Kierkegaard wrote that people imagine, that when they pray, the important thing, the thing they must concentrate upon, is that God should hear what they are praying for. Yet in the true, eternal sense it is just the reverse: the true relation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray, until they hear what God wills.


A Prayer for our Group Prayer Time:

Heavenly Father, we give You thanks for the initiative of our Group Prayer time before our Combined Eucharist. As we come together again, may we collectively bring an enlightenment to our worship as a Group of parishes and an inner peace in proclaiming our faith, so that Your word may grow throughout this place. This we ask in the name of Jesus, Our Saviour, Amen.

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A prayer for governments:

Heavenly Father, source of all truth and wisdom, who knows and loves the whole creation,
watch over our nations: that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness and the concerns of every person be heard.

Lord Jesus, who chose the way of the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane, help us to turn our backs on self interest
and to support policies that sustain the poor, the vulnerable and the frightened people of this world.

Holy Spirit, who brought understanding among myriad peoples and languages at Pentecost,
give to all your people a passion for peace
and inspire us to work for unity and co-operation throughout the world and in our political life together.    Amen.

Church of England website

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A prayer for the people of Syria:

Merciful Father, the strength of all who suffer, defender of all who trust in you, whose compassion never fails; look with mercy upon the stricken people of Syria, touch the hearts of all who oppress, that they may be open to the ways of justice and of peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord who suffered and died for all and who lives with you and the Holy Spirit now and forever.    Amen

                                                 Church of England website

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The Wire-fence

The wires are holding hands around the holes;

To avoid breaking the ring, they hold tight the neighbouring wrist,

And it’s thus that with holes they make a fence.

Lord, there are lots of holes in my life.

There are some in the lives of my neighbours.

But if you wish, we shall hold hands

We shall hold very tight

And together we shall make a fine roll of fence to adorn Paradise.

From Prayers for Life, Michel Quoist

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Prayers for Justice and Peace:

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of our land as your love would make it: a land where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;

– a land where the benefits of civilised life are shared,

and everyone can enjoy them;

– a land where different races and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect;

– a land where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

And give us the inspiration and courage to build it,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Lord God,

you hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.

Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our anger and sorrow, and give peace to your Church,

peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts, in Jesus Christ our Lord.     Amen.

Church of England website

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A prayer for our Group of Parishes:

Lord, there is enough conflict in our world to keep our congregations in constant prayer. Even in our own five churches, we do things differently and all believe we are right. We fight for financial survival within and we long to reach out to our communities with Your Word. We speak of Your Gospel among ourselves but fail to speak out in unison to make Your message heard in Heathfield and Waldron. We pray for your Spirit to bring unity where differences set us apart and for your steadfast love for each and every one of us to show how we may work for Your Kingdom together.

Through Your Son, Our Saviour, Jesus Christ,    Amen.

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Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way, the truth and the life:
let us not stray from you who are the way,
nor distrust your promises who are the truth,
nor rest in anything but you who are the life,
for beyond you there is nothing to be desired
neither in heaven nor in earth.
Amen.

from a prayer of Erasmus (1536)

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