Morning Service Sunday 14th February 2016

Heavenly Father we come before you today in worship, in prayer, in humility and in thanksgiving. We particularly worship you as we now enter the season of Lent and we aim to acknowledge your sacrifice of fasting in the wilderness in preparation for your ministry. We worship you here in your house at St John's as a church family dedicated to following the principles you have set out for us.

Heavenly Father there are so many prayers we wish to bring before you, because of tragedies that cause us grave concern. Our hearts go out to the many innocent people who are caught up in the horrors of war. We particularly are thinking of the migrant crisis and the loss of life brought about as a result of desperate people fleeing from their own homes in their own country. We pray that those responsible for these conflicts can realise the futility of war and greed and have the courage to find a true way to peace. We pray for the many organisations who give their selfless and unfailing support to those in need at these terrible times. Lord, we are so mindful of your message to us of love your neighbour as yourself and we long for the day when nations will adopt this principle and the horrors of war will be confined to the history books. LORD IN YOUR MERCY….

We pray for ourselves, for our church, for our Methodist, Roman Catholic and Baptist neighbours as we strive to strengthen the bond between our churches. We pray for the people within our own church, too numerous to mention, who are deserving of your praise, but who do not seek your thanks, safe in the knowledge they are serving you and are contributing to the spirit of Christian harmony and unity. We pray for our choir and our organists. We pray for our Rector John and we pray that we will continue to be inspired by his leadership as he guides us through our understanding of The Bible. We pray for Elizabeth our Queen and we wish her good health as she approaches her 90th birthday. Bless our bishops Christopher and John and give wisdom to all in government. May they rule for the interests of all the people, irrespective of political affiliation.

We pray for our Wider Church Group in their efforts to support those in our community and further afield who are less well off than ourselves. Help us to support the various charities that we will be supporting this year as we have seen today in the DVD about the TEAR fund, and we look forward to hearing from the leaders of these groups as they strive to alleviate the plight of these people, and how we can further strengthen their fortitude in trying to make a better life for them. LORD IN YOUR MERCY…….

Heavenly Father we pray for the young in our town and we are particularly encouraged by the growth of our Sunday school. We pray for their leaders and that you will give them the inspiration to help these young people to follow in the ways that you have taught us. We pray for our Church of England Primary School and we sincerely hope that through our association with the school that the young of today will become the Christians of tomorrow. From our prayer diary we pray today for the residents of Kyte Green, Edge Lane and Blackford Hill and Close.

We pray for anybody known to us who are suffering in body, mind and spirit. Give comfort to those who are sick and help to strengthen those who are weak. By lighting a candle by the altar it gives us comfort to know that you are mindful of our concerns. We pray also for those who have lost loved ones and we particularly pray for my wife Ann as she mourns the loss of her younger brother, and for Frank Robinson, a dedicated member of our church. It is at times like this when our faith is tested and we often find the words of comfort so hard to digest, but we realise we must keep in our hearts, the memory of those we have loved and help us to understand they have joined you in your eternal kingdom.

Finally, we think about how we are living our lives and whether we can look into our hearts and say, am a good Christian. Do I love my neighbour as myself, do I lead a good life. Do I talk to you as often as I should and not just when I need something from you. Do I thank you enough for the wonders of the world you have created for me and for all of us? Do I thank you for family and friends? If we are not confident about the positive answer to these questions, then please help us and give us the strength to live our lives in the same way you have taught us. Help us to see the good in people and not to look for their faults. In the same way that you have taught us, we say together The Lord's Prayer;

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. AMEN.

In the words of the beautiful hymn, 'Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring you love'

MERCIFUL FATHER: Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN.


Morning Service Sunday 10th January 2016

I speak these prayers in the first person on behalf of all of us.

I come as myself, just as I am
this moment, my feelings, my fears.
You see me as I really am;
You know me through and through.

Teach me Lord Jesus what I need to know,
Teach me what I need to learn;
Teach me Lord Jesus to be open
and ready to hear your voice.
Thank you for always being close and loving me.

Help me to come to you with positive expectations
knowing that there is no limit to what you can accomplish.
Help me to trust when prayers are not yet answered.
Help me to see that time is a trainer, teaching me to
wait upon you; to trust in the dark.
Help me to understand that difficulties draw me into prayer
and help me to see all you are doing in my life.

Dear God than you for watching over me and my loved ones.
Let us think for a few moments of those we want to remember and protect;
(we lift up to you ….. and family; we pray that you will support and comfort them)
Sitting here in the presence of Christ I can feel secure and at peace;
And so fill me with faith so that I may focus on my priorities
and enjoy a happy and healthy life.
Let the Christ Spirit fill my soul, fill my mind, fill my being
and fill my body.
In quietness and in confidence shall be my strength,
because the Spirit of The Lord is upon me.

Thanks be to God.