Prayer & Reflection

Psalm 116: 1-7

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.  Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.  The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.  Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!”  The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.  The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me.  Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.

Prayer for the month

God of all compassion and mercy, you have made us to be like you in the way we love, serve and care for our world and its peoples, yet our actions are often so far from yours in how that plays out in our daily lives. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and enable us to live out our calling to bring good news to the poor and downtrodden, freedom and justice for every human being, sight to those who are blinded by selfishness or indifference, release for all who are oppressed or enslaved and the courage to proclaim your love and favour in every action and word. Amen.

Prayer points for November

In this season or remembering and proclamation of peace we pray for the nations of the world, especially those experiencing conflict now. We pray for all whose task and passion is the pursuit of peace. As we commemorate and give thanks for those who have given their lives in two world wars and those killed or injured in all conflicts since, we pray not only for peace but that it will begin in us. We pray for politicians, who often have the difficult choices to make to keep us safe, that you will guide them to wise decisions.
We pray for the continuing so called ‘brexit’ negotiations that, 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 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, 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. Amen.

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