Prayers  for  the  week 

Jesus taught the people:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Matthew 5 : 10 – 12  (New Revised Standard Version)

God of unfailing light,
in Your realm of glory the poor are blessed,
the hungry filled, and every tear is wiped away.
Strengthened by this vision,
may we follow in the way of holiness
that Your Son made known in His life and in His death. 

Bless us with Your healing presence;
make us hungry for justice;
strengthen our faith;
and increase our love for others,
especially those we find it most difficult to love. 

Merciful God,
teach us to be faithful in change and uncertainty,
that, trusting in Your Word
and obeying Your will,
we may enter the unfailing joy of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Thank God for the gift of music and the power of worship.
Pray for churches across the world, including ourselves, as we all meet in our various communities to praise God, pray together and learn from God’s Holy Word.

Thank God that He restores us and makes us whole when we feel broken.

Ask God to help you to see that, although life can be uncomfortable, even tough at times, you can find comfort and encouragement in Him.
Thank God for His love.
Ask God to help you to trust in and follow His light and love, even when the going gets tough and dark.

Thank God for the love and care we share within our churches.

Ask God to help you to remember AND to understand what it means to be an important part of the body of Christ – the Church.
Thank God that you, as a person, and your needs, are close to His heart.
Ask God to help you to surrender your whole life and the people you love to His care.

Thank God for creating you and for guiding you through your path of life.
Ask God to help you to take note of and follow His promptings in all things.
Thank God for the ways in which he blesses us each day.

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

A prayer for our nation

Lord, we pray for peace and respect during this time of electioneering.
We pray for peace between divided communities, and within families,
we pray for peace between political opponents.
We ask You to grant wisdom and discernment to all candidates, as they canvass for votes and make promises.  We especially ask this for the leaders of the political parties and the people who attract publicity and grab the headlines.  
We pray that You would be our refuge and our strength, our mighty fortress in times of need.  Lord, keep our focus on you, and as we hear and think about politics and what the future might hold for this country, help us to find ways of serving You, as we worship You and as we care for and support people in the community in which we live.


A prayer for the life and witness of our Parish

Father God, we ask for the continuing presence of Your Holy Spirit to guide this parish. 
We pray for our Rector, Brendan, and his family.
We pray that they will know Your hand upon their lives,
as they continue to settle into their new home,

and into this community of Frant, Eridge and Bells Yew Green,
with all that that involves.
May each of them, and all of us, know Your blessing upon us.
Keep us all steadfast and united in love; patient and tolerant with one another. 
Send to each one of us the gifts of wisdom, knowledge and discernment,
that we may be equipped to sustain Your work in this parish day by day.
We ask this in and through the Name of Jesus,

and to bring honour and glory to His Name.