Collect Prayer Sunday 9 August

Submitted by Michael Stalley on 8 August, 2020

Mighty God and ruler of all creation,

give new strength to our faith,

that we may recognise your presence

even when all hope seems lost.

Help us to face all trials with serenity

as we walk with Christ through the stormy seas of life

and come at the last to your eternal peace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A blessing used recently by the Archbishop of York in England

Submitted by Norma Graham on 26 July, 2020

May the love of our good and generous God guide and protect us;

may the hope of the gospel sustain us and bring us joy;

when we are lost or lonely; when the road ahead seems hard,

or when the darkness gathers,

may the light and peace of Christ be ours.


A Prayer in the Midst of a Crisis

Submitted by Michael Stalley on 3 June, 2020

God of searching and knowing,

your people Israel faced famine and wilderness,

and your church has known persecution and hardship.

Be close to all your children in this time of bewilderment and fear.

Make this time of cessation and isolation

one in which your Spirit reveals new ways to be together,

fresh discoveries in worship, different gestures of care,

and innovative forms of compassion.

Encourage the vulnerable, comfort the impoverished,

inspire the anxious and give wisdom to those who govern.

Lift up our hearts that we may see

the abundance of what is still beautiful and true,

not be captivated by what is lost and absent,

and find new gifts in ourselves and one another.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,

who knew what it meant to be alone. Amen

[Sam Wells; St Martins in the Fields]

Prayer For May Covet 19

Submitted by Michael Stalley on 15 May, 2020

Ever present God,

be with us in our isolation,

be close to us in our distancing,

be healing in our sickness,

be light in our darkness,

be wisdom in our confusion,

be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen

we may, with the zeal of Pentecost

inhabit our communities

and speak of your goodness

to an emerging world.

For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

(source unknown)

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