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17-December-2013
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Prayer 263 - 20/09/2019

Most gracious God,

Bless us this day,
   and help us to appreciate
   the good things of life.
Help us with the challenges we face today
   and grant us the courage to take
   the decisions that are needed,
   strengthened by our faith.

12-September-2017
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Prayer 262 - 19/09/2019

view of Holy Trinity Bengeo from inside

Holy Trinity Church

Generous Father,

Thank you for the peace I feel
   when I enter our church to pray.  
Thank you for the feeling that you are near,
   holding me close,
   calming my worries and fears.

Thank you for the friends who pray with me,
   people who know me so well
   because I can share with them
   the person that I am.  
They understand how the power of
   the Holy Communion enfolds me.
Lord, I know that you share in my joys.
And You know how I love these friends
   to whom I owe so much.

I thank you for them,
  for all the blessings you grant me,
  and for Your presence in my life.

12-September-2017
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Prayer 261 - 18/09/2019

Aeroplane in early flieght

It is a beautiful day today.  
I was expecting to feel a bit sad, a bit low,
having seen my sister off at the airport,
knowing that it will a couple of years until I see her again.

But then I thought of it from her point of view -  
going home to her family,
going back to the sunshine and advancing summer,
and her life - her work, her sport, her groups, her friends.  
I am happy that she is happy and loves her life.  
I will not be sad - it degrades her joy.  
The time will pass quickly until I see her again.  
Thank you Lord for showing me how to love her properly, and let her go without sad faces and tears, but with the smiles and laughter that she brings me in my life when we are together.

12-September-2017
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Prayer 260 - 17/09/2019

autumn leaves

Friday

Everyone is always pleased when it is Friday,
Because for many people
   the working week is over.
The weekend signals a time for leisure,
I thank You, Lord,
  for a safe week
   and I thank you
   for all the blessings of the week
and all I have gained.
I remember too that your Son,
  Jesus Christ, died on a Friday.
So Friday always has a tinge of sadness,
   of something good that is past.
But then we can all hope for rebirth next week

12-September-2017
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Prayer 259 - 16/09/2019

Sahara sandy landscape

Dear Lord
Help us to take the time to just "be".
Not looking forwards or backwards
Or preoccupied with worries
  and thoughts,
But pausing to enjoy your creation
  as it should be enjoyed

12-September-2016
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Prayer 258 - 15/09/2019

Eclipse of the moon

Passing of the days

Lord, we see the moon waxing
  Then we see it wane
  Too often missing the glory of its fullness
Buds open, flowers fade
   You see the ultimate beauty
   Of each one.
   Do we?
Our lives are short
  In the history of time
Help us each day
  To stop and see
  A glimpse of eternal beauty
 That cannot be seen tomorrow.

 

12-September-2017
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Prayer 257 - 14/09/2019

I read somewhere
  That the prime purpose of humans
   Is to worship God.
Why, I pondered,
Should you need me to worship you?
You who are All and Everything?
I had barely finished the question
Before God replied,
  It is not for my sake
  But your own.
  You need to worship
In order to be fully human.

Sunday 14th September

12-September-2017
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Prayer 256 - 13/09/2019

Dear Lord,

Help us to assist others to succeed.
Allow us to recognise what is needed
  for them to succeed,
  because sometimes it may not be
  what they think they need.
Teach us to give others
  positive feedback,
  because this is the fertile earth
  in which success can grow
 

12-September-2017
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Prayer 255 - 12/09/2019

Incredible India

Dear Lord,
Every time we turn on the news
  there is so much death and destruction
  that sometimes it is difficult to remember that
  there are so many good people.
People who desire peace,
  people who are working for a better world.
Thank you Lord for all these "beautiful" people
  the world over.
Thank you for all their efforts
  and the amazing results they achieve
 

12-September-2017
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Prayer 254 - 11/09/2019

a view of Egypt

Dear Lord

We remember that your son
   Jesus Christ died because others
   felt his views to be a threat,
   even though he only preached love.
There still  seems to be
  so much intolerance of others views and beliefs.
Help us, Lord, to put aside our differences
  and to embrace those things
   we have in common.
Help to see others as partners
   rather than as a threat.
Help us to forgive
   even where forgiveness seems
   impossible.

07-September-2016
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Prayer 253 - 10/09/2019

 a fork in the road

Dear Lord

We pray for those going through separation
of one sort or another.
Whether it be separation
from a partner or a parent.
Whether it be divorce,
or separation because one party is going
abroad or to university.
We pray that you can bring peace
where there is anguish.
We pray that you bring comfort
and reassurance where it is needed,
and the recognition that no matter
how far apart in some ways
we are always together.
 

Amen

07-September-2016
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Prayer 252 - 09/09/2019

Shining out

Dear Lord,

Help me to shine out today. Help me to give words of
praise and encouragement to others.
To avoid saying negative things or things
that may be upsetting or hurtful.
Through your working in me, help me to reflect
outwardly your grace.
Thus helping to spread your love.

07-September-2016
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Prayer 251 - 08/09/2019

Palestinian Children

Dear Lord,

We pray for the migrants coming into Europe
from the war torn countries of the world.
May their journeys be safe and may they find a place of refuge.

We recall that Jesus himself was a refugee who identified with their suffering.
Let those in power remember
that there is only one world
and we are all partners in its fruit and suffering.
Let them do whatever is in their power
to provide sanctuary for those in need

Amen

07-September-2016
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Prayer 250 - 07/09/2019

Palestinian Children

Dear Lord,

We pray for the migrants coming into Europe
from the war torn countries of the world.
May their journeys be safe and may they find a place of refuge.

We recall that Jesus himself was a refugee who identified with their suffering.
Let those in power remember
that there is only one world
and we are all partners in its fruit and suffering.
Let them do whatever is in their power
to provide sanctuary for those in need

Amen

07-September-2016
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Prayer 249 - 06/09/2019

looking back down the hill

Dear Lord

We made it here! Though it was a hard climb
with many twists and turns
with your help we have got this far.
I feel like I am standing on a high ridge
looking back at all the ups and downs
and they seem distant
but yet we have climbed this way.
Thank you for staying with us, caring for us
and enduring our failings
Amen

03-September-2016
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Prayer 248 - 05/09/2019

windy and rainy day

Dear Lord

Sometimes life can feel like a stormy autumn day,
yet with the rain comes growth and green shoots.

Help us, lord, to get through the rough times
and to see the bigger picture.
Help us to make the most effective use
of the gifts you have given us.
And to recoginse those gifts in ourself and others
Amen

28-August-2017
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Prayer 247 - 04/09/2019

smiling face

Dear Lord

Teach us to be light hearted at times
   and let go of our cares.
Sometimes laughter can help us
   turn a corner
   or overcome a problem.
Seeing the funnier side of things
   can help us find release
   and put things in perspective.
Though our worries may
   be real and well founded
   we often need to stand back.

Help us find peace through our laughter.

 

28-August-2017
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Prayer 246 - 03/09/2019

Northern lights

Radiance comes from within,
  from the Spirit,  
  from the knowledge of God's complete love
  and  forgiveness for us.
Like a sun that lights up our life
  every day
  if we just give the rays
  a chance to penetrate
  our outward skin of indifference,
  sadness, or negativity.
Dear Lord,
  help my spirit to shine forth
  and spread your light

03-September-2016
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Prayer 245 - 02/09/2019

birds flying at sunsetDear Lord

Thank you for all the blessings you have brought into my life.
I hope and pray that I can share these blessings with others.
Also I remember and pray for those who have
not been as fortunate as myself.
Particularly I pray for the refugees fleeing war and poverty at risk of death
in the Mediterranean Sea.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
Amen

28-August-2017
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Prayer 244 - 01/09/2019

mountains blanketted in mist

God of Love

I am surrounded by love.
My family, my friends love me -
   perhaps not all the time,
   perhaps sometimes with a touch of impatience
   - but they love me.  
Your love Lord, is vast and eternal.  
It's difficult  to comprehend the breadth
   and strength of that love, 
   fill me with warmth and comfort
   and the knowledge that you are there,
   holding me in your hand and just loving me.

Your love helps me to love others,
   though I fall far short of your example.  
It helps me to examine my relationships with people,
   to try and understand them
   and see their point of view.  
It reminds me to forgive,
   as I am forgiven,
   and not to look for faults.  
You accept me as I am Lord, 
   help me to accept others with unconditional love.

28-August-2017
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Prayer 243 - 31/08/2019

orb of light

Jesus taught us to love God
   with all our hearts
   and all our minds
   and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Whilst we can see  our neighbour,
   it is impossible to see
   and understand the ways of God.
Yet through this living creation,
   this amazing planet and all its life,
  we have an example of the
   immense power, creativity
   and beauty of God.
God holds every one of us
   as precious and dear
   and desires us to live in peace and harmony.
So perhaps when we love
   the purposes and works of God
We love God too.
Lord, help me to share your love
   with others in my life.

28-August-2017
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Prayer 242 - 30/08/2019

banner in a protest

Dear Lord

Help us to treat others with respect.
Even when we don't agree with them
  or when they are poorer or richer than us;
Even though our beliefs may be radically different,
Our backgrounds different.
Help us to realise that we are all worthy
  of respect and human dignity

28-August-2017
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Prayer 241 - 29/08/2019

rainbowDear Lord

I often ask myself -
   can the world let go
   of it's materialism
   and embrace your love?
It seems impossible.
Yet I do know that the impossible can happen.
A person contemptous of God
   can come to love God,
So perhaps bit by bit
   we can all move into your light

 

28-August-2017
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Prayer 240 - 28/08/2019

British woodland

Lord God,
I have come to realise that we are the ones
  who can keep your world beautiful.
The way You would like it.
It can happen only through our own choices.
We must make a  choice:
To let go of hatred and revenge;
Cease to be judgemental and inflexible
And embrace love; embrace healing
  and embrace a deeper understanding,
  one for the other.
Lord, please allow me to do
  my little bit to forward these ends
  and be one of your agents on Earth

Amen

28-August-2017
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Prayer 239 - 27/08/2019

I see fruit hanging from a vine.
Lord, I'm reminded of
  baubles on a Christmas tree
  eggs on an Easter tree.
Yet all our decorations
   are poor copies of
   your natural beauty.

So often we get things
  back to front
 and upside down
Help me to fix my eyes on you
 so that all else appears
 in its right perspective. 

18-August-2016
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Prayer 238 - 26/08/2019

pebble

Praying for Forgiveness

God of healing,

I hold the pebble in my hand.  
At first it feels smooth,
   but then I notice the dents, the dips,
   the little holes.
My faults, my sins,
   that You cover with Your forgiveness
   creating a clean shiny surface,  
   hiding my sins from the world.
I say I won't sin again, but I do,
   and You forgive me again,
   covering my sins with another layer.
And I am smooth again for a while,
   and then I notice the dips,
   the dents again.  
And I apologise again,
   and You smooth me out again.

It's as though You are turning me into a pearl.  
By the time I take my last breath,
   my little stone will have become much larger -  
   perhaps I will become clean and shiny enough
   to be a pearl worthy of a place in Your diadem.

 

21-August-2017
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Prayer 237 - 25/08/2019

Afghan child

Children of War

Lord -

Protect the innocent children
   caught up in wars and fighting.  
We see the shock in their eyes
   as their world is shaken by violence and fear,
   pain and suffering.  
They are helpless and so afraid.
 Have pity on their vulnerability, Lord,
   and touch them with your healing grace.

21-August-2017
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Prayer 236 - 24/08/2019

garden furniture and rainbow

Loving Father,

I stepped outside and there was
   a rainbow,
   bright against a dark sky,
A miracle of light and colour.
And my heart leapt within me,
Rising to the light of hope.
And in the midst of the joy
   granted to me I recalled all those
   who contemplate suicide.
Father, may your light break
   through their darkness
So they may glimpse the rainbow,
   step back from the abyss,
   and step towards your light,
  by which they may see the gifts
   you grant them
And come to find that their hearts
   are lifted to your rainbow.

21-August-2017
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Prayer 235 - 23/08/2019

winding drive

Letting go of temptation

Lord, I have found
   that letting go of temptation is hard work
But brings great rewards.
Letting go of over indulgence is also difficult,
But brings a surprising inner peace.
Battling ones own demons is the hardest of all,
But we will win through at last:
Arrive home at last.
And in the end “home” will be found to be
   just around the corner all along.
We simply failed to notice it.

21-August-2017
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Prayer 234 - 22/08/2019

twilight over sand dunes

Twilight

The light is fading
   – the end of the day is near,
Shadows twist across the floor,
   a large moon rises.
Night comes, like a spreading blanket
Over Bengeo.
Yet in darkness is also light;
We know the sun will rise again.
I pray lord, that in our lives
Light can rise from darkness.
Day from shadow.
I pray that you give us the guiding light
   to see us through.

21-August-2017
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Prayer 233 - 21/08/2019

dove of peace

When you are tempted to be angry,
   be kind instead.
When you are tempted to say harsh words,
   say soft ones.
When you feel like lashing out,
   let go,
   let peace prevail.
Lord, this is what we should do;
   how we should be.
But, being human,
   behaving this way is very hard.
Give me the strength:
To let go when needed;
To be kind when needed;
To say soft words when needed;
To be gentle but firm when needed.

Amen

21-August-2017
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Prayer 232 - 20/08/2019

dual carriageway

Dear Lord

Help us to achieve
   greater unity in our lives;
Unity with our partners,
   our families 
   and with those who share our space.
Help us to come together
   as a congregation and so
   encourage a unity of spirit
   we can spread into the world

18-August-2016
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Prayer 231 - 19/08/2019

Loving Father,

As I look around me
Your presence everywhere
Is so wonderful and apparent
The world in which I live is so endlessly beautiful
Help us to enjoy your abundant gifts
This and every day
Amen

 

10-August-2016
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Prayer 230 - 18/08/2019

mother and baby

"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb."

Psalm 139 v 13
 

Creator God,

So many babies borm every day.
So many more in the process of being formed.
Each one a unique miracle of creation,
Each one loved by you.
Yet some will be born to happy lives
And some to terrible hardship.

Lord, we cannot understand,
We can only trust
That you equip each soul
With what it most requires.

 

10-August-2016
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Prayer 229 - 17/08/2019

view of an orchestra through a harp

Souls working together

With an orchestra,
   each instrument has its own unique voice,
Each itself.
Maybe wistful or sanguine or triumphant; 
   each beautiful.
Yet together something special happens.
A symphony begins to open up.
One instrument takes the lead;
   then a different one.
None has dominance
   because together a greater whole is achieved.
The performance ends in a wonderful crescendo -
   a triumph of human imagination.

Just so -
   souls working together can
   produce something special;
Something unique.
Perhaps can produce a better world

One where love has dominance,
   just as with the music
A coming together that everyone can join.

10-August-2016
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Prayer 228 - 16/08/2019

in the moment

Dear Lord,

Help me to live my life
   now,
   in this very moment,
   putting aside the past
   and the future.
Help me to make the most
   of the opportunities granted to me.
Help me to be mindful
   and restrained
   in my thoughts and actions.
Amen

07-August-2017
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Prayer 227 - 15/08/2019

Persecuted for their faith

Dear Lord

We pray for our fellow Christians
   who have been displaced
   or are in fear of their lives
   as a result of the conflict in Northern Iraq.
We also pray for the Yazidis, many of whom are
   terrorised and in dire need.
We pray for tolerance on all sides
   in the sure faith
   that You, O God, love all people.
We pray that You protect and comfort
   all victims of intolerance
   and religious persecution

Amen

07-August-2017
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Prayer 226 - 14/08/2019

bluebell woods

Creator God,

In your generosity you gave us a world full of beauty.
We are blessed with bluebell woods,
   hedgerows white with May blossom,
   the scents of springtime,
   the flight of birds and butterflies,
   the intricacies of spiders webs.
Thank you that we live in a place where we can
   find your exuberent joy all around us,
   an encouragement to sing your praise.

07-August-2017
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Prayer 225 - 13/08/2019

sculpture of a mother and child from a tomb

We place into your care
   all those who have suffered
   the death of a child.
In the bleakness of their loss
   allow them to recognise
   that they can turn to you,
That in doing so may they find
   that you can hold them up
   in their misery,
   and may they discover the strength
   to keep trudging on in their darkness,
   and one day see a glimmer which
   may be the future.

 

07-August-2017
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Prayer 224 - 12/08/2019

Father,

We can experience you in so many ways,
   the things we see,
   the people we meet.

Teach us to treasure our experience of you.
However it comes to us.

07-August-2017
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Prayer 223 - 11/08/2019

Crossing stepping stones

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like one day.
The Lord is not slow about his promise,
as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,
not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance

2 Peter 3.8-13

Dear Lord,
Thank you for waiting,
    and thank you for Your eternal patience.
In our spiritual life,
   there is always one more step
   that can be taken -
   please allow me to take that step;
   and help me to make the progress needed
   to take that step.
Lord, more than anything,
   help me to help others
   to take their own additional steps.
And to move towards your eternal peace

 

07-August-2017
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Prayer 222 - 10/08/2019

jigsaw

Dear Lord,

Life can be very disillusioning.
But do not to give up;
If you seem to be the only person
   that wants to spread love,
   know you are not alone and don't give up.
If you seem to be alone
   in trying to work things God's way
   know you are not alone and don't give up.
If you are not where you hoped to be
   or the world did not change in a year,
Keep going, others are there with you.
God is with you.
So be patient and keep going
 

07-August-2017
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Prayer 221 - 09/08/2019

a baby asleep

He giveth his beloved sleep.

Lord, we thank you for
the resorative properties of sleep.
And that we can bring our burdens
and worries to you and obtain rest.

We pray for all whose lives
are disrupted by lack of sleep
whose ingrained habits of
worry make it hard to let go
hard to accept what you so freely offer.
Surround them in your love

 

 

07-August-2017
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Prayer 220 - 08/08/2019

two smiling girls

Loving God,
Jesus said to his disciples that they were
to become like little children.
Lead us to work for the welbeing, education
and protection of all children and young people.
May help them to flourish and grow and achieve their aims in life.

Amen

07-August-2017
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Prayer 219 - 07/08/2019

The Gaza Strip

Lord God of compassion,
whose will is for peace built on righteousness,
we pray for peace in Gaza and Israel:
for an end to hostilities,
for comfort and help for all who suffer,
and for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel,
through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. 
Amen.

01-August-2016
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Prayer 218 - 06/08/2019

two smiling girls

Loving God,
Jesus said to his disciples that they were
to become like little children.
Lead us to work for the welbeing, education
and protection of all children and young people.
May help them to flourish and grow and achieve their aims in life.

Amen

01-August-2016
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Prayer 217 - 05/08/2019

a baby asleep

He giveth his beloved sleep.

Lord, we thank you for
the resorative properties of sleep.
And that we can bring our burdens
and worries to you and obtain rest.

We pray for all whose lives
are disrupted by lack of sleep
whose ingrained habits of
worry make it hard to let go
hard to accept what you so freely offer.
Surround them in your love

 

 

01-August-2016
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Prayer 216 - 04/08/2019

jigsaw

Dear Lord,

Life can be very disillusioning.
But do not to give up;
If you seem to be the only person
   that wants to spread love,
   know you are not alone and don't give up.
If you seem to be alone
   in trying to work things God's way
   know you are not alone and don't give up.
If you are not where you hoped to be
   or the world did not change in a year,
Keep going, others are there with you.
God is with you.
So be patient and keep going
 

01-August-2016
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Prayer 215 - 03/08/2019

St Leonards Church

On St. Leonards Church.

You are everywhere, O God.
Yet somehow in this place
   You are palpable.
This blessed place where people
   have been joyful,
   scared,
   grief stricken,
   thankful.
Where we share the gift of bread and wine
   at Your table. 
Where we come together and
   share the pleasure of great music.
This hallowed place,
   with it's warm silence of prayer,
   and the peace of your abiding love.
 
 

01-August-2016
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Prayer 214 - 02/08/2019

St Leonards Church

On St. Leonards Church.

You are everywhere, O God.
Yet somehow in this place
   You are palpable.
This blessed place where people
   have been joyful,
   scared,
   grief stricken,
   thankful.
Where we share the gift of bread and wine
   at Your table. 
Where we come together and
   share the pleasure of great music.
This hallowed place,
   with it's warm silence of prayer,
   and the peace of your abiding love.
 
 

25-July-2017
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Prayer 213 - 01/08/2019

sun through a grave

Dear Lord

We pray for all those suffering from persecution
because of their beliefs.
We remember the many Christian communities in the
Middle East, who are suffering hardship
and fear of death simply because of their faith.
We also remember that many of those
who have died as a result of conflict in the middle east
have been civilians who, whatever their religion
simply wanted a peaceful life.
Lord help us to be more tollerant of other communities
and more merciful to those fleeing terrible persecution
Amen
 

25-July-2017
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Prayer 212 - 31/07/2019

Bengeo holy trinity banner

"An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’"
Luke 9:46

Dear Lord
Please give us the humility to recognise as Jesus did that it is through letting go of Earthly desires that we can gain humility and grace.
Let us also recognise that we are all children of God and still learning
still making mistakes.
Help us to learn modesty and move away from pretentiousness and arrogance
Through Jesus Christ

Amen
 

25-July-2017
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Prayer 211 - 30/07/2019

road to light

Dear Lord,

Let my faith grow deeper,
Please let my love grow stronger
   and my heart grow fuller.
Show me wisdom and forgiveness of others;
   help me move away from
   the darkness and towards the light.
Leave fear behind.
Through Jesus Christ

Amen
 

25-July-2017
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Prayer 210 - 29/07/2019

English weather

Lord bless English weather because it brings both sunshine and rain.
Without the rain lush green growth cannot occur,
and without sun light nothing can grow.
I know that it is the same in my life,
it is often when it rains
the hardest that we grow the most.
When it rains we can be confident 
that soon sunlight will shine again.
Amen

25-July-2017
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Prayer 209 - 28/07/2019

beaten up camper van

Dear Lord

I pray for the confidence to continue to move forward
as I have been doing.
It is doubt and low self esteem
that are the enemies of progress,
Lord help me to see things as they are
my strengths and weaknesses as they are
and help me to do your work
with ever increasing faith and confidence
Amen
 

25-July-2017
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Prayer 208 - 27/07/2019

the sallest gift can be the greatest

"He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’ "

Dear Lord
We remember that the smallest gift
can still be the greatest,
as Jesus taught is giving
is an act that comes from the heart.
It is not to do with appearences,
nor should we give as a "bribe to God"
We should give because
that is what our heart tells us to do.
Let us all follow the example of the
poor widow and put our faith in God
so that we can give our all.

Amen

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Prayer 207 - 26/07/2019

greater strength

Lord
We pray for greater strength so that we may
stand with confidence before you.
We remember as Jesus taught us
that "love covers a multitude of sins".
Let us learn from his example and
be good stewards of the grace of God.
Let us serve one another with joy
remembering that indeed
it is a great privilege to be able to serve
and a great privilege to be able to give.
Amen

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Prayer 206 - 25/07/2019

family with bikes

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 205 - 24/07/2019

Mother and baby

Dear Lord

Each new day brings light and life into the world.
We offer you praise for the miracle of life -
that is apparent to us every day that we live.
May we rejoice in this day you have made;
as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,
open our eyes to behold your presence
and strengthen our hands to do your will,
that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

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Prayer 204 - 23/07/2019

swans on a lake

Almighty God,
from whom all thought of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with your knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 203 - 22/07/2019

Dear Lord

I have a confession to make!
It is that I find spirituality so hard.
I am full of doubt and worry all the time
  as to whether I am doing the right thing.
Could I be doing something better,
  should I do X or Y?
Then sometimes I am angry with myself
  because I have fallen back
  into some old bad habit. 
Help me to set aside my worries
  and find the confidence to become emersed in your work.
Help me to work with others
  to create a better world. 

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Prayer 202 - 21/07/2019

Dear Lord,
Please help those who find life hard
through age or illness.
Help them to find comfort, rest and peace.
Particularly, Lord help those
who are suffering from dementia of
one sort or another.
Help them throught the hardest days
and help the families when things
seem hopeless

 

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Prayer 201 - 20/07/2019

imagining

Dear Lord

May we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live fully in your love. 
If we worked together in this world for peace and reconcilliation.
Let us make a start in our own communities and through daily prayer.
We pray that your peace can spread out like a warm blanket across the land.
Allowing all people to come together

 

 

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Prayer 200 - 19/07/2019

bathroom scales

Dear Lord,
Please help all those who suffer from eating disorders.
Help us to understand how we can help sufferers.
Please help them get the support they need
  to re-build their self esteem and lives.
We pray for those suffering from anorexia and bulemia 
as well as those who have problems with overeating.

Anyone who has had these problems will know how hard
they are to overcome and how much
your help and the love and the care of others
will be needed to find the path to recovery  

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Prayer 199 - 18/07/2019

where are you?

Dear Lord,
Help me to find your way in my life
and in the things around me.
Strangely, it is often when
I am not trying that I find the godly.

Help me to let go of things past
and embrace the present,
help me to find deeper humility
and let go of those things driven
by ego or self seeking.
Help all those seeking your way.
You are always there and so patient with me,
thank you so much and let me
learn from your patience.

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Prayer 198 - 17/07/2019

handful of berries

As I look at these hands,
I think of all they have done today.
Digging the garden,
   holding the coffee cup,
   typing the e-mails,
   washing the baby,
   washing the floor,
   driving the car,
   making the dinner,
   eating the dinner,
   playing the piano.
Father, thank you for the miracle
   of these hands.
Bless those whose hands
   cannot do all they would wish;
   and those whose inventiveness
   creates ways of helping them.
 

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Prayer 197 - 16/07/2019

where are you?

Dear Lord,
Help me to find your way in my life
and in the things around me.
Strangely, it is often when
I am not trying that I find the godly.

Help me to let go of things past
and embrace the present,
help me to find deeper humility
and let go of those things driven
by ego or self seeking.
Help all those seeking your way.
You are always there and so patient with me,
thank you so much and let me
learn from your patience.

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Prayer 196 - 15/07/2019

handful of berries

As I look at these hands,
I think of all they have done today.
Digging the garden,
   holding the coffee cup,
   typing the e-mails,
   washing the baby,
   washing the floor,
   driving the car,
   making the dinner,
   eating the dinner,
   playing the piano.
Father, thank you for the miracle
   of these hands.
Bless those whose hands
   cannot do all they would wish;
   and those whose inventiveness
   creates ways of helping them.
 

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Prayer 195 - 14/07/2019

people together

Dear Lord,
There is always more to do than I can do,
I always seem to expect more of myself than I can give.
Help me to be mindful of what I can achieve
and to be realistic in my goals.
Help me to focus on what can be done today
rather than worrying about what might be done tomorrow.
We need to recognise that by working together
we can achieve more than any person can
alone.
Amen
 

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Prayer 194 - 13/07/2019

running for the train

I wake up late, rushing - feed the cat;
   skip breakfast; make the train,
   seconds to spare.
Mad in the office, 30 emails to answer,
   another 30 I should answer but file instead.
Late for my meeting, so running,
   make it - just;
   seconds to spare.
Deadline to meet - whew - final bits to finish;
   make it JUST,
   seconds to spare.
Rushing to catch my train home, late again.
Need to go out this evening -
   run once more but make it,
   seconds to spare.
But all the time a voice is saying "slow down",
Be mindful how you live - take your time.
Give yourself time to think, to live, to share my love.
I am waiting,
   and I have eternity to spare.

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Prayer 193 - 12/07/2019

candle

Dear Lord,

I stand in your grace.  
Let me do or say nothing that would hurt others today.  
Help me to always remember your love towards me,
   and your forgiveness of everything I do,
   however unkind.  
Help me to be your disciple
to remember your teachings
and to offer thanks and blessings to others.

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Prayer 192 - 11/07/2019

Money

Dear Lord,

We pray for those going through financial hardships.
The worry caused by such hardships can be very deep and the consequences
very damaging.
In a world with so much wealth and ingenuity it is shocking
that so many people struggle to make ends meet or face destitution.
We pray for relief of all people facing such difficulties

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Prayer 191 - 10/07/2019

siamese banana

If you progress, I progress because
we are each other.
If you fail, I fail because
we are one and the same.
Your love is also my love;
your anger my anger.
So please be kind, be gentle
Let your love spread in the world
Do not put pain in the world
You are the stranger I don't even know
Yet we are each other.

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Prayer 190 - 09/07/2019

visitors

Dear Lord,

I know that you never give up on any one of us.
No matter who we are, you are always ready to give
and forgive.
Let us too learn your ways and learn to give
and forgive.
Help us to see good in others and to foster
that good
Help us to give others the confidence
to build on their own strengths
Amen

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Prayer 189 - 08/07/2019

summer flowers

Prayer of Thanks
Lord of the summer, give us the grace to appreciate each wonderful day.  
Help us to be calm and to give you thanks for our gardens
and the wonderful plants that surround us,
and for the rich scents that fill the air.  
The days of high summer are fleeting, and autumn will come close behind.  
Let us find our joy in the warmh of the sun and appreciate what we have now.

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Prayer 188 - 07/07/2019

woman on phone

Prayer for those in trouble

Dear Lord -  you love us all despite anything we may have done.  
Hear those who think they are in trouble and are praying to you for help,
afraid of possible consequences of their actions.  
Help them to have the courage to talk to the people
who can give them guidance about their situation and possibly their behaviours.  
Give them the wisdom to listen Lord, to understand what their mentors are saying.  
Help them to accept advice with good grace.

Amen

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Prayer 187 - 06/07/2019

Angel praying

Lord,
We pray for all who mourn
Who seek to fill
The aching void
Of one much loved
Who shared our life.
Funeral over
Life moves on
For others round about
But someone, somewhere
Bears the pain
Unseen by all but you.
 

 

 

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Prayer 186 - 05/07/2019

Carthage in Tunisia

Dear Lord,
We pray for those who have been caught up
in the wars in Syria and Iraq
 

We pray that through your presence
people may move away from violence
and destruction
To peaceful ways of resolving differences.

Amen
 

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Prayer 185 - 04/07/2019

Coast in Croatia

Lord, we thank you for holidays
Days to leave behind
The cares and stress
Of everyday living
Days to relax
And bask in your presence
Days to truly know
That you are God
And we are yours
Days to catch a glimpse
Of what it is to be 
Holy

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Prayer 184 - 03/07/2019

summer flowers

Prayer of Thanks
Lord of the summer, give us the grace to appreciate each wonderful day.  
Help us to be calm and to give you thanks for our gardens
and the wonderful plants that surround us,
and for the rich scents that fill the air.  
The days of high summer are fleeting, and autumn will come close behind.  
Let us find our joy in the warmh of the sun and appreciate what we have now.

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Prayer 183 - 02/07/2019

woman on phone

Prayer for those in trouble

Dear Lord -  you love us all despite anything we may have done.  
Hear those who think they are in trouble and are praying to you for help,
afraid of possible consequences of their actions.  
Help them to have the courage to talk to the people
who can give them guidance about their situation and possibly their behaviours.  
Give them the wisdom to listen Lord, to understand what their mentors are saying.  
Help them to accept advice with good grace.

Amen

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Prayer 182 - 01/07/2019

Angel praying

Lord,
We pray for all who mourn
Who seek to fill
The aching void
Of one much loved
Who shared our life.
Funeral over
Life moves on
For others round about
But someone, somewhere
Bears the pain
Unseen by all but you.
 

 

 

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Prayer 181 - 30/06/2019

Carthage in Tunisia

Dear Lord,
We pray for those who have been caught up
In the terrible events in Tunisia.
For the families, friends and loved ones
of those killed or injured.
It is almost impossible to imagine the
anguish and distress that has been caused.
But we can only pray that you are with
those who suffer at this time.

We pray that through your presence
people move away from the ways violence
and destruction
To peaceful ways of resolving differences.

Amen
 

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Prayer 180 - 29/06/2019

Coast in Croatia

Lord, we thank you for holidays
Days to leave behind
The cares and stress
Of everyday living
Days to relax
And bask in your presence
Days to truly know
That you are God
And we are yours
Days to catch a glimpse
Of what it is to be 
Holy

28-June-2016
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Prayer 179 - 28/06/2019

Coast in Croatia

Lord, we thank you for holidays
Days to leave behind
The cares and stress
Of everyday living
Days to relax
And bask in your presence
Days to truly know
That you are God
And we are yours
Days to catch a glimpse
Of what it is to be 
Holy

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Prayer 178 - 27/06/2019

having hope

There are so many terrible things happen in the world
That it is easy to lose hope.
But we should always try where possible to see the positive way forward.
It is only through having a strong and positive spirit that we can ultimately 
improve the world about us.
Help us lord to remain optimistic and cheerful despite downturns in our own lives
and in the world about us.
Also let us see the many things there are to thank you for and to give praise for

Amen

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Prayer 177 - 26/06/2019

touching hands

Dear Lord

Let us remember those in need in our own community.
Those helped by Hertford Food Bank,
help us to recognise that hardship and poverty
Are not necessarily something at the other side of the world
And that through sharing we can help those far closer to home.
Sometimes it is difficult for people in need to express that need,
Lord let us find ways of reaching out and touching those around us

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Prayer 176 - 25/06/2019

refugees

Dear Lord,

We pray for the migrants living in terrible conditions in Calais,
many of them want a better life
for themselves and their children.
Most wish to come to this
country to work and earn a living,
many are escaping poverty
or war or worse in North Africa.
We know that your Son
had a special place in his heart for those who were
outcast or rejected.
We pray that you help these people move on in their lives and find a way
forward. We pray that Governments work together so that mass
migration can become a thing of the past and a more equal sharing of wealth
can help to bring a more sustainable world
Amen

 

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Prayer 175 - 24/06/2019

Lonely tree

Dear Lord,
We pray for those who are lonely for one reason or another.
Let each of us make an effort to bring people into our lives who need companionship.
Most of us have periods when we feel alone
Yet others are in reality never far away
And you dear lord are always present,
by listening to you we can help to stem the tide of lonliness

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Prayer 174 - 23/06/2019

two children

Dear Lord

I pray for the weak and innocent in our world.
We still have an unfair and inequal society
and too many people fall into poverty.
Lord give wisdom to those with strength and power
so that they may help protect those unable to protect themselves.
Lord protect those with learning difficulties,
the old and infirm and those with terminal illness.
Rembering that your son Jesus Christ always
had empathy with those who were poor or sick
Amen

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Prayer 173 - 22/06/2019

studying for exams

Lord,
We pray for all the young people
  who over the next few weeks will be taking their exams. 
Help them to be calm, 
  take time to breath and determine the structure of their answers.  
Touch them all with your gentle hand, dear Lord,
  and at a time when they are feeling vulnerable and turbulent,
  calm their fears and grant them your peace.

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Prayer 172 - 21/06/2019

group of ducks

Someday
Someday, I will be the person I want,
but who knows when that will be. In the meantime,
I need to be realistic about what can be achieved.

Someday, the world will be a better place
but we need to accept that it is going to take a long time to achieve
and we need to be realistic about this too

Today by working together we can make someday closer
It is only through working together, through seeing the world as it is
and through your grace that we can achieve this better world.
I pray that you give us the strength to continue your work and to not tire or give up
Amen

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Prayer 171 - 20/06/2019

Dear Lord,

touching handsA blessing on Bengeo and all its inhabitants.
Let the love of God be among us and direct our thoughts
to all those that suffer from Grenfell Tower victims
in beloved London and to all
prisoners of conscience
adopted by Amnesty International

Amen

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Prayer 170 - 19/06/2019

composting

Dear Lord,
May we learn to use wisely the resources we are given us.
Both the natural resources of the world around us
and personal resources.
Help us to move away from a world of selfishness to a more mindful state.
Help us not to be complacent and to value in the most simple things that you provide.
Help us to learn to be careful and conservant in our lives

Amen

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Prayer 169 - 18/06/2019

coastal islands off British Columbia

Dear Lord,

Help me to see more clearly the beautiful world about us,
 and be thankful for it.
Sometimes as I walk along in the morning
  I am filled with joy just at the sight of a tree
  or the sound of a bird.
Help us to understand
  the depth of your being in the world around
The beauty of the shiny shell of a beetle or a fallen leaf.

Let us see this while speaking out against injustice and wrong
Let us follow your path

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Prayer 168 - 17/06/2019

boy in Palymra

We pray for those damaged by the fighting in Syria.
To the wounded and injured:
  Come Lord Jesus.
To the terrified who are living in shock:
  Come Lord Jesus
To the hungry and homeless, refugee and exile:
  Come Lord Jesus
To those bringing humanitarian aid:
Give protection Lord Jesus
To those administering medical assistance:
  Give protection Lord Jesus.
To those offering counsel and care:
  Give protection Lord Jesus.
For all making the sacrifice of love:
  Give the strength of your Spirit and the joy of your comfort.
In the hope of Christ we pray.
Amen.

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Prayer 167 - 16/06/2019

tree bark

Redwoods

Creator God,
all that exists
rests in the palm of your hand
the fly who sits
on the armrest of my chair,
spreads its wings,
and warms itself in the spring sunshine;
the dog who tilts his head
and watches me like a child;
the mighty redwoods
enjoying the same breeze
that fans my own skins.
May I honour that kinship
with all living beings
by the respect I show
to all my kin.

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Prayer 166 - 15/06/2019

Friends together

Thank you, Lord for friends
Friends of all different sorts
A friend to share a cup of tea
To pass a lonely evening
  chatting on the phone
To bake a cake or give a lift.
A friend to share a lifetime's joy
To risk their life
To share their all
A fleeting friend; a smiling face
 in stange and scary times.
Which friend can I be 
 to anyone I  meet?


 

 

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Prayer 165 - 14/06/2019

Friends together

Thank you, Lord for friends
Friends of all different sorts
A friend to share a cup of tea
To pass a lonely evening
  chatting on the phone
To bake a cake or give a lift.
A friend to share a lifetime's joy
To risk their life
To share their all
A fleeting friend; a smiling face
 in stange and scary times.
Which friend can I be 
 to anyone I  meet?




 

 

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Prayer 164 - 13/06/2019

inner angry creature

Loving Father,

Inside me is a creature which I try to keep chained,
But it shows itself
When I am angry, tired,
When I don't get what I want,
When I become impatient, cruel,
When I am intolerent of others.
Lord bless that creature inside
That through your shining Love
I may be transformed.
 

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Prayer 163 - 12/06/2019

Admiration for a humble human

Tender God
you teach us humility
that down­to­earth quality
that has nothing in common
with humiliation
but makes us stand tall
and acknowledge both the humus
that feeds us
and the stars to which we aspire.
May I learn to practice
and to honour in others
the precious quality of humility,
a dignity that we, as human beings,
cannot afford to lose.

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Prayer 162 - 11/06/2019

child with flowers

Lord,
We thank you for the flower ladies
The army of volunteers 
Up and down the land
Who bring the beauty of 
  your creation
Inside the churches built by
 human hands
Symbolic of the way you
   permeate all we do
Symbolic of the way you 
 work through us.

 

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Prayer 161 - 10/06/2019

park bench

Dear Lord, 
we ask for your love for those who are lonely, scared, afraid of the world outside of their four walls.  Reach out your hand Lord, and touch those who are vulnerable to hurt and pain, whether from unkind words, or cruel actions, from strangers or from those they love and depend on for their well-being.
Bless them with your sweetness dear Lord, your healing touch.  Protect them from their fears; give them strength to get through every day.  We pray Lord that they will turn to you, and receive your confidence in the love you offer, knowing that they are worthy of all that you give.

 

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Prayer 160 - 09/06/2019

sun through a grave

We think of those who are sick;
We think of those who mourn the loss of loved ones,
  and those who are recalling
  the anniversaries of the deaths of dear ones.
Lead them, dear Lord, through the valley of death.
Lead them to the still waters and restore their souls.

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Prayer 159 - 08/06/2019

wooden bridge

In times of change things are often hard,
   and we feel uncertain or lost.
Dear Lord,
   please strengthen those experiencing change
   and allow them to know
   that you are always with them.
Let them recognise your presence in their lives
   and through this find comfort
   when life seems uncertain

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Prayer 158 - 07/06/2019

Butterfly

Loving Father,

Thank you for teaching me patience,
   and helping me
   to look beyond myself.
Thanks for teaching me that whilst
   the path to your light
   is both long and hard
   others walk it with me.
Thank you for showing me
   that the end is worth the wait
 

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Prayer 157 - 06/06/2019

Dear Lord,TheCape of Good Hope

We pray for all those who suffer from mental illness of all sorts.
Please give these people your blessing and help them to
overcome their problems.
We pray for those who are in the depths of depression,
may they find compassionate people
to help raise them from these depths.
We ask this in the name of our lord Jesus Christ.

Amen
 

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Prayer 156 - 05/06/2019

a swan

A generous community

Gracious Father,
you bless us with generosity –
noblest of qualities,
so exalted that it was associated
  with kings and princes
and received its name
  from the well born, the gentility,
who could bestow bounty on their retainers
  and benefits on those whom they
  oppressed and exploited.
May I speak out loudly for the dignity
  of the well­born human heart,
exalting its natural generosity.

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Prayer 155 - 04/06/2019

wooden bridge

In times of change things are often hard,
   and we feel uncertain or lost.
Dear Lord,
   please strengthen those experiencing change
   and allow them to know
   that you are always with them.
Let them recognise your presence in their lives
   and through this find comfort
   when life seems uncertain

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Prayer 154 - 03/06/2019

Butterfly

Loving Father,

Thank you for teaching me patience,
   and helping me
   to look beyond myself.
Thanks for teaching me that whilst
   the path to your light
   is both long and hard
   others walk it with me.
Thank you for showing me
   that the end is worth the wait
 

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Prayer 153 - 02/06/2019

​Oh Lord
When the healers do not heal
And the prophets do not speak

What can I do?
For I see your people in clouds of darkness and
It grieves my soul.
So this I will do
I will listen to the birdsong
And smile on the world
May your blessing flow through me
And lighten the world.

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Prayer 152 - 01/06/2019

studying for exams

Lord,
We pray for all the young people
  who over the next few weeks will be taking their exams. 
Help them to be calm, 
  take time to breath and determine the structure of their answers.  
Touch them all with your gentle hand, dear Lord,
  and at a time when they are feeling vulnerable and turbulent,
  calm their fears and grant them your peace.

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Prayer 151 - 31/05/2019

Dear lord,

it is said that it is "better late than never",
So with this prayer it is already late in the day.
Help us to remain mindful of our duties,
even though carried out late
help us to give and love others, even if a little late in life
Let us give as well as receiving
and help us do all things in a way that is open
and non judgemental
Through Christ our Lord
Amen

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Prayer 150 - 30/05/2019

pavement leaves

Lord,

So often we need your
  support and strength in our lives.
When things go wrong,
  when we are afraid.

Thank you for all those times
  You helped me
  through a difficult day,
  or painful situation.  
You give me grace, dear Lord,
  to accept bad news
  and not seek to blame others.  
You help me to understand
  why things can't always be as I would like.  
Grant me your precious gifts
  of humility and quiet acceptance.  
Thank you, beloved Lord.

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Prayer 149 - 29/05/2019

a musician busking

Father of Joy,

Out of your overbrimming love
  you have given us muscians.
Those with the love and dedication 
  to work unceasingly at their art.
Thank you for the muscians who,
  with their skill,
  create for us moments of beauty,
  joy, comfort, sadness,
  a template for our memories.
Bless their minds, their hands, 
  their breath, O Lord.
Bless their souls.
 

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Prayer 148 - 28/05/2019

a swan

A generous community

Gracious Father,
you bless us with generosity –
noblest of qualities,
so exalted that it was associated
  with kings and princes
and received its name
  from the well born, the gentility,
who could bestow bounty on their retainers
  and benefits on those whom they
  oppressed and exploited.
May I speak out loudly for the dignity
  of the well­born human heart,
exalting its natural generosity.

22-May-2016
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Prayer 147 - 27/05/2019

a musician busking

Father of Joy,

Out of your overbrimming love
  you have given us muscians.
Those with the love and dedication 
  to work unceasingly at their art.
Thank you for the muscians who,
  with their skill,
  create for us moments of beauty,
  joy, comfort, sadness,
  a template for our memories.
Bless their minds, their hands, 
  their breath, O Lord.
Bless their souls.
 

22-May-2016
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Prayer 146 - 26/05/2019

pavement leaves

Lord,

So often we need your
  support and strength in our lives.
When things go wrong,
  when we are afraid.

Thank you for all those times
  You helped me
  through a difficult day,
  or painful situation.  
You give me grace, dear Lord,
  to accept bad news
  and not seek to blame others.  
You help me to understand
  why things can't always be as I would like.  
Grant me your precious gifts
  of humility and quiet acceptance.  
Thank you, beloved Lord.

22-May-2016
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Prayer 145 - 25/05/2019

Dear lord,

it is said that it is "better late than never",
So with this prayer it is already late in the day.
Help us to remain mindful of our duties,
even though carried out late
help us to give and love others, even if a little late in life
Let us give as well as receiving
and help us do all things in a way that is open
and non judgemental
Through Christ our Lord
Amen

22-May-2016
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Prayer 144 - 24/05/2019

Autumn leaves

Changeless God,

You bless us with change –
   in the seasons of the year,
   from snow to greening,
   flowering, fruiting, and harvest.
In the seasons of life,
   from childhood to youth,
   full ripeness, and saging.

All living things keep changing.
May I welcome change as a sacred
    opportunity to grow and savour
    in each unrepeatable
    moment’s fleetingness
    what is beyond change.

22-May-2016
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Prayer 143 - 23/05/2019

Dear Lord,

friends

Bless all those we call friends,
Who give without being asked.
Bless those who are friends to the poor
and friends to the sick.
Bless those who help to make the world
a better place for others.
Remebering that friendship is such a special thing
 

Sunday 22nd of May

22-May-2016
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Prayer 142 - 22/05/2019

praying for you

Dear Lord,
Allow me to stand in your grace.  
Let me do nothing or say nothing
  that would hurt others today.  
Help me to always remember
  your love towards me,
  and your forgiveness of everything I do,
  however unkind.
Help me be your disciple,
  to remember your teachings
  and to offer thanks
  and blessings to others.

15-May-2016
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Prayer 141 - 21/05/2019

bead of heart shaped liquid

A generous community
Gracious Father,
You bless us with generosity –
  noblest of qualities,
so exalted that it was associated
  with kings and princes
and received its name
  from the well born, the gentility,
who could bestow bounty on their retainers
  and benefits on those whom they
  oppressed and exploited.
May I speak out loudly for the dignity
  of the well­born human heart,
exalting its natural generosity.

15-May-2016
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Prayer 140 - 20/05/2019

Autumn leaves

Things change

Changeless God,

You bless us with change –
   in the seasons of the year,
   from snow to greening,
   flowering, fruiting, and harvest.
In the seasons of life,
   from childhood to youth,
   full ripeness, and saging.

All living things keep changing.
May I welcome change as a sacred
    opportunity to grow and savour
    in each unrepeatable
    moment’s fleetingness
    what is beyond change.

15-May-2016
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Prayer 139 - 19/05/2019

when the wolf appears

Loving Father,

Help us to be a good shepherd
  and to help others,
  giving guidance as we are able. 
Grant us the vision to see where there is need,
  and the will to bring about change in the world.
We recall that Jesus taught us
   that a good shepherd stands by his flock
   even when the wolf appears.
So help us to stand by others
   and assist them through hard times.

We know that you bring about miracles
   and change in our lives,
Just as you gave Peter the power
   to raise Tabitha from the dead.
Amen

15-May-2016
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Prayer 138 - 18/05/2019

homeless person

And so, to bed

Giver of comfort,
  you bless us with beds,
where we are conceived,
  where we are born,
  and where we die.
What a blessing to die in a bed,
  rather than in a car crash or a bomb shelter.

May I never forget those who sleep
  in the street;
may I delight in my own Bengeo bed
  where I can dream and daydream
  and arise refreshed to face each new day.

15-May-2016
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Prayer 137 - 17/05/2019

early morning

Dear Lord

Bless those who give others a message of hope
Let us remain possitive in all we say and do
Only in this way can we begin to move away
From destructive thoughts and messages.
Help us to give hope to others
Amen

11-May-2017
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Prayer 136 - 16/05/2019

aircraft landing

God of creation,
You bless us with air travel –
that amazing human invention
  that connects continents
  like the flight of migrating birds,
and carries us safely, and in comfort,
  more swiftly than wing beat.
May I use this gift responsibly,
  and see to it that my travelling
  will not do more harm to our planet
​  than it does good to people.

11-May-2017
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Prayer 135 - 15/05/2019

Lord,
We pray for residents of care homes,
  for those considering moving to one and
  those for whom a decision is being made
  by others on their behalf.
Whilst the physical needs of the elderly may be obvious
  they also have emotional and spiritual needs.
We ask that in considering the practical,
   those other needs will not be overlooked.  

11-May-2017
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Prayer 134 - 14/05/2019

touching hands

Dear Lord,
We pray that through you
   we can find the means to
   bring your light into the world.
Help us to see where real need lies.
Help us to bring comfort to the sick
   and strength to the weak.
Help us to be a 'good Samaritan'
   to someone who needs our help

Amen

11-May-2017
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Prayer 133 - 13/05/2019

In the rush and noise of our lives
Give us the determination
To step back and pause.
Grant us the sense
To listen for your voice
  in the stillness,
The strength to do your will
And the vulnerability to grow in your
 Love.

11-May-2017
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Prayer 132 - 12/05/2019

Picture of mother nursing a child

Lord Jesus,

We pray for all those with terminal illnesses
or who know themselves to be dying.

As you reached out with words of comfort
  to the man on the cross beside you,
so we ask you to reach out and comfort
  the hearts and minds of those who are facing death now.

 

11-May-2017
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Prayer 131 - 11/05/2019

bullet ridden wall

Dear Lord,

We pray today for all the innocent people
  caught up in the terrible civil war in Syria,
  those still trapped there and those
  forced to flee to the refugee camps.
Help and protect those held captive on both sides.
We earnestly pray that the two sides
  find a way to come together and make peace.
May compassion find a way through
   the fear and distrust.
Where there are so many broken families
   help heal the rift
   caused by this war.

Amen

11-May-2017
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Prayer 130 - 10/05/2019

 

Dear Lord,

We pray today for all the innocent people
  caught up in the terrible civil war in Syria,
  those still trapped there and those
  forced to flee to the refugee camps.
Help and protect those held captive on both sides.
We earnestly pray that the two sides
  find a way to come together and make peace.
May compassion find a way through
   the fear and distrust.
Where there are so many broken families
   help heal the rift
   caused by this war.

Amen

06-May-2015
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Prayer 129 - 09/05/2019

In the rush and noise of our lives
Give us the determination
To step back and pause.
Grant us the sense
To listen for your voice
  in the stillness,
The strength to do your will
And the vulnerability to grow in your
 Love.

05-May-2016
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Prayer 128 - 08/05/2019

parachutist

Dear Lord,

May we always place our trust and hope in you. You always are our safety net, you always ease the fall and soften the blow.
Sometimes I lack the courage to take the plunge, but then I think of all the times you have stood by me when perhaps I did not deserve it.
Lord living with you is not a leap of faith because you are always at my side.
You help and guide and when I fall provide the parachute

Amen

04-May-2017
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Prayer 127 - 07/05/2019

Painting

Dear Lord,

Flecks of paint stain the canvas
  - but the picture is incomplete.
The pen is drawn across the paper forming words
  - but the writing tapers and fails.
The clack of the computer keyboard fades
  slowly with dusk, as the lights dim.
As the day ends my own death draws nearer.
But your love, lord, never ends.
The depth of your mercy is never fathomed.

The breadth of your vision for man
  is beyond our imagining.

May we become a part of your greater canvas lord, 
​A part of your greater vision.

Amen

04-May-2017
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Prayer 126 - 06/05/2019

In the rush and noise of our lives
Give us the determination
To step back and pause.
Grant us the sense
To listen for your voice
  in the stillness,
The strength to do your will
And the vulnerability to grow in your
 Love.

06-May-2018
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Prayer 125 - 05/05/2019

Dear Lord

We pray for blessings and guidance
for those who lead us
Our Government and local authorities
And teachers in our schools, colleges and universities,
Also our priests, and those who offer spiritual leadership.
We pray that these people have your blessings,
and are able to give good and wise guidance to others

 

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Prayer 124 - 04/05/2019

Mike

Dear Lord

Thank you for providing us with food and shelter
In a world in which so many go homeless and hungry,
we know that you keep a watch over all people
and pray especially for the homeless and destitute
Knowing that your son Jesus Christ
had a special place in his heart for such people
Amen

04-May-2017
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Prayer 123 - 03/05/2019

Painting

Dear Lord,

Flecks of paint stain the canvas
  - but the picture is incomplete.
The pen is drawn across the paper forming words
  - but the writing tapers and fails.
The clack of the computer keyboard fades
  slowly with dusk, as the lights dim.
As the day ends my own death draws nearer.
But your love, lord, never ends.
The depth of your mercy is never fathomed.

The breadth of your vision for man
  is beyond our imagining.

May we become a part of your greater canvas lord, 
​A part of your greater vision.

Amen

Sunday 3rd of May 2015

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02-May-2015
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Prayer 122 - 02/05/2019

temples in Nepal

Dear Lord

We pray for those people who have lost their lives
in the earthquake in Nepal.
Also for those who are still trapped and for the
people trying to rescue them.
May you be with them in their efforts.
We also pray for all those threatened by natural disasters.
With your guidance we can grow in strength
so that we can overcome
any trial or adversity.
Let us not forget Christian generosity
in helping those people
struggling to recover from this earthquake

Amen

26-April-2016
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Prayer 121 - 01/05/2019

Dear Lord

We pray for blessings and guidance
for those who lead us
Our Government and local authorities
And teachers in our schools, colleges and universities,
Also our priests, and those who offer spiritual leadership.
We pray that these people have your blessings,
and are able to give good and wise guidance to others

 

26-April-2016
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Prayer 120 - 30/04/2019

Mike

Dear Lord

Thank you for providing us with food and shelter
In a world in which so many go homeless and hungry,
we know that you keep a watch over all people
and pray especially for the homeless and destitute
Knowing that your son Jesus Christ
had a special place in his heart for such people
Amen

26-April-2016
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Prayer 119 - 29/04/2019

child in harvest festival

O God,
 We thank you for our homes and families
   and for their love and forbearance.
You are our Heavenly Father
   and we bring before you in prayer
   all the children of Bengeo and their families.
May the seeds of faith
   be gently sown in their hearts and minds.
Help them to trust you when times
   are trying,
   and may your peace rest upon them all. 

Amen.

23-April-2017
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Prayer 118 - 28/04/2019

carpenter

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those who work in education.
We ask that you bless their work
  and the young people who are studying.
We also pray for those
  who undertake training in the workplace,
  and those who find a future
  through apprenticeships.
Grant us the vision to see the beauty in each person
  and help them fulfill their potential.
 

Amen

23-April-2017
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Prayer 117 - 27/04/2019

bullet ridden wall

Merciful God
We pray for those trying to escape war and poverty in North Africa
who are risking their lives every day to try to make their way to Europe
in search of a better life.
We recall the many who have drowned in the Mediterranean
and we pray for these people too.
Dear Lord, we hope for a more equal world
in which there are sufficient jobs and opportunities
in the poorer countries of the world.
But mainly we pray for a more peaceful world
where it will be unnessary to become a refugee

Amen


 

23-April-2017
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Prayer 116 - 26/04/2019

walk in the park

Dear Lord

We pray for those who seek answers
   to their problems
   through the use of drugs.
Whilst it can be hard to find ways
   to tackle our problems
   we know that with you in our lives
   we have so much more strength
   to face the hard decisions.
We pray for all those who use drugs
  as a way out of pain or lack of love.
We know that your love can save everyone,
    and we pray that those in trouble
    may feel some of its warmth
Amen

23-April-2017
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Prayer 115 - 25/04/2019

sun through a tree canopy

 

Dear Lord

You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
  when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
  and to desire only to do your will.
Thank you for the many blessings in my life
  and for the love I feel in your presence.

Through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

23-April-2017
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Prayer 114 - 24/04/2019

child in harvest festival

O God,
 We thank you for our homes and families
   and for their love and forbearance.
You are our Heavenly Father
   and we bring before you in prayer
   all the children of Bengeo and their families.
May the seeds of faith
   be gently sown in their hearts and minds.
Help them to trust you when times
   are trying,
   and may your peace rest upon them all. 

Amen.

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Prayer 113 - 23/04/2019

God our Father,
you never cease the work you have begun
and prosper with your blessing all human labour:
make us wise and faithful stewards of your gifts
that we may serve the common good,
maintain the fabric of our world
and seek that justice where all may share
the good things you pour upon us;
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. Amen

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Prayer 112 - 22/04/2019

bullet ridden wall

Merciful God
We pray for those trying to escape war and poverty in North Africa
who are risking their lives every day to try to make their way to Europe
in search of a better life.
We recall the many who have drowned in the Mediterranean
and we pray for these people too.
Dear Lord, we hope for a more equal world
in which there are sufficient jobs and opportunities
in the poorer countries of the world.
But mainly we pray for a more peaceful world
where it will be unnessary to become a refugee

Amen


 

Robert Thompson
19-April-2015
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Prayer 111 - 21/04/2019

walk in the park

Dear Lord

We pray for those who seek answers
   to their problems
   through the use of drugs.
Whilst it can be hard to find ways
   to tackle our problems
   we know that with you in our lives
   we have so much more strength
   to face the hard decisions.
We pray for all those who use drugs
  as a way out of pain or lack of love.
We know that your love can save everyone,
    and we pray that those in trouble
    may feel some of its warmth
Amen

Robert Thompson
19-April-2015
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Prayer 110 - 20/04/2019

sun through a tree canopy

 

Dear Lord

You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
  when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
  and to desire only to do your will.
Thank you for the many blessings in my life
  and for the love I feel in your presence.

Through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

Robert Thompson
19-April-2015
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Prayer 109 - 19/04/2019

innocence of a child

Great God of time and eternity,

Teach our hearts to be still
   and truly know that you are our God.

So often our minds and bodies are caught up
   in the frantic pace of the world around us.
Yet we know that to really appreciate beauty
   we must stop and study the flower,
   the sunset, the painting.
To love our neighbour we must give time
   to listen, to help.

We ask for your peace in the world;
  grant us that inner peace of your presence
  so that we may help bring it about.

 

15-April-2017
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Prayer 108 - 18/04/2019

Standing in Holy Trinity churchyard
We thank you, Father,
  for our predecessors who
  created this place and now lie
  in your good earth.
A place of peace and beauty,
  with it's spring flowers and
  magnificent trees lining the path.
We are blessed by those who
  created it and by those
  who care for it now.
We ask your blessing on
  those who work here
  and those who visit
  the graves of friends and families.

15-April-2017
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Prayer 107 - 17/04/2019

factory chimney

So many in the business world of today
are still trying to make a quick buck
by extortion or cheating,
often at the expense of the most
vulnerable and needy in society.

Support those Lord who try to
work and do business honestly and fairly
and treat their workers well. 

15-April-2017
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Prayer 106 - 16/04/2019

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.
Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

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Prayer 105 - 15/04/2019

swans on a lake

Dear Lord,

We pray for those who struggle
  with self harm or feelings of extreme anxiety and guilt.
Few can imagine the pain that young people who go through this stage have to endure.
Yet we know that you love them and each and every one of them, even though many young people feel unloved.

The motivation for such acts are difficult for most people to imagine, but it is often a release from anxiety that people who self harm seek.
Help these people find a healthy way of expressing and releasing their anxiety and letting anxieties go
Thank you so much for the help you have already given
Amen

15-April-2017
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Prayer 104 - 14/04/2019

holy trinity congregation

Pulling together
Lord I know most you are with me when I find myself
Pulling together with others.
Sometimes those from different cultures
Even different religions.
When I am pulling together with others
to help make people's lives better.
Often we converge from different perspectives
to make something whole.
Dear Lord help me to pull together with others more
As this is what I want most dearly in my life.
Amen

09-April-2016
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Prayer 103 - 13/04/2019

scales

We pray for all those who work or who have any connection with the legal system.
Judges, magistrates, lawyers, police,
prison officers, probation officers,
victim support officers.
May they do their various duties
without fear or favour so that justice be done.


Amen

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Prayer 102 - 12/04/2019

tube train

Loving Father,

At the end of a long day
  in the bustle and blare of London,
What pleasure, Lord, there is
  in a walk up Port Hill,
  with its trees filling the sky above,
  and the birds calling in the dusk.
What a blessing is this homecoming.
Protect all those who journey homewards
  and make their homecoming one of pleasure.

Amen


 

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Prayer 101 - 11/04/2019

Wooden cup

Dear Lord,

Help us to live humble and simple lives
  as did your Son Jesus Christ.
Let us remember that the many items that surround us,
  the clothes, televisions, phones and computers,
  are in reality of little worth.
Help us to understand that to draw nearer to you
  we need to let go of earthly things.
We are weak and can only take one step at a time.
Help us on the next step of the way.

Through Jesus Christ, our lord

Amen

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Prayer 100 - 10/04/2019

Father of Glory,

Thank you for all the wonderful things
  you have given me.
The sunny days and the rainy ones too.
Life would be empty without your presence,
  but sometimes it is difficult
  to see the extent of the blessing your bring.
Help us to feel your love
  and be full or your praise.
When doubt clouds our mind
  raise us above it.

Amen

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Prayer 99 - 09/04/2019

Dry stone wall

Dear Lord,

Please help us when we get stuck.
When we hit a barrier, often it is only in the mind.
The path can be easier than we think.
Help us to see more clearly the path that is there for us,
 so that we may be freed from ourselves and come closer to you.
We know that you travel with us, and will always help us overcome our fears.
Help those who are stuck in destructive habits,
 to leave behind that which is past
 and find a brighter future.
 

Amen

05-April-2016
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Prayer 98 - 08/04/2019

 

Lord,
We thank you for our history and heritage;
  all that makes us who we are.
We thank you for those early settlers
  who chose the hill in the bend of the river
  to be the place called Bengeo.
We thank you for those who brought news
   of your gospel here,
   built our churches and carried on the traditions
   of long ago and far away.
We thank you that in Christ we too
   can claim Abraham as our father in faith.
We thank you for our own individual stories
   that made each of us part of this community here today.
Lord grant us grace to treasure all we have received
   and pass it on that future generations
   too may have cause to be thankful.

 

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Prayer 97 - 07/04/2019

night skyDear Lord,

As the hour reaches midnight
  - I feel your presence
As morning light floods through my window
  - I feel your presence
As evening sun sets on the fields
  - I feel your presence.
And I know that every day that goes by
   your love will always be there.
Sometimes negative thoughts overwhelm me
  - but then you show me the error of my ways.
Fill me with your light lord.
Show me the way to your love lord.
Be with me lord.

Amen

 

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Prayer 96 - 06/04/2019

child in harvest festival

 

O God,
 We thank you for our homes and families
   and for their love and forbearance.
You are our Heavenly Father
   and we bring before you in prayer
   all the children of Bengeo and their families.
May the seeds of faith
   be gently sown in their hearts and minds.
Help them to trust you when times
   are trying,
   and may your peace rest upon them all. 

Amen.

03-April-2017
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Prayer 95 - 05/04/2019

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.
Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

03-April-2017
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Prayer 94 - 04/04/2019

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.
Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

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Prayer 93 - 03/04/2019

tree

Dear Lord,

Blessings on the morning birds singing outside my window
Blessings on the bulbs and flowers conspiring spring
Blessings on the budding trees,
The hunting owl
The flittering bat
Blessings on the day and the night,
and all creatures that dwell in this world
Amen

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Prayer 92 - 02/04/2019

orchid

Dear Lord
Let us not forget that
Easter is about all people.
Through the re-birth of Jesus all are offered
the chance of being re-born.
From the darkness of the tomb a light arose
that filled the world.
May I carry my little bit of that light this Easter
 

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Prayer 91 - 01/04/2019

sweet dreams

Dear Lord,
When  we wish somebody goodnight we often say "sweet dreams".
By which we extend the idea of
good and pleasant thoughts occupying our
minds during sleep.
Through your grace, Lord,
let us have good and pleasant thoughts
during the daytime too.
Help us to propagate such thoughts in others too
through praise and encouragement.
Help us to move away from negative and harmful thoughts
and towards "sweet dreams"
We also pray that film and news media
may contribute to encouraging thought
that is positive and helpful
Amen

 

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Prayer 90 - 30/03/2019

procession

God of Hope,
who through your great mercy
have granted us new birth
through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
we praise your wonderful name!
God of Glory and God of Might
who through your great power
have granted us new strength
to endure all things through faith in Christ our risen King,
we praise your wonderful name!

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Prayer 89 - 30/03/2019

bright road

During the hardest moments of my life
I know without doubt that you were along side
Helping me to find an inner strength I didn't know I had.

When I was weakest you were there too
Offering help and compassion

Dear Lord I pray that those going through a hard time
Or periods of weakness can also experience and know
Your helping presence

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Prayer 88 - 29/03/2019

Holy Trinity Church Bengeo Hertford

God of Mercy and Understanding,
 
I know that with help
 I can open my heart more fully
   to the mysteries of the suffering and death
   of your son.
 Help me to be humble in this journey
   and remember that
   any mercy and compassion I feel
   is a gift from you.
 I await the joy of Easter with new longing and patience.
 Amen.

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Prayer 87 - 28/03/2019

Spring Daffodil

Dear Lord

There are so many things to pray about
   that we often forget the most obvious.
Please bless our families -
   those we care for and those who care for us.
Bless our friends and those who are close to them.
Guide us all as only you are able
.

Amen

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Prayer 86 - 27/03/2019

bible and cross

Dear Lord,

Help us to be forward looking in all we do
Remembering that it is harmful to ourselves and others
to store hurts from the past or to hold grudges.
Help us to be giving to others and forgiving
Of those who have done us wrong
Through Jesus Christ

Amen

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Prayer 85 - 26/03/2019

a mother and baby

Almighty God,

We have grown used to calling you our Father,
  for that is how Jesus addressed you
   in front of his disciples.
Yet we know that you are also our Mother.
As a parent you nurture us,
  pick us up when we fall and anoint our wounds.
We thank you for our own mothers.
We thank you for human love.
And we ask your blessing
   on all mothers everywhere
   as they pass your love to another generation.
Amen.

 

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Prayer 84 - 25/03/2019

flowers and libraryDear Lord,

you gather me in this upper room with your son,
to be fed by your love.
At that supper, Jesus told us to "love one another"
and I know that is the heart of his gift,
his sacrifice for me.
I ask that I might find the source of my own heart,
the meaning for my own life,
in that Eucharist.
Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

Robert Thompson
24-March-2016
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Prayer 83 - 24/03/2019

My savior,
do you invite me to share
in the glory of the resurrection?
Please stay with me
as I struggle to see
how accepting the crosses of my life
will free me from the power
of the one who wants only
to destroy my love and trust in you.
Help me to be humble and accepting
like your son, Jesus.
I want to turn to you
with the same trust he had in your love.
Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.

Robert Thompson
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Prayer 82 - 23/03/2019

Holy Trinity Church Bengeo Hertford

God of Mercy and Understanding,
 
I know that with help
 I can open my heart more fully
   to the mysteries of the suffering and death
   of your son.
 Help me to be humble in this journey
   and remember that
   any mercy and compassion I feel
   is a gift from you.
 I await the joy of Easter with new longing and patience.
 Amen.

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Prayer 81 - 22/03/2019

sharing

Dear Lord,

We know that you love us as your own children.
May we be guided as a child
   that we might accept your teaching and support.
We pray that we may turn away from
   the ways of death and destruction
   and turn towards the eternal life you are preparing.
Thank you for walking with us when we need you.

Amen

Sunday 23rd March 2014

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Prayer 80 - 21/03/2019

bible and cross

Dear Lord
As Easter approaches we remember the difficult journey embarked on without hesitation by your Son for our sakes,
He knew the risks of what he was doing but nevertheless went open eyed to a terrible death.
He remained humble and true to you no matter what the challenge.
By the side of this our efforts seem meaningless and yet you are always with us and guiding us

Amen

20-March-2016
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Prayer 79 - 20/03/2019

Pensive homeless person

Dear Lord
Today we think especially about those
who are lacking
in home or hope.
Or those who have sunk deep into the trap
of alcoholism or drug addiction.
We know that through your love they may
be transformed.
Give us the courage and strength to
Help these people in whatever way
And not to judge them because of what we
perceive of as weakness.
Let us be aware that we too share their lives
And thus we share their burden
And for this reason it is our duty
To try to help
Amen

18-March-2016
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Prayer 78 - 19/03/2019

Leopard

Creator God,
Help us to care for and value the natural world
  and not to spoil it through our greed
  or lack of care.
Grant us the wisdom to preserve it for future
  generations
  so that they too can enjoy and benefit
  from it's rich tapestry.
Amen

13-March-2017
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Prayer 77 - 18/03/2019

Pensive homeless person

Dear Lord
Today we think especially about those
who are lacking
in home or hope.
Or those who have sunk deep into the trap
of alcoholism or drug addiction.
We know that through your love they may
be transformed.
Give us the courage and strength to
Help these people in whatever way
And not to judge them because of what we
perceive of as weakness.
Let us be aware that we too share their lives
And thus we share their burden
And for this reason it is our duty
To try to help
Amen

13-March-2017
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Prayer 76 - 17/03/2019

A bronze rose

Dear Lord,

Bless all those treated in Hospices, suffering terminal illnesses.
Give them faith and hope,
and the sure knowledge of our presence and love.
Bless too the recently departed,
We pray that they may now know your
Kingdom and be at peace.
Bless those left behind and those who grieve
Through Jesus Christ our Lord
Amen

 

13-March-2017
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Prayer 75 - 16/03/2019

storm clouds

Gracious God
We pray for people who are suffering from depression, we know that it is a difficult illness and still poorly understood.
Yet, we know that with your grace, depressive illness can be tackled in a number of ways.
Those suffering from depression often feel very much on their own but help them to become aware that many do in fact both care and pray for them.
We pray that you can move in the lives of those suffering from depression and help bring relief

Amen

13-March-2017
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Prayer 74 - 15/03/2019

Chello Player

Dear Lord
We pray that we may always find healthy ways of expressing ourselves and that we may help others do the same.
It is through expression that we can bring your light and love into the world.
We all know how difficult it is getting over bad old ways, but we also know that you  bring special grace to those who do follow your path.
We know that you forgive us far before we forgive ourselves or we are forgiven by others.
Please help me to be more forgiving of myself.

I pray fervently that our expressions to be things of worth and value and that you teach us to recognise healthy expression

Amen

13-March-2017
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Prayer 73 - 14/03/2019

friends

Dear Lord
Keep us and protect us and those we love.
Help us to grow spiritually in your peace, this Lent.
Help us to remain patient
always remembering your greater purpose.
Mostly help us to be a friend to those who need
your love and comfort
 

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Prayer 72 - 13/03/2019

fountain

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom,
you know our needs before we ask,
and our ignorance in asking:
have compassion on our weakness,
and give us those things
which for our unworthiness we dare not,
and for our blindness we cannot ask,
for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

21-February-2017
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Prayer 71 - 12/03/2019

angelic figure

Thank you, Lord, for all the angels you send to guide us through this earthly life.

They might not have wings or halos but we see them in the kindly smile of neighbours, the wise words of elderly friends.

Sometimes they may seem strict, stern, even harsh with us. Help us to recognise when the words of others convey a message from you.  

09-March-2016
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Prayer 70 - 11/03/2019

Chello Player

Dear Lord
We pray that we may always find healthy ways of expressing ourselves and that we may help others do the same.
It is through expression that we can bring your light and love into the world.
We all know how difficult it is getting over bad old ways, but we also know that you  bring special grace to those who do follow your path.
We know that you forgive us far before we forgive ourselves or we are forgiven by others.
Please help me to be more forgiving of myself.

I pray fervently that our expressions to be things of worth and value and that you teach us to recognise healthy expression

Amen

09-March-2016
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Prayer 69 - 10/03/2019

friends

Dear Lord
Keep us and protect us and those we love.
Help us to grow spiritually in your peace, this Lent.
Help us to remain patient
always remembering your greater purpose.
Mostly help us to be a friend to those who need
your love and comfort
 

07-March-2016
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Prayer 68 - 09/03/2019

purple crocusOh Lord - the joy of sunny days and spotting the crocuses and snowdrops, and the buds on the clematis - your world is so beautiful
Lord -  help us to truly appreciate it, and care for it. 
Let us think of our children and what their gardens will be like;
will they have the trees and shrubs that we have? 
Will our weather have changed so much so we need a different approach to gardening.  
Whatever comes dear Lord, help us and our future generations to glory in your creation, to enjoy it with our whole hearts, and to protect it however we can.

Thank you Lord

Amen

09-March-2018
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Prayer 67 - 08/03/2019

Friends together

Dear Lord,

Sometimes we all need a friend
when there is no friend about.
Sometimes we all need someone
just to listen when there is no-one,
But you lord alway listen to those who want to speak
And you are a friend to the friendless.
Just as your Son Jesus Christ
listened to those who cried out
and was a friend to those who needed help.
I hope lord that people discover that Jesus can be their friend too

Amen
 

07-March-2016
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Prayer 66 - 07/03/2019

Dear Lord

We pray for all mothers the world over,
as we remember the love and care given
by our own mothers.
As something so precious and rare
we should always value that special love.
Also we are urged to share the motherly love
That you feel for all creatures
Amen

Sunday 6th March 2016

Robert Thompson
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Prayer 65 - 06/03/2019

purple crocusOh Lord - the joy of sunny days and spotting the crocuses and snowdrops, and the buds on the clematis - your world is so beautiful
Lord -  help us to truly appreciate it, and care for it. 
Let us think of our children and what their gardens will be like;
will they have the trees and shrubs that we have? 
Will our weather have changed so much so we need a different approach to gardening.  
Whatever comes dear Lord, help us and our future generations to glory in your creation, to enjoy it with our whole hearts, and to protect it however we can.

Thank you Lord

Amen

03-March-2016
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Prayer 64 - 05/03/2019

Church embroidery

Dear God

We pray that we persevere with your work wherever we go and to spread your light.
Sometimes it seems incredibly hard and as though we cannot go on.
And yet the joy of bringing goodness into the world far outweighs any temporary hardships we may need to endure.
We pray that you always give us the strength to go on in spite of our lapses.

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Prayer 63 - 04/03/2019

Old man

Dear God
Bless the elderly among us, knowing that many have extraordinary wisdom.
It is often forgotten that many gain grace in old age, yet the world is full of unkind images of age just as it is full of unkind images of youth.
Yet many older people are still young at heart; contradicting what Shakespeare said that "Crabbed age and youth can never live together"
Lord help the true nature of age and the aged be better understood;
we pray too that you remain with those elderly who have to face dementia or other illnesses that come with age. 
Amen
 

03-March-2016
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Prayer 62 - 03/03/2019

Finish

Dear Lord
The road has run out. The path is through. But have I arrived home?
The water has dried in the stream. But have I arrived home?
The computer has run out of code and machines stand idle. But have I arrived home?
I look around me and see no-one. But have I arrived home?
I stand alone on the highest mountain. But have I arrived home?
Will I ever arrive when all around a desert seems to spread?
Will I ever arrive when all around sea stretches?
I look into a deep blue eternal sky and will I ever arrive?
Yes, comes the answer, have faith,
Have patience, you will arrive; we will all, one day, arrive
Home
Amen

28-February-2016
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Prayer 61 - 02/03/2019

Church embroidery

Dear God

We pray that we persevere with your work wherever we go and to spread your light.
Sometimes it seems incredibly hard and as though we cannot go on.
And yet the joy of bringing goodness into the world far outweighs any temporary hardships we may need to endure.
We pray that you always give us the strength to go on in spite of our lapses.

28-February-2016
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Prayer 60 - 01/03/2019

holding hands

Care Worker

She hurries from one visit to the next,
Going into peoples’ homes
Dealing with the querulous, the sick, the kindly,
The frightened and the lonely.
Father, bless her in her work,
bless her practical hands that they
may also be gentle,
and her heart that it may be patient
even when sorely tried.
May those she tends feel the blessing
of her presence and work.  May they
find some comfort from her help.

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Prayer 59 - 28/02/2019

jetty

Saturdays

Saturday is a day to catch up with family, for those chores put off since last Saturday.
But mainly it is a day when we can let go of our everyday cares,
and perhaps spend a little time with you Lord.
You always watch over us and care for us whatever the day.
Bless this Saturday and may we spend
a little of it with those we care for most
and remember the many blessings we have in our lives

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Prayer 58 - 27/02/2019

Eagle perching on a rock

Dear God,

We pray that we may have the strength to be different, not to be led by what others do, but to be led by what is right and good. Help us to promote peace, justice and wellbeing on earth.
Let us be positive with others and try to encourage them in their strengths rather than highlighting their weaknesses. If we do this we can be assured that you will help us on our own paths and forgive us our weaknesses.
Let us follow you and be encouraged by you, whose son Jesus Christ died for us

In the glory of your name

Amen

21-February-2017
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Prayer 57 - 26/02/2019

Syrian village

Dear Lord

We pray for people in places
where justice seems far away
For children who are abandoned
and people imprisoned for very little
Or just because of their views.

Also we pray that those who are intolerant
Learn greater tolerance with others
And learn to respect views that are not their own.
Each of us needs to let go of much that we hold dear
and eventually life itself.
Please help us in that process

21-February-2017
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Prayer 56 - 25/02/2019

old fashioned telephone

Dear Lord,

You always call us back to you and
I feel that call deep in my heart.
I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

Amen

21-February-2017
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Prayer 55 - 24/02/2019

Spring Daffodil

Dear Lord

There are so many things to pray about
   that we often forget the most obvious.
Please bless our families -
   those we care for and those who care for us.
Bless our friends and those who are close to them.
Guide us all as only you are able
.

Amen

21-February-2017
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Prayer 54 - 23/02/2019

love for others

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I feel so much love for others 
   I don't know where to start with it.
I don't know where or how to express it.
There is a joy in the
  differences and oddities I see in people.
Please teach me, Lord, to express my love
  in ways which can make a difference.
Help me to grow my love and to share it with others.
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you give us.

Amen

21-February-2017
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Prayer 53 - 22/02/2019

Dear Lord
On this first Sunday of Lent we pray that our Lenten
Journey may help us to grow spiritually and in
other ways too.
We pray for our young people and for good mental
health for all young people.
Remembering that teenage years can be a very difficult
and troublesome time. We pray that there is sufficient
support and help to allow our young people to get through
difficult changes
Through Jesus Christ
Amen
 

21-February-2017
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Prayer 52 - 21/02/2019

fountain

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom,
you know our needs before we ask,
and our ignorance in asking:
have compassion on our weakness,
and give us those things
which for our unworthiness we dare not,
and for our blindness we cannot ask,
for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Sunday 21st February 2015

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Prayer 51 - 20/02/2019

early morning over woods

Early morning,
the streets still dark.
Here and there a light in a house.
Next stop Hertford North station.
Streams of people
heading for work.
Bless all the people
who sleep here at night
whose daylight hours
are spent away.

May a blessing accompany them,
your presence surround them,
your guidance draw them home again
to a Bengeo street.

19-February-2016
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Prayer 50 - 19/02/2019

Chinese Lantern

 

Jesus said to his disciples, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." 

Lord,

Help us to make use of the gifts you have given us.
Let our lights shine brightly and bring good into the world. Help us to see the good path in our lives and listen to your words. 
On this Chinese New Year day,
we remember that for all cultures the New Year
is a chance for a fresh start and a new beginning.
It is traditional to wish others good health, happiness
and prosperity on Chinese New Year day.
Let this sentiment infuse our day.
Lord help to guide the Chinese community,
so that the year of the Sheep will bring increasing spiritual awareness
as well as personal growth and wellbeing.
Help us to spread your word to all communities

Amen

18-February-2017
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Prayer 49 - 18/02/2019

crafts person carving wood

Gracious God

Bless all those who work with their hands.
Please grant that through their work they may express your glory and help to build a better world.
We know that when people express care in their work – even through the most simple things – that this can bring benefit to a greater number of people than may at first be apparent.
So the worker who expressed your divine light through creating a sculpture of an angel in a church may still help focus your glory many years after the work was made.
Thus let us through our own work help to bring the same lasting light into the world

In the glory of your name

Amen

18-February-2017
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Prayer 48 - 17/02/2019

Soccer PlayersDear Lord,


We pray for those engaged in sport.
We know that many of these people promote fitness and
  try to encourage people in a healthier lifestyle.
We ask that our young people be inspired
  to participate in a sport they can enjoy.
Lord,  please help too
  those young people who find sports hard or demotivating,
  yet who need to participate at school.
Please help each person find a niche
  for their individual talents and abilities.

Amen

10-February-2017
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Prayer 47 - 16/02/2019

abstract water

​We pray for all who are going through troubled times.
We think of those who are unemployed
  or have problems at work,
  those with housing problems,
  those who have relationship
  or matrimonial and family problems.
Let them lay their burdens
  at your feet and thereby find some ease
for we recall the words of Jesus:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me."

 

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Prayer 46 - 15/02/2019

a sleeping child

Dear Lord

We pray that today you help us
to be positive with others,
even when they are difficult
or bad tempered.
Help us to forgive the small things
we find annoying in others,
keeping our mind of the greater goal
of bringing good into the world.
Help us also to let go of things from the past,
which otherwise may be liable to
dominate and distort our current thinking.
Thank you lord for your ever presence
and for always forgiving,
just as your Son Jesus Christ
forgave those who persecuted him
even on the cross
Amen

10-February-2017
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Prayer 45 - 14/02/2019

leopard sitting

God of All Creation

Please help us to remember the rest of creation outside human kind.
We are truly sorry for and abhor the abuse of the natural world (which happens throughout the world) and we pledge that if the chance arises we will help to create a more sustainable future.
It is through you that we begin to understand that the whole of creation is intimately connected.
By following your path and that of your dear Son Jesus Christ we can begin to create a better world both for ourselves and for the creatures we share the planet with

Amen

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Prayer 44 - 13/02/2019

group of refugees

Dear Lord bless those who are displaced within their own countries for whatever reason.
While those who need to flee their countries are often remembered those who are displaced within their own countries are often forgotten.
Bless particularly displaced people within Afghanistan where many still live in a desperate situation, with little water or shelter or schooling for children.
Many of these people have had to flee to escape war and find safety for their families.
Bless the work of Aschiana (an Afghan charity supporting street children many of whom come from displaced person camps).

We know that amazing efforts are being made to protect vulnerable people throughout the world and we give thanks to those willing to give their time freely to help others.

Amen

 

10-February-2017
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Prayer 43 - 12/02/2019

inner flameEach of us has an inner flame
which we can use to send light into the world.
God of all light,
Let me help to spread love and warmth
In the world today
Grant me the grace to be able to help others
and do your work

Amen

Sunday 12th February 2017

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Prayer 42 - 11/02/2019

Old romanian womman

Dear Lord

When we feel life is unfair,
Let us see beyond self interest
and use the experience to grow.
When we or others have to face sickness,
Let us let us bring comfort and healing
Through the light within us.
Let us never forget and pray for
those worse off than ourselves
Those facing hunger, imprisonment, torture
or slavery.
Please be with them too
In their hour of need

Amen

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Prayer 41 - 10/02/2019

Antelope Canyon

Dear Lord,

Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard I try,
I still fall into the same old traps.
I do this knowingly, and with my eyes open
- even though my mind is telling me
that there is a different and better way.

Yet -

I can rest assured that you are always with me
and helping me to know the way I should be going. 
I know that with your help I am making progress,
because of my failures.

Thank you Lord for sticking with me.

Amen

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Prayer 40 - 09/02/2019

rough sleepers

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

06-February-2017
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Prayer 39 - 08/02/2019

stepping stones

Growing the spirit always seems the
hardest challenge in life
But we recall that on the day when
the disciples were blessed with spirit
and spoke in tongues that they were full of hope.
Yet a hard path lay in front of each disciple.
Luckily today the challenges
are not quite on the same level
as those facing early Christians,
yet nevertheless to progress
spiritually we must face many hard challenges.
Lord I pray that all those on a spiritual journey
are blessed with your
love and guidance
Just as you guided those early followers of the church
Amen

06-February-2017
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Prayer 38 - 07/02/2019

rough sleepers

God of compassion,
your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold
especially in this bitter weather.
Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them
with shelter, food and friendship.
We ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen

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Prayer 37 - 06/02/2019

sun rise

Dear Lord,

Please be with us in our time of need,
    and help us to be with others
  when they are in need.
While it may be difficult to express
  the pain and suffering we feel to others,
you are always present to help us
through our painful hour and into better times.

Lord help us to spread your light
  and kindness in the world.
Sometimes when the hour is darkest,
our faith in you can make us strong
   and help us to stand back
   and be mindful that others suffer too.
We know that it can be from these dark times
 that we find a deeper inner peace.

We remember that your Son Jesus Christ
died for us on the cross,
so that we may live in his light

Amen

06-February-2017
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Prayer 36 - 05/02/2019

 Interior of St Leonard's

Lord,
bless the work of the churches encouraging people to see your love in their lives, and to bring them to understand how they can share inyour presence and glory. Bless those who work to grow your church throughout the whole world, and keep their love for you strong and steadfast throughout their lives.  
Help us to spread your light and your love.
We ask this is the name of beloved Saviour,
​Jesus Christ.

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Prayer 35 - 04/02/2019

barber at work

Dear Lord

Bless all those who work in our shops, cafes and restaurants. We thank these people for their care.

In these days of automated checkouts and the internet, it is easy to forget that giving, in part, comes through the interaction with others and service to others.
We are reminded lord of the many friendly smiles and kind words offered by such people, this is something they give freely.
We also know that while it is a privilege to serve others, it can also sometimes feel thankless and unrewarding. Help us all to learn the art of giving and forgive us, lord, for all the times we have failed in our own service. Through your grace help us learn to give as well as to receive

Through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

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Prayer 34 - 03/02/2019

giving hands

O Lord, In this time of need,
strengthen me. You are my strength and my shield;
You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
I know, Father, that Your eyes go to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts long for You. The body grows weary, but my hope is in You to renew my strength.
I do not fear, for You are with me.
I am not dismayed or overwhelmed, for You are my God.
I know You will strengthen me and help me; that You will uphold me with Your righteous hand.
Even as the shadows of illness cover me, I feel the comfort of
Your strength, Our Lord.

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Prayer 33 - 02/02/2019

Swans

As I look around  Bengeo, I begin to realise that people care far more than shows on the surface. It is not just the friendly smile encountered as I walk along,
nor the peaceful feeling that I get when here.
It is something far deeper that tells me that your eternal light is often just below the surface.
Lord I pray that we can crystallise your love through our prayer and spread your light throughout Hertford and further afield.
Thank you lord for all the kind people I have in my life and for the blessings of this place

Through Jesus Christ our Lord

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Prayer 32 - 01/02/2019

everyday kindess


Great God of time and eternity,

Teach our hearts to be still
 
 and truly know that you are our God.

Fill our hearts with your love
   that we may love our neighbour.

As you always have time to be with us
   inspire us to spend time with others
.

Amen
 


 

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Prayer 31 - 31/01/2019


Dreams, aspirations, wishful thinking,
What we might do, who we might be
   One day.
But the one day that matters
   Is today.
Lord, help us to be who you would have us be,
   today.
Prompt us to do what you would have us do,
   today.
For only by making the best of each day
Can we prepare for the future.

 

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Prayer 30 - 30/01/2019

stone from circle

A special loneliness

A journey with God
  can make this world seem lonely
  when others do not understand,
  or are even hostile.
But you are blest with
  the greatest companion.
God:
  who never leaves us
  even when we fail and fall.

Thank you lord for sharing my journey

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Prayer 29 - 29/01/2019

rising sun

 

Lord, your light is always shining
Yet sometimes clouds block our view
And we do not see it
Let us remember to give thanks for the many wonders you have worked 
Let us remember to share your goodness with others
Give us humility and thankfulness  - the ability to see beyond the clouds.

 

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Prayer 28 - 28/01/2019

British woodland

Lord God, we have a vision of our land as your love would make it:

  • a land where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
  •  a land where the benefits of civilised life are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
  • a land where different races and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect;
  • a land where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Prayer 27 - 27/01/2019

child drawing

O God our heavenly father,
Bless all our young people studying in our schools, colleges and universities.
Knowing that  many young people feel the pressures of education due both to the increased difficulty in finding work and higher academic expectations, we pray that you help young people through difficult times.
We pray that the young may approach studies with a calm mind and find fulfilment through education.
We also pray for those who are less academic or who find school difficult, we pray that through your guidence each of these students may find a path through life suited to their individual needs.

This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 26 - 26/01/2019

shaking hands

Gracious God,
It seems we often forget that the
  greatest honour of all
  is to serve others,
  above any monetary remuneration.
Public servants give service to the community.
But somehow, over the years,
  the "civil servant" seems to
  have become devalued,
  almost something to be avoided,
  synonymous with the wasting of money.
I pray for all those who give service
  to others .
For the civil servants, teachers,
  police officers and social workers
  who carry out such invaluable work for society.
Teach me to give service to others
Through, our Lord, Jesus Christ
Amen

 

12-September-2017
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Prayer 25 - 25/01/2019

Sahara sandy landscape

Dear Lord
Help us to take the time to just "be".
Not looking forwards or backwards
Or preoccupied with worries
  and thoughts,
But pausing to enjoy your creation
  as it should be enjoyed

12-September-2017
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Prayer 24 - 24/01/2019

looking back down the hill

Dear Lord

We made it here! Though it was a hard climb
with many twists and turns
with your help we have got this far.
I feel like I am standing on a high ridge
looking back at all the ups and downs
and they seem distant
but yet we have climbed this way.
Thank you for staying with us, caring for us
and enduring our failings
Amen

28-August-2017
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Prayer 23 - 23/01/2019

I see fruit hanging from a vine.
Lord, I'm reminded of
  baubles on a Christmas tree
  eggs on an Easter tree.
Yet all our decorations
   are poor copies of
   your natural beauty.

So often we get things
  back to front
 and upside down
Help me to fix my eyes on you
 so that all else appears
 in its right perspective. 

21-August-2017
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Prayer 22 - 22/01/2019

view of an orchestra through a harp

Souls working together

With an orchestra,
   each instrument has its own unique voice,
Each itself.
Maybe wistful or sanguine or triumphant; 
   each beautiful.
Yet together something special happens.
A symphony begins to open up.
One instrument takes the lead;
   then a different one.
None has dominance
   because together a greater whole is achieved.
The performance ends in a wonderful crescendo -
   a triumph of human imagination.

Just so -
   souls working together can
   produce something special;
Something unique.
Perhaps can produce a better world

One where love has dominance,
   just as with the music
A coming together that everyone can join.

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Prayer 21 - 21/01/2019

The Gaza Strip

Lord God of compassion,
whose will is for peace built on righteousness,
we pray for peace in Gaza and Israel:
for an end to hostilities,
for comfort and help for all who suffer,
and for reconciliation between Palestine and Israel,
through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. 
Amen.

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Prayer 20 - 20/01/2019

spiral stairs

Prayers for those living with debt

Father, we pray for the many who are trapped by growing burdens of debt,  who see no way out, and who despair for their future: give them courage to tackle the problems they face, clarity in taking decisions which will turn their situation around, and faith that, as they cry to you in their trouble, you will deliver them from their distress; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

God of power, you are strong to save and you never fail those who trust in you. Keep under your protection all who suffer as a result of debt: help them through their time of darkness, give wisdom to all who seek to help, and bring them to know true freedom in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

24-June-2018
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Prayer 19 - 19/01/2019

Dear Lord,

Bless all those who raise children and those who care for home and family.
Their work is often unseen and underappreciated. 
We know that you can open our eyes to that which is right, and we pray that we may always appreciate the hard work that goes into raising a family and the daily effort made by loving mothers and fathers.
Also we remember and thank our own parents for the hard work, support and love they gave to us.
We know that there is no more valuable work than raising the young.
We pray that you may guide all parents and infuse them with your wisdom
Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 18 - 18/01/2019

Verses from Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You mark out my journeys and my resting place and are acquainted with all my ways. Where can I go then from your spirit?
​Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there your hand shall lead me, your right hand hold me fast. 

Dear Lord

There are many ways we could go in our lives. There are many paths we could tread.
Are we best to take a path that leads to working with others, or should we pursue a different career?
We know lord that you know each of us far better than we know ourselves.
We ask for your guidance and help in finding a way forward.
Bearing in mind that you always walk the path together with us. 
May your hand always lead us and may we be guided by your infinite wisdom.

Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 17 - 17/01/2019

church windowDear Lord

I have heard the expression “to grow in spirit”,
It seems desirable to aim to both grow in spirit and to help others do the same.
But first lord what do we mean by “growing in Spirit”;
I think that it means growing within us
the spiritual side of our being,
 through prayer, meditation and
through trying to make ourselves more like Jesus.
St. Peter says “make every effort to add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, love.”
Lord help us on our journey
And help us to seek the answer to the important
questions that the concept of spiritual growth engenders
Through Christ our Lord
Amen

Sunday 17th January 2016

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Prayer 16 - 16/01/2019

 

park bench

Dear Lord, 
we ask for your love for those who are lonely, scared, afraid of the world outside of their four walls.
Reach out your hand Lord, and touch those who are vulnerable to hurt and pain, whether from unkind words, or cruel actions, from strangers or from those they love and depend on for their well-being.
Bless them with your sweetness, your healing touch.  
Protect them from their fears;
give them strength to get through every day.  
We pray, Lord, that they will turn to you, 
and receive your confidence in the love you offer.

Amen

 

24-June-2018
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Prayer 15 - 15/01/2019

Heavenly Father source of all truth and wisdom, 
who knows and loves the whole creation, 
watch over our nation: that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness and
the concerns of every person be heard.
Lord Jesus, who chose the way of the cross
in the Garden of Gethsemane, help us to turn our backs
on self interest and to support policies that sustain the poor,
the vulnerable and the frightened people of this world.
Holy Spirit, who brought understanding among myriad peoples and
languages at Pentecost, give to all your people
a passion for peace and inspire us to work for unity
and co-operation throughout the world and in our political life together.

Amen.

24-June-2018
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Prayer 14 - 14/01/2019

Pine tree on frosty day

Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows.

We are hurt by our parting from those whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living,
our affliction to firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

24-June-2018
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Prayer 13 - 13/01/2019

Street children in Afghanistan

Dear Lord,

We pray that a knowledge of you may spread
in the world and bring deeper peace and greater justice.
We recall all those who work in developing nations
for far less than minimum wage
and we pray for the well being of these people and their families. 
We pray for ways forward that may help lift these people out of poverty.
You taught us to speak out for what is right. 
Make us content with nothing less than a world 
that is transformed into the shape of love,
​where poverty shall be no more.

Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 12 - 12/01/2019

peace day logo

Dear Lord,

In these troubled times we pray for the victims of violence
throughout the world.
We recall that we are all joined through you, so
for every person who dies through violence
a part of us dies too.
We also pray that those who  perpetrate
violence and disorder
move away from such behaviour towards
more logical and peaceful ways of resolving conflict.
Help us to be ever the vanguards of peace
Amen

 

24-June-2018
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Prayer 11 - 11/01/2019

stepping stones

Gracious God,
We pray for all those people who are suffering from cancer,
or going through treatment for cancer.
And we remember the huge talent of David Bowie
who died yesterday after a battle with cancer.
We pray for all those sick in hospital or depressed or
suffering from mental illness. For the doctors who treat them and the nurses who look after them.


Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 10 - 10/01/2019

St Leonard's Church tree

God of reconciliation and grace,

you promise us a world where all is new,
where love is born when hope is gone,
where broken relationships are restored to wholeness.
May we live as people who know your story of love,
and we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live this story. God of abundant life,
may we be witnessess of love, hope and peace,
and co-creators of your life in the world.

Amen

Sunday 10th January 2015

24-June-2018
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Prayer 9 - 09/01/2019

Amaryllis Belladonna

Loving God, you make us in your image.
Forgive us when we fail to see your image in each other,
when we give in to greed and indifference
when we do not question the systems that are life-denying.
As we are made in your image,
let us live in your image and be Christ-like in service, endurance and love.
Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 8 - 08/01/2019

flower with pollinating insect

God of the impossible, 
we pray for justice, peace and reconciliation.
And when the challenges seem too many,
remind us of your resurrection power,
and the miracles of your love that happen
whenever injustice is dismantled and rebuilt with peace.
Help us to hope that the impossible can happen
and live as if it might do so today.
Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 7 - 07/01/2019

St Leonard's Church spire

Prayer of Julian of Norwich

Pray inwardly, even if you do not enjoy it.
It does good, though you feel nothing.
Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing.

Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance.
It is laying hold of His willingness.
This is our Lord's will, ... that our prayer and our trust be, alike, large.
For if we do not trust as much as we pray,
we fail in full worship to our Lord in our prayer;
and also we hinder and hurt ourselves.
The reason is that we do not know truly
that our Lord is the ground from which our prayer springeth;
nor do we know that it is given us by his grace and his love.
If we knew this, it would make us trust
to have of our Lord's gifts all that we desire.
For I am sure that no man asketh mercy and grace with sincerity,
without mercy and grace being given to him first.

24-June-2018
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Prayer 6 - 06/01/2019

Dear Lord

We pray for those people who have lost their homes
whether through re-possession or eviction
or through war, famine or natural disaster.
There is nothing more unsettling
than to be uprooted and vulnerable.

We think particularly of refugees from Syria
and Iraq fleeing a terrible war.
Also those from Somalia and Afghanistan
and other parts of the world affected by ongoing conflict.
We pray that you will help to guide us
in helping and protecting such people and their children.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 5 - 05/01/2019

net curtain

Dear Lord,

Help us to keep the light of conscience alive
and to do what we know is right
though no one sees us but you.
Help us to forgive others for actual or perceived wrongs
Help us to step outside ourselves and look at things
dispassionately rather than through the veil
Of our feelings.
Mostly help us to spread peace and love in this strifeful world

Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 4 - 04/01/2019

rough sleepers

God of compassion,
your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus,
whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable
and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you those who are homeless and cold
especially in this bitter weather.
Draw near and comfort them in spirit
and bless those who work to provide them
with shelter, food and friendship.
We ask this in Jesus' name.
Amen.

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Prayer 3 - 03/01/2019

giving hands

Dear Lord,
we pray that you will bless the work of UNHCR in seeking to protect refugees and help them live from day to day. Give those who help,  the strength to continue with their work, in the face of man’s cruelty to man.  Reach out with your love and gentleness and touch the hearts of those who are hurting others, and those who are hurt and bewildered as they face the results of the terrors that are inflicted upon them.

25-June-2018
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Prayer 2 - 02/01/2019

Ancient cross in France

Dear Lord,
Please help us to never tire of spreading your love.
And to continue to try to improve
Even though it is often a struggle to do so.
Keep the light of conscience alive within us
So that we never forget that the way forward
Includes making many of the same mistakes as we have in the past.
Help us also to tackle the difficult problems in our lives
With cheerful spirits in the sure knowledge that God has made us up
to even the greatest challenge and is always there with us
Amen

24-June-2018
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Prayer 1 - 01/01/2019

Dear Lord,
We pray through you we can find the means to
bring your light into the world.
Help us to see where real need lies.
Help us to bring comfort to the sick and strength to the weak.
Help us to be a 'good Samaritan' today to someone that needs our help

Amen

25-June-2018
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Prayer 365 - 31/12/2018

sunrise

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger,
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Prayer 364 - 30/12/2018

street seller

Dear Lord
Bless all traders and shop keepers
People who through their own industry
Help to bring a sense of community
To our streets.
Help small market traders
throughout the world
to thrive and develop.
 

28-December-2016
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Prayer 363 - 29/12/2018

An aspect of Byde Street:

Lord, bless Byde Street
thoroughfare of city workers,
early risers, passing strangers, transient guests:
May the blessing of a love that transcends indifference
and brings reconciliation
be in your heart and in your mind and in your hands
as you travel to and fro.
Return safe to the familiar love
of family, friends, spouses, partners;
May you be blessed by the power of God the Father
who draws us together
and calls us home.

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Prayer 362 - 28/12/2018

Street children in Afghanistan

Dear Lord, 
give courage and comfort to all those
who are suffering at the hands of 
the likes of King Herod in today's world.
May the dictators, drug barons, people traffickers, 
terrorist gangs quake in their boots
at the words of John the Baptist,
“Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees;
every tree that does not bear good fruit 
is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

 

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Prayer 361 - 27/12/2018

flower baby

Dear Lord,
I know that if only we could take a less selfish
view of the world and be more sharing and caring
that we could build a better world.
This is already within our grasp
It is not something of future or an ideal.
We need to grow our awareness of commonality
Understanding as Jesus said that
"whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me
"
Dear Lord help us to be aware of the least among us
Not to label or judge people
whatever their pasts or wrongs.
But to remember that whereever
a brother or sister goes
there we go too.

Sunday 27th December

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Prayer 360 - 26/12/2018

water pump

Loving Father,

Thank you for all those
  so called 'ordinary' people
  who help to bring us warmth, light and water,
  and who clear up after us;
All those unsung heros who work
  to improve our public amenities.
Bless them in their vital role in caring for the community.
Lord, in our comfortable lives, do not let us forget
  that there are still people who die
  as a result of insanitary conditions.
Give us the will to help improve their lives.

Amen.

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Prayer 359 - 25/12/2018

a mother and baby


We think of the pain and the mess
the danger of childbirth
in primative conditions
with no medical care.

And we pause in wonder
that the mighty God of creation
should enter our world
this way.

Bless the babies born this day.

 

 

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Prayer 358 - 24/12/2018

Syrian village

Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?””

I am so glad, Lord, that this story is recorded in the Bible for it shows us that even the greatest of the prophets had his low points in his life when he began to have doubts about who you really were. It shows that there’s hope for us lesser mortals when our faith begins to weaken.

23-December-2016
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Prayer 357 - 23/12/2018

God our Father,
the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary
that she was to be the mother of your Son.
Though Mary was afraid,
she responded to your call with joy.
Help us, whom you call to serve you,
to share like her in your great work
of bringing to our world your love and healing.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world.

Amen

 

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Prayer 356 - 22/12/2018

From  Advent Musings

Goodwill. Generosity. Giving. Presents. Christmas shopping.
Amongst the bustle and stress.
Do we give of ourselves?
Or have we been burnt out in the process, a wasted match turned to charcoal without lighting any candle; is there nothing left to offer? 
We need to be quiet, to receive you,
Lord, in our hearts to be able to give ourselves to others.
To listen, to care, to love the way that you did.

 

Sunday 21st December

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Prayer 355 - 21/12/2018

From  Advent Musings

Goodwill. Generosity. Giving. Presents. Christmas shopping.
Amongst the bustle and stress.
Do we give of ourselves?
Or have we been burnt out in the process, a wasted match turned to charcoal without lighting any candle; is there nothing left to offer? 
We need to be quiet, to receive you,
Lord, in our hearts to be able to give ourselves to others.
To listen, to care, to love the way that you did.

 

19-December-2016
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Prayer 354 - 20/12/2018

 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John, He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.”

We thank you, Lord, for all those men and women of our own generation who have heeded your calling to become ministers in your church.
May they follow John’s example by speaking to people boldly and clearly about the Christian way of life.

Amen

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Prayer 353 - 19/12/2018

 

Lord Jesus, light of the world,
John told the people to prepare,
for you were very near.
As Christmas grows closer day by day,
help us to be ready to welcome you now.
Amen.

 

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Prayer 352 - 18/12/2018

homeless person

One year of prayers

Dear Lord,

Bless all those who have helped
  bring prayers every day of the year
  to this website
  for a whole year.
Thank you for their help which has been,
very much, appreciated.
Now the run up to Christmas is well under way
Help us to remember that many in this world
do not have the resources to celebrate.
Even though we are a "rich" nation, poverty
is still very much among us

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Prayer 351 - 17/12/2018

purple sky

Dear Lord
When a story draws to a close
we tend to remember the highlights.
The exciting parts where the hero wins through
against the odds or narrowly avoids catastrophe.
However, in any story it is the in between parts
that give it glue and momentum.
The general, every day, intent of the characters
is more important in the long run than those
more thrilling parts.
Equally in our own lives let our strength
come from your word
To give us the underlying intent to
see things through and bring about
good in the world

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Prayer 350 - 16/12/2018

Most Patient God,
It is easy to be discouraged by
the pessimism of those around us.
But yet at every stage of our journey
your light is all around us if only we can see it.
Help us to avoid responding to
grumbles or harsh words
with anger.
Rather help us to guide those people
who offer us harsh words
with gentle wisdom
so that they be moved closer to your light.
Forgive us too, when we fail to do this but fall
Into anger or recrimination
Help us to stand back and evaluate our actions
on these occasions

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Prayer 349 - 15/12/2018

group of young people

Gracious God,
Thank you for togetherness. For bringing so many people
Into our lives who we can feel together with.
We know that through working together we can
achieve much more than we could alone.
We pray for those who feel lonely
that they may find companionship too.
May they also we comforted by knowing
that with you no one is ever truly alone


Amen
 

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Prayer 348 - 14/12/2018

Dear Lord

Strengthen us in our daily living
That we may pull together like a family;
Recognising that all are brothers and sisters
In your eyes.
Bring us together in joy and in sorrow
So that we may share in both
help us to give
comfort where needed.
So that we may grow in love and faith

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Prayer 347 - 13/12/2018

two smiling girls



Loving God,
your Son told his disciples
to become as little children.
Lead us to work for the welfare
and protection of all our
children and  young people.
May we respect their dignity
that they may flourish in life,
following the example of the same
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

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Prayer 346 - 12/12/2018

Most Patient God,
It is easy to be discouraged by
the pessimism of those around us.
But yet at every stage of our journey
your light is all around us if only we can see it.
Help us to avoid responding to
grumbles or harsh words
with anger.
Rather help us to guide those people
who offer us harsh words
with gentle wisdom
so that they be moved closer to your light.
Forgive us too, when we fail to do this but fall
Into anger or recrimination
Help us to stand back and evaluate our actions
on these occasions

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Prayer 345 - 11/12/2018

village in Sierra Leone

Dear Lord
We pray for those who are struggling to survive
and those who live in extreme poverty througout the world.
We remember that your son had a special place in his heart for the
poor and needy.
Help us as we approach Christmas remember how
fortunate we are to have so much
and help us not to take this well being for granted.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord
Amen


 

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Prayer 344 - 10/12/2018

Dear Lord

Strengthen us in our daily living
That we may pull together like a family;
Recognising that all are brothers and sisters
In your eyes.
Bring us together in joy and in sorrow
So that we may share in both
help us to give
comfort where needed.
So that we may grow in love and faith

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Prayer 343 - 09/12/2018



Keep the candle burning
Keep hope alive.
Even as the darkest hour approaches
You are ever at my side.

Thank you Lord
Amen

 

03-December-2016
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Prayer 342 - 08/12/2018

pine cone

Almighty God,

All thoughts of peace connect to you
   and originate in you.
We ask that you help thoughts of
   love and peace to grow
   in all your people;
  and in a world which seems filled with strife -
   if we share and spread your love
   we can make a change.
Help us build love and hope till the world
  Is filled with knowledge of your love

Amen

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Prayer 341 - 07/12/2018

walking together (Mongsanpo beach)

Father,

Where do we walk -
  if not with you?
What do we say -
  if what we say is not informed
  by the knowledge you have given us?
What do we see -
  if we don't pay heed
  to the message you have given us?
We walk to nowhere, say nothing,
  see nothing.
But strangely the more we know
and the more we see
and the more we hear
The greater we realise is our ignorance.

Lord help us to walk the right way
and follow your message
as best we can.

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Prayer 340 - 06/12/2018

City Mall

Dear Lord,

We are bombarded with suggestions
That if we buy this cream,
  that phone,
  these clothes,
  play this game
We will be fulfilled and happy.
In this world of temptation
  grant that we may follow
  your path to the way
  of true fulfillment
  in your glorious Love.

Amen

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Prayer 339 - 05/12/2018

carpenter at work


Thank you for all those who,
   by the work of their hands,
   express your love and light.
The practical workmen,
  whether it be
  carpenters or electricians,
  painters or street sweepers.
 Bless them in their work
  which is as much an expression of 
  You,
  as the work of muscians and artists.

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Prayer 338 - 04/12/2018

a forge

Dear Lord,

Every story comes to an end.
But where every story ends - new opportunities open.
I pray that you may help those venturning on new partnerships
To find ways to make them fruitful.
But may success be tempered with wisdom
and humility
Because without you we are but dust
 

Amen

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Prayer 337 - 03/12/2018

walking together (Mongsanpo beach)

Father,

Where do we walk -
  if not with you?
What do we say -
  if what we say is not informed
  by the knowledge you have given us?
What do we see -
  if we don't pay heed
  to the message you have given us?
We walk to nowhere, say nothing,
  see nothing.
But strangely the more we know
and the more we see
and the more we hear
The greater we realise is our ignorance.

Lord help us to walk the right way
and follow your message
as best we can.

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Prayer 336 - 02/12/2018

TheCape of Good Hope

Dear Lord,
Even the best of us
   can have bad thoughts;
Get angry sometimes.
Or things from the world without
   can trouble our minds.
We all experience these things,
But with your help it is possible
   to overcome bad thoughts
   and turn the negative to positive.
Help us, to grow and transform,
   to learn from those things within us
   that we would rather were not there.
 

25-November-2016
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Prayer 335 - 01/12/2018

Most Merciful Lord,
I know that it is up to us,
through our actions,
to make this world a better place.
But, I believe that you will always guide
a true heart
in the correct direction.
Please help us through our efforts to bring light
and peace into this world.
We can start in small ways
at home and at work
to try to make things better
Bless us with patience
knowing that all endevours
require effort and above all time
Amen
 

28-November-2016
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Prayer 334 - 30/11/2018

British houses of parliament

Almighty God,

May all those in positions of power
   in this world
Heed the call of Christ, our King,
   and learn from his example.
May they endeavour to bring unity
   where there is division,
Peace where there is war,
And justice where there is inequality.
Grant that we may all learn
   from His great compassion,
   His boundless love
And so grow closer
To You.
Amen

13-November-2016
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Prayer 333 - 29/11/2018

Penguin chick

Dear Lord,

Bless those in this world who
  feel unseen or un-appreciated.
Teach them not to feel bitter and resentful,
  and to let go of anger
  and the harsh judgement of others.
That through Your transforming love
  their thoughts can be reborn and
  they can bring light and goodness into
  this troubled world.
 

 

28-November-2016
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Prayer 332 - 28/11/2018

Greenland Huts

More than one path up the mountain
Gracious God,

Where-ever our path leads us,
Help us to see that there are many routes
To spiritual growth.
Help us to remember
  that negatives can become positives.
And when the path is steep
  keep our hope alive
  and strengthen our faith.

25-November-2016
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Prayer 331 - 27/11/2018

Death of a rose

God of Salvation

Thank you that you have saved us
    from futility
We are born, we live, we die
The cells of our bodies become
  molecules of earth and air and sea
But becasue you love us
   we live on.
Love has no end and you have saved us
  to be part of your love.
Help us to show your love to all we meet.



 

28-November-2016
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Prayer 330 - 26/11/2018

Greenland Huts

More than one path up the mountain
Gracious God,

Where-ever our path leads us,
Help us to see that there are many routes
To spiritual growth.
Help us to remember
  that negatives can become positives.
And when the path is steep
  keep our hope alive
  and strengthen our faith.

28-November-2016
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Prayer 329 - 25/11/2018

Wallace Monument

Dear Lord,

I pray that today I may take action
   on behalf of some other person.
Whether this be a small action
   such as giving up a seat on the bus
Or a large action 
  such as helping someone through a serious crisis.

Because, Lord, I know that the 'some-day'
  I have been waiting for
Is actually today
 that the correct time for acting is always now.

Forgive us our frailties, Lord,
   and help us to understand
That in each of us, there you are too.

Amen

23-November-2015
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Prayer 328 - 24/11/2018

TheCape of Good Hope

Dear Lord,
Even the best of us
   can have bad thoughts;
Get angry sometimes.
Or things from the world without
   can trouble our minds.
We all experience these things,
But with your help it is possible
   to overcome bad thoughts
   and turn the negative to positive.
Help us, to grow and transform,
   to learn from those things within us
   that we would rather were not there.
 

23-November-2015
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Prayer 327 - 23/11/2018

British houses of parliament

Almighty God,

May all those in positions of power
   in this world
Heed the call of Christ, our King,
   and learn from his example.
May they endeavour to bring unity
   where there is division,
Peace where there is war,
And justice where there is inequality.
Particularly may they use good judgement
in deciding on how to respond to acts of terror,
so that more innocent people are not killed
and the cycle of violence is not perpetuated.

Grant that we may all learn
   from His great compassion,
   His boundless love
And so grow closer
To You.
Amen
 

23-November-2015
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Prayer 325 - 21/11/2018

Heavenly Father,

We think of those who spent last night in close proximity to us;
    our own household,
    those next door,
    across the street.

Some we know well, some barely at all,
   as we shut ourselves away behind locked doors.

Bless each one as we bring them to mind;
    be with them through their day
    and bring them safely home at night.

Amen

Sunday 20th November 2016

13-November-2016
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Prayer 324 - 20/11/2018

child drawing

God of Creation,

Thank you for planting the
   spark of creation
   in us too;
For the pleasure we
   have in creating,
   and the pleasure we
   in turn can give through
   our creations.
Thank you for all the artists,
   the musicians and writers
   who enrich our lives,
   and bless them in their work.

13-November-2016
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Prayer 323 - 19/11/2018

Loving Father,

holding hands

When someone is told
  they are going to die,
  they and their family are brought up short.
Teach them there is nowhere
  they can go
Where you will not be also.
Nowhere they can be
  where you cannot hear them
  when they call.
May they be comforted
  as you hold them
  in your gentle hands
  and they feel your healing breath
  upon them.

Amen

13-November-2016
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Prayer 322 - 18/11/2018

mountains blanketted in mist


Misty mornings when the sun is hidden;
  Joy as it breaks through.
Sometimes, Lord, it can feel as though
  you are hidden too.
Help me to remember
  you are always there, and
The things of life that cloud my view
  will fade away like mist.

13-November-2016
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Prayer 321 - 17/11/2018

sharing

Lord,
We recognise when we walk alongside someone.

There is something inside that says
     "Yes, this is right."
And we carry on,
  even when it doesn't seem logical.


As long as we know God is walking with us,
Helping someone else is but a small thing.

So Lord,
  please help me find others to walk beside
,
  and thank you for walking with me

 

13-November-2016
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Prayer 320 - 16/11/2018

Health workers

A Prayer for staff working in our hospitals and clinics

GRACIOUS God,

You rule your people by love,
   and it is through love
    that we can help those in need.
Bless those who are charged
   with looking after the sick
   in our hospitals and clinics.
Help thm to be effective in their work .
When your Son came to earth
   he healed the sick;
   bless all who continue that work,
   and strengthen them in body and soul.
Amen.

13-November-2016
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Prayer 318 - 14/11/2018

Sometimes the world can seem very dark,
with wars and bad news in the media.
But what we need to remember is that
every bit of light we bring into the world
is there forever.
That light counteracts the dark influences
that always get news coverage
but are never the full story.
Lord I pray for your help to us all
so that we can bring
goodness and light
into this world.
 

11-November-2016
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Prayer 317 - 13/11/2018

Free as a bird

Is this the day I asked myself
That I can be free?
The next day I asked the same
And the day after that
And the next one too.
After a while I stopped asking
Then when I was quiet a voice came
Clearly to me.
"In order to be free, you must learn to be free"
was all it said.
Dear Lord, please help me to understand the special
Freedom that you offer to all.
Help others to find freedom in you too.
Help the world learn your freedom.

11-November-2016
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Prayer 316 - 12/11/2018

ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum

A sudden blaze of glory
awake before the sun
It's colour breaking the dawn
Across the garden lawns
Catching the eye.
A "short day plant"
so it blooms in spring and
autumn
Dear Lord let us find a little bit
of the chrysanthemum in ourselves today
 

11-November-2016
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Prayer 315 - 11/11/2018

Number 10 bus

Thank the lord for bus passes
  a little piece of plastic
  granting a freedom to older people.
I think that to ride on a bus
  is a sort of privelege.
Maybe everybody should be given
  a bus pass..
Thank you lord for looking after
  those who need your protection

02-November-2016
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Prayer 314 - 10/11/2018

Dear Lord
I used to think that the beautiful patterns found
in nature arose from mathematics
and science.
But now I know that even mathematics
arises from you.
For you are the foundation of all things
and the beauty of the world
Is just as it is supposed to be
even my appreciation of it.
 

28-October-2016
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Prayer 313 - 09/11/2018

Poppies

We hear about the peace of God
  which passes all understanding.
Dear lord, help more people feel your peace,
The underlying calm of your divine self.
Help those who experience turbulence and change
  tap into your unchanging love
  and thus draw comfort.

 

02-November-2016
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Prayer 312 - 08/11/2018

carrying news papers

Dear Lord
Help me to achieve a better understanding
Of the state of the world.
News has become a modern addiction
with instant news on the web and
mobile devices.
But what is going on at a deeper
level rarely features on the front page.
While there is still much turbulence in the world,
there are also many harmonies.
I pray that I may better align myself with these
To help spread harmony and peace

 

Sunday 8th November

02-November-2016
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Prayer 311 - 07/11/2018

Number 10 bus

Thank the lord for bus passes
  a little piece of plastic
  granting a freedom to older people.
I think that to ride on a bus
  is a sort of privelege.
Maybe everybody should be given
  a bus pass..
Thank you lord for looking after
  those who need your protection

01-November-2015
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Prayer 310 - 06/11/2018

On this tandem it is very cosy
Just myself and God,
If I stear a little sharply, he kindly compensates
If I peddle a little too hard,
He slows me down
If I peddle a little too slowly
He speeds me up
Together we move along
And every day I thank him
For tandems

Sunday 6th of November 2016

02-November-2016
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Prayer 308 - 04/11/2018

view of the sky

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
  the world will know peace" Jimi Hendrix

It was not a new thought,
   indeed William Gladstone said something similar,
But still it is a reminder that to love
  is to let go,
  be willing to foresake power,
  money and prestige
  for the sake of others.
I believe that simply through
many people having love in their hearts
we can spread the energy of love
in this world, not tomorrow but right now!
Thus love does indeed have power.
And I pray that we may indeed
generate that special power

Amen

02-November-2016
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Prayer 307 - 03/11/2018

Did I hear a voice on the breeze
  saying "come follow me"?
Did I hear an echo in the hills
  saying "I am the way"?
Did I catch a voice in the crowd
  saying "follow me and you shall find
  eternal life"?
And is it not surprising that this voice
  still permeates our landscape
  two thousand years on?
 

02-November-2016
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Prayer 306 - 02/11/2018

rising sun

Dear Lord,

In the Lord's Prayer Jesus said
"on earth as it is in heaven"
I pray that a little bit of heaven
may grow in each and every one of us,
Helping us to grow and 
prosper in a way that only you can achieve.
Let something good arise in us
So that the sacrifices of the past
shall not be wasted
Amen

01-November-2015
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Prayer 305 - 01/11/2018

Dear Lord,  protect the innocence of our children. 
Let them play and not hear the threats
in some of the seasonal activities to come.  
Keep them pure in heart and let no harm come to their spirit. 
Help their parents to allow their childish celebrations,
while still reminding them
of the wonderful works of the saints.

 

26-October-2015
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Prayer 304 - 31/10/2018

Shining out

Father in heaven,
we thank you for giving us light.
We thank you for the great hope for a day whose light
is not of our making, whose source is in you,
a day to come that can touch our lives already today.
Keep our hearts steadfast, free of all human wavering.
May we always hold to the love you have given
through your grace, and may we find joy in your love,
which is full of light and understanding.
Amen.

28-October-2016
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Prayer 303 - 30/10/2018

Trusting one another

Dear Lord,
Sometimes trusting others is hard,
because we are fallible and make mistakes
but in order for love to grow
our tolerance of others must also grow
and I believe we must be willing to trust
and give a second, third, fourth and fifth chance
as needed, until our trust is rewarded
just as you do.
Amen

28-October-2016
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Prayer 302 - 29/10/2018

autumn leaves

Lord we appreciate the seasons which roll round,
in tune with the church’s festivals, 
and the work of your hands,
amazing us every time they  re-occur again. 

Soon Advent will be with us, 
a time for prayer and reflection on the year just passed,
and hope for the future with the coming again of Christ Jesus. 
Help us to use your seasons
to deepen our awareness  of our own spirituality
and to seek a deeper communion with you,
creator of all things.

28-October-2016
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Prayer 301 - 28/10/2018

Dear Lord
I used to think that the beautiful patterns found
in nature arose from mathematics
and science.
But now I know that even mathematics
arises from you.
For you are the foundation of all things
and the beauty of the world
Is just as it is supposed to be
even my appreciation of it.
 

26-October-2015
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Prayer 300 - 27/10/2018

lifebelt

Dear Lord,

Whatever comes in life I know that you are with me.
Thank you Lord for keeping us safe,
even when our actions may inadvertantly
put us in danger. 
Life is full of little incidents and it is often
very hard to let go and be "philosophical".
Help us to keep a steady mind at difficult times
and bless those who help us at such times
Amen

20-October-2016
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Prayer 299 - 26/10/2018

A windy autumn day

Lord,  it’s a wonderful blowy windy day today. 
The leaves are dancing around,
hurrying, scurrying across the lawn
and the pavement outside. 

Every so often there is a squally gust of rain
on the wind,
which seems to blow a bit harder.  
There is an excitement to the elements, 
an anticipation of the autumn treats to come. 
A reminder that winter is on its way,
with the wonders of Christmas to celebrate
and keep us happy while we wait for Spring
during the darkest months.

20-October-2016
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Prayer 298 - 25/10/2018

Assisi Italy

Dear Lord,

Please give me the chance
  to do one thing today
  to make the world a better place
Even something small like  giving a smile
  or saying thank you or praising someone.
It is a privilege to be able to make a difference of any kind,
so thank you for any opportunities that come my way.
I believe as you have taught that
  the ultimate goal is to bring light
  and love into this world.
So lord the chance to do good
 and be helpful is the one thing I ask

20-October-2016
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Prayer 297 - 24/10/2018

people can be difficult or angry

When Jesus was asked which is the
greatest commandment he replied:

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets
hang on these two commandments.”

Dear Lord,
When Jesus told us to love your neighbour as ourselves,
he was recognising the commonality of all people.
However, sometimes people can be difficult, or angry
or cruel and unkind for no reason (particulary in relationships).
On these occasions it is hard not to be angry
and to turn the other cheek.
Help me to learn a deeper patience so that
I can let go of any anger that may arise at such times
Amen

20-October-2016
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Prayer 296 - 23/10/2018

tube train

Gracious Lord,
I know that you will work within and with anyone,
No matter what their views and no matter what is in
their pasts.
We talk about the judgement of God
but I have learnt that it is human beings
who most tend to be judgemental.
Lord help me to see the good in others
and to avoid making judgements.
Help me to set aside any views I have
so that I may approach each person with an open mind

 

20-October-2016
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Prayer 295 - 22/10/2018

purple crocus

Springtime

Lord, it's Autumn now
But our technology means we can
  remember Spring
Rekindle hope of Springs to come

Knowing you, it's always Springtime
  in our hearts
Always Autumn, ripe with fruit

Eternal God, with you, all time
​   is now.
 

20-October-2016
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Prayer 294 - 21/10/2018

praying hands

Lord God

I want to devote my life to you
All I am, every moment, every day
I dream of being wholly yours
But...
  I have so much to do
  So many people I can't let down
Teach me to trust my duties to you
My loved ones to you
My life to you
Lord, teach me to trust.


 

07-October-2016
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Prayer 293 - 20/10/2018

birds flying at sunset

Thank you lord for you presence in our lives
For this opens our awareness and opens our hearts
Even though it is often hard to walk the path
That you guide us on.
It is ultimately rewarding and always worthwhile.
It is only with your help
That we can ultimately find the right way
And find peace,
through the admission that we had been lost
and be content to leave the past behind.

07-October-2016
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Prayer 292 - 19/10/2018

Bountiful God
We thank you for the plentiful food we have
 to eat and enjoy
Thank you that we can stock food banks
 to help those who have fallen on hard times
Amidst this wealth, we remember those
 who are unable to enjoy it due to
 eating  disorders and other illnesses
May your loving touch help them
 back to health that they too may share
 in your provision.

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Prayer 291 - 18/10/2018

the buds of something brighter

The buds of something brighter
can appear.
When we want it, when we are ready.
Just like a flower opening,
new hope and new life.
At first the petels are so delicate
But with care they expand and fully flower.
Lord help us to bloom and make use
of the many gifts you have given us
 

07-October-2016
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Prayer 290 - 17/10/2018

Crossing the bridge
It often seems that we are surrounded by hazards
crossing the bridge over a chasm.
Or that we may fall at any moment
into the abyss created by our anxieties
But maybe we only need faith in your strength
and greater view.
May we be guided by your caring hand
so that the bridge we walk on feels safe
and sure

07-October-2016
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Prayer 289 - 16/10/2018

children of God

God of Peace
We look for peace in our war torn world
But see the violence of one against another
May the heart of the victim
 be open to forgive
May the eyes of the torturer
 be opened to see
May they recognise each other
 as children of one God
 

07-October-2016
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Prayer 288 - 15/10/2018

a lighthouse

Dear Lord,

Yours is a greater mission
   and more challenging than any other.
We pray that we may not get so bogged down
   in the detail of living
  so that we loose sight of your goals.
Let your inspiration fill our hearts
   and provide a guiding light
  to our work.
May we vigorously live our lives
   energised by your strength
   so that we may better pursue your aims.

07-October-2016
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Prayer 287 - 14/10/2018

holding hands

Comforting God,
whose Son, Jesus Christ, understood the suffering
of others even before they spoke.
We pray for those in pain or anguish,
the sick or those in hospital.
Bring to those who need your strength
your infinite love and kindness.
Give hope to those who fear
through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

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Prayer 286 - 13/10/2018

Cross against an evening sky

Dear Lord,
We are sometimes reminded that our time on this world
is limited. That our lives can end at any time.
But our faith gives us the sure knowledge
that by following your path we can eventually ascend
to your kingdom.
So we pray for the recently departed
and those left behind.
It is hard when a family looses a daughter or a son
but we are reassured when we think
that the same son or daughter is now in your hands.

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Prayer 285 - 12/10/2018

Light at the end of the tunnel

Most merciful Lord,
The story of Matthew the apostle helps us to remember
That true riches are not found in wealth or materials.
Let us remember that in order
to follow your Son Jesus Christ, Matthew
had to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain.
Let us remember too, that the hope of a better world;
one filled with compassion and love
and a more equal sharing of wealth,
is not a dream or a fantasy but it is something
that in reality we can create if we wish to.
So let us retain our optimism and hope
Despite the troubled times

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Prayer 284 - 11/10/2018

Girl working

Bless those who are on their own.
Whether they be workers who work alone
or simply people who are isolated or ignored.
Or on their own because of illness,
or circumstance.
Bless children who have to work
alone and in poor conditions
the world over
 

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Prayer 283 - 10/10/2018

autumn leaf

God of Autumn
Bless this most beautiful season
when a myriad of colours gloriously
pronounce your presence in the world.
As winter draws nearer
let us remember that the end
is also a beginning,
And that spring crops are planted in autumn
Amen
 

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Prayer 282 - 09/10/2018

sheet music

Dear Lord
Thank you for all the marvelous works of literature
and music there are in the world.
It is said that the pen is mightier than the sword,
Let those works that expand your light and love
shine out and provide a beacon
to humanity.
May you continue to work in our authors
and composers and all creative people

Amen

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Prayer 281 - 08/10/2018

everyday kindess

Most Generous Father,
Thank you for all the little blessings that come
Into our lives.
The things we often take for granted,
The smile given by a friendly stranger,
The casual kindness given and received
by those we know or meet.
The kind words we encounter,
and for those who give praise.
May we in return offer back such kindnesses
as we receive.

 

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Prayer 280 - 07/10/2018

finding friends

Loving Father

We ask your blessing on all who are lonely
  and afraid
For those who dare not venture outside.
Touch with your healing hand
   those who are hurting
   those who feel betrayed by people
  they love and trusted.
May all who lack for friendship
  find a friend in you.
 

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Prayer 279 - 06/10/2018

Help us to make use of the gifts you have given us.
Let our lights shine brightly
 and bring good into the world.
Help us to see the good path in our lives
 and listen to your words. 
Let us be a blessing to 
 those around us.
 

04-October-2015
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Prayer 278 - 05/10/2018

child in harvest festival

Lord God of Life,

We thank you for your abundance.
For food and families and friends.
Thank you for parties
Where we can enjoy them all.

We recall the meals you shared
Remind us to imitate your inclusivity
  - hospitality to the marginalised.

 

 

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Prayer 277 - 04/10/2018

rough sleepers

We pray for those
  who have made a mess of their lives;
  the druggies, the drunks,
  the gambling addicts,
  the con men and the criminals.

Remind us Lord
  that you did not condemn such people,
  only their crimes.
Remind us that we should do the same.
You promised a place in paradise
  to the repentant thief who was crucified
 on a cross alongside yourself.
​That promise is as valid today as it was then.

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Prayer 276 - 03/10/2018

Butterfly

Loving Father,

Thank you for teaching me patience,
   and helping me
   to look beyond myself.
Thanks for teaching me that whilst
   the path to your light
   is both long and hard
   others walk it with me.
Thank you for showing me
   that the end is worth the wait
 

24-September-2016
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Prayer 275 - 02/10/2018

Holy Trinity Bengeo

Dear Lord we pray for your church.

We give thanks for all those who have
   heeded your call to follow you
   and have become ministers in the church.
Guide them in their work.

We ask that you protect all
   Christian communities who
   suffer persecution,
Light a candle of hope in 
   the hearts of their members,
And grant them the strength
   to endure.

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Prayer 274 - 01/10/2018

Harvest Festival offerings

Bountiful God,

Thank you for such a wonderful year for growing
   and producing food and crops.
As the harvest is gathered in
   we remember the hard work and dedication
   of those who work on the land.
We ask your blessing on them and
   their endeavours.
I pray that our own inner harvest,
   so much more important than the outer one,
   may also bear such good fruit.

Sunday 28th September

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Prayer 273 - 30/09/2018

stepping stones

What is faith?

For me it is:
A firm knowledge that God is at work within me
   moulding me into the person
   I am meant to be.
A belief in working for a better world;
   so that we might
   learn to live in peace with each other.
A belief that together we can reach the light
   even though it seems so far off.
Learning a deeper trust -
  one that allows me to let go
  of cares, worries
  and the bad habits of the past;
Knowing that I am not in this alone,
   for God is with me.


Thank you, Lord, for all that my faith has given me


 

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Prayer 272 - 29/09/2018

standing tall

Generous God,

Help me to believe in myself as well as others.
Help my confidence to grow as you help
   the confidence of others to grow.
Help the young to grow in confidence,
  learn to come close to you
  and carry out your work.
 

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Prayer 271 - 28/09/2018

a spider's web in the autumn

Autumn is a magical time
  of natural beauty.
A single fallen leaf
  can be found to be home
  to many creatures.
A spider weaving its web,
  is a simple creature producing
  such a complex and beautiful structure.
Yet we take this beauty for granted.
Surely it is,
  as Elizabeth Barret Browning said,
 that
"every common bush is afire with God".

 

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Prayer 270 - 27/09/2018

The material things in life
   seem small,
   even irrelevant.
Whether we have wealth,
   power or honours,
   they seem to have little meaning,
   in the greater scheme.
Lord, I pray for the greatest honour of all,
   simply to be able to give myself.
 

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Prayer 269 - 26/09/2018

mother and baby

The word "love" can seem overused.
But for me "love" is about walking with others
  and helping them to progress and develop.
Feeling for them
  when they are hurt,
  whilst helping them find a way forward.
Love requires patience and is rarely easy.
Lord, help me develop my love for others,
   give me the privilege of helping to bring
   love and peace to the world.
Amen

Sunday 25th September 2016

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Prayer 268 - 25/09/2018

shaking hands

Gracious God,
It seems we often forget that the
  greatest honour of all
  is to serve others,
  above any monetary remuneration.
Public servants give service to the community.
But somehow, over the years,
  the "civil servant" seems to
  have become devalued,
  almost something to be avoided,
  synonymous with the wasting of money.
I pray for all those who give service
  to others .
For the civil servants, teachers,
  police officers and social workers
  who carry out such invaluable work for society.
Teach me to give service to others
Through, our Lord, Jesus Christ
Amen

 

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Prayer 267 - 24/09/2018

mother and baby

The word "love" can seem overused.
But for me "love" is about walking with others
  and helping them to progress and develop.
Feeling for them
  when they are hurt,
  whilst helping them find a way forward.
Love requires patience and is rarely easy.
Lord, help me develop my love for others,
   give me the privilege of helping to bring
   love and peace to the world.
Amen

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Prayer 266 - 23/09/2018

shaking hands

Gracious God,
It seems we often forget that the
  greatest honour of all
  is to serve others,
  above any monetary remuneration.
Public servants give service to the community.
But somehow, over the years,
  the "civil servant" seems to
  have become devalued,
  almost something to be avoided,
  synonymous with the wasting of money.
I pray for all those who give service
  to others .
For the civil servants, teachers,
  police officers and social workers
  who carry out such invaluable work for society.
Teach me to give service to others
Through, our Lord, Jesus Christ
Amen

 

03-September-2016
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Prayer 88 - 29/03/2017

students at an exam

Dear Lord
We pray for all students who are studying for exams
Also those who are making choices about courses
or classes.
It is important to recognise how privileged we are
to have the gift of education
And thus help the young to understand
The opportunity that has been given to them.
We also pray for those who find school hard
for one reason or another.
May they grown in confidence
and eventually find a niche and path through
 

29-March-2017
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Prayer 87 - 28/03/2017

My Lord, your son has suffered so much, shed so much blood.
I was born with so many faults
and my nature is so full of weakness,
and yet your son Jesus has died on the cross.
For me.
I know your grace has the power
to cleanse me of my many sins
and to make me more like your Son.
Thank you for your goodness and love for me.
I ask you, Father, to watch over me - always.

 

26-March-2017
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Prayer 86 - 27/03/2017

flowers and libraryDear Lord,

you gather me in this upper room with your son,
to be fed by your love.
At that supper, Jesus told us to "love one another"
and I know that is the heart of his gift,
his sacrifice for me.
I ask that I might find the source of my own heart,
the meaning for my own life,
in that Eucharist.
Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.

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Prayer 26 - 26/01/2017

Hertfordshrie scene

A Prayer for Mercy

LORD, remember Christ your Son who is peace itself
and who has washed away our hatred with his blood.
Because you love all people, look with mercy on us.
Banish the violence and evil within us, and in answer
to our prayers restore tranquillity and peace.
Amen.

24-January-2017
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Prayer 25 - 25/01/2017

church window

Dear Lord,

We offer a prayer for Bengeo and our local community,
That it may remain peaceful and a place of welcome
and friendliness.
We pray for blessings for those who work to serve
our community in one way or another,
Whether it be people attached to the Church
or people who help through voluntary service,
or those such as cleaners and refuse collectors
who serve our community through their work.
May our doors and our hearts always be open
to those in need and may we learn to spread
Christ's love

Amen

Sunday 25th January
 

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Prayer 24 - 24/01/2017

hands joined in friendship

Dear Lord,

Help me to give good guidance to others
To be a good friend where a friend is needed
To be firm where firmness is needed
And to always listen to you.
For I know that it is only through you that this
world can progress,
and only through progress that the world
can eventually find peace.
 

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Prayer 21 - 21/01/2017

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Prayers for those living with debt

Father, we pray for the many who are trapped by growing burdens of debt,  who see no way out, and who despair for their future: give them courage to tackle the problems they face, clarity in taking decisions which will turn their situation around, and faith that, as they cry to you in their trouble, you will deliver them from their distress; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

God of power, you are strong to save and you never fail those who trust in you. Keep under your protection all who suffer as a result of debt: help them through their time of darkness, give wisdom to all who seek to help, and bring them to know true freedom in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 

18-January-2017
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Dear Lord,

Bless all those who raise children and those who care for home and family.
Their work is often unseen and underappreciated. 
We know that you can open our eyes to that which is right, and we pray that we may always appreciate the hard work that goes into raising a family and the daily effort made by loving mothers and fathers.
Also we remember and thank our own parents for the hard work, support and love they gave to us.
We know that there is no more valuable work than raising the young.
We pray that you may guide all parents and infuse them with your wisdom
Amen

18-January-2017
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Prayer 19 - 19/01/2017

Verses from Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

You mark out my journeys and my resting place and are acquainted with all my ways. Where can I go then from your spirit?
​Or where can I flee from your presence?

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there your hand shall lead me, your right hand hold me fast. 

Dear Lord

There are many ways we could go in our lives. There are many paths we could tread.
Are we best to take a path that leads to working with others, or should we pursue a different career?
We know lord that you know each of us far better than we know ourselves.
We ask for your guidance and help in finding a way forward.
Bearing in mind that you always walk the path together with us. 
May your hand always lead us and may we be guided by your infinite wisdom.

Amen

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Prayer 18 - 18/01/2017

church windowDear Lord

I have heard the expression “to grow in spirit”,
It seems desirable to aim to both grow in spirit and to help others do the same.
But first lord what do we mean by “growing in Spirit”;
I think that it means growing within us
the spiritual side of our being,
 through prayer, meditation and
through trying to make ourselves more like Jesus.
St. Peter says “make every effort to add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, love.”
Lord help us on our journey
And help us to seek the answer to the important
questions that the concept of spiritual growth engenders
Through Christ our Lord
Amen

18-January-2017
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Prayer 16 - 16/01/2017

 

park bench

Dear Lord, 
we ask for your love for those who are lonely, scared, afraid of the world outside of their four walls.
Reach out your hand Lord, and touch those who are vulnerable to hurt and pain, whether from unkind words, or cruel actions, from strangers or from those they love and depend on for their well-being.
Bless them with your sweetness, your healing touch.  
Protect them from their fears;
give them strength to get through every day.  
We pray, Lord, that they will turn to you, 
and receive your confidence in the love you offer.

Amen

 

16-January-2017
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Prayer 15 - 15/01/2017

 

park bench

Dear Lord, 
we ask for your love for those who are lonely, scared, afraid of the world outside of their four walls.
Reach out your hand Lord, and touch those who are vulnerable to hurt and pain, whether from unkind words, or cruel actions, from strangers or from those they love and depend on for their well-being.
Bless them with your sweetness, your healing touch.  
Protect them from their fears;
give them strength to get through every day.  
We pray, Lord, that they will turn to you, 
and receive your confidence in the love you offer.

Amen

 

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Prayer 14 - 14/01/2017

Heavenly Father source of all truth and wisdom, 
who knows and loves the whole creation, 
watch over our nation: that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness and
the concerns of every person be heard.
Lord Jesus, who chose the way of the cross
in the Garden of Gethsemane, help us to turn our backs
on self interest and to support policies that sustain the poor,
the vulnerable and the frightened people of this world.
Holy Spirit, who brought understanding among myriad peoples and
languages at Pentecost, give to all your people
a passion for peace and inspire us to work for unity
and co-operation throughout the world and in our political life together.

Amen.

07-January-2017
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Prayer 13 - 13/01/2017

Pine tree on frosty day

Father, you know our hearts and share our sorrows.

We are hurt by our parting from those whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to truer living,
our affliction to firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Prayer 12 - 12/01/2017

Street children in Afghanistan

Dear Lord,

We pray that a knowledge of you may spread
in the world and bring deeper peace and greater justice.
We recall all those who work in developing nations
for far less than minimum wage
and we pray for the well being of these people and their families. 
We pray for ways forward that may help lift these people out of poverty.
You taught us to speak out for what is right. 
Make us content with nothing less than a world 
that is transformed into the shape of love,
​where poverty shall be no more.

Amen

07-January-2017
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Prayer 11 - 11/01/2017

peace day logo

Dear Lord,

In these troubled times we pray for the victims of violence
throughout the world.
We recall that we are all joined through you, so
for every person who dies through violence
a part of us dies too.
We also pray that those who  perpetrate
violence and disorder
move away from such behaviour towards
more logical and peaceful ways of resolving conflict.
Help us to be ever the vanguards of peace
Amen

Sunday 11th January

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Prayer 10 - 10/01/2017

stepping stones

Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day. 
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers, now and always.
Amen

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Prayer 9 - 09/01/2017

Amaryllis Belladonna

Loving God, you make us in your image.
Forgive us when we fail to see your image in each other,
when we give in to greed and indifference
when we do not question the systems that are life-denying.
As we are made in your image,
let us live in your image and be Christ-like in service, endurance and love.
Amen

07-January-2017
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Prayer 8 - 08/01/2017

St Leonard's Church tree

God of reconciliation and grace,

you promise us a world where all is new,
where love is born when hope is gone,
where broken relationships are restored to wholeness.
May we live as people who know your story of love,
and we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live this story. God of abundant life,
may we be witnessess of love, hope and peace,
and co-creators of your life in the world.

Amen

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Prayer 7 - 07/01/2017

light and darkness

Almighty God,
You who know us better than ourselves,
know that we all have darkness within us.
But with your tuition we can use we can use that darkness
To guide us in the right direction and help to bring
goodness into the world.
We pray that people learn to turn
negative thoughts into positive ones.
And to learn greater restraint and mindfulness.
Help us not to agonise over our weaknesses
but rather to use them as an asset.
Give us the patience to continue the long road to growth
Amen

03-January-2017
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Prayer 6 - 06/01/2017

Dear Lord

We pray for those people who have lost their homes
whether through re-possession or eviction
or through war, famine or natural disaster.
There is nothing more unsettling
than to be uprooted and vulnerable.
We pray that you will help to guide us
in helping and protecting such people and their children.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

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Prayer 5 - 05/01/2017

birds flying at sunset

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people's fear and pain
before they spoke of them,
we pray for those in hospital;
surround the frightened with your tenderness;
give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience
to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

Sunday 4th of January 2015

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Prayer 4 - 04/01/2017

net curtain

Dear Lord,

Help us to keep the light of conscience alive
and to do what we know is right
though no one sees us but you.
Help us to forgive others for actual or perceived wrongs
Help us to step outside ourselves and look at things
dispassionately rather than through the veil
Of our feelings.
Mostly help us to spread peace and love in this world

Amen

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Prayer 3 - 03/01/2017

blank sheet

Almighty and everlasting God,
though I am but a tiny speck in this vast universe,
may I be filled with your light this year.
Grant me the good grace to help others,
and to know that those around me
are truly my brothers and sisters.
Help me to judge others less,
rather to learn more from those around me.
Let me not bring into this year the problems
and issues of yesterday but treat each day
as a clean sheet
Through Jesus Christ our lord
Amen

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Prayer 1 - 01/01/2017

Happy New Year for 2017

hands in light

 

Dear Lord,

No one knows what lays ahead for them in the year to come. But we do know that a spiritual path is always full of challenges as well as fulfillment.
We pray that with your guidence and everlasting presence in our lives we may find a way through even the most difficult days we face the future with a gladness of heart - through a knowledge of your everlasting love.

 

May each and every one of us be guided by your light thoughout the year.
Through the grace of your Son, Jesus Christ who died for us.

Amen

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Prayer 365 - 31/12/2016

sunrise

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger,
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Prayer 365 - 30/12/2016

sunrise

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger,
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Prayer 353 - 18/12/2016

hands coming together

Lord we remember as Christmas approaches,
all those in need in the world.

We remember those who are refugees, 
having had to flee war or famine in their own countries.
We hope and pray for their safe delivery from evil.
For the children caught up in the world's conflicts,
we pray for deliverance and for a safe future

Through Jesus Christ our Lord
​Amen

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Prayer 331 - 26/11/2016

Death of a rose

God of Salvation

Thank you that you have saved us
    from futility
We are born, we live, we die
The cells of our bodies become
  molecules of earth and air and sea
But becasue you love us
   we live on.
Love has no end and you have saved us
  to be part of your love.
Help us to show your love to all we meet.



 

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Prayer 330 - 25/11/2016

Wallace Monument

Dear Lord,

I pray that today I may take action
   on behalf of some other person.
Whether this be a small action
   such as giving up a seat on the bus
Or a large action 
  such as helping someone through a serious crisis.

Because, Lord, I know that the 'some-day'
  I have been waiting for
Is actually today
 that the correct time for acting is always now.

Forgive us our frailties, Lord,
   and help us to understand
That in each of us, there you are too.

Amen

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Prayer 264 - 20/09/2016

On growing old.

Lord,
I am getting old.
I've just had a big '0' birthday,  
and I am not used to this old me yet -  
  slower, stiffer, forgetful.
It's frustrating.

Yet you aren't put off by my grey hair,
  my difficulty in remembering names and words.

And although I grow older
  every day is beautiful,
  every day you are near.  
And now I see that my slowing down gives me
   more time to talk to you,
   and more time to listen for your response.
Your words are my guide
  and your prophets my inspiration.

 Me getting older,
and You forever ageless.

 Please, Lord,
  impart your wisdom to me,
  and teach me to face my troubles
  with courage and dignity.  
I know that my love for you
   is returned in ample measure,
    and that your comfort is boundless.  
Thank you Lord,
   for loving me just as I am.

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Prayer 263 - 19/09/2016

Most gracious God,

Bless us this day,
   and help us to appreciate
   the good things of life.
Help us with the challenges we face today
   and grant us the courage to take
   the decisions that are needed,
   strengthened by our faith.

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Prayer 262 - 18/09/2016

view of Holy Trinity Bengeo from inside

Holy Trinity Church

Generous Father,

Thank you for the peace I feel
   when I enter our church to pray.  
Thank you for the feeling that you are near,
   holding me close,
   calming my worries and fears.

Thank you for the friends who pray with me,
   people who know me so well
   because I can share with them
   the person that I am.  
They understand how the power of
   the Holy Communion enfolds me.
Lord, I know that you share in my joys.
And You know how I love these friends
   to whom I owe so much.

I thank you for them,
  for all the blessings you grant me,
  and for Your presence in my life.

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Prayer 261 - 17/09/2016

Aeroplane in early flieght

It is a beautiful day today.  
I was expecting to feel a bit sad, a bit low,
having seen my sister off at the airport,
knowing that it will a couple of years until I see her again.

But then I thought of it from her point of view -  
going home to her family,
going back to the sunshine and advancing summer,
and her life - her work, her sport, her groups, her friends.  
I am happy that she is happy and loves her life.  
I will not be sad - it degrades her joy.  
The time will pass quickly until I see her again.  
Thank you Lord for showing me how to love her properly, and let her go without sad faces and tears, but with the smiles and laughter that she brings me in my life when we are together.

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Prayer 260 - 16/09/2016

autumn leaves

Friday

Everyone is always pleased when it is Friday,
Because for many people
   the working week is over.
The weekend signals a time for leisure,
I thank You, Lord,
  for a safe week
   and I thank you
   for all the blessings of the week
and all I have gained.
I remember too that your Son,
  Jesus Christ, died on a Friday.
So Friday always has a tinge of sadness,
   of something good that is past.
But then we can all hope for rebirth next week

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Prayer 258 - 14/09/2016

Eclipse of the moon

Passing of the days

Lord, we see the moon waxing
  Then we see it wane
  Too often missing the glory of its fullness
Buds open, flowers fade
   You see the ultimate beauty
   Of each one.
   Do we?
Our lives are short
  In the history of time
Help us each day
  To stop and see
  A glimpse of eternal beauty
 That cannot be seen tomorrow.

 

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Prayer 257 - 13/09/2016

I read somewhere
  That the prime purpose of humans
   Is to worship God.
Why, I pondered,
Should you need me to worship you?
You who are All and Everything?
I had barely finished the question
Before God replied,
  It is not for my sake
  But your own.
  You need to worship
In order to be fully human.

Sunday 14th September

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Prayer 256 - 12/09/2016

Dear Lord,

Help us to assist others to succeed.
Allow us to recognise what is needed
  for them to succeed,
  because sometimes it may not be
  what they think they need.
Teach us to give others
  positive feedback,
  because this is the fertile earth
  in which success can grow
 

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Prayer 255 - 11/09/2016

Incredible India

Dear Lord,
Every time we turn on the news
  there is so much death and destruction
  that sometimes it is difficult to remember that
  there are so many good people.
People who desire peace,
  people who are working for a better world.
Thank you Lord for all these "beautiful" people
  the world over.
Thank you for all their efforts
  and the amazing results they achieve
 

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Prayer 255 - 11/09/2016

Thumbs up

Gentle Father,

Help us
  to say kind words to others,
  to offer praise and encouragement;
  to think before we speak
  and change our negative words
  to positive ones.

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Prayer 248 - 04/09/2016

windy and rainy day

Dear Lord

Sometimes life can feel like a stormy autumn day,
yet with the rain comes growth and green shoots.

Help us, lord, to get through the rough times
and to see the bigger picture.
Help us to make the most effective use
of the gifts you have given us.
And to recoginse those gifts in ourself and others
Amen

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Prayer 247 - 03/09/2016

smiling face

Dear Lord

Teach us to be light hearted at times
   and let go of our cares.
Sometimes laughter can help us
   turn a corner
   or overcome a problem.
Seeing the funnier side of things
   can help us find release
   and put things in perspective.
Though our worries may
   be real and well founded
   we often need to stand back.

Help us find peace through our laughter.

 

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Prayer 245 - 01/09/2016

birds flying at sunsetDear Lord

Thank you for all the blessings you have brought into my life.
I hope and pray that I can share these blessings with others.
Also I remember and pray for those who have
not been as fortunate as myself.
Particularly I pray for the refugees fleeing war and poverty at risk of death
in the Mediterranean Sea.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored.
Amen

Robert Thompson
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Prayer 244 - 31/08/2016

mountains blanketted in mist

God of Love

I am surrounded by love.
My family, my friends love me -
   perhaps not all the time,
   perhaps sometimes with a touch of impatience
   - but they love me.  
Your love Lord, is vast and eternal.  
It's difficult  to comprehend the breadth
   and strength of that love, 
   fill me with warmth and comfort
   and the knowledge that you are there,
   holding me in your hand and just loving me.

Your love helps me to love others,
   though I fall far short of your example.  
It helps me to examine my relationships with people,
   to try and understand them
   and see their point of view.  
It reminds me to forgive,
   as I am forgiven,
   and not to look for faults.  
You accept me as I am Lord, 
   help me to accept others with unconditional love.

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Prayer 243 - 30/08/2016

orb of light

Jesus taught us to love God
   with all our hearts
   and all our minds
   and to love our neighbour as ourselves.
Whilst we can see  our neighbour,
   it is impossible to see
   and understand the ways of God.
Yet through this living creation,
   this amazing planet and all its life,
  we have an example of the
   immense power, creativity
   and beauty of God.
God holds every one of us
   as precious and dear
   and desires us to live in peace and harmony.
So perhaps when we love
   the purposes and works of God
We love God too.
Lord, help me to share your love
   with others in my life.

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Prayer 241 - 28/08/2016

rainbowDear Lord

I often ask myself -
   can the world let go
   of it's materialism
   and embrace your love?
It seems impossible.
Yet I do know that the impossible can happen.
A person contemptous of God
   can come to love God,
So perhaps bit by bit
   we can all move into your light

 

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Prayer 240 - 27/08/2016

British woodland

Lord God,
I have come to realise that we are the ones
  who can keep your world beautiful.
The way You would like it.
It can happen only through our own choices.
We must make a  choice:
To let go of hatred and revenge;
Cease to be judgemental and inflexible
And embrace love; embrace healing
  and embrace a deeper understanding,
  one for the other.
Lord, please allow me to do
  my little bit to forward these ends
  and be one of your agents on Earth

Amen

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Prayer 238 - 25/08/2016

pebble

Praying for Forgiveness

God of healing,

I hold the pebble in my hand.  
At first it feels smooth,
   but then I notice the dents, the dips,
   the little holes.
My faults, my sins,
   that You cover with Your forgiveness
   creating a clean shiny surface,  
   hiding my sins from the world.
I say I won't sin again, but I do,
   and You forgive me again,
   covering my sins with another layer.
And I am smooth again for a while,
   and then I notice the dips,
   the dents again.  
And I apologise again,
   and You smooth me out again.

It's as though You are turning me into a pearl.  
By the time I take my last breath,
   my little stone will have become much larger -  
   perhaps I will become clean and shiny enough
   to be a pearl worthy of a place in Your diadem.

 

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Prayer 237 - 24/08/2016

Afghan child

Children of War

Lord -

Protect the innocent children
   caught up in wars and fighting.  
We see the shock in their eyes
   as their world is shaken by violence and fear,
   pain and suffering.  
They are helpless and so afraid.
 Have pity on their vulnerability, Lord,
   and touch them with your healing grace.

Sunday 24th August

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Prayer 236 - 23/08/2016

garden furniture and rainbow

Loving Father,

I stepped outside and there was
   a rainbow,
   bright against a dark sky,
A miracle of light and colour.
And my heart leapt within me,
Rising to the light of hope.
And in the midst of the joy
   granted to me I recalled all those
   who contemplate suicide.
Father, may your light break
   through their darkness
So they may glimpse the rainbow,
   step back from the abyss,
   and step towards your light,
  by which they may see the gifts
   you grant them
And come to find that their hearts
   are lifted to your rainbow.

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Prayer 235 - 22/08/2016

winding drive

Letting go of temptation

Lord, I have found
   that letting go of temptation is hard work
But brings great rewards.
Letting go of over indulgence is also difficult,
But brings a surprising inner peace.
Battling ones own demons is the hardest of all,
But we will win through at last:
Arrive home at last.
And in the end “home” will be found to be
   just around the corner all along.
We simply failed to notice it.

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Prayer 234 - 21/08/2016

twilight over sand dunes

Twilight

The light is fading
   – the end of the day is near,
Shadows twist across the floor,
   a large moon rises.
Night comes, like a spreading blanket
Over Bengeo.
Yet in darkness is also light;
We know the sun will rise again.
I pray lord, that in our lives
Light can rise from darkness.
Day from shadow.
I pray that you give us the guiding light
   to see us through.

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Prayer 233 - 20/08/2016

dove of peace

When you are tempted to be angry,
   be kind instead.
When you are tempted to say harsh words,
   say soft ones.
When you feel like lashing out,
   let go,
   let peace prevail.
Lord, this is what we should do;
   how we should be.
But, being human,
   behaving this way is very hard.
Give me the strength:
To let go when needed;
To be kind when needed;
To say soft words when needed;
To be gentle but firm when needed.

Amen

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Prayer 228 - 15/08/2016

in the moment

Dear Lord,

Help me to live my life
   now,
   in this very moment,
   putting aside the past
   and the future.
Help me to make the most
   of the opportunities granted to me.
Help me to be mindful
   and restrained
   in my thoughts and actions.
Amen

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Prayer 227 - 14/08/2016

Persecuted for their faith

Dear Lord

We pray for our fellow Christians
   who have been displaced
   or are in fear of their lives
   as a result of the conflict in Northern Iraq.
We also pray for the Yazidis, many of whom are
   terrorised and in dire need.
We pray for tolerance on all sides
   in the sure faith
   that You, O God, love all people.
We pray that You protect and comfort
   all victims of intolerance
   and religious persecution

Amen

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Prayer 226 - 13/08/2016

bluebell woods

Creator God,

In your generosity you gave us a world full of beauty.
We are blessed with bluebell woods,
   hedgerows white with May blossom,
   the scents of springtime,
   the flight of birds and butterflies,
   the intricacies of spiders webs.
Thank you that we live in a place where we can
   find your exuberent joy all around us,
   an encouragement to sing your praise.

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Prayer 225 - 12/08/2016

sculpture of a mother and child from a tomb

We place into your care
   all those who have suffered
   the death of a child.
In the bleakness of their loss
   allow them to recognise
   that they can turn to you,
That in doing so may they find
   that you can hold them up
   in their misery,
   and may they discover the strength
   to keep trudging on in their darkness,
   and one day see a glimmer which
   may be the future.

 

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Prayer 224 - 11/08/2016

Father,

We can experience you in so many ways,
   the things we see,
   the people we meet.

Teach us to treasure our experience of you.
However it comes to us.

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Prayer 223 - 10/08/2016

Crossing stepping stones

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like one day.
The Lord is not slow about his promise,
as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,
not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance

2 Peter 3.8-13

Dear Lord,
Thank you for waiting,
    and thank you for Your eternal patience.
In our spiritual life,
   there is always one more step
   that can be taken -
   please allow me to take that step;
   and help me to make the progress needed
   to take that step.
Lord, more than anything,
   help me to help others
   to take their own additional steps.
And to move towards your eternal peace

 

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Prayer 214 - 01/08/2016

sun through a grave

Dear Lord

We pray for all those suffering from persecution
because of their beliefs.
We remember the many Christian communities in the
Middle East, who are suffering hardship
and fear of death simply because of their faith.
We also remember that many of those
who have died as a result of conflict in the middle east
have been civilians who, whatever their religion
simply wanted a peaceful life.
Lord help us to be more tollerant of other communities
and more merciful to those fleeing terrible persecution
Amen
 

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Prayer 204 - 22/07/2016

family with bikes

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 203 - 21/07/2016

Mother and baby

Dear Lord

Each new day brings light and life into the world.
We offer you praise for the miracle of life -
that is apparent to us every day that we live.
May we rejoice in this day you have made;
as we wake refreshed from the depths of sleep,
open our eyes to behold your presence
and strengthen our hands to do your will,
that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

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Prayer 202 - 20/07/2016

swans on a lake

Almighty God,
from whom all thought of truth and peace proceed:
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom
those who take counsel for the nations of the earth
that in tranquility your kingdom may go forward,
till the earth be filled with your knowledge of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

12-July-2016
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Prayer 201 - 19/07/2016

Dear Lord

I have a confession to make!
It is that I find spirituality so hard.
I am full of doubt and worry all the time
  as to whether I am doing the right thing.
Could I be doing something better,
  should I do X or Y?
Then sometimes I am angry with myself
  because I have fallen back
  into some old bad habit. 
Help me to set aside my worries
  and find the confidence to become emersed in your work.
Help me to work with others
  to create a better world. 

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Prayer 200 - 18/07/2016

Dear Lord,
Please help those who find life hard
through age or illness.
Help them to find comfort, rest and peace.
Particularly, Lord help those
who are suffering from dementia of
one sort or another.
Help them throught the hardest days
and help the families when things
seem hopeless

 

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Prayer 199 - 17/07/2016

imagining

Dear Lord

May we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live fully in your love. 
If we worked together in this world for peace and reconcilliation.
Let us make a start in our own communities and through daily prayer.
We pray that your peace can spread out like a warm blanket across the land.
Allowing all people to come together

 

 

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Prayer 198 - 16/07/2016

bathroom scales

Dear Lord,
Please help all those who suffer from eating disorders.
Help us to understand how we can help sufferers.
Please help them get the support they need
  to re-build their self esteem and lives.
We pray for those suffering from anorexia and bulemia 
as well as those who have problems with overeating.

Anyone who has had these problems will know how hard
they are to overcome and how much
your help and the love and the care of others
will be needed to find the path to recovery  

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Prayer 192 - 10/07/2016

female teacher helping a child

A teacher at Bengeo Primary
She handed on the values
that she herself had learnt:
She told us where we’ve come from,
what ideals we fought for,
and what we learned on the way.
She gave us curiosity and confidence.
She taught us to ask questions,
and equipped us with skills we would use every day.
She taught us how precarious
the present moment can be:
that we cannot be sure of what the future
has in store for us.
She taught me that in many ways
I will always be a child.
Father, bless my teachers.

Sunday 13th July

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Prayer 191 - 09/07/2016

big ben

Dear Lord,
Help us to keep in perspective our troubles and difficulties.
Help us to see the bigger picture, and praise you for the many good things we have in our lives.
Sometimes in life changes can seem overwhelming,
and yet change is inevitable.
We pray for your guidance during times of change
Knowing that you are ever present

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Prayer 190 - 08/07/2016

students at computers

Dear Lord - bless all the young people
who have completed their GSCE exams over the recent weeks.  
Help them to be calm while they wait for their results. 
Let them feel your presence Lord and be unafraid.
 

05-July-2016
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Prayer 189 - 07/07/2016

WW2 bunker

Why the fighting and hatred?

Lord,  do  you ever wonder what we on earth on doing,  fighting each other, trying to kill each other and often supposedly in you name?  We feel powerless Lord to combat the hatreds and cruelty that we see happening in our world.  Please help those who try to  bring peace and commonsense to the perpetrators and victims of others' fanatical zeal.  Help us Lord to help in whatever way you think we can.  We pray for tolerance and kindness to be the watchword for your people on your earth.

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Prayer 188 - 06/07/2016

siamese banana

If you progress, I progress because
we are each other.
If you fail, I fail because
we are one and the same.
Your love is also my love;
your anger my anger.
So please be kind, be gentle
Let your love spread in the world
Do not put pain in the world
You are the stranger I don't even know
Yet we are each other.

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Prayer 187 - 05/07/2016

visitors

Dear Lord,

I know that you never give up on any one of us.
No matter who we are, you are always ready to give
and forgive.
Let us too learn your ways and learn to give
and forgive.
Help us to see good in others and to foster
that good
Help us to give others the confidence
to build on their own strengths
Amen

Sunday 5th July 2015

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Prayer 185 - 03/07/2016

Money

Dear Lord,

We pray for those going through financial hardships.
The worry caused by such hardships can be very deep and the consequences
very damaging.
In a world with so much wealth and ingenuity it is shocking
that so many people struggle to make ends meet or face destitution.
We pray for relief of all people facing such difficulties

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Prayer 177 - 25/06/2016

juggling&

Lord,

We pray that all people may make good use
  of the natural talents that you have given them.

We particularly think of people taking exams at this time
  where a small difference in an answer they give
  could have repercussions on their opportunities.
Help them to remain calm and clear headed.
If they don't succeed as they hope
  let them see that there are other chances in life.

Amen

 

 

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Prayer 176 - 24/06/2016

refugees

Dear Lord,

We pray for the migrants living in terrible conditions in Calais,
many of them want a better life
for themselves and their children.
Most wish to come to this
country to work and earn a living,
many are escaping poverty
or war or worse in North Africa.
We know that your Son
had a special place in his heart for those who were
outcast or rejected.
We pray that you help these people move on in their lives and find a way
forward. We pray that Governments work together so that mass
migration can become a thing of the past and a more equal sharing of wealth
can help to bring a more sustainable world
Amen

 

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Prayer 175 - 23/06/2016

Lonely tree

Dear Lord,
We pray for those who are lonely for one reason or another.
Let each of us make an effort to bring people into our lives who need companionship.
Most of us have periods when we feel alone
Yet others are in reality never far away
And you dear lord are always present,
by listening to you we can help to stem the tide of lonliness

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Prayer 174 - 22/06/2016

two children

Dear Lord

I pray for the weak and innocent in our world.
We still have an unfair and inequal society
and too many people fall into poverty.
Lord give wisdom to those with strength and power
so that they may help protect those unable to protect themselves.
Lord protect those with learning difficulties,
the old and infirm and those with terminal illness.
Rembering that your son Jesus Christ always
had empathy with those who were poor or sick
Amen

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Prayer 173 - 21/06/2016

studying for exams

Lord,
We pray for all the young people
  who over the next few weeks will be taking their exams. 
Help them to be calm, 
  take time to breath and determine the structure of their answers.  
Touch them all with your gentle hand, dear Lord,
  and at a time when they are feeling vulnerable and turbulent,
  calm their fears and grant them your peace.

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Prayer 172 - 20/06/2016

group of ducks

Someday
Someday, I will be the person I want,
but who knows when that will be. In the meantime,
I need to be realistic about what can be achieved.

Someday, the world will be a better place
but we need to accept that it is going to take a long time to achieve
and we need to be realistic about this too

Today by working together we can make someday closer
It is only through working together, through seeing the world as it is
and through your grace that we can achieve this better world.
I pray that you give us the strength to continue your work and to not tire or give up
Amen

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Prayer 171 - 19/06/2016

touching hands

Dear Lord

Let us remember those in need in our own community.
Those helped by Hertford Food Bank,
help us to recognise that hardship and poverty
Are not necessarily something at the other side of the world
And that through sharing we can help those far closer to home.
Sometimes it is difficult for people in need to express that need,
Lord let us find ways of reaching out and touching those around us

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Prayer 161 - 09/06/2016

Night is falling. The world keeps on,
never stopping, never wondering.
And yet we ask why?
Why has God given us all of this? Even the question "why"?
Night is falling.
The dark shadows play games as the final light fades.
My life too fades with the light and for a while all is darkness.
But then, I know, light will return.
Even the question "why?" will return.
It is incessant - God has given us the need to ask "why?"
The thing that keeps coming back just as incessantly
two words "to share"

Amen

 

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Prayer 160 - 08/06/2016

sun through a grave

We think of those who are sick;
We think of those who mourn the loss of loved ones,
  and those who are recalling
  the anniversaries of the deaths of dear ones.
Lead them, dear Lord, through the valley of death.
Lead them to the still waters and restore their souls.

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Prayer 157 - 05/06/2016

Dear Lord,TheCape of Good Hope

We pray for all those who suffer from mental illness of all sorts.
Please give these people your blessing and help them to
overcome their problems.
We pray for those who are in the depths of depression,
may they find compassionate people
to help raise them from these depths.
We ask this in the name of our lord Jesus Christ.

Amen
 

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Prayer 156 - 04/06/2016

park bench

Dear Lord, 
we ask for your love for those who are lonely, scared, afraid of the world outside of their four walls.  Reach out your hand Lord, and touch those who are vulnerable to hurt and pain, whether from unkind words, or cruel actions, from strangers or from those they love and depend on for their well-being.
Bless them with your sweetness dear Lord, your healing touch.  Protect them from their fears; give them strength to get through every day.  We pray Lord that they will turn to you, and receive your confidence in the love you offer, knowing that they are worthy of all that you give.

 

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Prayer 151 - 30/05/2016

abstract water

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me."
We pray for all who are going through troubled times.
We think of those who are unemployed
  or have problems at work,
  those with housing problems,
  those who have relationship
  or matrimonial and family problems.
Let them lay their burdens
  at your feet and thereby find some ease.

 

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Prayer 150 - 29/05/2016

broken cell

Lord,

We think of Stephen as he was stoned to death;
  how he fixed his eyes on you.
We pray for Christians in many overseas lands
  whose lives, like Stephen's, 
  are in danger because of their Christian faith.
Give them the courage that St Stephen showed.
Help them to hold firm to their beliefs in times of trouble
  and not to repay with evil, the evil done to them.

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Prayer 149 - 28/05/2016

bead of heart shaped liquid

A generous community
Gracious Father,
You bless us with generosity –
  noblest of qualities,
so exalted that it was associated
  with kings and princes
and received its name
  from the well born, the gentility,
who could bestow bounty on their retainers
  and benefits on those whom they
  oppressed and exploited.
May I speak out loudly for the dignity
  of the well­born human heart,
exalting its natural generosity.

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Prayer 137 - 16/05/2016

sun through trees

Lord,

We declare that you are Our Lord,
  our Saviour,
and we offer our praise
  and thanksgiving daily to you.

Help us to witness your
   wonderful presence in our lives -
   being proud to tell others what you do for us,
   and letting them see your love and light in us.

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Prayer 136 - 15/05/2016

Dear Lord,
Open our eyes to the beauty of the world around us.
Help us to simply stand and look,
  and breathe in the sights, scents and sounds
  of this wonderful spring day.  
Lord, your Glory is reflected all around us in your creation. 
In our busy lives help us to recognise
  the opportunities you give us every day
  to witness your works and  praise you.

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Prayer 135 - 14/05/2016

busy people

Lord, when we are too busy
   remind us to pause,
   if only for a moment,
to admire the green of the trees
  the blue of the sky
  refelctions in the water
to remember we are so small
  creation so big
to ponder our part in it
to praise your glory.

 

 

 

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Prayer 134 - 13/05/2016

early morning

Dear Lord

Bless those who give others a message of hope
Let us remain possitive in all we say and do
Only in this way can we begin to move away
From destructive thoughts and messages.
Help us to give hope to others
Amen

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Prayer 133 - 12/05/2016

aircraft landing

God of creation,
You bless us with air travel –
that amazing human invention
  that connects continents
  like the flight of migrating birds,
and carries us safely, and in comfort,
  more swiftly than wing beat.
May I use this gift responsibly,
  and see to it that my travelling
  will not do more harm to our planet
​  than it does good to people.

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Prayer 133 - 12/05/2016

Lord,
We pray for residents of care homes,
  for those considering moving to one and
  those for whom a decision is being made
  by others on their behalf.
Whilst the physical needs of the elderly may be obvious
  they also have emotional and spiritual needs.
We ask that in considering the practical,
   those other needs will not be overlooked.  

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Prayer 132 - 11/05/2016

touching hands

Dear Lord,
We pray that through you
   we can find the means to
   bring your light into the world.
Help us to see where real need lies.
Help us to bring comfort to the sick
   and strength to the weak.
Help us to be a 'good Samaritan'
   to someone who needs our help

Amen

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Prayer 131 - 10/05/2016

bullet ridden wall

Dear Lord,

We pray today for all the innocent people
  caught up in the terrible civil war in Syria,
  those still trapped there and those
  forced to flee to the refugee camps.
Help and protect those held captive on both sides.
We earnestly pray that the two sides
  find a way to come together and make peace.
May compassion find a way through
   the fear and distrust.
Where there are so many broken families
   help heal the rift
   caused by this war.

Amen

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Prayer 128 - 07/05/2016

Picture of mother nursing a child

Lord Jesus,

We pray for all those with terminal illnesses
or who know themselves to be dying.

As you reached out with words of comfort
  to the man on the cross beside you,
so we ask you to reach out and comfort
  the hearts and minds of those who are facing death now.

 

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Prayer 127 - 06/05/2016

parachutist

Dear Lord,

May we always place our trust and hope in you. You always are our safety net, you always ease the fall and soften the blow.
Sometimes I lack the courage to take the plunge, but then I think of all the times you have stood by me when perhaps I did not deserve it.
Lord living with you is not a leap of faith because you are always at my side.
You help and guide and when I fall provide the parachute

Amen

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Prayer 126 - 05/05/2016

Painting

Dear Lord,

Flecks of paint stain the canvas
  - but the picture is incomplete.
The pen is drawn across the paper forming words
  - but the writing tapers and fails.
The clack of the computer keyboard fades
  slowly with dusk, as the lights dim.
As the day ends my own death draws nearer.
But your love, lord, never ends.
The depth of your mercy is never fathomed.

The breadth of your vision for man
  is beyond our imagining.

May we become a part of your greater canvas lord, 
​A part of your greater vision.

Amen

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Prayer 119 - 28/04/2016

child in harvest festival

O God,
 We thank you for our homes and families
   and for their love and forbearance.
You are our Heavenly Father
   and we bring before you in prayer
   all the children of Bengeo and their families.
May the seeds of faith
   be gently sown in their hearts and minds.
Help them to trust you when times
   are trying,
   and may your peace rest upon them all. 

Amen.

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Prayer 118 - 27/04/2016

carpenter

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those who work in education.
We ask that you bless their work
  and the young people who are studying.
We also pray for those
  who undertake training in the workplace,
  and those who find a future
  through apprenticeships.
Grant us the vision to see the beauty in each person
  and help them fulfill their potential.
 

Amen

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Prayer 117 - 26/04/2016

bullet ridden wall

Merciful God
We pray for those trying to escape war and poverty in North Africa
who are risking their lives every day to try to make their way to Europe
in search of a better life.
We recall the many who have drowned in the Mediterranean
and we pray for these people too.
Dear Lord, we hope for a more equal world
in which there are sufficient jobs and opportunities
in the poorer countries of the world.
But mainly we pray for a more peaceful world
where it will be unnessary to become a refugee

Amen


 

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Prayer 116 - 25/04/2016

walk in the park

Dear Lord

We pray for those who seek answers
   to their problems
   through the use of drugs.
Whilst it can be hard to find ways
   to tackle our problems
   we know that with you in our lives
   we have so much more strength
   to face the hard decisions.
We pray for all those who use drugs
  as a way out of pain or lack of love.
We know that your love can save everyone,
    and we pray that those in trouble
    may feel some of its warmth
Amen

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Prayer 115 - 24/04/2016

sun through a tree canopy

 

Dear Lord

You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
  when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
  and to desire only to do your will.
Thank you for the many blessings in my life
  and for the love I feel in your presence.

Through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

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Prayer 114 - 23/04/2016

innocence of a child

Great God of time and eternity,

Teach our hearts to be still
   and truly know that you are our God.

So often our minds and bodies are caught up
   in the frantic pace of the world around us.
Yet we know that to really appreciate beauty
   we must stop and study the flower,
   the sunset, the painting.
To love our neighbour we must give time
   to listen, to help.

We ask for your peace in the world;
  grant us that inner peace of your presence
  so that we may help bring it about.

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Prayer 113 - 22/04/2016

God our Father,
you never cease the work you have begun
and prosper with your blessing all human labour:
make us wise and faithful stewards of your gifts
that we may serve the common good,
maintain the fabric of our world
and seek that justice where all may share
the good things you pour upon us;
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. Amen

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Prayer 108 - 17/04/2016

Standing in Holy Trinity churchyard
We thank you, Father,
  for our predecessors who
  created this place and now lie
  in your good earth.
A place of peace and beauty,
  with it's spring flowers and
  magnificent trees lining the path.
We are blessed by those who
  created it and by those
  who care for it now.
We ask your blessing on
  those who work here
  and those who visit
  the graves of friends and families.

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Prayer 107 - 16/04/2016

embroidery in Holy TrinityDear Lord,
Just as our Lord told us we remember that this life,
Is not just about making a quick buck.
When so many powerful people hide their money
rather than sharing it.
As we are reminded by recent events.
We pray for a fairer and kinder world in which we care for each other
Remembering as Jesus said,

"All things are possible with God."
 

John Howson
16-April-2016
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Prayer 106 - 15/04/2016

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.
Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

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Prayer 105 - 14/04/2016

mount sanai

We thank you for the Ten Commandments.
How easy they are to read, how simple they are to understand.
We can even learn them off by heart but,
how hard it is for us to keep them!
Yes we may not go around murdering people
and the like but how often
do we do wrong to you
and our neighbours in our hearts and minds.
Help us Lord to live by your commandments
in our actions and in our hearts.

09-April-2016
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Prayer 101 - 10/04/2016

Wooden cup

Dear Lord,

Help us to live humble and simple lives
  as did your Son Jesus Christ.
Let us remember that the many items that surround us,
  the clothes, televisions, phones and computers,
  are in reality of little worth.
Help us to understand that to draw nearer to you
  we need to let go of earthly things.
We are weak and can only take one step at a time.
Help us on the next step of the way.

Through Jesus Christ, our lord

Amen

Sunday 10th April 2016

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Prayer 96 - 05/04/2016

child in harvest festival

 

O God,
 We thank you for our homes and families
   and for their love and forbearance.
You are our Heavenly Father
   and we bring before you in prayer
   all the children of Bengeo and their families.
May the seeds of faith
   be gently sown in their hearts and minds.
Help them to trust you when times
   are trying,
   and may your peace rest upon them all. 

Amen.

05-April-2016
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Prayer 95 - 04/04/2016

Loving Creator,

I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.
Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

02-April-2016
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Prayer 94 - 03/04/2016

Cross against an evening sky

Gracious God,
If the cross means anything it is that Jesus
sacrificed his life for all people.
Through this ultimate loss
gave hope to the world.
Gave the possibility of new life
"Good Friday" often seems the hardest day
in our journey to Easter.
But it should remind us that through a terrible sacrifice
resurrection was made possible

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Prayer 93 - 02/04/2016

tree

Dear Lord,

Blessings on the morning birds singing outside my window
Blessings on the bulbs and flowers conspiring spring
Blessings on the budding trees,
The hunting owl
The flittering bat
Blessings on the day and the night,
and all creatures that dwell in this world
Amen

02-April-2016
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Prayer 90 - 30/03/2016

love for others

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I feel so much love for others 
   I don't know where to start with it.
I don't know where or how to express it.
There is a joy in the
  differences and oddities I see in people.
Please teach me, Lord, to express my love
  in ways which can make a difference.
Help me to grow my love and to share it with others.
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you give us.

Amen

28-March-2016
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Prayer 89 - 29/03/2016

a mother and baby

Almighty God,

We have grown used to calling you our Father,
  for that is how Jesus addressed you
   in front of his disciples.
Yet we know that you are also our Mother.
As a parent you nurture us,
  pick us up when we fall and anoint our wounds.
On this Mothering Sunday
   we thank you for our own mothers.
We thank you for human love.
And we ask your blessing
   on all mothers everywhere
   as they pass your love to another generation.
Amen.

 

28-March-2016
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Prayer 88 - 28/03/2016

Exam Revision

Dear Lord,

We pray for those studying for exams this Easter.
We wish all students well in their studies
   and pray that you help them avoid stress
   and achieve their ambitions.
But we recall that you set us a harder test than exams ever can,
   and this is the test that ultimately counts.
We pray that you help us too in our journey,
   as we remember that the hardest test of all
   was set for your dear Son Jesus Christ.
Amen

 

28-March-2016
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Prayer 87 - 26/03/2016

Sun rising over a wind farm

God of Light and Joy,

Grant that we too may walk the road to Emmaus.
May we travel unseen with those from long ago
   listen as you explain the scriptures,
   revealing God's purpose.
May we sit with them and know you
   in the breaking of the bread.

Come, burn like fire in our hearts;
   kindle our love for all your people
   that we too may hasten to spread
   the joyous news of Easter.

26-March-2016
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Prayer 86 - 26/03/2016

bible and cross

Dear Lord,

Help us to be forward looking in all we do
Remembering that it is harmful to ourselves and others
to store hurts from the past or to hold grudges.
Help us to be giving to others and forgiving
Of those who have done us wrong
Through Jesus Christ

Amen

24-March-2016
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Prayer 85 - 25/03/2016

My Lord, your son has suffered so much, shed so much blood.
I was born with so many faults
and my nature is so full of weakness,
and yet your son Jesus has died on the cross.
For me.
I know your grace has the power
to cleanse me of my many sins
and to make me more like your Son.
Thank you for your goodness and love for me.
I ask you, Father, to watch over me - always.

Robert Thompson
24-March-2016
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Prayer 78 - 18/03/2016

Dear Lord,trees against red sunset

Thank you for all the wonderful blessings you bring into our lives,
For our children and grandchildren.
For our good health, prosperity and happiness.
Thank you too for the peace and  tranquillity of our community
And for all our friends and neighbours
Without whom life would be so much less

Amen

Robert Thompson
18-March-2016
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Prayer 77 - 17/03/2016

Train track

Dear Lord
Bless those who commute to work in London and elsewhere, some may find the journey difficult others without doubt enjoy the daily commute.
We are all reminded that earning a living is sometimes very difficult.
But much more than this we are reminded that we are all making a journey with you - a daily commute if you like. Some days go well while others are difficult and trying.
But we have faith that our journey is helping both ourselves and others.
And we pray that the spiritual journeys of others may be equally fruitful
Through Jesus Christ

Amen

13-March-2016
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Prayer 76 - 16/03/2016

stop sign

Dear Lord,
We pray for people who have been hurt
  or injured due to accidents on our roads. 
We pray that you remember them in your care 
  and also help us to be aware of dangers ourselves.
Lord, every road death is one too many.
We ask for your blessing on those
 who maintain our roads
  and manage road safety. 
Hold safe, O Lord,
 everyone who uses our roads today.

Amen

13-March-2016
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Prayer 75 - 15/03/2016

birds in flight

Dear Lord

As we watch the world around us we cannot help but wonder whether we could do more to share the beauty we see.

The bird dancing in the air is free and wild but we being held by the constraints of our lives.

Often we look up with envy wishing we could cast off our bonds and fly like the bird.

Lord help us to do this and to see more ways we can share and spread goodness in the world.
Amen

Sunday 16th March 2014

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Prayer 74 - 14/03/2016

storm clouds

Gracious God
We pray for people who are suffering from depression, we know that it is a difficult illness and still poorly understood.
Yet, we know that with your grace, depressive illness can be tackled in a number of ways.
Those suffering from depression often feel very much on their own but help them to become aware that many do in fact both care and pray for them.
We pray that you can move in the lives of those suffering from depression and help bring relief

Amen

13-March-2016
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Prayer 73 - 13/03/2016

PRAYER 116

 

Kindle the spark of joy, Lord, within the hearts of your people.

Open our eyes to the beauty of your presence.

Thus inspired may we work for the good of our community and the peace of the world.

09-March-2016
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Prayer 72 - 12/03/2016

colouring crayons

Dear Lord,

We give thanks for the work of Future Hope in Hertford; we pray that through their work some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Hertford may be helped. We pray for both the counselling service run by Future Hope and the mentoring service.
Working with children in many of the local schools has proven valuable.
This important work is carried out entirely by volunteers, like many local volunteers these people give their time for others freely.
Lord help us to celebrate more those in our community who help others and try to emulate them in our own lives.

Amen

09-March-2016
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Prayer 68 - 08/03/2016

Lentern Wreath

Gracious God
We pray for people who are suffering from depression
or depressive illness.
Help them to see that life is not futile
and to get through that dark period
so that once again they can become
aware of and live in your light.
Anyone who has experienced
the human condition will know how destructive
depression can be.
We seek that you give these people hope and grace.
We also pray for the work of Mind,
Young Minds and other mental health charities.
We pray that people may recognise that good mental health
is something that all people need to promote and develop

Amen
Sunday 8th of March 2015

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Prayer 59 - 28/02/2016

Dear Lord

Our journey may be difficult and have many ups and downs.
Spirit may lie heavy on us and seem a burden.
But we know that our good is always in your heart.
So let us contiue on our lent journey with good faith
and with love in our souls
Amen
 

Robert Thompson
28-February-2016
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Prayer 58 - 27/02/2016

Dear Lord,Sun rising over a wind farm

I pray that the peace in Syria may hold and that
people come to their senses and see that no conflict
can ever be truly resolved by bloodshed.
Please help people to get past the concept of victory
and the concept of winning or losing
May we embrace the idea of working together

Amen
 

Robert Thompson
27-February-2016
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Prayer 57 - 26/02/2016

Syrian village

Dear Lord

We pray for people in places
where justice seems far away
For children who are abandoned
and people imprisoned for very little
Or just because of their views.

Also we pray that those who are intolerant
Learn greater tolerance with others
And learn to respect views that are not their own.
Each of us needs to let go of much that we hold dear
and eventually life itself.
Please help us in that process

22-February-2016
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Prayer 56 - 25/02/2016

old fashioned telephone

Dear Lord,

You always call us back to you and
I feel that call deep in my heart.
I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

Amen

22-February-2016
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Prayer 55 - 24/02/2016

Spring Daffodil

Dear Lord

There are so many things to pray about
   that we often forget the most obvious.
Please bless our families -
   those we care for and those who care for us.
Bless our friends and those who are close to them.
Guide us all as only you are able
.

Amen

22-February-2016
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Prayer 54 - 23/02/2016

love for others

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I feel so much love for others 
   I don't know where to start with it.
I don't know where or how to express it.
There is a joy in the
  differences and oddities I see in people.
Please teach me, Lord, to express my love
  in ways which can make a difference.
Help me to grow my love and to share it with others.
Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings you give us.

Amen

22-February-2016
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Prayer 53 - 22/02/2016

Eagle perching on a rock

Dear God,

We pray that we may have the strength to be different, not to be led by what others do, but to be led by what is right and good. Help us to promote peace, justice and wellbeing on earth.
Let us be positive with others and try to encourage them in their strengths rather than highlighting their weaknesses. If we do this we can be assured that you will help us on our own paths and forgive us our weaknesses.
Let us follow you and be encouraged by you, whose son Jesus Christ died for us

In the glory of your name

Amen

21-February-2016
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Prayer 50 - 19/02/2016

Chinese Lantern

 

Jesus said to his disciples, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear." 

Lord,

Help us to make use of the gifts you have given us.
Let our lights shine brightly and bring good into the world. Help us to see the good path in our lives and listen to your words. 
On this Chinese New Year day,
we remember that for all cultures the New Year
is a chance for a fresh start and a new beginning.
It is traditional to wish others good health, happiness
and prosperity on Chinese New Year day.
Let this sentiment infuse our day.
Lord help to guide the Chinese community,
so that the year of the Sheep will bring increasing spiritual awareness
as well as personal growth and wellbeing.
Help us to spread your word to all communities

Amen

15-February-2016
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Prayer 49 - 18/02/2016

crafts person carving wood

Gracious God

Bless all those who work with their hands.
Please grant that through their work they may express your glory and help to build a better world.
We know that when people express care in their work – even through the most simple things – that this can bring benefit to a greater number of people than may at first be apparent.
So the worker who expressed your divine light through creating a sculpture of an angel in a church may still help focus your glory many years after the work was made.
Thus let us through our own work help to bring the same lasting light into the world

In the glory of your name

Amen

15-February-2016
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Prayer 48 - 17/02/2016

Soccer PlayersDear Lord,


We pray for those engaged in sport.
We know that many of these people promote fitness and
  try to encourage people in a healthier lifestyle.
We ask that our young people be inspired
  to participate in a sport they can enjoy.
Lord,  please help too
  those young people who find sports hard or demotivating,
  yet who need to participate at school.
Please help each person find a niche
  for their individual talents and abilities.

Amen

15-February-2016
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Prayer 47 - 16/02/2016

abstract water

​We pray for all who are going through troubled times.
We think of those who are unemployed
  or have problems at work,
  those with housing problems,
  those who have relationship
  or matrimonial and family problems.
Let them lay their burdens
  at your feet and thereby find some ease
for we recall the words of Jesus:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me."

 

15-February-2016
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Prayer 46 - 15/02/2016

a sleeping child

Dear Lord

We pray that today you help us
to be positive with others,
even when they are difficult
or bad tempered.
Help us to forgive the small things
we find annoying in others,
keeping our mind of the greater goal
of bringing good into the world.
Help us also to let go of things from the past,
which otherwise may be liable to
dominate and distort our current thinking.
Thank you lord for your ever presence
and for always forgiving,
just as your Son Jesus Christ
forgave those who persecuted him
even on the cross
Amen

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Prayer 45 - 14/02/2016

leopard sitting

God of All Creation

Please help us to remember the rest of creation outside human kind.
We are truly sorry for and abhor the abuse of the natural world (which happens throughout the world) and we pledge that if the chance arises we will help to create a more sustainable future.
It is through you that we begin to understand that the whole of creation is intimately connected.
By following your path and that of your dear Son Jesus Christ we can begin to create a better world both for ourselves and for the creatures we share the planet with

Amen

Sunday 14th February

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Prayer 44 - 13/02/2016

group of refugees

Dear Lord bless those who are displaced within their own countries for whatever reason.
While those who need to flee their countries are often remembered those who are displaced within their own countries are often forgotten.
Bless particularly displaced people within Afghanistan where many still live in a desperate situation, with little water or shelter or schooling for children.
Many of these people have had to flee to escape war and find safety for their families.
Bless the work of Aschiana (an Afghan charity supporting street children many of whom come from displaced person camps).

We know that amazing efforts are being made to protect vulnerable people throughout the world and we give thanks to those willing to give their time freely to help others.

Amen

 

09-February-2016
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Prayer 43 - 12/02/2016

mother and baby

Dear Lord

Bless the work of the Mother’s Union, an organisation that promotes dialog, marriage and family life throughout the world.  
May their empowering work bear fruit and help to spread your word.
We remember that the founder of the Mother’s Union (Mary Sumner)  prayed as follows
“let me tough as many lives as possible for thee, and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken”
We pray that mothers throughout the world are blessed with the same spirit and thereby help to promote peace and the wellbeing of all

In the glory of your name

Amen

09-February-2016
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Prayer 42 - 11/02/2016

crafts person carving wood

Gracious God

Bless all those who work with their hands.
Please grant that through their work they may express your glory and help to build a better world.
We know that when people express care in their work – even through the most simple things – that this can bring benefit to a greater number of people than may at first be apparent.
So the worker who expressed your divine light through creating a sculpture of an angel in a church may still help focus your glory many years after the work was made.
Thus let us through our own work help to bring the same lasting light into the world

In the glory of your name

Amen

09-February-2016
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Prayer 41 - 10/02/2016

Dear Lord,
As we move towards this season of Lent,
We remember the days you spent fasting in the wilderness
As we maybe also go through our own wilderness
moving ever towards the light.
We remember that our mistakes and follies
Cannot contend with the living water
That you bring into our blood.
Help us lord to grow throughout this season with you
and your Son Jesus Christ
Amen
Ash Wednesday 10th February 2016

Robert Thompson
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Prayer 40 - 09/02/2016

Antelope Canyon

Dear Lord,

Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard I try,
I still fall into the same old traps.
I do this knowingly, and with my eyes open
- even though my mind is telling me
that there is a different and better way.

Yet -

I can rest assured that you are always with me
and helping me to know the way I should be going. 
I know that with your help I am making progress,
because of my failures.

Thank you Lord for sticking with me.

Amen

09-February-2016
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Prayer 39 - 08/02/2016

Shining out

Father in heaven, we thank you for giving us light.
We thank you for the great hope for a day whose light is not of our making, whose source is in you,
a day to come that can touch our lives
already today.
Keep our hearts steadfast, free of all human wavering.
May we always hold to the love you have given through your grace,
and may we find joy in your love,
which is full of light and understanding.
Amen.

Robert Thompson
08-February-2016
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Prayer 38 - 07/02/2016

Dear Lord,

May we be blessed with your wisdom to make best use
of the life you have given us.Holy Trinity Bengeo

Please forgive us our many mistakes
and help us to become a guiding light for those around.
Recognising that through your work and that of your Son
Jesus Christ we are alway renewed
and forgiven past transgressions.
 

Robert Thompson
06-February-2016
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Prayer 37 - 06/02/2016

sun rise

Dear Lord,

Please be with us in our time of need,
    and help us to be with others
  when they are in need.
While it may be difficult to express
  the pain and suffering we feel to others,
you are always present to help us
through our painful hour and into better times.

Lord help us to spread your light
  and kindness in the world.
Sometimes when the hour is darkest,
our faith in you can make us strong
   and help us to stand back
   and be mindful that others suffer too.
We know that it can be from these dark times
 that we find a deeper inner peace.

We remember that your Son Jesus Christ
died for us on the cross,
so that we may live in his light

Amen

03-February-2016
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Prayer 36 - 05/02/2016

 Interior of St Leonard's

Lord,
bless the work of the churches encouraging people to see your love in their lives, and to bring them to understand how they can share inyour presence and glory. Bless those who work to grow your church throughout the whole world, and keep their love for you strong and steadfast throughout their lives.  
Help us to spread your light and your love.
We ask this is the name of beloved Saviour,
​Jesus Christ.

03-February-2016
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Prayer 35 - 04/02/2016

barber at work

Dear Lord

Bless all those who work in our shops, cafes and restaurants. We thank these people for their care.

In these days of automated checkouts and the internet, it is easy to forget that giving, in part, comes through the interaction with others and service to others.
We are reminded lord of the many friendly smiles and kind words offered by such people, this is something they give freely.
We also know that while it is a privilege to serve others, it can also sometimes feel thankless and unrewarding. Help us all to learn the art of giving and forgive us, lord, for all the times we have failed in our own service. Through your grace help us learn to give as well as to receive

Through Jesus Christ our lord

Amen

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Prayer 34 - 03/02/2016

giving hands

O Lord, In this time of need,
strengthen me. You are my strength and my shield;
You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
I know, Father, that Your eyes go to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts long for You. The body grows weary, but my hope is in You to renew my strength.
I do not fear, for You are with me.
I am not dismayed or overwhelmed, for You are my God.
I know You will strengthen me and help me; that You will uphold me with Your righteous hand.
Even as the shadows of illness cover me, I feel the comfort of
Your strength, Our Lord.

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Prayer 33 - 02/02/2016

Swans

As I look around  Bengeo, I begin to realise that people care far more than shows on the surface. It is not just the friendly smile encountered as I walk along,
nor the peaceful feeling that I get when here.
It is something far deeper that tells me that your eternal light is often just below the surface.
Lord I pray that we can crystallise your love through our prayer and spread your light throughout Hertford and further afield.
Thank you lord for all the kind people I have in my life and for the blessings of this place

Through Jesus Christ our Lord

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Prayer 32 - 01/02/2016

candle

May the Lord give light to our hearts
Light to our minds
and light to the whole world.
You are the lord of everlasting light
Let me let go of selfishness and self seeking
and fully embrace your light.
In this world we need the light
and we can manifest it into the world
by taking courage and following your spirit.
Dear Lord give me the courage to fully
abandon myself in you

 

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Prayer 31 - 31/01/2016

Dear Lordwooden bridge

When times get testing help me through the test.
And if I fail lord please forgive me
for I am a mere human
and have proven falible so many times.
I do believe that we grow even when times are hard.
Thanks too lord for all the blessings in my life
Let me never forget those
And prepare me for a lentern journey with you
And with those I love

Amen

Robert Thompson
30-January-2016
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Prayer 30 - 30/01/2016

praying together

Dear Lord,

We pray for those suffering from cancer, 
and entrust them to your loving care.
To help to ease their suffering and anxiety,
Give them strength and ease their fears.
We also pray for those who help them,
The doctors and nurses and also 
their families and loved ones,
knowing as we do, that a belief in you 
can help us overcome the greatest difficulty
and help us to climb the highest mountain
Through Jesus Christ
Amen

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Prayer 29 - 29/01/2016

rising sun

 

Lord, your light is always shining
Yet sometimes clouds block our view
And we do not see it
Let us remember to give thanks for the many wonders you have worked 
Let us remember to share your goodness with others
Give us humility and thankfulness  - the ability to see beyond the clouds.

 

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Prayer 28 - 28/01/2016

British woodland

Lord God, we have a vision of our land as your love would make it:

  • a land where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
  •  a land where the benefits of civilised life are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
  • a land where different races and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect;
  • a land where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Prayer 27 - 27/01/2016

child drawing

O God our heavenly father,
Bless all our young people studying in our schools, colleges and universities.
Knowing that  many young people feel the pressures of education due both to the increased difficulty in finding work and higher academic expectations, we pray that you help young people through difficult times.
We pray that the young may approach studies with a calm mind and find fulfilment through education.
We also pray for those who are less academic or who find school difficult, we pray that through your guidence each of these students may find a path through life suited to their individual needs.

This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 26 - 26/01/2016

Hertfordshrie scene

A Prayer for Mercy

LORD, remember Christ your Son who is peace itself
and who has washed away our hatred with his blood.
Because you love all people, look with mercy on us.
Banish the violence and evil within us, and in answer
to our prayers restore tranquillity and peace.
Amen.

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Prayer 25 - 25/01/2016

church window

Dear Lord,

We offer a prayer for Bengeo and our local community,
That it may remain peaceful and a place of welcome
and friendliness.
We pray for blessings for those who work to serve
our community in one way or another,
Whether it be people attached to the Church
or people who help through voluntary service,
or those such as cleaners and refuse collectors
who serve our community through their work.
May our doors and our hearts always be open
to those in need and may we learn to spread
Christ's love

Amen


 

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Prayer 24 - 24/01/2016

rising sun

Gospel

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled thorugh Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"

As when he saw them he said,

"Go show yourselves to the priests."

As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realising he had been healed, returned, gloryfying God in a loud voice and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samarian. 

Jesus said in reply, "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?" Then he said to him "Stand up and go; your faith has saved you."

Prayer

Let us remember lord to give thanks for the many wonders you have worked in our lives. Let us remember to share your goodness with others and help bring others to wholeness once again. We pray for humility and thankfulness in our daily lives.
We pray for those who suffer sickness and we pray that through faith they may also find a way forward.

Amen

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Prayer 23 - 23/01/2016

Nelson Mandela statue

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, 
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of this and every nation, that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth.
Lord God, you hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.
Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our anger and sorrow, and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Prayer 22 - 22/01/2016

bread of life

Jesus said to them "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

Lord you speak to us in many ways reminding us that through your sacrifice you have freed us from sin and death, and that we can look forward with joy to a time when we can make our home with you.

Amen

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Prayer 21 - 21/01/2016

prison gates and van

A prayer for those marginalised by society

Gracious God 
We pray for those marginalised by society, be it illegal immigrants who are often just seeking a simple existence. One in which they can bring up children free from fear, and one which we take for granted.
Or those in prison – judged beyond hope by society -
who often suffer from mental disorders or severe personality disorders which are seldom recognised and even more seldom treated.

Lord you know and love even those deemed hopeless and see the inner workings of their minds.
Grant us the wisdom to realise the oneness of humanity and give us the ability and humility to help those who are un-helped and unloved
Through Jesus Christ our lord 
Amen

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