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My God will Supply All your Needs

Gracious God, at the start of a new week, renew in us a sense of Your love and peace. May we live each day of the week ahead guided by Your hand. May we have the courage to respond to Your word and to speak out in Your name. May we feel  the assurance of Your presence and Your strength in everything we do. In the times when we may feel anxious, calm our fears. In the the times when we may feel weak, give us Your strength. In the times when we may feel uncertain of the way forward, give us Your clarity and wisdom.  In the times when we don’t respond as we should, we ask that you forgive us. And finally Lord, at the end of each day, may we rest in Your presence, with that continued assurance of Your love and peace, Amen.

My God will Supply All your Needs2020-09-14T10:08:10+01:00

In Everything, Give Thanks

Gracious God, as the weekend arrives we give thanks for blessings received this week. With so many uncertainties and concerns in our lives at this present time, we are reminded of Your continuing love and presence in our lives and so we give thanks. We give thanks that most of our children were able to return to school and we continue to pray for the well-being of all our young people, staff and families. We give thanks for the continuing service of our amazing NHS, no longer in the news and yet still serving our nation behind the scenes, 24/7. We give thanks that the death rate from Covid 19 remains very low and just pray that infection rates will fall in the days ahead. We give thanks that we have been able to open the doors of our Church buildings once more. And we give thanks for any personal blessings we have received this week. Lord God, these are challenging and difficult times but we know that You are a God who understands our anxieties and reaches out to us in love, and so we give thanks. Amen.

In Everything, Give Thanks2020-09-11T08:40:00+01:00

He Leads me Besides the Still Waters

Gracious God, You lead us from darkness to light, from despair to hope. You lead us beside still waters where we can rest awhile in your presence. You lead us along safe paths where we might grow in faith and learn from You. And so, with everything going on around us, we take a moment out of the concerns of the day to focus upon You and Your love for us. Lord God, if we have wandered from the fold and failed to be the people You would have us be, draw us back into Your arms, embrace us in Your love and forgive us, we pray. Amen

He Leads me Besides the Still Waters2020-09-10T10:46:31+01:00

Psalm 139:23

Loving God, thank you that You know us better than we know ourselves, You know the concerns of our hearts and are just waiting for us to come to You in prayer. May Your love guide us through any challenges today, shaping our hearts, thoughts and actions. May your Love bring comfort to anyone in need of release or support today. For those who seek to bring comfort to others, may Your strength and wisdom be with them. And may we be ready to see, to love and to respond in Your name, Amen.

Psalm 139:232020-09-09T11:28:14+01:00

It is the Lord Who Goes Before You.

Gracious God, at the start of a new week, we place our lives and the lives of those we love, into Your care. We know that we are loved by You immeasurably, and so whatever the challenges we may face in the week ahead, we journey with You. Help us to care for others at this time, in very practical ways. And amidst all this Lord, help us to witness to You, to remember our calling to declare the Good News of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Lord God, in the days to come we walk with You, and for you. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

It is the Lord Who Goes Before You.2020-09-07T10:12:38+01:00

Psalm 46:4

Gracious God, as we approach the end of the week we bring our prayers before You. In a moment of quiet we lift before You any concerns we have for other people, or any situations that rest heavy on our hearts.
And now we ask for Your blessing, upon our family, our friends, our neighbours, our Church community, all those in need of Your blessing this day.
And finally we give You thanks for all You have done to assure us of Your presence and Your love for us, in the past week. May we continue to place our trust and our hope in You.
We bring all our prayers before You in the name of Jesus, acknowledging Him as Your Son, and our Lord and Saviour, Amen.

Psalm 46:42020-08-21T14:01:45+01:00

For I Know the Plans I Have for you

Gracious God, this morning we lift before you all those young people receiving GCSE results. Lord, we appreciate how stressful this is for the youngsters and their families, particularly this year as their education has been disrupted, but we know you have a purpose and plan for each and every one of them. And so today, may they be assured of Your presence, may they be surrounded by support networks to guide them through, and may we as a community continue to nurture the future of our young people with empathy, wisdom and love. In Jesus name we pray,Amen.

For I Know the Plans I Have for you2020-08-21T13:57:19+01:00

I Will Strengthen you

Gracious God, this morning we come to You in prayer for the mental health of our nation. This virus effects us all in so many different ways Lord, and we know the strain that it puts on the mental well-being of many people, of all ages. We pray for all those in need of medical support that resources may be made available. We pray that those in authority will recognise the need to provide effective, professional support and we pray for all health care professionals working to help address mental health issues. So too, we pray that as communities we will continue to nurture and support those who are vulnerable and in need of conversation and a listening ear. And we pray for ourselves Lord, however we are feeling at this time. You are our strength and our support and for this we give You thanks. As we take a moment to enter into Your presence, calm any insecurities or concerns we may have this day and give us a sense of Your peace. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

I Will Strengthen you2020-08-21T13:52:08+01:00

God is our Refuge and Strength

Gracious God, as Storm Francis moves over our nation this morning and we hear of rescues already taken place, we place all people into Your safekeeping this day Lord. We pray especially that You will be with all the emergency rescue teams, our Police force, Fire Brigades and Ambulance Service. We pray for our Coastguards, RNLI, Mountain Rescue teams, Air Sea Rescue teams and all other rescue agencies. So too we pray for all those who will go out to mend power lines, clear flooding, protect people’s homes and businesses.We take the opportunity today Lord, to give grateful thanks for the work of all these organisations who come to our rescue when we are in need. May You pour out Your blessing on all those who will respond to the needs of others today and everyday. May they feel the assurance of Your presence, Your strength, and Your protection as they serve others. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.  Amen.

God is our Refuge and Strength2020-08-28T10:08:32+01:00

Trust in Him at All Times

Gracious God, when we come to You in prayer, so often we turn to the words of the psalmist. In the Psalms we hear the voices of a people who laid their desires, their anxieties, their joys, their hopes and their vulnerabilities before You. And yet in You they placed their trust, in You they sort refuge. And so Lord God, at the start of a new day, we sit for a moment in the quiet and bring ourselves to You, knowing that You love us for who we are, and that You want nothing more than that we share today with You. Help us to open our hearts and not be afraid to be open and honest with You about how we are feeling this day. May You walk beside us and through the power of Your Holy Spirit, may we feel the joy, the peace and the security that comes from being loved by You. We praise You and we thank You for your unfailing love. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Trust in Him at All Times2020-08-21T13:47:26+01:00