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.
Cuddington is a beautiful village chapel with a loving fellowship that is Mission focused and very much centred on the good news of Jesus in everything it does. Do reflect on the words of Margaret below and remember the 'church' here in your prayers this Sunday.
Greetings to everyone reading this.
As a Church we are waiting to hear clearer guidelines for re-opening our premises and will make decisions as to the feasibility of this happening. So many things to consider for a small congregation as I am sure many of you will understand from your own Church.
As a nation things are in disarray but we as Christians are so privileged to know the constancy of a Sovereign and Almighty God. Are prayer and Bible reading part of our daily diet? Could it be that God is asking us to use this time to spend more time with Him? I know this is true for members of our Fellowship who have found what a difference this makes each day, for them.
Just as families are spending more time together, so we have more time to deepen our prayer time with our Heavenly Father. Taking Bible passages and chewing them over (meditating on them) and then praying what God has said, is a feast in itself. Also praying for the needs of others, especially our Leadership and Ministerial Team. We recognise this is a challenging time for them.
What a message we have for our friends and neighbours who are vulnerable and maybe fearful, anxious or alone. God is pleased when we set aside time with Him. It delights His heart and blesses us, making a difference to each day.
As the hymn says:-
To be in your Presence
To sit at your feet
Where your love surrounds us and makes us complete.
This is my desire, O Lord, this is my desire,
To be in your presence
NOT RUSHING AWAY
To cherish each moment
Here I would stay.
May this be your experience each day.