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.
. In her thoughts below, Alison mentions those who are missing from the fellowship. Whilst we all think about those missing for the sadder reasons, it is easy to forget those who are missing because of 'understandable apprehension'. Please spare a thought for those amongst us who are really fearful of being caught in a crowd, those who will find the new normal to be a challenge, and please add your prayers to those of our brothers and sisters in Thame this Sunday.
Christchurch reopened its doors on June 6th for morning services. Previously we had enjoyed the streamed services that Romilly and Bridget had sent out, but it is so nice being back in the Church we love, worshipping together. We look forward to the day that we can sing the hymns again. But we realise that many things may have to be changed in our ways of worshipping in the future.
Sadly there are some familiar faces missing, through death, illness, ageing and understandable apprehension. We hold them all in our thoughts and prayers.
Pastoral visitors have kept in touch with all members and friends of our fellowship, by phone calls, cards, and doorstep visiting.
We contributed to Christian Aid this year by going on the website. Together we raised over £200.
Weekly notices have been circulated on line and by hand, with many thanks to Michelle, and to those who have contributed news items, interesting thoughts, quizzes, and Pastoral prayers.
We hold all the Churches in the Circuit in our prayers as they all slowly open for worship again.