For your prayers …
We know that a lot of our prayers are self-centred, so thank you that we can bring our concerns and thanks to you, for our nearest and dearest, wherever they are, and that you always hear our prayers.
We pray for those who are going through challenging and changing times, and ask you to be a close companion, friend and guide. Help them to grow in knowledge and trust of you.
Help those who are frail, to find and accept the help they need to be safe and comfortable. As life moves on, protect, guide and guard them by your love and help us to do what we can. Thank you for all the good work of the NHS. Touch those who are unwell, with your healing hand. Bless our families, friends and neighbours with faith, health and strength.
Thank you for the opportunities which Lent and Easter bring, for challenge and growth. Bless all who come to church for baptisms, thanksgivings, weddings or special services. Help us all to keep our eyes fixed on you and grow together in your love.
Bless the United Reformed Church as we meet in different ways. Guide us in mission and service and bless our church family around the world. Thank you for all the opportunities we have, to share with others, near and far, through food banks, Red Nose Day, Christian Aid Week and the service we can give locally to families and folk of all ages. May we share fun, laughter and life! Guide our decision-making and inspire our worship, we pray.
Be with us as a region and as a country, as Brexit comes. Guide our politicians and leaders, we pray and inspire them as IS folk seek to return to the UK. Be with all who stand for election and may all public servants seek the good of those they represent. Help us, as a nation, to make the right response to refugees and asylum seekers facing dangers to try to reach our shores.
Whatever the future holds, Lord, help us to know that you are always with us, will never leave us and that your love for us never ends. Help us to live as your Easter and Pentecost people, trusting in you and working together as the body of Christ here, and joyfully knowing your peace.
God of love, God of peace, God of life, Creator God, we praise and adore you.