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At this time when people are still restricted to being in their homes as much as possible, let us pray for relationships that are struggling, where harmony is hard to find and where children often feel the repercussions of broken relationships. Let’s pray for the broken to be mended, for understanding, listening and grace to be restored. Out of this we pray for renewal.
08/07 – Father we pray for Bishop Stephen as he follows your calling and takes up his responsibilities as Archbishop of York. May he be guided and strengthened by your Spirit as he helps leads the church in its mission to bring the Good News of Jesus to this nation. Amen
04/07 – Heavenly Father as the lockdown eases even more today, we pray that people would continue to act responsibly and with a care for everyone. Watch over this nation we pray. Protect the vulnerable. Give wisdom to those who lead us. Empower you church to bring thr Good News to all. Thank you Father.
02/07 – Lord help your church in every place to be in the front line to overcome injustice and poverty. Prosper the work of the Harp and the food banks in Southend and all other organisations working to help those facing hardship.
A prayer for discernment in choosing the next Bishop of Chelmsford
God of provision and care, discernment and knowledge:From the Chelmsford diocesan website
lead us in your love, empower us by your Spirit,
and equip us with your gifts; give us hearts full of love for all people,
minds open to the signs of the times, and wisdom to know how to respond
to the voice of your calling;
we ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
05/06 – A Tweet from Sarah Mullally, the bishop of London concerning the response to the death of George Floyd, “Now is a time to listen, and to learn. We stand together for dignity, equality and justice. #BlackLivesMatter”. Lord God May we listen well and carefully to the real problems faced by people of colour in our nation and as Justin Welby writes “repent of our own prejudices, and do the urgent work of becoming better allies to our brothers and sisters of colour”. We pray that we may witness to Christ by working for a new and more just society for all. Amen
23/05 – Father May the Holy Spirit be at work in us and in those we love, whom we long to see come to faith in your Son Jesus. It’s hard to hide from on another in lockdown. May the fruit of the Spirit be evident in us and a convincing witness to those close to us. Amen
21/05 – Father, we pray for our local councillors as they deal with all the issues concerning the Coronavirus but especially at the present time with how to police and manage the problems arising from the influx of visitors to Southend. Give them wisdom, resources and the leadership skills they need. We ask that central government will be understanding of the different situations facing local councils across the country. Amen
18/05 – We’re in Mental Health awareness week. Their theme is Kindness Matters. Kindness not something that always comes naturally – but it is a fruit of God’s Spirit. The outward evidence of Christ within us. The Mental Health Foundation are also seeking to have future government policies influenced by kindness. Like Simon, a bit sceptical about how successful that will be. Father Help us to be aware of and active in supporting those facing mental health issues. By your Holy Spirit, increase the fruit of kindness in us . May those who govern us gind a right balance between economic policies and well-being policies so that this nation may changed into a more caring society.
15/05 – You ask what holds us back (on the prayer blog) and your sermon led me to Ephesians 6. 11-20. We at present guard ourselves against the threat of Covid but how much less do we guard ourselves against an always present enemy that sows doubt in our minds. Covid has engulfed our lives. An enemy that makes us distant from others, makes us stay indoors, wear masks and for many be very fearful. But it will pass. I follow these rules but how much less have I followed the scripture about putting on the armour of God daily? Not against Covid but against a constant enemy that will always try to deceive us and keep us from where we should be. I Just feel it’s important to be reminded of this scripture. So let’s put on: Belt of truth, Breastplate of righteousness, Good news shoes, Shield of faith, Helmet of salvation, Sword of Spirit.
15/05 – Lord we pray that ‘new normal’ will be a place where your kingdom of justice and peace and life in all its fullness will come for all the men women and children of this nation. Show us the ways we as your church can serve you to bring your kingdom in. Amen
14/05 – Father God In this time of isolation we give thanks for the technology that has enabled us to ‘commune’ with one another in new ways. Some of us are interacting and engaging more often in the lockdown and a sense of community is apparent. May these good things- these ‘God things ‘ not be lost and help shape us into a church fellowship which is a blessing in this parish. Amen
13/05 – I believe that people have changed after experiencing all thats happened, they are helping each other in different ways, I can see so much understanding, compassion, willingness & love. Almighty God, heal us and keep us this way, in Jesus’ name is pray.
I pray that employers protect their staff and follow the guidelines and not cut corners. Very difficult for some but it has to happen. Amen
13/05 – Just thinking. The road to healing is not always an easy one, wether it is physical or spiritual or both, Father sometimes asks commitment and effort from us. I read in 2 Kings 5 what Naaman had to do, and also the Prodigal son went through to be restored, and the blind man whose sight was restored after Jesus had spat on the dust and put on his eyes, most of us would recoil at such a thing. The physical effort to break through the roof in today’s word. May we trust Jesus in all he asks of us, our journey of faith to eventual breakthrough. Amen!
13/05 – Father I pray that, as the lockdown is eased, people will behave with good sense and a care for the welfare of others. I pray that the return to a greater degree of normal life will not result in an increase of infections. Give us wisdom and concern for one another; praying especially for those in leadership positions in business, industry and schools Amen
13/05 – “May today there be peace within. May we trust God that we are exactly where we are meant to be. May we not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May we use those gifts that we have received, and pass on the love that has been given to us. May we be content knowing we are a child of God. May we let His presence settle into our bones and allow our soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love God.
04/04 – This is such a welcome prayer, many of the Music Man Project friends and families are struggling, they lost one of the young people last week and many others will be struggling with the mental isolation and lack stimulation for the children and adults. They need God’s peace and love to enable them to cope and in some cases, manage the most basic of daily tasks. I pray for them and the staff who work with them, who are trying through so many media styles to support in any way they can. Pleas pray for all the family of the person who died and the rest of the students at Music Man Project to help them at this time. Amen.
04/04 – Father, my prayers this morning are for parents caring for challenging children 24/7 in the lockdown without their usual support networks. Some close to breakdown. For your peace which passes understanding, your strength to keep going and your compassion when human compassion runs out. Thank you Father Amen
30/04 – While I was getting myself ready this morning a childhood hymn came to mind – Morning has broken, look up the words of you don’t know it. It reminds me to be hopeful of the future, treat each day as the beginning of creation, keep holding on to the new life that is springing up around us following the death of winter. This time can feel like winter of our lives, with a feeling there’s more death than life but we need to remind ourselves that morning has broken like that first morning and to praise with elation and praise every morning. Lift ourselves with worship and faith in him, our saviour, our hope and our Father.
30/04 – Lord, as we pray and lift up all these prayers and posts to You May we learn from Zachariah. He has a special place serving You, but he doubted Your ability to work a miracle, he had to find a new, much slower way to communicate with Elizabeth and must have felt isolated and unable to work. At the end what happened? He came out praising and glorifying You. Lord walk with us through all the emotions You have gifted us with, hold us and so many others in their pain. In our prayers may we be light. Lord be our comfort and joy.
30/04 – My anchor is that the world will come out of this a better and kinder place. So often in the old testament people turned to God in the face of disaster, I pray this makes more disciples and certainly people are learning to be servants. So I pray for those suffering that they may know the peace of the Lord, either here or with him, but I pray for great things for the future.
30/04 – I believe we can be angry with it (Covid-19). It’s an enemy and we pray for God to work through this for his good. We pray for release from its grip and ask God to help us grow closer to him as we go through this difficult time.
30/04 – Thank you for all these wonderful prayers. Sadly we wake up each morning to the news that there have been many more deaths. Somehow individuals have been lost in statistics. We pray for Josie and her grandad as well as the rest of the family. God comfort them. We are all angry but we are together in the Lord and fighting with Prayer. God bless you all.
30/04 – Pls can we pray for my good friend Jodie. Her grandad has covid and has been given meds to calm him before his exit to heaven. He cannot be saved. Covid whilst you may stop people on this earth you will not stop people in heaven.
27/04 – Father I pray for the Prime Minister back at work and for all those who are involved in making critical decisions about getting the economy going and controlling the pandemic. Give them the knowledge and wisdom they need to make good decisions for the nation and the common good. Amen
27/04 – Father Thank you that we are still worshipping, praying and meeting together as a community during the lockdown. Thank you for the blessings of media technology bringing us together. Thank you too for those who can get out and about and are maintaining contact with people . Help us to make sure everyone is included and none are left outside the fellowship. Amen
16/04 – Father I pray for a deep change in the way the world’s finances function- for a more just and equitable system. We thank you for philanthropists who use their wealth for the common good. We pray that your kingdom will come and your will be done for all of your children. Amen (SE)
16/04 – Can we also give thanks for all those who are doing what they can to support the people on the ‘front line’. The groups who providing meals to NHS staff, the schools who have remained open for children even when its costing them money to do so (money they can ill afford anyway), the many people who are raising money for NHS staff and towards this situation and for those who have donated their own money. There are so many good deeds going on and the community really is coming together in many places, we thank God for the rays of sunshine around us – whether the miracle of recovery or of new life, or in the many ways in which people sacrifice things to help others – even in the smallest ways. We lift them to you Lord and ask that you smile graciously upon them and bless them. It is even more important when seemingly surrounded by sadness and suffering to praise God for all the good and joy that remains. You are a good God, our loving Father and the pain that is in this world you feel with us. We praise you for your love and the hope that you give us in your promises made to us in Jesus. Alleluia! (EO)
15/04 – Could we remember in our prayers those living on their own with fear of the virus such that it affects their eating, sleeping etc their mental wellbeing. My prayer is that they will feel the Lord wrapping his comforting arms around them protecting them from fear. (C&MM)
10/04 – ” May the cross of our Lord protect those who belong to Jesus, and strengthen your hearts in faith to Christ, in hardship and in ease, in life and and in death, now and for ever.” This is a prayer of Simon, Bishop of Iran in the 4th century on the eve of his martyrdom. It never fails to move and encourage me. (BS)
08/04 – Let’s join together to pray for our Police.
The Evangelical Alliance has called us to join in prayer, with Lee Russell, the executive director of Christian Police Association (CPA), in praying for our Police and support staff as they are under immense pressure as they work around the clock to enforce social distancing.
Lord, please protect all the police family – officers, staff and their loved ones. Please support the CPA members, friends and community partners. We thank You, Lord, for their continued mutual support in bringing the message, truth and hope of the gospel, to all they meet during these difficult and unprecedented times we are in.
From Proverbs 30:4-5
Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended? Who has gathered up the winds in his fists? Who has bound up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you can know! Every word of God is purified; he is like a shield for those who take refuge in him.
From Annabel 06/04
No concerts.No sports events.No restaurants.No social events.No work. Now that I emptied your calendar or agenda, could we talk? Signed: God.
Please pray for our Diocesan bishops, especially for Bishop Stephen, as he leaves Chelmsford Diocese this Easter to take up his new post as The Archbishop of York in the coming months. Pray also for our Area Bishop, Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath, and for our Archdeacon The Venerable Mike Lodge.
A prose poem by Kitty (Kathleen) O’Meara – written apparently in 1869 – But it seems from an interview that she is very much alive and living in her home just outside of Madison, WI, which she shares with her five rescue dogs and her “dear one,” her nickname for her husband, Phillip. O’Meara a former teacher and chaplain, is now retired. (Source OprahMag.com)
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Father God, we lift all the matters that are on our hearts and minds this day to you. All those things that you know are troubling others. Guide those to help others today and tomorrow. In Jesus name we pray. Amen (JB)
After hearing about the issue in South Africa and the danger to the Townships
Dear Father, forgive our complacency that has allowed such poverty to exist while a few hoard great wealth for themselves. When we come through this may there be a political will to change this. We pray that Christians will not stay silent but be a voice for the vulnerable and marginalised. Amen (SE)
Suggested prayer activities
Let’s make a rainbow to put in our windows. An activity, not just for the children, but to remind us all of God’s everlasting covenant with us and the fulfilment of it in the sacrifice made by Christ.
If art is your thing – go to https://www.christianart.today/index.php for daily readings & reflection with a picture as a focus.
A reflection from Malcolm Guite; Word for the Wilderness page 86.
‘We, who build so many hells on earth, need to know that there is no place so dark, no situation so seemingly hopeless, that it cannot be opened to the light of Christ for rescue and redemption.’ (SE)