Prayer & Reflection

Isaiah 61: 1-3 (The first part of this ancient text was read by Jesus at the beginning of his earthly ministry (Luke 4: 18-19) It was his manifesto and he passed this mission on to us all.)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.

Prayer for the month

Gracious heavenly Father, thank you for the great commission you have placed on us to proclaim your good news in word and action. Help us to turn the faith in Jesus we proclaim with our mouths in to reality by serving and caring for each other; not only now, during this crisis, but also into the future. Thank you for the amazing display of kindnesses that we see about us, whether those who offer them are paid or unpaid. May these actions become habits that bind our community together in your love and mercy. Amen

Prayer points for June

We continue to pray for all who are affected by the Coronavirus; for all who are ill and for those who are being shielded. We pray for all whose livelihoods are affected by the economic impact of this time and for safety as people begin to resume normal activities. We pray for all who are carers and medical practitioners and for those seeking solutions in the scientific community. We pray for our government, that you will guide them to wise decisions, listening to the advice of others. Give them the wisdom and strength they need to bring stability to our nation.

Loving God, we pray for our homes and families. We pray especially for those who are fearful and for those dealing with the practical and emotional aspects of self-isolation. Give us all the mental strength and wisdom to navigate the days ahead. We pray for all who live in care homes and for their families. Give them peace in the midst of their great concern.

We pray for all who grieve the loss of loved ones, whether recently or in the past, and we ask for your comfort and peace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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