Prayers  for  the  week 

A lawyer stood up to test Jesus.  
“Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?  What do you read there?” 
He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.” 
Jesus said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?” 
[Jesus then told the story of The Good Samaritan.  (Luke 10,  verses 30 to 35)]
[Then Jesus asked ….. ] 
Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 
He [the lawyer] said, “The one who showed him mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
                                            Luke 10 : 25 – 37  (New Revised Standard Version)
Creator God,
you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit
through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers.
Open our hearts in compassion.
Help us to walk in your way, seeking justice and doing good.

Help us to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers,
around the whole wide world,
as dearly as our own needs.
Loving our neighbours, no matter where they are, as ourselves.

Suggestions for your personal prayer times
Thank God for this new day – and this new week – an opportunity for new beginnings.
Ask God to help you to do His will today – and each new day as it arrives.
Thank God for His peace “that passes all understanding”.
Ask God to help you to put aside your cares and worries and to rest in the tranquillity of His loving care and protection.
Thank God that He is merciful and forgiving.
Ask God to help you to follow the example of Jesus in all you think, and say, and do.
Thank God for the friendships and support we enjoy within the church.
Ask God to help us to break down the barriers that sometimes separate us and cause suspicion.
Thank God for the work of His creation and the beauty of nature.
Ask God to help us all to act responsibly in caring for the environment.
Thank God for times of refreshment, time to relax, in the midst of busy days.
Ask God to give you an awareness that He is always with you – and that you are always in His presence.
Thank God for His help and guidance during this week.
Ask God to help you to reflect on one or two key occurrences and how God might have been alongside you through them.   
A prayer for our nation
The prayer used in the House of Commons before every session:
Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of Your Spirit. May they never lead this nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals, but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all humankind; so may Your kingdom come and Your name be hallowed.

Our prayer for the vacancy

Father God, we ask for the continuing presence of your Holy Spirit to guide this parish. 
We pray for our new Rector, Brendan, and his family.  We pray that they will know Your hand upon their lives, in all their planning and preparations for their move to Frant, Eridge and Bells Yew Green.
As we await their arrival, 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.