CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP

 

A warm Welcome to our St Cuthbert Church and Home prayer group, whether at Home or in Church.

This week our topic is

‘Faith and Trust’

So 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. 

Today we are considering Faith and Trust in God; it helps to  see this as our abandoning reliance on ourselves and replacing this with our trust in God ; His promises and His Word.

In John chapter 6 verses 28 and 29 we hear of the need for our faith.

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

Then in John chapter 14 verse 1 Jesus gives us the objective for our faith

Jesus said to His disciples “Don’t be worried have faith in God and have faith in me”

So, we commence our prayers:-

A prayer of  trust in God from Brooke  Foss Westcott.

  • Lord God in whom we live and move  and have our being, open our eyes that we may behold your Fatherly presence  with us.  Draw our hearts to thee with the power of thy love .  Teach us  to be anxious for nothing, and when we have done what thou givest us to do , help us , O God our Saviour, to leave the issue to thy wisdom.  Take from us all doubt and distrust.  Lift our hearts up to Thee in Heaven and make us to know  that all things  are possible to us through  thy Son our Redeemer. 
  • AMEN.

.The importance of our trust in God, a prayer from Walter Howard Frere.

O Father, I will trust thee, for all known and all the unknown good that I have ever had has come from thee.  Sweet Saviour, I will trust thee; thy grace is all sufficient for my soul, as mighty as thy power and as matchless as thy love.  Blest Spirit, I will trust thee: how can I ever dare to trust myself, to think, or speak, or act apart from thee.  O God, my hope and stay, who knowest and orderest all that is best, I know not what to will or do aright, then make me ever love to choose and do thy will. 

AMEN.

Upholding our faith  in God, especially when all seems against us.  A prayer from Margaret Dewey (USPG)

Lord I am bored, I have lost my vision, I’ve lost my vocation.

Nothing seems to have any meaning anymore.

I keep putting one foot in front of the other, but where I am going ,why, and what’s the use?

Everything used to be full of life; now its all silent and empty.

Lord if only I where somewhere else, if only things had  turned out differently;

If only I could see where its all leading.  If only.

If only I didn’t feel so depressed.

But these are the circumstances you have given me,

 its here, and not somewhere else; that I have to learn to trust you, in patience and humility.

Lord help me to remember that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength

AMEN

Keeping our Faith,  A prayer from Miriam Therese Winter.

Help us, O Keeper of Faith, to keep the faith entrusted to us.

Faith in a world worth saving; Faith in a dream worth sharing; Faith in a heritage worth keeping.

Even as we reinvigorate it, to have meaning for us now, help us keep Faith in You, and help us not to lose Faith in ourselves, for Faith is the substance of our Hope, and Hope the assurance of Love.

Praise to You, O Faithful One, now and forever. 

AMEN.

Trusting God to lead us in our uncertainty.  A prayer from Thomas Merton.

 My Lord God I have no idea where I am going .  I do not see the road ahead of me .  I cannot know for certain where it will end .  Nor did I really know myself, and the fact I am following your will; does not mean that I am actually doing so.

BUT I believe that the desire to please you, does in fact please you.  And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.  I hope that I never do anything apart from that desire.  And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore, I will trust you always .  Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for you Lord are ever with me and you will never leave me to face the peril alone.  AMEN.

Our Faith in God during our life’s pilgrimage.  A prayer from Joyce Rupp.

Pilgrim God there is an exodus going on in my life, desert stretches, a vast  land  of questions.  Inside my head your promises tumble and turn.  No pillar of cloud by  day or . fire by night can I see.  My heart hurts  at leaving loved ones and so much of the security I have known.  I try to give in to the stretching and the pain.  It is hard God, and I want to be settled , secure, safe and sure. 

And here I am feeling so full of  pilgrim’s fear and anxiety.

O God of the journey, lift me up, press me against your cheek.  Let your great love  hold me and create a deep trust in me.

Then, set me down, God of the journey, take my hand in yours, and guide me ever so gently across the new territory of my life. 

AMEN.

Teresa of Avila’s bookmark prayer.

Trust in God

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you.

All things pass.

God never changes.

Patience achieves all it strives for.

They who have God,

Find they lack nothing.

God alone suffices. 

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 whether at home or in Church and so contributing to our prayers concerning ‘Faith and trust’

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

the first Wednesday of the month at 10am

in church and also in our homes. 

We would very warmly welcome your support.

Roger Abrams