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, 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.

 

We give thanks for our communities and the place in which we live.


Wise and gracious God, save us from the idols of our hearts and keep us in your living presence, that we may become a people for your praise. Amen

(CW Psalm 135  refrain)

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We pray for Christians persecuted, in Pakistan, and across the world

O Lord God, your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his resurrection, he restores life and peace in all creation. Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance

and those oppressed by their fellow humans.

Remember in your kingdom those who have died.

Lead the oppressors towards compassion

and give hope to the suffering.

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Church of England website)

We pray for the victims and families affected by the Westgate siege in Nairobi.

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 around the world; 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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We give thanks for God’s inspiration and guidance.

 

O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the ignorant, his wonders among all people.
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be respected above all other things.
For all the wealth of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the Lord, O you of the people who have awakened, give unto the Lord honour and respect.

(Psalm 96:1-7)

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We give thanks for God’s protection and constant love.

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss. In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Saviour. In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. Amen

(Julian of Norwich (1342-1416))

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We ask for God’s help to take our place at his table and show his hospitality to all.

Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

(St.Ignatius of Loyola S.J.)

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We praise God for his endless love for us all.

Fire of the Spirit, life of the lives of creatures,
Spiral of sanctity, Bond of all natures,
glow of charity, lights of clarity,
taste of sweetness to the fallen, be with us and hear us.

(Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179))

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Peace between neighbours, Peace between kindred, Peace between lovers… Peace between person and person, Peace between wife and husband, Peace between woman and children, The peace of Christ above all peace.

(Scots Gaelic Blessing)

 

 

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