Prayer for July & August 2017
Avril Bamber's service in June used colours as visual aids for our worship. In our service Avril had words of prayer for rainbow colours but also referred to BLACK, illustrated in many newspapers by the burnt-out shell of the high-rise flats in Kensington. RED can also be a reminder of good and bad; the enveloping flames or the fire engines. Some of us were given a prayer card with coloured ribbons.
LORD - teach us to pray without words as we reflect the colours that surround us:
RED - for the love of God all around.
BLUE – for God's over-arching presence reflected in clear skies and calm seas
GREEN – the trees and plants of creation that sing God's goodness to us
GOLDEN YELLOW – in sunshine, in flowers, in precious gifts given in love.
But also, Lord, we pray for those who have lost family and friends, for those with bleak memories that will not go away.
RED engines – of the fire brigade
BLUE uniforms – of the police
GREEN AND YELLOW – for the gifts of food, clothing, hugs and sympathy that have been offered.
For guidance and blessing we ask this in the name of Christ our Lord.
Prayer for June 2017
As June sees the birthday of the church with our celebration of Pentecost, I offer this prayer based on the hymn by Edwin Hatch.
Breathe on me breath of God
May the gift of the Holy Spirit renew me during this season of Pentecost
Fill me with life anew
Strengthened and empowered to live the life of the Gospel
That I may love what thou dost love
Treating all your world with love and respect
and do what thou wouldst do
spreading your word in your world, that all may receive the gift of your Holy Spirit.
Prayer for May 2017
As I write this prayer I am aware that things in the United Kingdom and in Europe will never be quite the same again. It is the 29th of March 2017 and Theresa May’s letter has triggered Article 50. It makes no difference whether we voted ‘leave’ or ‘remain’, we had a referendum and the majority decision was that we should leave the EU. As a Nation, we are entering a time of considerable uncertainty. So I turned to Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 6, verses 25 to 34 for help. I quote:
`This is why I tell you not to be anxious about food and drink to keep you alive and about clothes to cover your body. Surely life is more than food, the body more than clothes. Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow and reap and store in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than the birds? Can anxious thought add a single day to your life?
And why be anxious about clothes? Consider how the lilies grow in the fields; they do not work, they do not spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of them. If that is how God clothes the grass in the fields, which is theretoday and tomorrow is thrown on the stove, will he not all the more clothe you? How little faith you have!
Do not ask anxiously, ``What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What shall we wear?'' These are the things that occupy the minds of the heathen, but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your mind on God's kingdom and his justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well.
So do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has troubles enough of its own”.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wisdom found in the Bible. May we learn to trust you in everything that we do; so that we are able to concentrate on living in accordance with your will instead of worrying about things over which we have no control. We ask your guidance for all involved in the Brexit negotiations in order that the outcome may be just and equitable for all the countries involved. May your Spirit guide and inspire us in all we do so that we may truly say, “your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
For we ask all this in the name of Jesus, Amen
Prayer for April 2017
In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “give us today our daily bread”. This doesn’t just mean bread, or even just food, but everything that is needful for the day. God is our source of provision, without which we would not survive. Jesus encourages us to pray daily, not only for our physical needs, but for everything we need – comfort, healing, courage, wisdom. Prayer connects us to the God of all supply. Through prayer we have access to Him at any moment. He knows what we need before we ask. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him” Psalm 145 verse 18, so as Lent continues and Easter approaches may we draw near to Him daily in prayer, and praise Him for all that He gives us and that He is to each one of us, and especially for his death and resurrection.
“He died that we might be forgiven,
He died to make us good,
That we might go at last to Heaven,
Saved by His precious blood.”
Prayer for March 2017
A LENTEN PRAYER
Living God, whose touchstone is the desert and the cross, draw near with your ancient strength which we experience but do not understand, know but never see.
Accompany us through the weeks of Lent we pray, that we might face the demons and nightmares, temptations and fears that assail us so that, journeying with Jesus in the desert places, we may by your mercy renew our commitment to the life of Christ and our vocation to the way of the cross. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer for February 2017
A PRAYER FOR FEBRUARY
Living God, we leave our celebration of Christmas behind us and travel into the early new year. As we experience all kinds of weather at this time – sunshine, rain; blue, grey; cold and warmth, so we may reflect upon how unpredictable our human life can be. One day calm, another a storm; one day joy, another sorrow; one day full of certainty, another plagued by doubt. But no matter what we experience in our unpredictable lives in future months, Loving God, help us to depend upon the constancy of your love and care for us, day-by-day. Help us share the Good News of the reality of your love, made known and real in Christ Jesus, with those you entrust to our care. Amen
Prayer for January 2017
A CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR PRAYER
Living God, as we approach the end of the Christmas season at Epiphany with the celebration of the visit to Jesus by the mysterious Magi, we are reminded that Christmas celebrations are not the end, but a new beginning. Living God, as the Magi continued their travelling having glimpsed the glory of God in the infant Christ, so we too are called to take the spirit of wonder, joy and the celebration of new birth into the New Year and our journeying into your future.
Living God, keep our minds and hearts open to the opportunities and challenges you set before us, and assure us of the guidance and inspiration of your Holy Spirit we pray. May we continue to dream dreams and see visons and speak boldly* as we strive together to bring about your kingdom as a reality here on earth, as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name,
* Joel 2:28-29
“And it shall come to pass afterwards,
thatI will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
Prayer for December 2016
AN ADVENT PRAYER FOR DECEMBER
Living God, we remember how John the Baptist emerged from the wilderness and echoed the words of the prophet Isaiah to prepare the way of the Lord, to make his paths straight.
So we come to the beginning of this Advent season, this time of patient waiting and preparation of our very hearts and souls, and this so we may whole-heartedly welcome the Christ Child into our lives and into the world once again.
Help us not be preoccupied with gifts and food and drink – as important as these are to celebrate your birth. Rather, Living God, help us focus on welcoming the greatest gift of all – your gift to us of your Son, Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life; the Light that no darkness can overcome. Through him, God with us, Emmanuel, renew our hope and our faith in you this Christmas, we pray. Amen
Revd Mike Perrott
Prayer for November 2016
Lord God, we thank you for those who have gone before us, who have inspired us and helped shape us into the people we are today.
Lord God, we thank for those who we meet each day, for the love and concern they show for us and we are able to share with them.
Lord God, we pray for the future, asking that the example showed by your Son, Jesus Christ may be our guiding light as we strive to be your servants in this, your world.
As this season of Pentecost draws to its close and the season of Advent approaches may we once again prepare to receive you into our hearts and our lives. Amen
Prayer for October 2016
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”
Lord, in our Church Fellowship and in our lives, generally in this country, we have so much to praise and thank you for.
We bring you our praise and our thanks for the provision of a new minister, who, together with his wife, will be with us in a few weeks’ time.
We pray that you will prepare them to come to us and prepare us to receive and support them.
We praise you for the freedom we have to pray as individuals and as a Church Fellowship and we pray that, as we begin a new chapter in the life of our Fellowship, we may resolve to make prayer our number one priority.
Thank you Lord for all the ways in which you answer prayer.
Keep us trusting You for all the ways in which You will bless us and lead us in the future. Amen.