Please keep the following people in your prayers this week.
Those who are ill in body, mind or spirit: Rose Ward, Nina Davies, Keith Turner, Colin Breakwell, Jean Hodgetts, Amanda Horton, Audrey Jones, Revd Peter Rainsford, Claire Woodland, Louise Calloway, Malcolm Wright, Sharon Martin, Gary Walker, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Marcelle Smith, Keith Potts, Bryan Freeman, Sharon Drinkwater, Rob Yardley, Evelyn Cox, Victoria Truran, Terry Holden, Fr Mark, Florence Monroe, Ray Bennett and Sandra Cresswell.
Those who have died:
OUR PRAYERS FOR THURSDAY 7th JULY
Lord our God, we thank you for all you have done for us, for all you are doing for us, for deliverance from need and death. We thank you for when you hear our prayer when. We thank you that we can be without fear of sin and death, for you stand by us in everything. In spite of our imperfections you show us your goodness. May the light in our hearts never be extinguished. May joy remain with us, and may we have the strength to be a community that follows the paths of life which bring praise and honour to you. Amen
Father, your love is as wide as the oceans, as deep as the sea and as tall as the heavens. May your spirit rise like a mighty wave and restore those who are ill. You are the water of life, a fresh spring and healing rain to all those who are in need. We pray for all of us to be strong; to believe and have faith. We pray for one another, for the sick and for the deceased. Amen
When the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, we pray to God to help us let go of the worry. We pray for those who feel alone, vulnerable and are overwhelmed by anxiety at this time. God of compassion, be close to those who are afraid or alone. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Dear Lord, we lift up all who are hungry today. We pray that people will no longer have to suffer hunger. Open our eyes to those in need around us. Amen
Lord, be with our children today and watch over them, keeping them safe. Amen
Merciful God, we pray for the people of Ukraine and their family members around the world. We ask that all those involved in the war, respond with wisdom and courage and that a peaceful resolution may be achieved. Lord, during these challenging times, please lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust and from hatred to love. We ask this in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen
Today's prayer from the Church of England:
God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE AND RUSSIA Lord of all the earth, be present with the people of Ukraine at this time of danger, fear, and conflict. Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail, and give to all suffering nations the freedom they desire and deserve. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen Gracious God, we pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders. We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear. We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness. We pray for leaders of the world; that they will be inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ. Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine. Amen Lord, the situation the people of Ukraine now face is not a new one. The name Ukraine translates to 'borderland' and this nation and its people have seen struggles with Russia for a century. They are a resilient people who live in a volatile area of the world that has seen regular war and upheaval. Yet Jesus walked the earth in a similar part of the world, plagued by oppression and a ruthless empire. Your word promises in Isaiah 26:3 that, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” We ask that the people of Ukraine may be safe and secure; that they will know not only peace on earth but your true and unwavering peace. Amen God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
OUR PRAYERS ON SUNDAY 3rd JULY
Father in Heaven, we thank you for working through people of all kinds and of all vocations and through the many hearts that know your goodness. We thank you for the great work led by the Lord Jesus; He will overcome the world, opening the door wide for all. Grant that with the light we have been given we may remain firm and true. Do not let us come into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen Strengthen Michael our diocesan Bishop, our vicar Fr Mark and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world. Amen
Lord, we give thanks for the many years of HM the Queen’s faithful service, for her faith and devotion to duty and for her care of her people. We pray for her continued strength to fulfil her duty. Amen
We pray for those who are ill in body, mind or spirit: Rose Ward, Nina Davies, Keith Turner, Colin Breakwell, Jean Hodgetts, Amanda Horton, Audrey Jones, Revd Peter Rainsford, Claire Woodland, Louise Calloway, Malcolm Wright, Sharon Martin, Gary Walker, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Marcelle Smith, Keith Potts, Bryan Freeman, Sharon Drinkwater, Rob Yardley, Evelyn Cox, Victoria Truran, Terry Holden, Fr Mark, Florence Monroe, Ray Bennett and Sandra Cresswell.
God of mercy, look kindly on these people in their suffering. When Jesus was on earth, they brought the sick to him and he healed them all. Today we ask you to bless all those in sickness, in weakness and in pain. Ease their burden and make their faith strong that they may always have confidence and trust in your care. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen
We pray for those who have died and those known only to you: God our Father, those who die still live in your presence, their lives change but do not end. We pray in hope for our families, relatives and friends and for all the dead known to you alone. In company with Christ, who died and now lives, may they rejoice in your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing your praise forever and ever. Amen
For the bereaved, we pray:
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” We pray today for those mourning; send them your comfort now. Wrap your arms around them and hold them tight. Shower your comfort on them. Lord, please keep and carry these precious people in their sadness and loss. Cover them with your great wings of love, give their weary hearts rest and their minds sound sleep. Lord, lift their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity and be comforted by the promise of heaven. Amen
For the hungry and the Food Bank:
Lord, we pray for our local Food Bank volunteers who help feed the poor and hungry. You made us to know what hunger is, but also to know the goodness of your provision. We pray for those who share this earth with us, but for whom hunger is a crippling, life-threatening danger. We pray for those who have nothing and have too little to eat. Amen
We pray for all the generous people we have in our community who have donated food to the Food Bank. May God protect you and keep you safe during this uncertain time. Amen
We remember those who are struggling:
Loving God, we pray today for those who are confronted by homelessness, sadness, ambiguity, isolation, the confusion of mental illness and dementia. We think of those upon whom they depend for attention and compassionate care. Look with mercy on all whose afflictions bring them weakness, distress, confusion or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give to them understanding helpers and the willingness to accept help. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayers for all of us:
We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope. We ask for God’s help in our communication, our connection and our caring. Lord, have mercy on those who hold anger or resentment in their hearts which prevent them from fullness of life; help those who find it hard to forgive others or themselves; give your healing to those who carry the wounds of broken relationships or bereavement. Amen
We continue to pray for Ukraine:
Lord God, we ask for you to be with the people of Ukraine, especially children who are suffering as the crisis continues. Lord, we pray for those who are anxious and fearful; for those who are bereaved, injured or who have lost their lives; and for those who have lost loved ones. Amen
The Lord's Prayer: 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.
SPECIAL PRAYER FOR THE REVD PETER RAINSFORD
We continue to pray for a previous vicar of St Bartholomew’s (from 1984), the Revd Peter Rainsford, who is not at all well (following several months of illness). We keep Peter and his wife, Pam, in our prayers.
Heavenly Father, give strength and courage to Revd Peter Rainsford as he patiently endures the suffering and pain of his illness. Take from his heart all painful anxiety. Help him to place himself in the arms of your loving and protective care; trusting in your compassionate and tender love. We ask that you be with his wife, Pam, at this time. Please heal her broken heart. Fill her with the peace and joy we know can only come from you during this difficult time. Amen
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10)
PRAYER FOR ALL WHO SUFFER AS A RESULT OF WAR:
Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of war and ask that God may give us peace: We pray for all of those who have died in the violence of war. Each one is remembered by and known to God; May God give them peace. We pray for all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering their families, their friends and all who pray for their safe return; May God give them peace. We pray for all civilian men, women and children, whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, and we call to mind in regret the anger and hatred of humanity; May God give all peace. We pray for all peacemakers and peacekeepers, We pray for all who seek to keep this world secure and free; May God give all peace. And we pray for all who bear the burden and responsibility of leadership: political, military and religious; We pray that they may have the gift of wisdom and work in the search for reconciliation and peace; may God grant us all peace. O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
A fitting end to our Remembrance Day prayers is Nelson’s Prayer: On the morning of the battle of Trafalgar, Nelson made an entry into his journal and with it the following prayer: “May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory and may no misconduct in anyone tarnish it; and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet. For myself individually, I commit my life to him that made me; and may His blessing alight on my endeavours for serving my country faithfully. To him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen.”