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.
This Sunday, 20 September, Whitchurch is the focus of our Circuit Prayers.
There are words of wisdom below from Roger, as Whitchurch, in line with so many people the world over, come to terms with a rapidly-changing world, a world where goalposts seem to constantly move, and very few things can be relied upon. Roger reminds us of the great constant in all our lives and draws us back to the Good News that God loves us. Please join your prayers to those offered here, and remember the faithful witness at Whitchurch in your prayers this week.
It would be all too easy to say that there is no Good News from Whitchurch since, as in common with many other Churches (including our village Parish Church), we have not met for collective worship since lockdown began. Nor are any of our other activities being held.
A detailed risk assessment and working protocol has been developed which would permit limited reopening but intense concerns about the continuing need to shield those at risk mean that no meetings of any sort have been held.
The challenge to be faced could so easily lead to a sense of gloom and despondency and the existential question "will we ever reopen?" has been openly voiced.
We continue to keep in touch with our congregation by regular letters, visits where possible, and telephone. Especially important as mobile phone signal and Broadband shortcomings in the village make internet contact a problem for many of us.
All those in specific need are being regularly cared for.
Prayer and Bible Study are being encouraged and supported.
Regular reviews of the possibility of reopening, even on a limited basis, are undertaken.
Some of us have taken the opportunity to work our way through Paul's Epistle to the Romans, parts of which, as you know, are not necessarily always cheerful reading.
There have been times when we readily associated with the sacred remnant passage in Chapter 11 v 5-6 as those left barely hanging on.
Happily the more positive-seeming message from Chapter 9 that we should depend on the mercy of God and trust in him for what is to come is what we hold dear.
So please join us in praying:-
That this crisis will give us the humility to acknowledge God's sovereignty, seek forgiveness for our faithlessness, and will deepen our faith and renew us as active people of God.