Prayer is a key part of our life together. Prayer occurs in various places and times as people gather.
Each Sunday, as part of our worship, the congregation are invited to take one or more prayer cards from the basket as they leave, and use these to pray for an individual (first name only), a situation or world issue. The following Sunday these are placed in a basket as our offering prayers and the cycle begins all over again. This is a key part of our prayer rhythm together.
This is currently not taking place on a Monday but is being held, by Zoom, at 8pm on a Thursday evening. If you would like to join olease contact the church office.
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40v 28-31.
As we journey through this pandemic we have seen great courage, loving kindness, acts of service, sacrifice, generosity and great stamina from so many people. From frontline workers, medical staff, scientists, shop workers, government leaders, delivery men, food bank volunteers, to family, friends and neighbours, to name but a few. As the relentless battle continues against the unseen enemy, that daily claims more lives and steals our freedom, we sense and see weariness and exhaustion growing. Yet, these words remind us of the power of our mighty God and his power that is available to us as we turn to him and place our hope in our Creator who knows the way ahead.
The words at the beginning of Isaiah chapter 40 tell us:
"In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord make straight in the desert
a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
As we journey through lent together and take time to reflect on all that has been happening during this pandemic, in many ways it has been a wilderness-like experience as we have faced isolation and been unable to physically meet and worship together. Although we do not know what lies ahead, God does and as he prepares the way for us he asks us to prepare the way for him.
Everlasting God, we thank you that you never slumber nor sleep and that always you are ready and waiting for us to come to you. Help us to be faithful in prayer. When we are weary help us remember that you never are. Thank you that you are always available, ready to hear and to answer prayer.
As we wait on you, renew our strength to face each new day with hope.
As we wait on you, help us to encourage ourselves and each other in you.
As we wait and hope in you, help us to listen and to hear your voice saying;
‘this is the way, walk in it ‘.
We offer a thought for your prayers for each day this month. You might like to take a moment to print them out or copy them into your daily diary or calendar.
Let’s pray together each day.
1st. Give thanks for spring and the hope of new beginnings.
2nd. For all who are weary and exhausted today.
3rd. For families with loved ones in care homes to be able to meet again.
4th. University students
5th. All who are struggling with isolation.
6th. Those receiving cancer treatments and all waiting for treatment.
7th. Marriages that are struggling.
8th. Those who are waiting for transplants.
10th. Those who rely on dialysis.
11th. Those trapped at home suffering from domestic abuse.
13th. Freedom for those held captive and waiting in hope for release.
14th. For mothers.
15th. For all children and young people who return to school today.
16th. Those who have lost loved ones to Covid.
17th. The vaccination programme worldwide.
18th. Postal workers and delivery men.
19th. Vital Hospital ancillary workers.
20th. Children in care.
21st. All who are struggling with debt.
22nd. Those who have motor neurone disease.
23rd. The blind.
24th. Those struggling with their mental health.
25th. Give thanks for your home.
26th. Those with businesses that are struggling.
27th. Asylum seekers waiting in hope.
28th. Those struggling with long Covid.
29th. Those suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
30th. Give thanks for our Saviour who also knew weariness and exhaustion as he journeyed to the cross for us.
31st. For the way ahead as we journey on, and an end to the pandemic.