Prayer

We encourage everyone to develop an intentional and life‑giving routine of prayer, and to become involved in the prayer life of the Benefice. We support this by organising prayer events: quiet days, prayer days, a week of guided prayer, individual guidance on prayer, teaching on public and private prayer, and opportunities to pray regularly with and for others. There is a strong home‑group tradition within the Benefice, with meetings throughout the week for Bible study and prayer. The healing ministry plays an important part in the life of all three churches, with special services each month and regular times of prayer.

Prayers of the Month

Father, we are mindful that whilst we are well fed and nourished

there are many who are short of food,

whose harvests have failed for lack of rain as climate changes,

or whose livelihood has been destroyed by war, inhumanity and exploitation.

Bless the development agencies who are seeking to redress the balance

and bring peace and justice where there is want, discord and destruction.

Give us generous hearts

that from our riches

we may increasingly give our support

to those working among the poor and under-privileged in the world,

and keep us ever mindful of our Lord’s command to love our neighbours

whether close at hand or in the wider world – as ourselves.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

From Christian Ecology Link

 

Thanksgiving

 

God of great generosity,

you have showered us with gifts

through your lavish creation

and in sending your Son

to restore your relationship with humankind.

We often take all this for granted

instead of pausing to give thanks

which we do now.

Amen.

 

Rupert Bristow, Abiding Grace, Kevin Mayhew, 2016

 

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