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A Prayer for Children

We pray for children who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
Who like to be tickled
Who stamp in puddles
Who can never find their shoes.

We pray for children
Who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire
Who never have been able to count gifts around the Christmas tree
Who are born in places we would not be seen dead in
Who can never go to the beach or cinema
Who live in an X rated world.

We pray for children
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions
Who sleep with the dog and bury the goldfish
Who hug us in hurry and forget their lunch money
Who squeeze toothpaste all over the wash basin.

We pray for children who never have pudding
Who have no comfort blanket to drag along with them
Who watch their parents watch them die
Who can't find any bread to steal
Who don't have any rooms to tidy
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
whose nightmares come in the daytime
Who will eat anything
Who have never had new trainers or train sets
Who aren't spoilt by anyone
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep
Who live and move but have no being

We pray for children around the world
That they should be allowed the opportunity
To live nourished lives in freedom and peace.

Amen

 

Prayer for the church and the world

God of justice and peace, we rejoice that your Kingdom is upside-down, where those caught in the grip of poverty, sadness and despair can find themselves blessed.

We pray for this our own church and your Church around the world, that in a world too often driven by the measures of material success we learn again and fearlessly proclaim Kingdom values.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

An Autumn Prayer for the week beginning 20th November 2016

 

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING

Plant 3 rows of peas
1. Peace of mind
2.Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

Plant 4 rows of squash
1.Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4.Squash selfishness

Plant 4 rows of lettuce
1. Let us be faithful
2.Let us be kind
3.Let us be patient
4.Let us really love one another

No garden is without Turnips
1.Turn up for meetings
2.Turn up for services
3.Turn up to help each other.

Our gardens must have Thyme
1.Thyme for each other
2.Thyme for our families
3. Thyme for friends.

Water freely with patience and cultivate with LOVE.
There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

Dear Father please help us to cultivate our souls that our own`gardens`grow ever more productive in thy sight . Amen

A few more prayers:

Support us, O Lord,
all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord Have Mercy
Amen.
Prayers of St Augustine (354-430)

O thou, who art the light of the minds that know thee, the life of the souls that love thee, and the strength of the wills that serve thee; help us so to know thee that we may truly love thee; so to love thee that we may fully serve thee, whom to serve is perfect freedom.

Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and let your angels protect those who sleep. Tend the sick. Refresh the weary. Sustain the dying. Calm the suffering. Pity the distressed. We ask this for the sake of your love.
A Prayer of St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will.
Each day and each night, may the wisdom of the Wonderful Counsellor guide us. May the strength of the Mighty God defend us. May the love of the Everlasting Father enfold us and may the blessing of the Prince of Peace rest upon us; now and always. Amen.
Based on Isaiah of Jerusalem (eighth century BC)

Loving God of all the world,
we hold before you all nations, their needs and their potential.

God, who reigns over governments,
bring justice where injustice rules.

God, who carries a weary world without growing weak,
give strength to the struggling and hope to the hopeless.

Creative God, who dreamed up our world,
grant vision and insight to those with a heart to change things for the better.

Compassionate God,
heal what is hurting and restore what has been broken.

With grateful hearts we thank our loving God,
whose compassion never ceases,
whose love for us never runs dry and
whose fight against injustice never relents. Amen.
Rebecca Branch, All We Can (formerly MRDF)

A prayer before a wedding banquet
Heavenly Father,
As we share this meal together, we thank you for love. Your love, that we see reflected in (a) and (b) on this their special day.
As we share this meal together, their first as a married couple, we are grateful that your love seeks us and finds us.
We are thankful for this meal. We pray your blessing upon those who prepared it and those who will serve it.
We ask that you continue to bless (a) and (b) and all who are gathered here, as together we celebrate their marriage and acknowledge your love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.