Prayers  for  the  week 

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.  Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle.  He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 
He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here!  Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 
His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”  [Psalm 69 verse 9] 
The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 
Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 
The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 
But he was speaking of the temple of his body.
After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this;
and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

                                                   John 2 : 13 – 22  (New Revised Standard Version)


Creator God,
you shaped us, a people for yourself, out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting.
Help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity,
that the discipline of these forty days
may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your heavenly banquet,
and whet our thirst for the living water you offer through Jesus Christ.

God of life,
in the glory of the cross your Son embraced the power of death
and broke its hold over your people.
In this time of repentance,
draw us and all people to yourself,
that we, who confess Jesus as Lord,
may put aside the deeds of our selfish desires and death 
and accept the life of your kingdom.

Faithful God of love,
you blessed us with your Son, our “Servant King”,
so that we might know how to serve your people
with justice and with mercy.
Shape us and transform us by your grace,
that we may grow in wisdom and in confidence,
never faltering until we have done all that you desire
to bring your realm of shalom to fulfilment.

Forgive our misuse of your gifts,
and transform us by your wisdom 
to manifest for others the mercy of our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.

 
 
Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Sunday
Thank God that he always listens to our prayers.
Pray that God will help us to understand and accept the way he answers our prayers.
Pray for churches across the world, including ourselves, as we all meet in our various communities to praise God, pray together and learn from God’s Holy Word.

Monday               

Pray for wisdom for the members of the PCC as they meet on Monday evening (18th March 2019), to discuss and make decisions about the future life of the parish.
 
Tuesday               
Pray for our police and military personnel, as they deal with conflict and all they have to do to keep us safe.


Wednesday        
Thank God for the gift of 86,400 seconds each day,

and ask him to guide us how to use them wisely and well.
 
Thursday             
Pray for our Mission of the Month - please click 
here.

Friday                   
On World Water Day (22nd March), ask God to help everyone who is tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people do not have access to the safe water they need.


Saturday             
Pray that God will bless us through our worship, prayer and teaching at our services on Sunday and that, as a result, we may have a close relationship with God and be enabled to follow His ways of love each and every day.


 
A prayer for Brexit
Heavenly Father, as our nation faces crisis and uncertainty, help your church to be a beacon of peace and hope.
May we, your children, reflect your love into our communities even as fear and division want to take hold.
Help each of us to point our nation to the enduring hope that we have in Christ Jesus.



Our prayer for the vacancy
Following the interviews held on Saturday, 16th March 2019, we pray:
 
Father God, we pray for each person who was involved in the interviews for our new Rector.  May each of them know your peace and the assurance that you are alongside them, guiding them through the effects of the decisions made.
 
And we ask for the presence of your Holy Spirit to guide this parish. 
Keep us steadfast and united in love; patient and tolerant with one another
as we prayerfully seek your will in the search for our new Rector. 
Send to each one of us the gifts of wisdom, knowledge and discernment in the coming days,
that we may be equipped to sustain your work in this parish during the vacancy ..........
..... and on into the future too.