I hope that this email is 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.
Praying for the Parish
Please pray this week for all in these roads:
- Foxes Lane
The Collect for 19 - 24 April
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16)
Thank you, Jesus, that you used Peter to bring healing to a lame man, and through this that you helped others to see how wonderful you are. Thank you for times in our lives that we have seen your power and felt your love. Please would you help us to share these times, and these stories, to encourage others and help people to know you better. Where we are struggling right now, please would you help us to turn to you, remembering how you have proved your love and care in the past. Amen
Please also pray today for China
God of comfort, in this hour of loss, we offer our heartfelt prayers for Her Majesty and her family. Comfort them in their loss, bind up their wounds and grant them the consolation of a store of treasured memories. Grant Her Majesty, and all who grieve loved ones, the peace that comes from knowing you and which passes all understanding. We ask in the name of Jesus, who through his life, death and resurrection offers us hope instead of despair, life instead of death. Amen (adapted from a prayer from the Church of Scotland)
Please also pray today for Hong Kong.
As a nation starting to ease out of lockdown, we pray that we would find ourselves more united, more compassionate and more willing to listen to those with whom we disagree. Rather than the doom forecast by political and financial commentators, we pray instead for a wonderful outpouring of love and hope as we work to rebuild together. Amen
Please also pray today for Macau.
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please also pray today for Taiwan.
Father, we were created to live in community, yet for this last year this hasn’t often been possible in face-to-face ways. Please would you continue to reduce the rate of transmission of this virus, the numbers of infections and deaths, so that we can start to connect with one another in person again. Where we are feeling more fearful and anxious than we did prior to COVID-19, we pray that you would bring us to a place of peace and confidence to start living our lives with others again. Amen
Please also continue to pray today for Taiwan.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Lord of the church, we pray for our church family here in Northaw and Cuffley, especially thinking this week of our annual meetings tomorrow. Please would you help us, as we vote for churchwardens and PCC members, and look over the past year and ahead to the next one, to see together where to rejoice and where to improve. Please would you help us to make all our decisions so that we can bring you glory, in our lives and in our community. Amen
Please also pray today for Colombia.