We thank you, Lord Jesus, for one another; for the pastoral support and belonging and friendship and fellowship we experience in our local church and in the wider Circuit, as well as with many other people in a variety of contexts.
Deepen our commitment to working with others as an expression of your prayer that your will might be done and your kingdom come on earth as in heaven.
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Prayers of Intercession and Blessing
In these uncertain times, dear Lord, we pray for peace.
We hold before you all those who are putting others before themselves.
We pray for those who are worried about their financial situation, not knowing how they will cope in the coming weeks.
We pray for the people and situations close to our heart...
We hold before you the governments and leaders of the world, those making many difficult decisions...
So in these uncertain times may we reach out to support each other, our families, our friends, our neighbours.
May we speak using words of grace and comfort.
May we reflect your love for all of creation
And may we be a reassurance and a blessing to all we speak to this week.
And may the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you this day and forever more. Amen
DISTRICT PRAYER DIARY
Due to the current pandemic and in an effort to save waste, the District Prayer Diary has been distributed electronically this year.
You can download and print copies from this page, but printing of hard copies can be arranged.
Please let Pate Honeyball know if you would like printed copies in booklet form, and if so, whether A4 or A5?
PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCHES
This idea arose from a Circuit Consultation where members said that they would like to see better communications around the Circuit.
It was felt that there was a lot of good work going on within the Circuit but few outside of their particular church ever got to hear about it. In these days when the only news we seem to hear concerning churches is when they are threatened with closure, it is vital that we get to hear the other side as well. One small example of how useful this 'Good News' has been so far is on the subject of our work with young people — Methodism has a wonderful history of work amongst young people. Some of the 'Good News' tell us that there is still good work going on amongst children and young people in many parts of our Circuit — the problem is that we never get to hear about it. It is so encouraging to hear the success stories of Toddler Groups, Youth Groups, Cafe and Messy Church, Drop-in Church — the list is endless and it is growing!
It was recently suggested that these prayers should be expanded to cover other aspects and groups that serve the Circuit or are given Circuit support. Four such topics have been suggested; The leadership Team, our Locals Preachers and regular Visiting Preachers, Fair Trade, Karibuni Children and a recent addition, Young People; other suggestions would be welcome.
. Margaret gives us a very encouraging message below, reminding us that whatever is going on around us, God is walking alongside us and we need not fear if we are in his company. Take heart in Margaret's words and rejoice in the love that unites us, as we pray for the fellowship at Cuddington this Sunday.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have summoned you by name, You are mine." Isaiah 43:1b.
This scripture reminds us that whatever circumstances are surrounding us at this present time, that if we are walking with God then He will walk with us.
This has been a difficult time since June affecting our numbers at our Sunday services. Margaret Watts had major surgery and due to complications had to have further treatment back in hospital. This has meant almost 3 months' absence from services. Both Colin and Margaret would Iike to thank those who sent cards and flowers and also gave practical help. It was much appreciated.
Jill Royston has also been in hospital following a fall, causing a broken bone in her ankle and the need for Rehab care. Again, she is not able to attend services at this time. What a joy to know that God is with us and we need not fear, because He knows our name and we are His. We praise God for our caring and supportive congregation.
At the same time, we have been blessed by those who have come to us and through their preaching and teaching and allowed shared testimonies of all that our Heavenly Father has been doing in our midst.
These have been difficult days for all of us but as we pray and read the Word, He gives each of us a new perspective on our lives and the world in which we live.
When something has been taken away from us we learn to appreciate it much more. Are we thankful for all His provision for us right now?
We at Cuddington are appreciating being back in fellowship together and trust that other Churches in the Circuit are enjoying the same experience.
Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name, YOU ARE MINE.
May we go deeper with you Lord, every day.