Published on Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:44

This is a form of prayer you might find helpful to use on Sunday Morning, perhaps at the time you would usually be in Church. Know that others, in their own homes, will be joining with you.  If a household are praying together one person may act as leader and the others join in the sections in bold type. If alone, read all the black words aloud. The bits in red type are to help guide you. 



Opening Words

Before you begin you may wish to light a candle, make sure you are sitting comfortably and take a few deep breaths to still yourself.

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

 Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayers of Penitence

Take a moment to reflect on your life and our need of God's compassion and mercy.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Amen.

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Collect

You may like to pause for a moment and consider if there is one thing in particular that want to pray for or give thanks for today and offer it to God.

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Readings

Psalm 34.11-20

 Come, my children, and listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  Who is there who delights in life
   and longs for days to enjoy good things?

   Keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from lying words.
  Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.

  The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous
   and his ears are open to their cry.
  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
   to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

   The righteous cry and the Lord hears them
   and delivers them out of all their troubles.
  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
   and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

   Many are the troubles of the righteous;
   from them all will the Lord deliver them.
  He keeps all their bones,
   so that not one of them is broken.

John 19.25-27

 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Spend a few minutes re-reading the readings in your head. Pay attention to which words or phrases jump out at you – hold on those words.

Reflection

You can watch Robert’s reflection for this week here.

Prayer

Spend a few moments praying for the people you know and love, the needs of the world and for an end to the current Pandemic.

You may like to pray:

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

On Mothering Sunday

Loving God, we give you thanks for all who care for us, who have encouraged us and helped us grow, who have forgiven us, and cared for us when we are unwell, who have supported us when times were hard, who have challenged us, who have told us about you. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

For the earth

We give thanks for the power of the sun above us, for the warmth of the ground beneath us, for the freedom of the wind around us, for the strength of the waves and the rhythm of tides. We pray for ingenuity and inspiration in the research and development of renewable energy.

From our Prayer Cycle this week for

all residents of Stokesley Grove and Cotswold Gardens

For those who have asked for our prayers

If you would like a prayer to be included in next week's bulletin then please contact Robert or Jon.

Jon would like prayer as he adapts to new routines of prayer and work. 

For the sick

Jaqueline Pearson, David Powers, Eric Wright, Alan Trotter, Wilma Doig, Doreen Richardson, Becky Jackson, Maureen Harper and Dorothy Graham

For those whose year's mind is this week

Lionel Lawrence, Charles Bird, Minnie May Murdock, Ethel Maud Rootham, Thomas Gates, Sally Bailes, Ruth Millican

The Lord's Prayer

You can finish your prayers with the Lord’s Prayer.

The Conclusion

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.



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