. Many were martyred because of their beliefs.  In the twentieth century, ecumenical links drew the churches closer to each other in faith and worship and all now recognize both the good and evil that evolved from the Reformation Era.

Lord, may our faith be zealous only  for justice and peace in the world and May  our prayers be for the coming of your kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. As the well being and flourishing of Creation are in the heart of God, so may it be in our hearts too. In these things may we work and pray

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 3rd

A key image for the Easter season is Light, the light of Christ. Jesus said, ‘I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness’ John Chapter 12 Verse 46. The darkness is often separation and rejection – not only of Jesus who came into the world to save it – but rejection of what God offers us as healing and reconciliation through his son. Just as natural light reveals what is hidden in the dark, God’s Word to us is often hidden from us. And just as natural light enables growth in living things, so exposure to the light of the Gospel brings us growth and new life.

Lord our God, through Jesus Christ you assure us that He came not to condemn us but to bring us life, a life worth living, a life that is rich and refreshing us and the world with love and a spirit of service.
Let Jesus stay with us as the light in which we see all that is good and worth living for and let us share in His life that has no end.
 

Lord our God, through Jesus Christ you assure us that He came not to condemn us but to bring us life, a life worth living, a life that is rich and refreshing us and the world with love and a spirit of service. Let Jesus stay with us as the light in which we see all that is good and worth living for and let us share in His life that has no end.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 2nd

“God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in very good work.” 2 Corinthians Chapter 9 verses 7-8.

This week we have been asked to pray for our new King as he prepares for his coronation. He has asked all of us to give some time this weekend in the service of others. Today’s reflection and prayer is taken from the Church of England’s Daily Prayers for the Coronation.

Generosity is a joyful activity. Often generosity is a response of gratitude when we offer ourselves and our resources to something we care about or believe in. An act of giving in whatever form expresses love and brings hope. As beings made in the image of God, generosity is in our nature as well.. We are called to be imitators of Christ whose life was itself a gift of self-giving love.

All of us have something to give. And there is beauty in the simple act of giving which speaks volumes beyond the act itself, because it comes from the heart.

God of grace,  Mould us in your image  And give us a spirit of generosity.  That seeks nothing but to give,  Nothing but to serve, and offers our hearts,  Our whole selves to you  The giver of all things. Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 1st

Praying for peace, in a world torn by war and discord. Let us remember all places where peace is needed including Sudan and Ukraine.

 

Lord God, who sent Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, into our world to show us the way of peace; we pray for peace in nations, between nations, in homes, families and communities.

Give us  your peace, we pray. Amen. 

Photograph P. Horseman.

Lord God, who sent Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, into our world to show us the way of peace; we pray for peace in nations, between nations, in homes, families and communities.  Give us  your peace, we pray. Amen. 

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 30th

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Our prayer continues to focus on the Resurrected Lord.

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

Risen Christ,  faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:  teach us to hear your voice  and to follow your command,  that all your people may be gathered into one flock,  to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

JOHN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 29th

Prayer for Ukraine and the world at Easter

The focus of this prayer is peace in the world.

 

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Amen.

FRIDAY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 28th

A prayer for the people of Sudan and all who are touched by the conflict.

O Lord, we pray for the people of Sudan.

Lord hear us.

lord graciously hear us.

O Lord, we pray for the people of Sudan.  Lord hear us.  lord graciously hear us.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 27th

Exploring Resurrection

 

During this ‘season’ of Easter the Church continues to reflect on the resurrection. On Easter Sunday we proclaimed Christ risen from the dead and saw that darkness could not overcome the light. We look to our own resurrection as we follow the Lord Jesus. Christian thinkers have also talked about resurrection as something that happens during this life. Times of loss and darkness can be transformed by the presence of the Risen Christ.  Our prayer today comes from Howard Thurman, theologian and mystic:

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,  when our strength has failed ere the day is half done,  when we reach the end of our hoarded resources,  our Father’s full giving is only begun. Amen. 

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,  when our strength has failed ere the day is half done,  when we reach the end of our hoarded resources,  our Father’s full giving is only begun. Amen. 

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 26th

An invitation appears in John Chapter 6: Verse 35-40… Today Jesus tells the crowds: “I am the bread of life.” Jesus also says that anyone who comes to Him will never hunger, nor thirst. Did the crowds truly understand what Jesus was saying? Did they realise that Jesus was not speaking literally? Jesus was not talking about food and drink that we consume. Rather, he was speaking of a deeper hunger and thirst. What do we thirst for? What do we long for? Most likely, we long and hope for many good things but they may not be long lasting. Is there a longing for God? How do we experience that longing? The reality is: no matter how much we have, only God alone will satisfy our hunger and our longing. Today, might we consider accepting Jesus’ invitation to spend time with God?

Lord Jesus, you bring life and hope where there was once only despair and defeat.  Give us that unshakeable hope that longs for a deeper life; the joy of knowing your love, and the faith knowing your invitation truly satisfies.
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"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

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