Prayer & Reflection

Psalm 103 8-12

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Prayer for the month

Gracious God, generous and patient, merciful and kind, we thank you for your nurturing and guiding love, which draws us towards you and the fullness of your blessing. Thank you for the blessings you pour out on us, even in the challenging times of our lives. Thank you for our gifts and creativity, which all come from you. We are sorry that we sometimes withhold our gifts from others, misuse them or keep them for ourselves alone. We recognise our need for you and your forgiveness and healing. Help us to be like you, share like you and love like you. Help us to grow in faith and fellowship with our brothers and sister, read your word often, trust in you and follow in your paths throughout this life and into our eternity with you. Amen.

Prayer points for June

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 our government 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, nusrses and all healthcare professionals and administrative support staff as well as all who bring care to our communities. We pray for the work of St Michael's Hospice.

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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