Prayers  for  the  week 

Jesus said:

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith?  Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed, your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Matthew 6 : 25 – 34     New Revised Standard Version

God of tender care,
like a mother you never forget your children,
but you comfort and give assurance to those who are restless and fearful;
and like a father, you know already what we need.
In all our anxiety, give us the spirit of trust;
in all our worry, give us faithful hearts;
that in confidence and calm
we may seek the kingdom of Christ
where your holy will of peace and justice
has been made known.

Suggestions for your personal prayer times during the week:

Heavenly Father, thank You for your constant presence with me.  Help me to come close to You, and to listen for Your voice above all of the other voices in my life.  Lord, teach me how to focus my life on You and help me to obey what I hear You say.
Lord, I ask for more of Your Holy Spirit in my life.  Lord, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the fears that surround me in every-day life, but help me to know that You do care for me and are alongside me in everything.
Almighty God, teach me to be more reliant on You.  Give me a greater understanding of how You operate, so that I may know that all I see with my natural eyes is not all that is.  I ask for eyes to see Your hand at work in all that is around me.
Dear Lord, I love You.  But help me to love you more – this is the desire of my heart.  I confess that sometimes my actions and reactions betray my love for You.  Please forgive me.  Thank You for Your grace, that enables me to recognise each new day as a new chance to walk closer with You.
Loving Heavenly Father, help me to remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my day.  Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom into my mind and over my heart, as I go through each day.
Living God, please enlighten my mind with truth, inflame my heart with love, inspire my will with courage, enrich my life with service.  Pardon what I have been, enable and consecrate what you want me to be, and direct what I shall be.
Father, thank You for all the ways You’ve blessed me.  I’m sorry for the times that I’ve let You down.  I thank You for the good that You have enabled me to do, by Your grace.  Help me bring You glory today, through my actions, my words, through the good that I can do in my little corner of Your world.
A prayer for our nation and the church throughout our nation:

God of Justice and Truth,
we ask your blessing on our nation.
Thank you for the freedoms we enjoy,
especially those we take for granted.
Thank you for the diversity of our people;
enable us to be tolerant and have mutual respect.
As we celebrate the democracy we enjoy,
may we also foster and celebrate our dependence on each other.
Keep us ever mindful of the blessings of our rich and abundant land.
May your gracious Spirit inspire us to work together
to meet the challenges of our times.
With all faith, and hope, and love,
and with trust in you,
we pray in and through the name of Jesus,
our Lord and our Saviour.
A prayer for the life and witness of our Parish:

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
Eternal Power, be our support,
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us;
that with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek thy face
and be brought by thy infinite mercy to thy holy presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alcuin of York (735-804)

You may be interested in The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Please click 
here to read about this year's theme, "Unusual Kindness" and to use the readings, reflections and prayers that have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta).