healing

Prayers for strangers – 14 August 2016

Lord Jesus, you came to us so that through you we would not be strangers to God, but could know the Father. In life you told us of the good news that the Father’s kingdom is near; in death on the cross you saved us so that we might be welcomed into eternal life in the Father’s kingdom, adopted in your family. You commanded us to love our God and our neighbours, and in resurrection, left us your Holy Spirit that the glory of God may be known in all the world.

We thank you and offer you all our worship and praise.

One shall tell another
And he shall tell his friend
Husbands, wives and children
Shall come following on
From house to house in families
Shall more be gathered in
And lights will shine in every street
So warm and welcoming

We recognize and welcome Your presence, moving in us and among us, between us and through us. Holy Spirit, reveal Yourself to us, we pray.

Where darkness has been darkest, The brightest light will shine

Help us to be a light in the dark world around us, not merely professing our faith, but also proving our faith by the way that we live and love. May our relationships be a testimony of Your compassionate kindness and mercy. May we recognize every place we visit, wherever our feet may fall, and every face we meet as part of a personal mission field without borders. We pray for the people of our neighbourhood. May they know they are welcome in this place, and come to know you in the way that will change and save their lives.

When I needed a neighbour
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a neighbour
Were you there?

We come as those called to offer Christ’s welcome, to reach across all lines; to carry on the mission of the Messiah who looked the “other” in the eyes with love. Challenge us with your radical example of love. Stretch us to engage the way you engage. Holy Spirit who challenges and empowers us, urge us to compassion, break down our resistance, strengthen our resolve, open our hearts, and inspire our minds. Flow through us, and make us vessels of Your welcome, compassion, justice and love.

I was hungry and thirsty
Were you there, were you there?
I was hungry and thirsty
Were you there?

Guide the leaders ours and of all nations, that justice may prevail throughout the world.

Father, we ask your blessing on those who have fled into refugee camps, private homes, churches and communities. May they find the refuge they seek. We pray for those offering welcome to relatives, friends or strangers in their homes, churches and communities. We ask your wisdom for those working in camps and among displaced people wherever they are. Through their care, may your gifts of patience, freedom and hope be shared with all.

I was cold, I was naked
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a shelter
Were you there?

Lord we come to You with hearts that are holding the people we love who are struggling, those close to us who are sick, those who are grieving, and those in need of Your healing. We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Here is healing and forgiveness:
The wine of the kingdom
The wine of the kingdom of God

God of healing, we call out to you.

When I needed a healer
Were you there, were you there?
When I needed a healer
Were you there?

We know that you comfort those who mourn, and lift to you all known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time and in particular think of their families and friends. Hear us, Lord of life.

Let your church always be an instrument of your peace and love, and let your glory be over all the earth.

Wherever we travel
You’ll be there, You’ll be there.
Wherever you travel
You’ll be there.

And the creed and the colour
And the name won’t matter
You’ll be there.

Father, to you be glory and honour forever;
hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name, and for his sake,

Amen.

‘In Flanders Field’ by John McCrae

'Poppy Fields' by Christine Speck

‘Poppy Fields’ by Christine Speck

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– by John McCrae, May 1915

dedicated to the people of Brussels with sympathy and prayers for the injured and bereaved

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

– Matthew 5:4-10

Prayers for 21 February 2016

Lord God, we thank You for the privilege of prayer, for the doors it opens, that through Jesus we are able to speak, hear, and know our Creator.

You are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. You are the God of yesterday, today and forever, and we praise your Holy name. Help us to love and serve you in all our ways, because you are worthy.

We thank you that you know the suffering and misery of the lost and unloved, the hurt and hungry, the persecuted and the preyed upon. We repent of the mistakes we have made – the things we have done wrong, and the things we have not done which we know we should. Forgive us Lord, and help us to make a difference in this world, for Your glory and purposes and for the sake of our fellow men.

Help us to be known as generous givers, help us to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only our own. We ask that You help us to always remember that all are your children, all are made in Your likeness, and we are called to love them as ourselves. We pray for Your blessings to cover us all.

We thank You for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support, that the desperate may find hope for freedom and security.

Bind us to your word, and send your Holy Spirit to inspire our lives to be a daily act of worship and obedience, yielding to your commands. Help us to be lovers of truth, and may the fruits of Your Spirit always be evident in our lives – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Set Your ways before us; may all Your plans succeed. Help us always to reflect Your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs to know Your presence and healing.

Lord we know You promise to comfort those who mourn. We lift to You the family and friends of all those known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time.

Lord, we pray for healing for all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your love and an awareness of your presence. Mend broken relationships, and restore soundness of mind and serenity of spirit to those in distress. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom, sympathy and patience. We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Make Your ways known upon earth, Lord God, Your saving power among all peoples. Renew Your church in holiness and help us to serve You with joy.

Father, to You be all glory and honour; hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake;

Amen.

Prayers for 13 September 2015

God our Father, thank you for giving us the means to know you, through the loving sacrifice and glorious resurrection of your Son. No ear has heard, no eye has seen a God like you, who adopts us as heirs in Your kingdom.

Though not one of us is worthy, you choose to love us, and welcome us into your presence. Lord, we welcome You in this place. Your heart breaks for us, and ours breaks at the thought of our sins in thought and word, in action and inaction. Father, forgive us we pray.

We pray for our broken world, and for those who are suffering today. We pray for those injured and bereaved by the crane catastrophe in Mecca. Lord we pray for those in Your church ministering to the Muslim community that their soul search for a Father may lead them to call on Your name and find the means to know You through the good news of Jesus.

We continue to pray for those driven to risk their lives in migration from war and persecution. Lord, give our leaders wisdom and compassion to respond, to provide sanctuary for those in need of asylum, rescue and shelter to those in peril, and aid to address the root causes that drive desperate people to the traffickers and mortal danger in search of a better life.

Lord in a year of transition for Your church in this parish and diocese, bless and guide us we pray:
– we thank you Jehovah Jireh for your continuing provision;
– as we seek new leadership in advancing Your kingdom;
– as we seek to continue to walk humbly by faith, grow in discipleship, and to always love and point others to You.

Lord bless and guide us we pray.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We lift to you the families of all those known to us who are grieving at this time, or whose anniversaries of loss fall at this time. Hear us, Lord of life, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit all those who are bereaved.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they may be made whole. Grant to all who are lonely, anxious or depressed a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence. Grant to all who minister to those who are suffering wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience. Mend broken relationships, and restore to those in distress soundness of mind and serenity of spirit. Sustain and support those who seek your guidance and lift up all who are brought low by the trials of this life. Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world.

We pray for members of our church family who suffer today.

Father, hear our prayers, in Jesus’ name and for his sake
Amen

Come taste the New Wine

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Written following this week’s Haiku Challenge on RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge #61 – “Tears and Wine” :

The tears of a King
Flowed to wash us and refresh –
Come taste the New Wine

Our Friend Suffers

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Written following this week’s Haiku Challenge on RonovanWrites – “Ill and Rest” :

Our friend suffers still
Lord, heal his ills, soothe his soul
Give him restful peace

Golden Healing

Kintsugi

Crumbled and shattered
Useless and scattered
Passed into Your care
Restored by Your craft

Brokenness becomes beautiful
Gathered now, still dutiful
Gilded cracks renewing
Purposeful once again

Kintsugi (金継ぎ) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Prayers for 26 October 2014

Almighty God,

From whom all thought of truth and peace proceed, make your ways known upon earth, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your church in holiness and help us to serve You with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations, that justice may prevail throughout the world. Let the needy never be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth.

Bring light out of this present time’s darkness and hope from despair that guided by your Holy Spirit, all your children may find a new way forward together based on your love for us all.

Hold in your loving arms, all those who have been caught up in conflict. We pray for those forced to flee their homes, all who have lost friends, family and possessions and who now face an uncertain future.

Bless our Christian brothers and sisters who have seen the destruction of their churches and communities and for our Muslim neighbours who have also experienced destruction and suffering.

Lord we thank you for bringing leaders into our church family. We pray for your protection over them as they share your love with the people in our area. Inspire them through your Holy Spirit, and let them walk as beacons of hope and grace.

Lord we pray for all those preparing for the Light Party on Friday evening. Guide them and direct their planning. We pray for all the children attending, may they have fun, feel you presence and have a desire to know more of your love.

We give thanks to you God for all those who use our church buildings today, and for those who will do so in the future. We also thank you God for the people you have brought together within our church families, for their range of skills and willingness to serve you. We trust in your provision.

We pray for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit and are in need of your healing touch. We pray for members of our church family, and any others known to us for whom we love and care.

Lord you comfort those who mourn. We especially lift to you the families all those known to us those who are grieving at this time. Through your Holy Spirit provide all that they need in the coming days, weeks, months and beyond. Fill them with Your peace. We also pray for those whose anniversaries fall at this time – may they find your love in the midst of their sorrow.

We thank you for those stepping out to publicly confirm their faith this morning and thank you for their desire to know and love you more and to walk with you always in the certain hope of freedom in you.

Heavenly Father, we lift all these prayers to you through Jesus Christ our Lord;

Amen.