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.
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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.
Chinnor; a lovely South Oxfordshire village nestling at the foot of the Chiltern escarpment (to quote the guidebooks!), and as I write this, the snow has just about finished melting. We woke with a shock this morning to quite a covering over roof, tree and grass — none on the roads or paths (?). The vagaries of our English weather remind us that clever though we are (!), we do not have the slightest control over the nature on our doorsteps, but this last year has served to remind us of its beauty and the necessity of our part in its preservation and enjoyment. We have learned the need to re-evaluate the worth of so much that surrounds us, not least our friends and those we love. Please pray for the fellowship at Chinnor this Sunday.
Chinnor Church members have met each other over the past year most frequently when passing during exercise walks around the village!
However, we thank God for the ongoing support and friendship through prayer, exchange of phone calls, cards, emails and practical help if needed. Joys and sorrows have been shared, rejoicing in the birth of twins with new grandparents and feeling the sadness of those who have lost someone dear to them. More recently, the pastoral team delivered Simnel cakes on Mothering Sunday and Palm Crosses, cards and Booklets of Bible readings for Easter to many of the members. Zoom Coffee mornings provide opportunity to share news with each other.
Although the church remains closed for worship, the regularly-updated noticeboard and driveway bear witness to the village that the church is not closed at heart. At Easter members and friends decorated the bare wooden cross with an array of greenery and flowers. At Christmas, the church participated in the Chinnor Christmas Trail and Tree festival. World Day of Prayer was marked with a display about Vanuatu visible from outside and a Zoom service produced by working together with members of other churches in the village.
Please pray that as Covid restrictions lessen, the church will once again re-open for community activities and, through prayer and action, increasingly witness of Christ's love to the village.