I hope that these emails and prayers are useful, and that you are able to spend a few minutes at noon each day, as we pray together as a church family. Please do keep sending your prayer suggestions to me, so that we can make sure we are praying around the needs, burdens and encouragements of our whole church family. One of the prayers this week has been written by one of the children in the church family.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Father God, please help us walk this week in the light of two things. Firstly, please help us to remember, in good times and bad, that we are people chosen by you, special and treasured, royal and holy. Secondly, please help us to declare your praises, in the way that we live at home, the way that we support each other, and the way that we treat those around us. Please may the way we live, and the way we work together as your church, bring you glory. Amen
Heavenly Father, today we pray your blessing over all who work in essential services: those who collect our rubbish and recycling; those who work to provide our water, gas, electricity, phone and internet; those who drive buses, trains and taxis. Please protect and keep them in your loving care. Amen
Loving Jesus, we pray for people on their own who are missing their families, and for people who don’t even have families to care for them. Please look after them especially. Help them to know you love them. Amen
High King of Heaven look down from above and give now your blessing on us, and your love. Sweet Jesus be with us and guide our feet right, for without you we’ll falter by day or by night. Great Spirit of power give us your fire, and lift our spirits heavenwards, higher and higher. O Trinity, mystery, bless now our love, High King of Heaven, look down from above. Amen
God of love, please draw very close to those grieving the death of a loved one at this isolating time, and dealing with this burden without the support they would normally have. Would they know your loving arms of comfort around them, and would their friends and family be close support to them through technology, even if they can’t be physically present with them. Amen
My Father, I come to you this day, to ask you to guide and help me. Give me courage to face the problems that lie ahead and give me a heart wide open to the joys you have prepared for me. Forgive my sins, that I may start this day anew, and as you forgive me, may I learn to be forgiving and compassionate to others in return. Father I long to serve you aright; may all that I do and all that I say be pleasing in your sight. Amen