Prayers for the week
Jesus said to his disciples:
"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; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
John 16 : 12 – 15. (New Revised Standard Version)
God of heaven and earth, triune God:
Author of creation,
eternal Word of salvation,
and life-giving Spirit of wisdom,
guide us to all truth by your Spirit,
that we may proclaim all that Christ revealed
and rejoice in the glory he shared with us.
Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Suggestions for your personal prayer times
Thank God for the wonder and the beauty of the world.
Pray for churches across the world, including ourselves, that God will bless us through our worship, prayer and teaching as we meet together today and that, as a result, we may have a close relationship with God and be enabled to follow His ways of love day by day.
Thank God for the people who have helped you and encouraged you through the years.
Pray for our young people, students AND teachers in schools, colleges and universities.
Thank God for the people who promote the Christian faith, by their words and actions.
Pray for our Mission of the Month - please click here.
Thank God for people in public life, especially those who seek to serve the common good.
Pray for our politicians, especially those who are voting for the next Prime Minister, that they will have wisdom.
Thank God for the people who care for those who need help and support.
Pray for the people who work in the NHS, Social Services, care homes, etc.
Thank God for His love and His presence with us always.
Pray for someone who is struggling, that he or she will find the help and encouragement that they need to get them through their difficulties.
Thank God for this day and this weekend, and the opportunities they hold for us.
Pray for those who will be leading our worship on Sunday, that, as they plan and prepare, God will inspire and encourage them through His Holy Spirit.
A prayer for Brexit et al …..
Lord God, as we face these uncertain times in our nation, we ask you to dwell among us. We acknowledge that You alone are God, the ultimate Lord of life.
Help us to find comfort and hope in knowing that to be true.
We entrust our nation to Your loving care. Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our leaders. Give them the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it.
Give each of us Your light and Your truth to guide us in our ways so that we may seek Your will in our lives and make a difference in the world around us.
We ask this in and through the name of Jesus.
Our prayer for the vacancy
Father God, we ask for the continuing presence of your Holy Spirit to guide this parish.
We pray for our new Rector, Brendan, and his family. We pray that they will know Your hand upon their lives, in all their planning and preparations for their move to Frant, Eridge and Bells Yew Green.
As we await their arrival, keep us steadfast and united in love; patient and tolerant with one another.
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.