Prayer & Reflection

John 15: 9-12 & 14-15

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.”

Prayer for the month

Gracious God, loving Father, we thank you for your amazing fatherly love and goodness. Thank you that, for those who trust you and listen to your words, your goodness shines through both in our times of celebration and pain. Thank you that you have chosen us and that you want to be our friend. Forgive us for the times when we don’t believe that or trust that your love is real, and through your Holy Spirit living in us help us to grow day by day in the knowledge of the reality of your friendship and love. Help us, too, to obey your command in loving and serving each other.

Prayer points for October

With our harvest celebrations taking place in churches and schools, we thank you for all the blessings in our lives: For our homes and families, for our food and clothing, for the goods and services we have access to day by day, for the safety, security and healthcare provided by our local authorities and our nation. As we remember the good things that we have, we are drawn to remembering the many millions in this world who are not so fortunate. We pray for them and for the many charitable organisations, whose task it is to bring relief at a local, national and international level. Help us to respond with deep generosity by giving sacrificially. We pray for the governments of this world, who have the power to bring hope and change to those in need.
We continue to pray for the High Court of Parliament, which seems to be in even deeper turmoil at present. We ask that truth, transparency and wisdom will be of prime importance and that listening and cooperation will lead to realistic and lasting solutions for the benefit of the many and not the few.

Loving God, we pray for our local communities and for our local Parish Councils. Give them wisdom to fulfil the responsibility we have entrusted to them. Bless our homes and families, praying 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 as well as a sense of your presence and love for them and our love and prayers for them.
We pray for those who have lost 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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