Prayers  for  the  week 

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.  And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each.  Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?  And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 
All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”  But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them,
“Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.  No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.’ ”

Acts 2 : 1 – 8, 12 – 18     New Revised Standard Version

Empowering God,
you gave the church the abiding presence of your Holy Spirit.
Look upon your church today
and grant that, even though scattered as we are in a physical sense,

but still gathered and directed by your Spirit,
we may confess Christ as Lord
and combine our diverse gifts with a singular passion
to continue his mission in this world
until we join in your eternal praise.


Suggestions for your personal prayer times during the week:

1 Peter 2 : 9:
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Heavenly Father, in Christ, we are children of the same Father, with the same Spirit at work within us and the same aim set before us.  Help me to represent you, serve you, and glorify you in any and every situation – everyway, everywhere and in everything I do.
Today I remember those who are sick and dying, whether in hospital, care homes or in their own homes. 
Father God, trusting in your love and protection, I pray in the name of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, that, in your compassion, you will grant them strength and the assurance of your presence with them.
Today I pray for our NHS and for our Health Care workers, our local hospitals and care homes. 
O Lord, may everyone involved in these organisations, executives, managers and all workers know your help, strength and protection, as they make decisions AND minister to the sick.  May they be channels of restoration and renewal for those who suffer.
I pray for all who are anxious at this time;
for anyone who is without work and struggling to make ends meets;
for anyone who suffers with depression and mental health issues;
for anyone who is fearful about the future.
Loving Lord, may those who broken-hearted, or crushed in spirit, or anxious about loved ones, friends and neighbours, be enabled to put their trust in you and be encouraged by steadfast hope in you.
I pray for all who feel lonely and isolated, for anyone who may feel trapped and for those longing for human love and affection.  
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me.”
May those who are feeling alone, maybe even feeling abandoned, experience your loving presence.
I pray for those engaged in research working to find a vaccine against Covid19.
O Lord, you are great and abundant in power; your understanding is beyond measure.
Grant wisdom, understanding, new insights and effectiveness to the people who are seeking to develop a vaccine and remedies for coronavirus.  Encourage them in their endeavours.
I pray for those in authority, for our Government and for all who have to make the decisions which affect the future of this and every nation, and affect the lives of many.
O Lord, sustain them and grant them wisdom and courage.
A prayer for our nation and the church throughout our nation:

Lord of the church, we pray for our renewing:
Christ over all, our undivided aim.
Fire of the Spirit, burn for our enduing,
wind of the Spirit, fan the living flame!
We turn to Christ amid our fear and failing,
the will that lacks the courage to be free,
the weary labours, all but unavailing,
to bring us nearer what a church should be.                    Timothy Dudley-Smith
A prayer for the life and witness of our parish:

Lord of the church, we long for our uniting,
true to one calling, by one vision stirred;
one cross proclaiming and one creed reciting,
one in the truth of Jesus and his word.
So lead us on; till toil and trouble ended,
one church triumphant one new song shall sing,
to praise his glory, risen and ascended,
Christ over all, the everlasting King !                    
Timothy Dudley-Smith


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).