Prayers  for  the  week 

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee] came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.  While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 
The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men] said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 
Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.
                                                    Luke 24 : 1 – 9    (New Revised Standard Version)
Almighty God, through the resurrection of your son,
you destroy the power of death
and remove your people's shame.
By the power of your Holy Spirit,
raise us from sin and seat us at the heavenly banquet prepared for all people,
that we may forever rejoice in the gift of salvation Jesus has won for us.

Help us to be joyful witnesses to this good news of the Risen Christ,
that all humanity may one day gather at the feast of new life,

Life in all its fullness, in your kingdom.
Ever-living God,
we recall that long ago,

faithful women and men proclaimed the good news of Jesus' resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Help us to be like them,
that our witness may be as adventurous,
our love as deep,
and our faith as true.

Creator of the universe, you made the world in beauty,
and restore all things in glory through the victory of Jesus Christ.
We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
to the glory of your name.

Suggestions for your personal prayer times

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!” 
Charles Wesley 1707 – 1788  
Thank God for all that he has done for us through the death and then the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.
Pray for churches across the world, including ourselves, as we all raise our song of praise to God.

Thank God for being alongside us, no matter where we are or what we are doing.

Pray for those who feel alone or who are struggling to cope with life.
Thank God for the times when we can relax and find refreshment, no matter how short, in the midst of the busyness of life.

Pray for children and teachers returning to school after the Easter break, and especially for those who will be taking exams that will determine their futures.   

Thank God for all those who have been undertaking extra work and responsibilities during the past 13 months or so of the vacancy in our parish.

Pray for the on-going life and witness of the church as we await the arrival of the new Rector - see below.

Thank God for those who give selflessly to alleviate suffering in places around the world where natural disasters, conflict or famine are affecting and endangering lives.

Pray for our Mission of the Month, Mission Aviation Fellowship - please click here for information.

Thank God for his love, which is new every morning.
Pray that he will help you to find peace, in body, in mind and in spirit.

Thank God for all the good things you have experienced during this week.

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 Him and be enabled to follow His ways of love each and every day.

A prayer for Brexit

Almighty God, thank you for everyone who makes a positive contribution to the “common good”.  And thank you that you are sovereign over all rulers, nations and powers.
We pray for the Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament, as they return following the Easter recess and look to the next stage of negotiations of Brexit.  Help them to work in harmony to bring order out of the apparent chaos.
Help them, and us, to show your love and respect to those around us, especially where division and disagreement threaten our peace.

Our prayer for the vacancy

Father God, we ask for the continuing presence of your Holy Spirit to guide this parish. 
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.