CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP

 

St Cuthbert Church and Home prayer group for  January 2022.

Our prayers are for everybody, so do please feel free to pray them when there is a suitable time for you.

Equally all are most welcome to join in these same prayers being read in Church at 10am on Wednesday 5th January.

Today our prayers are about renewal as we enter a new chapter of both the life of the world wide Christian Church and our individual lives at the beginning of this New Year of 2022, so we think of how God revitalises His whole Creation, and how by allowing the Gospel to renew and sustain our own lives we may be able to enrich our Christian journey and contribute in whatever small a way to that of the whole Church.

Shall we commence our Prayer time together with the Lord’s Prayer in the traditional form.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen

These verses from St John chapter 7  verses 37-39 encourage us to recognise how Jesus continually renews us.

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’[a] 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

And so, we commence our prayers of renewal:-

A prayer for renewal  from Canon Frank Colqhuoun.

Almighty God who in Christ makes all things new;

Transform the poverty of our nature

Into the riches of thy grace;

That by the renewal of our lives

Thy glory may be revealed;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord   Amen.

The lyrics of a  Hymn from Graham Kendrick and Chris Rolinson for both the wider Church and for each of us.

Restore, O Lord,

The honour of your name, in works of  sovereign power,

Come shake the earth again, that all my see,

And come with reverent fear, to the living God

Whose Kingdom shall outlast the years.

 

Restore, O Lord,

In all the earth your fame, and in our time revive

The Church that bears your name, and in your anger

Lord, remember mercy, O living God;

Whose mercy shall outlast the years

 

Bend us O Lord,

When we are hard and cold , in your refiner’s fire

Come purify the gold.

Though suffering comes and evil crouches near,

Still our living God is reigning, he is reigning here.

 

Restore, O Lord,

The honour of your name, in works of  sovereign power,

Come shake the earth again, that all my see,

And come with reverent fear, to the living God

Whose Kingdom shall outlast the years.  AMEN

A prayer from the Anglican Church of West Malaysia.

Almighty God, we thank you for having renewed your Church,  at various times and in various ways, by rekindling the fire  of love for you through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Rekindle your love in our hearts and renew each one of us here this morning that in our own way we may attempt to fulfil the Great Commission* which your Son committed to all of us ; so that individually and collectively, as members of your Church we may help many to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

empower us by your Spirit to share, with our neighbours and friends, our human stories in the context of your Divine story; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN

*Matthew Chapter 28 verses 18-20

 

A Prayer for the renewal of Christianity worldwide.

Renew your Church O God for mission and service, and make it here and everywhere

a living fellowship of the Spirit, revealing your love to the world, reconciling people to you and one another , and so serving all who are in need.  For the glory  of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

A TIME FOR REFLECTION.

 

A personal prayer of renewal.

Lord, no matter what I need, the wisdom that will enrich my life and make me whole is found in Your word. Renew me with Your love and strength so that I may grow closer to You. My life is Yours, Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

A prayer of renewal and reconciliation from Carl Barth 1886-1968 adapted.

O Lord our God you know by name who we are--- people with good and bad consciences, persons who are content and those who are discontented, the certain and the uncertain, Christians by conviction and Christians  by convention, those who believe, those who half believe, and those who disbelieve.

And Lord you know where each one of us has come from; from the circle of relatives , acquaintances, and friends, or from the greatest loneliness, or from a life of quiet prosperity, or from manifold confusion and distress; from family relationships that are well ordered; or from those disordered, or under stress. Or from the inner circle of a Christian community, or from its outer edge.

But now Lord as we all stand before you, we ask at this New Year you will renew each one of us; that  in all our individual differences, yet alike, in that we are all in the wrong with you, and with one another, that we must one  day die, that we would be lost without your grace, but also in that your grace is promised and made available to us all in your dear Son Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

A prayer for our spiritual renewal from Canon Frank Colquhoun.  Adapted.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant renewal to us your people, and grant renewal to your whole Church.

Renewal of love for you and for one another, renewal of faith in your promises and in the power of the Gospel.  A renewal of vision for the work of your Kingdom throughout your world.

Renew each of our lives, O Christ, after your own image.

Renew us by your indwelling Holy Spirit and make us in this New Year strong for service and witness.

In your name  and for your glory.  AMEN.

A prayer of personal renewal attributed to St Francis of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,  AMEN

OUR OWN SILENT PRAYER

Shall we say the Grace.

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.

Thank you for being with us as we commence this New Year and for your supporting prayer whether at home or in Church.

 

After the prayer meeting in church, there is a short Holy Communion service which begins at 10.30am and lasts about half an hour. There is no pressure to stay, but you would be most welcome!  There is also the added bonus of coffee and  fellowship in the pub after the Holy Communion service!

OUR NEXT MONTHLY 10/15 minutes PRAYER READING will be on

Wednesday 2nd February at 10am

in church and also in our homes. 

We would very warmly welcome your support.

Roger Abrams