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, Malcolm Wright, Sharon Martin, Gary Walker, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Keith Potts, Bryan Freeman, Sharon Drinkwater, Rob Yardley, Ray Bennett, Sarah Reynolds, baby Poppy Hackett Hill, Doreen Millard, Danny Peters, Wendy Adams and baby Brody Williams.
Those who have died: Sidney Bull and Revd Peter Rainsford.
BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE LATE QUEEN ELIZABETH II
If you have missed opportunities to sign the book, it will be available before and after the 10 am service each Sunday and will remain in church until after the Christmas services.
SPECIAL PRAYER FOR THE REVD PETER RAINSFORD
It is with sadness I have to advise you that a previous vicar of St Bartholomew’s (from 1984), the Revd Peter Rainsford, died this evening at 5 pm, following several months of illness. We send our condolences and prayers to his wife Pam and their family. We pray for Peter, your servant and Priest that he, who devoted a faithful ministry to your name, may rejoice in the perpetual company of your Saints. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God. Amen
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding, surround the family of the Revd Peter Rainsford with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness and strength to meet the days to come. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
OUR PRAYERS ON TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, "I am with you always." Be with us today, as we offer ourselves to you. Hear our prayers for others and keep us in your care. Amen
Lord, give us strength to remain steadfast through all the troubles of our lives. Let your hand remain over us and over warring nations. Your hand directs; your hand carries out the thoughts of your heart. Amen
Loving God, we pray that you will comfort those who are suffering today. Give them confidence in the power of your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may put their whole trust in you; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
Lord, we remember those who have died and gone before us, marked with the sign of faith. May those who sleep in Christ, find in your presence: light, happiness and peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
We pray today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated; praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort. We hold before God those who care for them – that they will be strengthened and encouraged in this work. Amen
Let us pray for the poor, hungry and neglected all over the world, especially in our home town. Let us not forget those who ensure food gets to those in need. Amen
Lord, be with our children and grandchildren who are in school, college or university. Watch over them and keep them safe. Amen
Heavenly Father, hear our prayer for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. We ask for peace for those who need peace; reconciliation for those who need reconciliation and comfort for all who don't know what tomorrow will bring. Amen
Today's prayer from the Church of England:
Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and 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 27th NOVEMBER
Lord, now, as of old, you are with us and you show us the way in every situation. Protect us in this present time and grant us strength to go on patiently even when our lives hold much suffering and distress. We thank you for your guidance and for all the many blessings you have poured into our lives. Your love, grace, mercy and forgiveness give us hope for the future. Your gift of Jesus gives us life today and promises life tomorrow. Amen
Strengthen Michael our diocesan Bishop, our Archdeacons, 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
We remember those who are on our sick list and need our prayers. We name before you: Rose Ward, Nina Davies, Keith Turner, Colin Breakwell, Jean Hodgetts, Amanda Horton, Audrey Jones, Revd Peter Rainsford, Claire Woodland, Malcolm Wright, Sharon Martin, Gary Walker, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Keith Potts, Bryan Freeman, Sharon Drinkwater, Rob Yardley, Ray Bennett, Sarah Reynolds, Poppy Hackett Hill, Doreen Millard, Danny Peters and Wendy Adams and baby Brody Williams.
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 Merciful Lord, your love reaches beyond the grave. At the end of our days on earth, be with us and with those we love. May those who have gone before us rest in your eternal peace. We remember: Sidney Bull
God our Father, those who die still live in your presence, their lives change but do not end. We pray, also, 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
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, 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
Heavenly Father, your will for your people is peace, not war. Pour out on our world, especially in Eastern Europe, your Spirit of compassion and solidarity. 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. Amen
Lord, we pray for our local Food Bank volunteers who help feed the poor and hungry. 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. 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 Loving God, we pray today for those who are confronted by homelessness, sadness, isolation and the confusion of mental illness. 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 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
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's prayer from the Church of England:
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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.”