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.
Writing below, Peter has hit upon a key gift that we possess as followers of Christ — we may not be able to get to worship in our chapels, but we have the gift of prayer. Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, we can stop and focus our thoughts on God and ask Him in simple words for help with the problems and rejoice in the joys that we encounter every day in this fantastic world that we live in. We may be kept at home today, but we are never kept from reaching out in prayer to a world that is crying out desperately for the love of Christ. Please pray for the things that Peter highlights below and also pray for the lovely people at Waddesdon that they may feel loved and lifted up through our love and prayers for them.
Sadly at Waddesdon like most Chapels in the county, we had to cease our services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has left a gaping hole in our lives but hopefully now due to the incredible work of our scientists we have hope on the horizon. Please keep safe and pray for all who are unable to see their loved ones and all in hospital, especially our wonderful NHS who are caring for them.
Please pray that we can all meet up again soon when it is safe to do so.