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
From last Sunday's 'Home Worship'
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.
One of the results of living in these restrictive circumstances is that it does give us time for reflection, and the opportunity to focus on our personal devotions and quiet times. It is good to hold each other in prayer and to consider how much we miss the company of those we normally meet with every Sunday. Whatever day and time works best for you, please pray for the work and the workers at Thame this week.
These are unusual times with our Churches closed, I personally cannot remember our Church being closed during the War. Fortunately for Christchurch, Romilly has purchased the equipment so he can record a service each Sunday from his home and send it to us on YouTube. This has been much appreciated as we have been able to pass it on to friends and family.
This virus has promoted many acts of kindness, friendship, offers of help, phone calls, and support brings us together. This isolation is hard for many, the days are long, with the extra worry about our families.
Our Church buildings were being used daily by many organisations, and will again. A Community Larder organised by the Sharing Life Trust will be starting as soon as the Church opens again, something for Thame to look forward to.
Just before we closed, the WIT (Women in Thame) group had a lovely Welsh Supper evening, celebrating St David's Day. All the proceeds went to Karibuni Children. Local friends and friends from St Joseph's were with us that evening.
We pray for all the congregations in the Circuit, hoping you all stay safe and sound in God's love.