Prayers for Pentecost week

Pentecost

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us, 
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own, 
and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, 
support us by your power, 
for you are God, 
sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favour.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you, 
and earn the reward promised 
to good and faithful servants.

You live and reign with the Father and the Son, 
One God, forever and ever.
Amen.

(St Pope John XXIII – prayer at the start of the Second Vatican Council, 1962)

Monday

Let us pray for the people of St Peter’s Church, where Rev. Tim Gage was licensed as Rector on 13 May. Pray that, despite the lockdown, Rev. Tim and his new parishioners will get to know each other quickly so that they may work together effectively to further God’s kingdom in this area. 

Tuesday

We pray for the people of Hounsom Memorial Church, which is one of a group of three churches served by the same minister. Pray that, as they come together in spirit to pray at home, all using the same service order, they may feel themselves to be united as one worshipping community.

Wednesday

We pray for the people of St George’s Church, which is one of two churches served by the same minister. May the prayers and reflections on their website assist them in this time when they cannot meet together as a worshipping community. 

Thursday

Let us pray for the people of Bishop Hannington Church, lead church for a group of three which includes Goldstone Church. May the team working so hard to enable services and other activities to happen online be encouraged and strengthened as they seek to bring God’s word to their virtual participants. 

Friday

We pray for the people of St Helen’s Church and of St Richard’s Church, which form one parish. May their livestreamed services on Sundays and Wednesdays enable their community to feel at one in worship, and may the Easter meditation page on their website prove helpful to people within and beyond the parish. 

Saturday

Let us pray for those of our area who are not part of any faith community, that through the witness of the people of the local churches, they may come to know the love and saving power of Jesus.

Trinity Sunday

Either

I bind unto myself the name,
The strong name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
salvation is of Christ the Lord.

(From St Patrick’s breastplate, trans: C.F. Alexander, taken from https://www.churchyear.net/trinityprayers.html )

Or

Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth:
Set up your kingdom in our midst.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God:
Have mercy on me, a sinner.

Holy Spirit, breath of the living God:
Renew me and all the world.

(Tom Wright, taken from https://ntwrightpage.com/2016/04/05/the-prayer-of-the-trinity/ )


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