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Prayers, Poems & Ponder Points

More often than not we use prayers that have been written by other people, sourced from various books, from the Anglican prayer book, or, of course, from the internet. Sometimes, though, we are blessed with inspiration and it is from these occasions that we will share on this page.

Sometimes there may be poems, or just a point to ponder.

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Walking on Water (Matthew 14:22-33 & Hebrews 12:2)
(For details of our service and Message on this reading see the blog post)

Lord, we come before You this morning, reaching for Your outstretched hand, crying “Lord, save me!”
You hear.

When we keep our eyes on you,
we know that we are safe from the storm.

We pray that the eyes of all in authority and power may become focused on You, lord, that they may work with honesty and integrity for the good of those that they lead. Lead them to know that –
when we keep our eyes on you,
we know that we are safe from the storm.

We pray for Your church in this world, and particularly in this place. Let us be lights for others, that they may be led into the light of Your grace, and come to focus their eyes on You. For,
when we keep our eyes on you,
we know that we are safe from the storm.

We pray for all who suffer, in body, mind or spirit, that they may know Your healing touch in their lives. We bring to you especially ……(name those whose suffering we wish to bring to God)
when we keep our eyes on you,
we know that we are safe from the storm.

We commend to you those who have died, and we pray for those who mourn, who seek answers to the losses they have suffered. In all that we think we have lost,
when we keep our eyes on you,
we know that we are safe from the storm.

Lord, we come before You this morning, reaching for Your outstretched hand, crying “Lord, save me!”

You hear.

Amen

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Prayer for 3 August 2014 – The Healing of Namman (2 Kings 5:1-15)

Lord, so often we are overwhelmed by the problems and worries faced by ourselves and this world. We see big problems and know that only difficult and complicated actions will bring solutions.So often we are wrong.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.”
In this most simple and most difficult commandment we find Your answers Lord.

So we bring before you today our concerns for ourselves and for the world.

Strengthen Your church and all your workers in this world to be a light for all peoples, that they may come to know your blessings and Grace.

Lord, in the simplicity of Your love
Let Your healing be found

Send Your Spirit on this community that the power of false teachings and misguided beliefs may be broken, and all who live and work here may come to walk in the freedom of Your will.

Lord, in the simplicity of Your love
Let Your healing be found

We pray for all who live in fear, especially the war-torn communities of the Middle East. Let the noise of their weapons cease, that they may listen for Your voice.

Lord, in the simplicity of Your love
Let Your healing be found

We pray for all who suffer, in body, mind, or spirit. Strengthen them in their troubles, and bring peace and healing into their lives.
And aloud or in silence, we bring before you those we know who need your healing…..

Lord, in the simplicity of Your love
Let Your healing be found

Open our minds and hearts to the simple solutions in our everyday lives, that through us others may see You and come to seek Your blessings.

Amen

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Prayer for John 5:1-8 – Healing the Lame man at the Pool of Bethsaida
(20th July 2014)
(For details of our service and Message on this reading see the blog post)

Lord, the noise of our own self-importance fills this world, deafening us to your words, blinding us to the possibilities you lay before us, and closing our minds to the miracles you want to work in our lives.

We take at face value the accepted knowledge of the world, failing to open ourselves to your infinite grace and healing gifts.

At a time when conflicts are increasing, when world neighbours turn against each other, when a decision taken in one country causes terror and grief in another, open our ears to hear your voice.

Where the world speaks words of hate and war
Let your words of peace and reconciliation be heard

Where the world speaks words of sorrow and despair
Let your words of comfort and hope be heard

Where the world speaks words of sickness and mourning
Let your words of healing and strength be heard

Where the world speaks words of selfishness and self-reliance
Let your words of love for one another be heard

Where the world speaks … let us instead listen to you, Lord,
and hear your words of grace and forgiveness in our lives every day.

Amen

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Prayers for 1 Kings 18 – Elijah & the Prophets of Baal
(For details of our service and Message on this reading see the blog post)

Amidst the noise around us, the crying out in desperation for answers from today’s false gods, let us be still.

Let us lift our eyes to the Lord God and send our cries and pleas to the only one who can answer us. Let us wait in confident expectation of a miracle.

We cry to you Lord God, for those afflicted with an abundance of rain, and those afflicted with not enough. Work your miracles through us, that all may have sufficient food and safe shelter.

We cry to you Lord God, for those who suffer at the hands of their own governments – the very people who should uphold their rights and welfare. Work your miracles, that all peoples may know freedom and security.

We cry to you Lord God, for all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. Work your miracles that they may find the healing they need, in you, and through those who are your hands in this world.

We cry to you Lord God, for those who do not know you; those who do not know that they are lost, who do not know who to cry out to. Work your miracles through us Lord, that we will shine as beacons, leading them to you.

Let us lift our eyes to the Lord God and send our cries and pleas to the only one who can answer us. Let us wait in confident expectation of a miracle.

Amen

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I saw the face of Jesus..

I saw the face of Jesus today… as she chivvied her children along,
wondering where the next meal was coming from.

I saw the face of Jesus today… he stumbled – an old man no longer steady on his feet,
just needing a reassuring hand to help him as he walked.

I saw the face of Jesus today… six years old,
and crying over a grazed knee.

I saw the face of Jesus today… trying to find warmth for the night
under cardboard and old newspapers.

I saw the face of Jesus today… bewildered and frightened,
fleeing from a home that was now a bomb-torn pile of rubble.

I saw the face of Jesus today… but did they see Him in me?

Gail – August 2013

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