Prayers  for  the  week 

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 
He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: 
“What do you think of the Messiah?  Whose son is he?”  
They said to him, “The son of David.” 
He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,
‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’?”
If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” 
No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
                                                   Matthew 22 : 34 – 46     New Revised Standard Version
Lord God,
you made us in your image;
you inspire us to love as you first loved us,
and to care for all of your creation.  
You planted us by living water,
that we might be rooted in righteousness.
You call us to be holy as you are holy.
Assured of your love,
help us to cast aside all fear,
that we may love our neighbours as ourselves. 
A prayer for our nation and the church throughout our nation:

Father God, 
as we face these uncertain times in our nation and the world, 
we ask you to dwell among us, 
making your presence very real.
We reach out to you in humility, 
asking that you would bring healing to our nation.
Thank you for caring about each person 
– no matter the race, gender, economic status, or anything else. 
We entrust our nation to your loving care, Lord. 
Send your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders.
We pray that they – and all of us – would pursue right ways. 
Take away from us all evil and fear; 
speak words of peace and comfort to us, and through us.
Take away from our midst all the violence;
speak words of hope and love to us, and through us. 
Take away from us all greed and selfishness; 
speak words of caring and sharing to us, and through us.
Help us to seek first your Kingdom;
may your will be done in our nation. 
We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, 
A prayer for our Parish and community
Almighty God,
your Son has shown us how to love one another.
May our love for you
overflow into joyous service
and be a healing witness to our neighbours,
within the community in which we are placed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Thank God for the opportunity to pause, to take stock and to recharge our batteries. 
Pray for churches across the world, including ourselves, that God will bless us through our worship, prayer and teaching at our services 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 times when we can relax and find refreshment, no matter how short, in the midst of the busyness of life.
Pray especially for children and teachers as they have time out of school and college during this half-term break.   

Thank God for the commitment of those who uphold Christian values.
Pray for our Mission of the Month - please click here.

Thank God that he is our refuge and our strength – always.
Pray for those who are struggling to cope with the difficulties they encounter.

Thank God for those who are willing to serve and represent their local communities. 
Pray for our local councillors and our Member of Parliament, that they will indeed seek, and work for, the “common good”.

Thank God that his love, mercy and grace are always there to help us.
Pray that you will feel his loving presence around you and within you.

Thank God for his blessings to us, including families, friends and our church family.  
Pray that God will guide and encourage those who will be leading our worship on Sunday.  Ask God to inspire them, through His Holy Spirit, as they plan and prepare.

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).