Prayer & Reflection

Psalm 24: 1-2 (ESV)

“The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers"

Prayer for the month

Merciful God, beneficent and generous, we thank you for the marvels and great beauty of your creation. Thank you for the great riches and variety of our world - the wonders of the universe, the diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, the splendour of mountains and rivers, the smile of a baby. Your loving intention for us was that we should till and cultivate the soil, and create a culture of work and worship. We are sorry that we do not always enjoy and care for the earth as we should, but instead spoil and pollute it. Help us to do our utmost to preserve it, and to work to solve the huge problems of climate change. Help us to avoid focusing on single environmental issues but instead build a culture in which the needs of the environment, wildlife and people are equally respected. We pray that we will be able to rise to the immense challenges that brings. May we thus ensure the future of our children and the planet, and fulfil your purposes for your world.

Prayer points

We continue to pray for peace throughout the world. We pray for all who are persecuted for their faith or because of their differences. We pray for the High Court of Parliament and for the European Parliament, that in all the deliberations that continue to take place regarding Brexit, truth and transparency will be of prime importance and that listening, understanding and compromise will bring a swift resolution to what seems to be an impossible challenge. We pray that you will continue to help us to be kind to each other in these matters.

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 suffering 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 the work of doctors, nurses and all healthcare professionals and administrative support staff as well as all who bring care to our communities. We pray for the work of Headway.

We pray especially for all who grieve the loss of loved ones, whether recently or in the past, and we ask for your comfort and peace, using us to make that a reality if possible. In Jesus name we pray all these prayers. Amen.

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