This Sunday we’re joining #PrayerForTheNation
It’s our last Sunday of lockdown today and we are celebrating that and praying for friends and family and loved ones.
Father, we are so grateful that You gave us the gift of relationships with others
Our connections reflect Your love
Thank You for our communion with friends and family,
For remembering Your sacrificial love as we learn to give as much as we get,
For sharing with them our happiness and sadness, our daily moments and our lives,
For every worshipful dance of joy we throw ourselves into
For every meal or glass of wine or cup of tea we share with those we love and remember the meals You shared with Your disciples
For remembering that nobody could love as You do but still trying to be that selfless lover of family and friends
Thank You for our learning and teaching with family and friends,
For learning new skills and ways andLearning from laughter and joy,
Thank you for teaching by example, gently correcting our children to grow up with Your words in their hearts,
For teaching them that love, heart, is as strong as mind, Remembering that nobody could teach as You did but still trying to be that shadow of Your Holy self here
Thank You for our singing and dancing and walking and talking and cooking with and gardening with and sitting in companionship with and creating with family and friends
For moments together where Your beautiful world spreads before us on a walk and we see Your glory
For moments together when we make something and we laugh together at the pleasure of creating
For moments together when new shoots come up in our gardens and we share in the miracle and joy of new life
For moments when we are so caught up in what we do and see Spirit working through our hearts and hands together
Remembering that You, Holy Family, are the grace and the love and the companionship and the creativity and the pleasure and the joy in all those moments
Thank you Lord God, for family and friends and loved ones
Our prayers as a church:
God is good
All the time
All the time
God is good
We are posting on Facebook to remind people that God loves us and speaks to us through the Bible, through our actions, through our love for others:
Our Prayers for those we have lost
We remember in our prayers the souls gathered home to You, loving Father.
“Thou with Christ and Christ with me
And so together still are we.
We give them back to You,
dear Lord, who gave them to us.
Yet as You do not lose them in giving
So we have not lost them by their return
Not as the world gives do You give
O Lover of Souls.
What You gave You do not take away
For what is ours is ours always, if we are Yours
And life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only an horizon
And an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight
Lift us, Strong Son of God, that we may see farther.”
We continue to lift in love our dear church friend Moira Beardshall, who gave so much to the church and to the community of Hinchley Wood as well. We remember her sense of humour and her down-to-earth practicality. She was a huge asset to our church and she is deeply missed.
Prayer Resources for your consideration:
“The call to Christian mission begins, continues and ends with prayer – ‘unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain’ (Psalm 127:1). Prayer leads to godly action, and growth in humble confidence to share afresh the love and saving power of Jesus Christ, both being good news and proclaiming good news. The fruit of prayer and godly action is a healthy, vibrant church in which lives are transformed and communities are enriched.” The Diocese of Guildford
There are a number of prayer resources online available for us all to use. Amongst them are: