CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP

 

ST CUTHBERT'S CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP

"Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”    Matthew 18  v19-20.

 Please join us in church on the first Wednesay of the month at 10.00am for 10-15 minutes prayer. 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 each month. We would very warmly welcome your support.

Shall we commence our Prayer time together today 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.

This week our prayers are centered on the Church’s mission. In John chapter 15 verse 16 Jesus tells His disciples ‘You didn’t choose me.  I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind that will last.’, this is our authority as Christian believers. In His last words before His Ascension which we read in Matthew Chapter 28 verse 19-20, Jesus specifies the tasks or the mission for the Christian Church, which we know as the Great Commission.

19 Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.

So, we begin our prayers for the Church’s Mission...

A short prayer from an unknown Chinese Christian source.

O Lord convert the world, and begin with me.

The Church in our World, a prayer from Canon John Kingsnorth.

O God we are frightened by our world, its cruelty and corruption, its greed and aggression,

And we look for a quiet corner where we can live out our lives in peace,

But we know in our hearts that this is cowardice.

Jesus our King has overcome all the dark forces of evil,

The sinful world is the world He has saved, and we are called to make His salvation real

And to manifest it in our day.

Strengthen us O Lord, for this our task, by the indwelling of your Spirit,

And build up your Church everywhere in faith and love,

That this world may be released from its bondage, and enjoy the perfect freedom of your Kingdom,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

A prayer from the Church Mission(ary) Society helping us to see the Church’s mission through God’s eyes.

Lord God, you have taught us to pray to you as ‘Our Father’, help us to see the world through your eyes

And to love your children with your love; and show us how we can share with them, the knowledge of your Fatherhood, and an experience of your redeeming grace,

In your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord AMEN.

A prayer asking for the Church Mission direction, from the Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean.

For a clearer vision of the work you have set before us and for a better understanding of your Gospel,

Lord direct us.

For a deeper commitment to your service and a greater love for all your children,

Lord direct us.

For a fresh understanding of the task before us and for a sense of urgency in its proclamation,

Lord direct us.

For a greater respect and acceptance among Christians of different traditions and for a common goal in Evangelism.

Lord direct us. AMEN

A prayer from the Reverend Caryl Micklem, whereby the Church’s Mission can help to overcome this world’s difficulties.

Father we bring to you in prayer the hopes and needs of the world.  Each person you have made bears your image, but in each that image is assaulted by many enemies.  Hunger and homelessness, violence and the fear of violence, greed, jealousy, boredom – all these threaten the humanity of men and women which is your breath within them.

Lord may your Church everywhere be a force for peace and justice. May the Gospel of Jesus awaken everywhere such a vision of our real destiny that that evil may be overcome, with good.

And upon all who strive for the fulfilment of your reign upon earth, may there come such a spirit of trust and hope that nothing may seem too hard to do.  In the name of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

A prayer from the Scottish Episcopal Church equipping all Christians for their individual Mission...

Heavenly Father fill us with your Holy Spirit, that through us your word may be spread among the Nations. 

Use us to speak the truth about yourself, and give us confidence and courage to speak he words that give you honour.

For those who are weak in faith, give them courage.

For those who search for you give them courage.

For those who long to speak to you, give them courage.

May the Lord bless us and keep us,

May Christ smile upon each of us, and give us His grace.

May He unveil His face to us and give us peace.  It is in His name we ask.  AMEN.

A prayer for the missionary Church from Canon John Kingsnorth.

Abba Father you have shown your great love,

by sending Jesus into the world to give us all new life.

Pour your Spirit upon your Church that it may preach the Gospel to all in every place.

Call out men and women to reap the harvest fields,

here in this country and beyond our shores.

May they see with the eyes of faith, the Kingdom in our midst,

and reach forward in courage and hope for the Kingdom that is to come.  AMEN.

A prayer from St Terresa of Calcutta asking that Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross may be a healing balm to those in need. The Church’s Mission in action.

O God the Father of all; you ask every one of us to spread love where the poor are humiliated, joy where the Church is brought low, and reconciliation where people are divided, father against son, mother against daughter, husband against wife, believers against those who cannot believe, Christians against their unloved fellow Christians.

You open the way for us, so that the wounded body of Christ, your Church, may be the leaven of Communion for the poor of the earth and in the whole human family.  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.

 

After the prayer meeting, 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!

COVID PROTECTIVE MEASURES: We wear masks, and adopt social distancing.

PLACE: In Church on chairs (socially distanced) near Chancel steps.

OUR NEXT PRAYER READING: The first Wednesday of the month.

Also in our monthly magazine there is a page of suggestions of people, topics and occasions to pray for.

Roger Abrams