Prayers – 23/04


DIOCESE Praying Together: Easter

Dear God,
During this season, we lift our hearts to you in prayer. We yearn for all that brings us new life that we may offer this gift to others. May the life giving hope of Easter fill us and sustain us as we share that hope of renewal and rebirth with your love and compassion.

Thank you that through the resurrection of your son, Jesus, you bring hope to our hearts and remind us that we are never alone. May we become bearers of your risen hope inspiring us to move forward with courage and strength, joining in the cosmic dance of all creation, confident of your living presence and assurance in all we say and do.

We turn to you for guidance and grace for you are the source of all hope. From your do we drink the eternal waters of life. In you we put our trust. Amen.

Prayer written by Revd Caroline Turvey – Assistant Curate at Kingstown, Creekside and High-Downs Benefice

DEANERY Praying for the Deanery discerning how to move forward in a time of change and transition
RESIDENTS Shaftsbury Drive, Shearwater, Sheringham Close
SICK & ANXIOUS Tanay, Betty Hildebrand, Rosemary Watson, Connie Neaves, Jo & Oscar, Hilary King, Priscilla, Peter Sturgess, Fran, Jackie, John Larcombe, James Birt, Alan Bird, Jill, Tina & James, Elsa Harrington, Barbara Graham, Jackie Harlock, Mike Garrett, Alessandra  Zevallos, Esther


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‘O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise.’ Psalm 8:1-2

O Lord, we come to you to worship an Almighty, powerful God. We praise You for the beauty which surrounds us if only we take time to look. Give us the Grace to follow You, to rest in Your presence, to focus our eyes and attention on You. Thank you for your immense love for us.

‘Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’  Matt. 11:28-30

Thank you, Lord, that you call all men to you, may we nurture our relationship to You. Give us, Lord, the wisdom to realise when we put burdens upon ourselves, and to reject the burdens others put upon us. We pray for the ability to come to Jesus to help us in our needs, not to take wearisome burdens on ourselves. Help us to walk in the light of Jesus, recognising that something is wrong if we are not acting with peace in our hearts. We pray that we may have a disciple relationship trusting in Jesus to bear our burdens with us.

We continue, Lord, to pray for our nation. Thank you for the years of peace we have enjoyed, for the freedom we have to join together to worship you. We pray, Father, that we will continue to have that freedom. Give wisdom to our leaders, turn their hearts and minds towards your kingdom authority. Lord, you tell us to pray for all those in authority, so we lift up to you the Royal Family, Members of Parliament, teachers, doctors, police and so many others who need to rule wisely.

We pray for our church, for the PCC, the congregation, the work in schools, the community, all involved in bringing Your Kingdom into being here. We ask, especially, Lord, that our interregnum will be short, that the right Minister for us is already in waiting. Lord, we trust You to provide the right person to be alongside us, encouraging, guiding, teaching us as we move forward.

In the wider world, we pray for peace in Ukraine, for shattered lives to be made whole, for a return to safety for the country, for stability. Also, for Turkey and Syria, War torn countries throughout Africa and the middle east.

‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish but have eternal life.’ John 3:16

We pray, Lord, that more nations would recognise the sacrifice Jesus made and believe in him