Prayers  for  the  week 

If you are 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).

Reading and Prayers for week commencing Sunday, 23rd February 2020:

After leaving the synagogue he [Jesus] entered Simon’s house.  Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her.  Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her.  Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them.  Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”  But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.
At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place.  The crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”  So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.

Luke 4 : 3 8 – 44    (New Revised Standard Version)

Almighty God,
every good thing comes from You.
Fill our hearts with love for You,

increase our faith,
and by Your constant care
protect the good You have given us.
Help us to follow the example of Jesus,

in all we do and think and say.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. 

Suggestions for your personal prayer times

Thank God for His presence with you each and every day.
Ask God to help you to experience the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit, so that you may walk with God and live in a way that exalts Him.

Thank God for those who take on leadership roles in the interests of serving others.
Ask God for His blessing and guidance on the members of the PCC as it meets tonight.

Thank God for the dedication of everyone who works in the emergency and rescue services.

Ask God to help them as they go about their work, and to bless them and their families.
Thank God for His care and protection.

Ask God to help you to recognise His blessings and to appreciate them for what they are.
Thank God that He regards you as His special treasure, not because of anything you’ve done, but because of everything He is.
Ask God to help you to live up to His desire that you remain “special” to Him.

Thank god for His strength and His grace freely available to you.
Ask God to help you to use these in your own life and to be aware of ways in which you might be an encouragement to people around you, especially anyone who is facing hard times.
Thank God for the seeds that He has sown in your life, through the faithfulness of His servants down the years.

Ask God to bring those seeds to fruition in a way that enables you to live a fruitful life, that points people to Him.

A prayer for our nation

Father God, help us to turn to you as our Lord and our God. 
Help us to turn to your Word as the lamp to our feet and the light to our paths.
Help us, as a nation, to revere and respect you,
and to turn away from the false “gods”, as we chase pipe dreams. 
Help us to humble ourselves as a nation and seek you,
so that you will forgive our sins
and heal our nation from pain, immorality, fear, and depression.  
Help us to become great again.  
In Jesus’ name, we believe and pray.  Amen.

A prayer for the life and witness of our Parish

Loving Heavenly Father,
may we encounter Jesus Christ afresh
and live the Good News of His Kingdom with joy.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
help us to go out into the community
and proclaim our faith with words and in actions.
Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel
by our very lives.
Help us to be welcoming,
so that you may be known and loved by all people.