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How precious to me are your thoughts God, how vast is the sum of them. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand….

Ps 139: 17-18 NIV

Is it me Lord,
Did I hear your voice,
In the silence and the stillness,
Among the busyness and noise?

In the dewy glow of morning,
Under the glare of the afternoon sun,
In the balmy evening light,
At night, when the day is done?

It may come as a whisper,
A feeling, or conviction of the heart,
In any situation or circumstance,
May your voice stand apart.

Loving God, thank You that You have spoken to us through Jesus and through your written Word in the Bible.  Thank you for the many ways You still speak to us in our everyday lives.

Gracious God, may our eyes be open to see your hand at work, our ears attuned to hear your voice, our minds ready to understand and our hearts softened to know your love in Jesus, and to share that love in our world.  Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding with guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Phil 4: 6-7 NIV

In the stillness of the moment
In the quietness of this place
Here we meet with Jesus our Saviour
To receive his love and grace

To tell him of all the things
On our hearts and minds
To know He will respond with love
Of an everlasting kind

To trust that he draws us close
And lends a listening ear
He hangs onto our every word
The silence holds no fear

Gracious God, thank you for the assurance that all of our prayers reach you through the light of your love in Jesus.

We thank you for the peace, the freedom and the life offered to us through Jesus.

As we gaze on the cross, we come before You with our praise, our thanks and our prayers for our world, for others and for ourselves ….. in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


“…I am with You always, even to the end of the age.” Matt 28:20 NLT

Loving God, we think of occasions when, after his resurrection, Jesus met with his followers in their everyday lives …..

He walked and talked with them on the journey to Emmaus, He lifted their despondency and they recognised him as they shared bread….  (Luke 24: 13-35)

He appeared to them when they were frightened and praying together in a locked room and He gave them peace …(Luke 24: 36-53)

He dispelled the doubts of Thomas …(John 21: 26-29)

He told them where to cast their nets when they had caught no fish, then He invited them to breakfast with him …(John 21)

He told them to tell others about him and He promised that He would always be with them … (Matt 28: 18-20)

Loving God, help us to imagine what it must have been like to meet the risen Jesus, to be overjoyed to see him alive, to have no doubts, to recognise him as Lord and God, to have the opportunity to tell him face to face that we love him and to realise the truth of all He had said and taught ……

Gracious God, you meet with us exactly where we are today. Your love transforms everyday lives and brings promise, purpose and peace.

Help us to walk and talk with You more closely, that we may see your hand at work and hear and respond to all You have to say to us and ask of us. We come in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


‘For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’.

Romans 10:13 NIV & Acts 2:21

Your love is so vast,
It created Space,
Your love is so immense,
It made us in your likeness.

Your love is so unbreakable,
It heals and restores,
Your love is so generous,
That Jesus gave his all.

Your love is so powerful,
It gives life to all,
Your love is forever,
For all who call.

God of grace, thank you for this beautiful verse, written not once, but twice, in the Bible. Thank you that, no matter how we feel, You give us this assurance of your unwavering love and certain hope of everlasting life through Jesus.

God of love, draw us close to You, we lift our hearts in praise, and thankfulness for your life and love, given freely for all people.

We pray for all who are unwell, sad, or experiencing difficulties and doubts of any kind. May your open arms draw them close and your loving heart provide comfort, strength and hope.

May we open our arms to welcome and support everyone, in the love and strength of Jesus.  “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.” (Deut 33:27 NLT). Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lamentation 3: 22-23 ESV

We reflect on the love of God in Jesus –

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
Lifts me up when I am down;
Gives me peace beyond all measure,
Jesus, my Saviour, my crown.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
Guides me on life’s way;
Blesses me with love and perseverance,
Jesus, alongside me, every day.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast
Strengthens me for the day ahead;
Showers me with grace and mercy,
Jesus, my living, daily bread.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
Frees me from sin and shame;
Loves me, forgives, heals and restores,
Jesus, I worship your name.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
Knows me and calls me by name;
Has plans for my good and the future,
Jesus, forever the same.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
Calls me to love and to serve;
Equips me to tell others about you,
Jesus, God’s living, true word.

Yours is the hand that holds me fast,
You gave your life gladly for me;
You rose again on Easter day,
Lord Jesus, your love set me free.

Living loving God, we praise and thank you for Jesus.  Help us to fully grasp the miracle that Jesus rose from the dead to offer eternal life to everyone. The same power of God that raised Jesus is with us today. Therefore, we need not fear.

Jesus said that we would have difficulties in this world, but He has overcome them all through his death and resurrection. Gracious God, when we meet obstacles of any kind, that seemingly cannot be overcome, may we look to your strength and grace in Jesus, our Saviour and our friend. We pray for all You have placed on our hearts…. Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


The Lord is close to all who call on him
Ps 145:18

Come sit by Jesus,
Our friend and saviour dear,
Tell him your hopes,
Your dreams and your fears
And let him draw you near.

Jesus, we sit along side you, we draw near, we breath in the fragrance of your beauty and peace and rest in your open, welcoming and everlasting arms….

We praise you with our breath, our bodies, our thoughts and prayers …..

Loving God, may the fragrance of your love be in us and with us and spread through us to others, for Jesus sake. Amen.

Ruth Rushworth



He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said He would. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matt 28:6

Death is defeated,
The barriers are down,
The cross is empty,
The King wears the crown.

The stone is rolled back,
Love is alive,
And living among us,
New hope has arrived.

Jesus is alive!
Joy to the world!
Christ our conqueror!
God’s living, true Word!

Jesus is here,
In our hearts and our lives,
By the love of the Spirit,
With the power to surprise.

We are glad, we rejoice,
In Jesus our peace,
Our King and our Lord,
Whose love will not cease.

Hallelujah! we sing!
Hallelujah! we praise!
To Jesus, our Saviour
Hallelujahs we raise!

God of life, love and power, may we come and see and believe, Jesus is alive!

Help us to know and share the joy, hope, peace and new life of Easter in our hearts, homes and communities, for Jesus sake. Amen.

Ruth Rushworth


Jesus said “…the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it he hid it again and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought the field. 
Or the Kingdom of heaven is like a jeweler on the lookout for the finest pearls. When he found a pearl more beautiful and valuable than any he had ever seen, the jeweler sold all he had and bought that pearl. 
Matt 13: 44 NIV, 45-6 The Voice 
Gracious God, as we reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross, we thank you that we are so loved by You that Jesus, gave his life for each one of us. We reflect with the words of a friend: –
“It blew me away, to think that out of all creation, everything He has made, we are so treasured by God that Jesus gave his life for us.
Sometimes in this life it is hard to consider ourselves as His treasured possession but – crumbs, I can’t put into words the awe and thankfulness and sheer joy of knowing that we are so prized by our loving God.” *

God of amazing grace, thank you that you love and treasure us beyond our wildest imagination. Thank you for your most beautiful and precious gifts of forgiveness, life and love in Jesus.  May we treasure them as dearly as You treasure each one of us, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen
Ruth Rushworth
* Helen Rushworth


(Jesus said) “.. love one another.  As I have loved you so must you love one another.”

John 13:34 NIVUK

Heart of love, enfold us,
Heart of grace, renew us,
Heart of mercy, forgive us,
Heart of peace, calm us,
Heart of provision, feed us,
Heart of strength, enable us,
Heart of joy, gladden us,
Heart of Jesus, be with us.

Gracious God, in the quietness of this moment, we lift our hearts to You in praise, adoration and thankfulness for your heart of love and compassion in Jesus.  We thank you for the supreme sacrifice of his life, given on the cross, for everyone.

In this Holy Week, help us to reflect on Jesus’ life; the way He spoke of the kingdom and family of God and your love for us; the way He forgave, healed and transformed lives; and the way He taught us how to love and serve others with compassion and humility.

Gracious God, we open our hearts to your forgiveness and love.  As we meet with others, may we be the heart and hands of Jesus.  May we offer a listening ear, a word of encouragement or a kind deed, that all may know the hope, joy and blessing of the Easter message.  Amen

Ruth Rushworth


The eternal God is your refuge and his everlasting arms are underneath you.

Deut 33:27 NLT 

His arms are outstretched
In a welcome embrace,
Inviting all
To look into his face,
To sit at his feet,
To believe in Him,
To receive his life,
And freedom within.

His arms are outstretched 
In a loving embrace,
Enfolding all 
in forgiveness and grace,
He gave his life
That we may belong,
To the family of God,
Emboldened and strong.

His arms are outstretched 
In an eternal embrace, 
To encircle the world
And the human race,
To show compassion 
On all he has made,
To guard and protect,
To love and save.

Loving, eternal God, Jesus stretches out his arms to enfold all of creation.  May we care for and be good stewards of our beautiful world….  

Loving, eternal God, as Jesus asks us to open our arms to others, may we love our neighbours as ourselves and be channels of the healing love, compassion and justice of Jesus……

Loving, eternal God, we praise You for your unfailing love.  May we open our arms more widely to receive the love and blessings that are ours in Jesus….  Amen.

Ruth Rushworth

June 2023