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.
Alison writes below about how new IT skills have been acquired by many recently. For those who wish to hone these new skills even more finely, the circuit does produce some really good things online that I am sure many more people could enjoy. There are a choice of Sunday services, as well as Bible studies, and even online coffee after services. I can easily supply more details if anyone would like to follow up on these. Our networking links have been vital during the last year and have provided comfort and companionship for many people who otherwise would have been in a lonely and dark place. One of our most important gifts is that of prayer! Please pray for each other this week, and especially for the lovely folk at Christchurch.
NB: Information about, or links to, virtually all the above activities can be found by ...CLICKING HERE -Editor
It was with joy that a number of people were able to attend the few services held in Christchurch, they were lead by Romilly. Despite being unable to use our voices it was good to see familiar faces and share a service together. We look forward to fellowship being restored sometime in 2021. Meanwhile we are very grateful to Romilly and Richard for doing on line services.
Over Christmas we had our Carol Service on YouTube, it was nice to see those who read the lessons. On Christmas Eve we shared a Christingle Service with all the Churches in Thame.
The Pastoral team have been keeping in touch with all the congregation on the phone, to chat, raise spirits, and have a laugh, and recently seeing friends in the vaccination queue.
A lot of our mature congregation have surprised themselves by learning new skills in the IT spectrum. Video calls, zoom chats, emails and texts have all been mastered.
Each week the Church is busy on a Thursday with the Community Larder helpers, filling boxes and distributing food to all who need it.
Before Christmas we supported with gifts and donations, the Whitechapel Mission and the Red Kite Centre in Thame.
Our prayers and Best Wishes to you all.
Here are a few lines from Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering "it will be happier"