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Prayer Points - December 2020
We are all still living with uncertainties, not knowing what will happen and when.
It's almost impossible to make plans, which can cause feelings of helplessness and anxiety.
But we do have one certainty we can hold on to - we are all woven together by the love of Christ.
Please ponder on this:
In all that comes our way, we will open our hearts to You and believe that all things will work out for our good, because we love You.
We will not be dragged down by life's challenges.
When we pray we will know that we are heard.
Let's pray then: that we can go with confidence into the days ahead, trusting in God's unfailing love and faithfulness. God will not abandon us, for we are the work of His hands - His own creation and His love endures forever. So go in joy to love and serve the Lord.
May the coming of Jesus this Advent bring you deep peace and inner calm.
Thank you Jesus.
Amen From Sue Thackray
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
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O Lord, sometimes it's hard for us to know what we can do at this time, when we might feel that our 'hands are tied' because of our age or physical fragilities. Use us Lord, use our words, our letter writing skills, our crafting, our telephone voices our use of the internet. Inspire us Lord into new ways of witnessing and caring, fill us with compassion, strength and humour. And even though our chapel is not in use at the moment help us to make that building, as well as the people that make up the chapel, a beacon in this community, a place that shines out and speaks loudly of your love throughout this Holy Week and particularly at Easter. We ask all this in the name of your precious Son who died for each one of us in a terrible time such as this. Amen
Father, we want to pray for our government at this difficult time; people who are expected to have an answer for every problem, money to solve every situation, wisdom and strength and power. Lord help us to remember that all governments are just collections of human beings, many of whom are trying their best but still flailing around in the dark. Lord, give them wisdom, the information they need to make good decisions, the humility to enable them to work for others and the love and compassion to use resources wisely. Please give them the strength to keep on working and the mental health they need not to break down.
We particularly pray today for Boris Johnson, please be with him and all others who are fighting this virus. Give them the stamina to go on fighting, the ability to rest when that is appropriate, and the understanding that yours is the greatest and best governance and that to hope and trust in you is the greatest gift of all, Amen.
“LORD JESUS CHRIST, BORN IN AGES PAST, BE BORN IN US TODAY”All too quickly we find ourselves already in Advent and the Christmas season and then into the New Year - 2019!
Amidst all the excitement we have another opportunity to pause, to think about the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of the one we celebrate - Jesus.
So, in the excitement lets not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate.
Jesus - You are still our joy, You are still our peace.
You are no longer a babe in the manger. You are Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
We celebrate you as Lord this Christmas and as we enter a new year, both as individuals and as churches, that we may stay focused on you.
We Pray :-
For those we know who are trying to cope in difficult circumstances.
For those dealing with unemployment.
For those suffering in body, mind, or spirit.
For those in continual pain.
For those who are experiencing loss - relational, financial, spiritual
For those who are feeling fearful of what 2019 might hold for them,
and those for whom the new year brings joy.
Lord, we pray for the leaders of our country. We ask that you will give them your guidance and protection as they discuss Brexit and its implications. Help them to deal honestly, speak graciously and work diligently.
Thank you for your reminder that both in seasons of celebration and in
seasons of brokenness, You are still with us, You never leave us and that we are safe in your care, now and always.