“May we all catch in this holy place a glimpse of God’s glory and to come to know and do His will and in all eternity. May God bless us all.”
We continue to pray this week for those who are lonely, unhappy and in pain; those who are ill in body, mind or spirit. We will continue to include the following people in our prayers unless advised otherwise.
(Please let us know if you wish us to add somebody to the prayer list OR if they no longer need to be on this list.)
Those who have asked for our prayers: George and Jean Hodgetts, Rose Ward, Nina Davies, Vicki Ellis, George Carter, James Carr, Lindsey Dawes, Fred Clarke, Martin Holland, Ted Dodd, Chris Handley, Mike Harrison, Danny Peters, Stephen Wright, Sam Martin, Carmine Burrows, John Pemberton, Lynn Yule, Keith Turner, Bill Rae, Adam Jones, Rob, Leonie, Ged Lance, Gerry Demeulemeesperr, John Manns, Amanda Horton, Yolanda Cox, Lillian Freeman, Marion Farmer, baby Frankie Rowley and baby Bayley. “All-powerful 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.”
For those who have recently died, we pray for: Joyce Monk, Kay Owen and Delvin Talbot. “Almighty and eternal God, from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted, either by death or life: hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all whom we remember this day; fulfil in them the purpose of your love; and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust Joyce, Kay and Delvin. In this life you embraced them with your tender love; bid them now eternal rest. Amen”
For those known only to you who have died, we pray: “Father of all, we pray for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen” For the bereaved, we pray: “God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days. Amen” Prayer for the Food Bank: A line in the Lord’s Prayer asks God to ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. When we say that line, we’re asking God to provide the basic things in life that keep us healthy and happy. It can start with the food we need to eat each day but, for lots of different reasons, not everyone has enough. More people are turning to food banks to help them survive as incomes drop and the cost of living rises. “Lord, help us, as part of your church, to be obedient to your call to look after people in need in your name. Give us your daily bread and help us to share abundantly the plenty that we have been blessed with. Amen” “Thank you for our local Food Bank in Wednesbury and the volunteers who work tirelessly to help feed those who have fallen on difficult times. Thank you to all those people who donate food generously. Amen” Prayers for local schools, children, Uniformed Organisations and the OTB team: “We pray for all of the local schools and children in this parish. We give thanks that the children in this parish have the opportunity to attend school and to learn. Thank you for the staff in all of the local schools and thank you for their commitment to teaching, supporting and helping the children in their care. We pray that all children are able to find, keep and value a love of learning. And we ask Heavenly Father, that all those involved in teaching may remain strong in the face of challenges and difficulties. Please help all those who work in our schools to see God’s plan in their role in children’s education. Amen” “We give thanks now for our Open the Book team who share your good news with the children of this parish. We ask that you continue to bless them with gifts of creativity and insight as they share stories, Christian values and your love. We pray for their continued Christian witness. Amen” “We pray for all of the uniformed organisations who meet in this parish. Bless all those who guide, support and teach them. And we pray especially for our own Rainbows, Brownies and Guides groups. Amen” Prayer for Australia: “We continue to pray for Australia; thinking about the people who are suffering or have lost their homes. We pray, also, for livestock and the wildlife. We remember all of the firefighters from Australia and firefighters from other countries who have helped to fight the fires. We pray, God, that you will watch over humans and wildlife alike, keeping them safe. We ask for your almighty hand of protection over this beautiful country - the land and its people, as well as all the beautiful animals you have created. Amen” And finally: “Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen” “God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”
SPECIAL PRAYER FOR JOYCE MONK It is with sadness we have to advise you that Steve Monk’s mum, Joyce, died on Sunday. Steve and his wife Debbie are regular members of our congregation and we offer them our sincere sympathy. “Father of all, we pray to you for Joyce. Grant her eternal rest and let light perpetual shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace. Amen” “May the peace of the Lord be with you, Steve and Debbie, especially at this time of bereavement. May God watch over you and your family during your time of need. We send our sincere sympathy and hope you can take comfort in the fact that Joyce is with God now. She lives on, not only in your memories, but with our heavenly Father as well. We are here for you - emotionally and spiritually. Amen”
SPECIAL PRAYER FOR AUSTRALIA “We pray for Australia as the situation with the fires is desperate. We know from the news reports that there are such high temperatures, strong winds and no rain in sight; and it is very worrying. Wildfires are raging outside every major city. Please include in your prayers thoughts for everybody who is suffering. We pray, also, for livestock and the wildlife - the furry, the feathered and the sea creatures. We remember all of the firefighters from Australia and firefighters from other countries who have flown over to help them fight the fires. We are saddened that Australia has lost around 500 million animals with possibly 6 species now being extinct. We hope and pray that the country will soon get a period of rain to put out the fires and provide water to soak into the parched earth. We pray, God, that you will watch over humans and wildlife alike, keeping them safe. God, we ask for your almighty hand of protection over this beautiful country - the land and its people, as well as all the beautiful animals you have created. Amen” ------------------------ SPECIAL PRAYER FOR ROB LLOYD It is with sadness I have to tell you that Rob died today (Sunday 15th December). Rob had been ill for 2 years with cancer; sadly his fight has ended. We know he is at peace, now, and we pray that this will help his family and friends to cope with their grief. ‘Eternal rest grant unto Rob, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen’ For all those who now suffer the loneliness of bereavement – the empty bed or chair, an unaccustomed quietness, a life now incomplete – may they know God’s presence in the stillness of the day and through the love of friends and family who offer their condolence. And, in the darker moments, may they reach out to feel the warmth of the One who has already passed from death to life to welcome others into God’s Kingdom. We pray especially for Rob’s wife Cynthia; children - Wayne, Serena, Laura and Jake; and grandchildren - Alisha, Morgan, Jared, Maddison and Harper. Also, Rob’s children from his first marriage - Mandy and Louise and their children Joel, Naomi, Isaac, Jude and Ruby. ‘Bring comfort to those coming to terms with the loss of Rob. We pray that you will bring healing to Cynthia, Wayne, Serena, Laura, Jake, Alisha, Morgan, Jared, Maddison, Harper, Mandy, Louise, Joel, Naomi, Isaac, Jude and Ruby as well as other family members and friends. Comfort them with Your love O God; wrap them up in Your strong embrace. Envelop them in Your tender care. Amen’
Prayers for Remembrance Day 2019 In church, this morning, the following prayers were read by Trevor Stokes.
“Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of war and conflict 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 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.” “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.” “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.”
And now, we pray for each of our Armed Forces: Prayer for the Royal Navy “O Eternal Lord God, who alone rulest the raging of the sea; who has compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end; be pleased to receive into Thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us, Thy servants, and the Fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and her Dominions and a security for such as pass upon the seas upon their lawful occasions, that the inhabitants of our Commonwealth may in peace and quietness serve Thee our God and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours and with a thankful remembrance of Thy mercies to praise and glorify Thy Holy Name. Amen” Prayer for the Royal Air Force “Almighty God, You have promised that they who wait on you shall renew their strength, they shall rise up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. We commend to your Fatherly protection all who serve in the Royal Air Force. Encourage and inspire us in all our efforts so that we may be a safeguard to our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth, and a sure defence to our nation. Help us to fulfil our duties with honour, goodwill and integrity and grant that we may prove worthy successors to those who by their valour and sacrifice did nobly save their day and generation. Amen” Prayer for all those who serve in the regiments of the British Army(From the Field Service Book of the British Army) “Almighty God, in you alone we find safety and peace. We commend to your gracious keeping all the men and women who serve in the Army. All who face danger and put their lives at risk so that others might live in safety. Defend them day by day by your heavenly power; and help them to know that they can never pass beyond the reach of your care. Keep alive in them and in us your vision of that peace which alone we must seek and serve. Amen”
Finally: “O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish here today 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.”