Prayer of the day

God we praise you for sustaining us through the night into a new day. We praise you that your love reaches people wherever they are. Your love is there in the minds and hearts of refugees, in those who are on the margins of society, in those who are asylum seekers, in those who are poor and marginalised and in those who suffer injustice.

We praise you for those who show us your love not just in words but in the actions they take to make our lives better. We praise you for men and women around the world through whom we can glimpse humility, mercy, generosity and justice.

We pray for all those who are experiencing pain and loss. We remember particularly those who are trapped in abusive relationships and cannot see a way out. We pray that they may sense your presence with them . May they be reassured that nothing is impossible to you.

God bless your church as we seek to open up new opportunities in ways which will promote you kingdom of love and justice and make new disciples to the glory of your name. Amen.

Prayer of the day

For God alone, my soul waits in silence; from God comes my salvation.

God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

Psalm 62 vs 1-2

Saving God,

You supply me with the salve of healing oil.

When I’m shaken, to my core, by senseless violence, unnecessary loss of life and dreadful natural disasters.

When I am feeling fragile, my mind, body and spirit overwhelmed by the perplexities and problems of the world your healing touch sustains me.

I thank you, God, for being my salvation.

Steadfast God,

You supply me with a rock-solid foundation,

when I’m buffeted by gale force winds of doubts and uncertainties,

when my anchor strains, as waves of grief and pain rise and crash over me,

when my life seems built on the shifting sands of conflicting demands

and when all I can see is insecurity

I thank you, God, for being my rock.

Protecting God,

Strong and gentle as a mother hen, gathering her chicks under her wings,

a fortress of warmth and safety, protect me from all harm.

When I wander from your protecting care, help me to heed your beckoning,

Shield me from the dangers and pitfalls of self-reliance, the arrogance of self-sufficiency and depending on the wisdom of the world.

I thank you, God, for being my fortress.

God, my rock, my fortress and my salvation,

In the silence of this morning, I will put my trust in you.

During the unfolding of this day, I will not be shaken

In the rest of this night, I will lie down in peace

Secure in your unshakeable never-ending love for me and for all creation.

Amen

Prayer of the day

Lord, as lockdown eases and things begin to open, we pray for wisdom and caution as we begin to venture out of the safety of our homes. 

We pray for those businesses welcoming the opportunity to reopen, even though they are operating within different restrictions and regulations. We pray for business owners and staff who are trying to understand and work within these changes. We pray for their customers as they also learn what the changes mean for them. 

We pray for those, for whom the easing has come too late, and those for whom the changes make their businesses unviable. We pray for those who have closed their businesses permanently and those who have been made redundant as a result. We pray for all who face the future with uncertainty and fear. 

We pray for those who are fearful of re-engaging with the world outside, for those who will continue to need additional support to be able to re-engage. And we pray for those for whom ‘lockdown is still the safest option for themselves and their loved ones.  

We pray for the frontline workers for whom this easing brings its own anxiety, for hospital workers and care-givers, for transport workers and all those for whom the concern is that the services they provide may be stretched even more than they are. 

We pray for those places facing local lockdown, where life continues to be interrupted for fear of the spread of the virus. We pray for politicians and professionals involved in policy- making and those involved with testing and tracing that they would continue to work with wisdom and integrity, with a primary care to our well-being rather than a concern for money.  

Lord, as the world outside still holds so many dangers for us, help us to remember it is a beautiful place, the beautiful place you have made for us to call home. And whether the times be difficult or easy, may we find our comfort and peace, our strength and hope in you, for you have assured us that you are with us, at all times and in all places. In and through the name of Christ, Amen

Prayer of the day

Holy God, as we approach you and see the sunrise, we ask many questions of you in our state of isolation and anguish. We are left pondering your responses to the questions we ask. You say to us: ‘Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations.. who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what was its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone – while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy. Who shut up the seas behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garments and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place…… Have you ever given orders to the morning or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it…….?’ (Job 40 ff).

Lord like Job, we know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. We are quick to speak of things that we do not understand, things too wonderful for us to know. Our ears had heard of you, but now our eyes have seen and our hands touched.

1 John 1 in his letter reinforces Job when he says this:

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Gracious and ever living God we come to you broken and crying for healing and restoration. Be with us this day as we dwell in your presence.

Prayer of the day

Easing and Waiting!

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
God is Creator of all you can see or imagine.
God doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch breath.
 And God knows everything, inside and out.
God energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40vs 17-21)

Creating God,

God of patience, persistence and love

We thank you and rejoice with those for whom in these days of easing, the time of waiting is over!

For newly weds

For new borns, able now to meet their wider families

For hospitality businesses, able to open their doors and welcome friends back to enjoy each other’s company

For hairdressers and barbers, helping men and women look and feel good

For those worshippers of all faiths who will now meet in their places of worship

For these and those who we hold before you, we give you thanks and praise.

Creating God,

God of patience, persistence and love

We hold before you those for whom, in these days of easing, the time of waiting is not over, the time to wait continues.

For the people of Leicester in local lockdown

For worshippers not yet able to come together, because their buildings cannot yet be safely opened.

For those ordinands in the Methodist Church, deacons and presbyters, who still wait for ordination services.

For those waiting for urgent operations and for dental service to be resumed.

For people seeking sanctuary waiting to have their applications and appeals processed

For those working to find vaccines and drugs to counter the Coronavirus, waiting the results of research and trials.

Creating God,

God of patience, persistence and love,

You remind us that as we wait, we need to be active!

So, we pray for all who are working for the time when, FOR ALL, the of waiting is over.

Those ensuring that the future of planet earth is sustained.

Those making decisions, globally, nationally and locally, that will secure the dignity, worth and well-being of all earth’s people.

The body of Christ, the church, and especially the Methodist Church as we seek new and appropriate ways of being Christ’s body as we seek faithfully to serve the present age.

Remember: those who wait upon God get fresh strength.

Amen. Thanks be to God.

Prayer for the day

Gracious God at the beginning of this new day, we come into your presence because your Spirit invites us to come. We come knowing that we’re loved and that you care for us. We come because you’re constantly reaching out to your people to support, to encourage and to inspire. We come knowing that we’re weighed down by many burdens which make us struggle to keep our focus on you. Lord thank you that we can come to be refreshed in the light of your love.

God, maker of our world and of all that gives light and life, may your holy name be praised for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for the day

God of life we praise you for giving us breath and for shaping and forming our lives. We praise you for family and friends and for the way in which they enrich our lives. We praise you for those who work in public services offering care, education, science, technology and for those who work in the emergency and domiciliary services to keep us safe.

God of all people we praise you for the rich variety of people in our country making this a diverse country which gives strength and hope.

Help us Lord to take our responsibilities seriously so that we look not after our own interest but the interest of others.

As we navigate our way through this day help us to find you in the people we meet and in the events in which we share through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer of the day

God of our world, we praise you for this day full of opportunity and of great potential. We thank you for all that you give to us to enable us to celebrate our history, culture, traditions, diversity and all that makes life good.

We praise you for our worship with its many layers of hymns, songs poems and reflections embedded in music and art.

We thank you that our church is so rich in the gifts and skills that people willingly put at your disposal so that your kingdom of love and justice can develop and grow.

We praise you that you have called us to make disciples for Jesus Christ in our words and actions and in our welcome and celebrations.

We thank you for stretching our imagination and widening our horizons so that we can see you at work in each other as we learn to give and receive.

Lord forgive us for fracturing your world again and again. We are sorry for the way in which we consciously or unconsciously mar your world by our attitude to others, by our neglect of the weak, by not loving our neighbours as we should, by cultivating a selfish attitude. Lord help us to embrace the values of your kingdom so that justice, peace, love and reconciliation may reign in our hearts, in our church, in our communities and in our world. Amen.

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