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PRAYER AND WORSHIP

 

The prayers on this page can be used by an individual, or by a group of people, and have been used as devotional prayers for hundreds of years.  It is part of the Anglican tradition to use such prayers.  We invite you to use them in your own prayer time, particularly as you begin your prayers, and practise the presence of God.

 

Other prayers will be added to this site from time to time.

Traditional Prayers.

 

The Our Father, or 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.

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead and buried;

He descended into hell.

The third day he rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven

And is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

The holy catholic Church,

The communion of saints,

The forgiveness of sins,

The resurrection of the body,

And the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

Sunday, 30th July 2017 - Trinity 7

Intercession Read by Jean Fenton during the Morning Prayer Service conducted by Rev. Wallace Fenton.

As we continue to pray, Lord, we ask that you will teach us to put the needs of others before our own, our duty before our pleasure, the things of the Spirit before the things of the body and above all to put you before everything else.  Amen.

Lord God, we are sometimes frightened by the state of our world with so much wickedness, ruthless cruelty and wanton disregard for human life.  This is not the world you intended for mankind, made in your likeness and for your glory.  Have mercy on our lost world and on sinful, rebellious mankind.  You have shown us in Jesus Christ your way of peace.  Forgive our folly and bring us to our senses, that we may follow your way and not our own.  Amen.

God of love and Father of us all, have mercy on those who are suffering in our world today as a result of war and civil strife:  the wounded and handicapped, the dying and bereaved, the homeless and impoverished, the starving and refugees.  We think particularly at this time of the Yemen, where malnutrition and cholera are rife.  Bless all agents of righteousness at work among the stricken nations, and give peace in our time, for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

We pray, Father, for our own parish and for all the people for whom this church is responsible; for families and the children growing up in them; for the lonely; for the sick.  Prosper the work being done here and strengthen all who serve you in whatever capacity, for the honour and glory of your name.  Amen.

Lord, life changes and so must we.  Save us from getting set in our ways.  Make us open-minded, and help us to overcome our in-built prejudices.  May we cheerfully welcome new ideas and enter without fear into new experiences and new patterns of work.  Life changes.  We change.  But you, O Lord, are eternally the same and so is your love and care for us.  Glory to your name.  Amen.

And finally a prayer of praise:-

Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, we praise for the world you have made to be our home, and for everything you have given us so richly to enjoy.  We praise you too for our creation as men and women made in your image, with minds to know you, hearts to love you, and wills to obey you.  Accept our gratitude and may our lives from day to day show forth your glory.  And now may we entrust the past to your mercy, the present to your love, and the future to your wisdom, through Jesus our Saviour.  Amen.

 

Prayer for Day of Pentecost - Whitsunday, 4th June 2017

Read by Jean Fenton during the Morning Service of Holy Communion.  Service conducted by Rev. Wallace Fenton.

Let us pray.

Almighty God and Father, help us to be still in your presence, that we may know ourselves to be your people, and you to be our God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

On this day of Pentecost, we think of the coming of the Holy Spirit.  We praise you, O God, because you gave the Holy Spirit to the first Christians, making Jesus real to them, teaching them the truth, and giving them power to witness boldly.  Fill us with the same Spirit that we may know their experience and follow their example, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

As we approach the General Election we pray that we may use our vote responsibly.  Lord you created us free to choose and made us accountable to you and to each other; give to those of us who have the right to elect representatives to serve in government of our country, an urgent sense of our responsibility; a clear and unbiased judgement and a generous concern for the good of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Father, we bring to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, those who are suffering in any way; any who are known to us who are ill; the victims of the Manchester bomb still in hospital and the families whose lives were torn apart by the unexpected bereavement; and now the victims of the latest atrocity in London.  May your healing Spirit assist all who work to restore them, that in your goodness they may find wholeness in body, mind and spirit, for the glory of your name.  Amen.

 

A Prayer for our Parish

Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish.  May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration; inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion.  Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the light of the world and his church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Heavenly Father, graciously receive these our prayers, whether spoken with our lips or echoed in our hearts, and answer them as may be best for us and those for whom we have prayed.  

And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  Amen.