Prayers 13/03


DIOCESE Read … Deuteronomy 15: 4-11


Look … at the picture, noticing what catches your attention


Reflect …


Lord, it is so easy to look the other way from another’s suffering. We have our own concerns, the calls on our resources are never-ending. So we cross the street and we look the other way, pretending we never saw the misery of extinguished hope in another’s eyes. We inhabit a desert place where bread is not broken to be shared. Where the poor huddle beyond the bright pools of light spilling from our windows; the starving children exist hundreds of miles away; the homeless man continues sleeping rough in the rain; the refugee spends all she has on an uncertain channel crossing. We cannot, by our own strength, bring about lasting change. But by your strength, O Lord, teach us this day to see with your eyes and to find in the monochromatic darkness of our own perspectives, the shimmer of your life, and in places where we thought there was no hope, surprise us with something more than hope; your gift of joyful generosity.

(Reflection written by Primrose Northrop – Calendar of Prayer Co-ordinator)

Anglican Communion: 2nd Sunday of Lent

The Anglican Church of Melanesia

DEANERY St Luke’s Church, Maidstone
RESIDENTS St Anne’s Close, St Peter’s Street, Scotney Gardens
COMMUNITY 2nd Allington Brownies
CHARITY Winter Shelter
SICK & ANXIOUS Tanay, Kirsty, Betty Hildebrand, Gordon Lorimer, Amy Bates, Alan & Rosemary Watson, Jonathan & Sue Veira, Connie Neaves, Emma & Alex, Melvin Watts, Jo & Oscar, Hilary King, Priscilla, Peter Sturgess, Margaret Dickenson,  Malcolm MacKay, Fran, Jackie, Gill Poole, Esther Venn
DECEASED Nicholas Buckman, Jane Excell, Eddie Roberts, Rene Beaulieu, Betty Langley

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‘The Lord reigns, He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.’ Psalm 93:1-2

Lord, as we come to you worried about the world situation, we remember that You are eternal, Your promises to us never change or fade. You reign supreme above all. We are conscious of all our misdeeds which have separated us from You, the sin which has brought us to this point. We pray for You to be merciful toward us for the sake of Jesus who died to save us.

‘If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.’  Proverbs 29:12

Lord, we pray for all those in Russia who are believing the lies they have been told, we ask that they come to see the truth…the truth about the Ukraine and the truth of Jesus. We ask, Lord, that through your Holy Spirit you break into their fear, release them from their bondage to a corrupt regime. Give courage to those who know the truth, that they may declare it fearlessly that people may be saved.

‘Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law resist them.’ Proverbs 28:4

We pray for Ukraine, for those in power to act wisely and righteously; for the people fleeing in terror, bring them comfort; for those separated from family, give them hope. Lord, pour out Your Spirit on Ukraine, bring peace and release from persecution.

‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.’ Matthew 5:9

We lift up to you all those who are working to bring peace into the world, may their work be fruitful….whether it’s peace in families, between neighbours, between nations. We ask, Lord, that Your kingdom grows, Your peace is everlasting, healing a troubled world.

‘Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.’ Hosea 6:3

Let this be our prayer, in our lives, in our family, our church, our community, our world.