Prayers  for  the  week 

[On the night that Jesus shared “The Last Supper” with His disciples and was later betrayed, before His arrest and subsequent crucifixion]…..
Jesus said [to his disciples],
"Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.  If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.  Little children, I am with you only a little longer.  You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.'  I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

                                                John 13 : 31 – 35  (New Revised Standard Version)
Father God, 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.

Living God,
long ago, faithful women proclaimed the good news of Jesus' resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Help us to be trustworthy followers of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour,
that, by following His example and teaching,

our witness may be resolute,
our love deep,
and our faith true.


Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Thank God for the ways in which he blesses us each day.
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 that we are a nation that enjoys freedom ……

Pray for the Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament, that they will work together to find a way to bring order out of the on-going chaos of Brexit – see below.

Thank God that he is always alongside us on our path through life.

Pray for someone you know who is struggling in some way.
Thank God for the friendships that sustain us and encourage us day by day.

Pray that God will help you and strengthen you, so that you may be a help to someone in need.

Thank God for the people who continue to work to sustain the life of our parish.
Pray for our new Rector, Brendan, and his family, as they plan and prepare for their move to Frant and Eridge.

Thank God for the amazing and beautiful world, including the many facets of nature, He created for us to enjoy.

Pray for all conservationists who are working to preserve our planet earth.

Thank God for this day and the opportunities it holds 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

Lord God, help our leaders to be quick to admit their humanity and sometimes short-comings.  When things don’t go their way, motivate them to be ready to rebound in persistent resilience.  Encourage them to choose wisely.  When they don't know what to do, help them to look to You for guidance and inspiration.  Let them take a firm stand on issues that truly matter to You, regardless of the consequences or approval ratings.  Make them God-pleasers, not puppets; leaders filled with conviction, not corruption; decision-makers for the common good, with no regard for their own images or personal gain.
Our prayer for the vacancy
Father God, we ask for the continuing presence of your Holy Spirit to guide this parish. 
As we await the arrival of our new Rector, 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.