Prayer & Reflection

From 1 Corinthians 13

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I am nowhere. No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “Me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies.

Prayer for the month

God of love, we thank you for the amazing gift of Jesus, who came from your love, who demonstrated your love in action in a unique way, and who draws us now into your love; help us to live out a life of love and service within our families, our community and our nation. As we draw near to Christmas, help us to catch a new vision of love revealed in the birth and life of Jesus and help us to follow his example.

Prayer points

We pray for the peace of the nations of the world, especially those experiencing conflict now in places like Yemen. We ask your mercy for the Rohingya refugees, who fear repatriation to Burma and all who are displaced. We pray for all whose task and passion is the pursuit of peace and for those who have both power and influence for good in these matters.
Gracious God, uppermost on the minds of many ordinary people and those who increasingly face crises in the business sector, are the so called ‘brexit’ negotiations. We pray that wise decisions will be made and, above all, party politics will be laid aside in favour of the real needs of people, especially those on low incomes or with other vulnerabilities.

Loving God, we pray for our homes and families. We pray especially for those who are lonely; that we may see who they are, particularly this Christmastime, and offer the hand of friendship. We pray for all who are ill in any way; that with our support and loving concern they may find healing in body, mental strength and wisdom to navigate the days ahead and a sense of your presence and love for them as well as our love and prayers for them. Bless those who care for them.

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 all these prayers. Amen

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