Prayer & Reflection

Mary’s song (Luke 1: 46-55)

And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all
generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants for ever, just as he promised our ancestors.’

Prayer for the month

Gracious God, generous and kind, thank you that you love us just as we are. Thank you for your goodness and creativity that exists in each one of us and in your world. We recognise, though, that there are many aspects of our lives that are broken and need your forgiveness and mending. As we approach Christmas, thank you for Jesus who came to proclaim the Good News of your kingdom and that through faith in him we are rescued, healed, restored, forgiven and welcomed into your family forever. Amen.

Prayer points for December and January

In this season of peace and goodwill to all, 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. We pray for politicians, who often have difficult choices to make to keep us safe, that you will guide them to wise decisions. We pray for safe and fair elections, that people will be able to discern the genuine from the fictitious and that our parliament will reconvene in the New Year in a spirit of true cooperation and peace.

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. Amen.

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