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Prayer

3rd December

We pray for all the people of the world that they may know the true meaning of Christmas, pray for the families who will come into our church to celebrate the birth of God’s son.
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From the Methodist Prayer Handbook: We pray for the people of Belize, Honduras, Guyana, Leeward Islands, Panama and Costa Rica, remembering the first graduates from the Belmopan Methodist High School in Belize. We pray for the Chester and Stoke-on-Trent District and the renewal of the sanctuary space at Wesley in the centre of Chester.

In the circuit we pray for the small congregation at Lympstone.

 

At dawn, watch for God and celebrate a new day. At noon, watch for God and give thanks for all we are and have. At dusk, watch for God and embrace the darkness of night. And now, watch and wait for God as we worship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.( adapted from Roots for churches 2017)

 

10th December
We remember the work and give thanks for the members who are Pastoral visitors, visiting the lonely, housebound and sick, we remember such members of our church at this time of year.

 

From the Methodist Prayer Handbook: we pray with for churches in Jamaica, Turks and Caicos Islands For the literature being used to spread Christianity in Jamaica with the financial support of churches in the UK. We pray for the Cornwall District and the mission and heritage of the County.

 

 

In the Circuit we pray The Mint especially remembering the Rev Steve Santry, Superintendent of the Circuit.

 

Lord, my God, just as a single flame can light a whole room, may this single prayer bring light into the dark places of the world,

Hope in the despairing places, comfort in the suffering places, and beauty in the wild places.

In Jesus’ name, I pray.  (roots for churches 2017))

 

17th December

We remember all the people who we know and prayer for them at this time of the year, when we remember the coming of Jesus Christ into the world.

From the Methodist Prayer Handbook: we pray for the Christians in the Cuba and Haiti. Giving thanks that the Methodist Church in Cuba is growing. We pray for the Darlington District, for the Evangelism Forum encouraging and equipping many to share the love of God.

In the Circuit we pray for the church at Ottery St Mary who have to make decisions concerning their worship space

 

Bring your busyness and your worries; bring your doubts and your desires; bring your fears and your failures; bring your hopes and your passions; bring all that you are to the one who knows you through and through, and loves you. Amen. (adapted from roots for churches 2017)

24th December

Jesus Christ came into the world to turn darkness into light, as we remember his birth in the stable help us to tell all people the good news of his birth, life and death for all people.

 

We remember the children who will open the shoe boxes this church has donated. And pray for a peaceful Christmas for the entire world

May the joy of Christmas shine in the world, uniting all people, and may we carry Christ’s loving kindness with us every day Amen.

 

Lord, when I am weighed down with tiredness; when I am bound with the knots of things I haven’t done,
people I haven’t seen, cards I haven’t written, prayers I haven’t said; when the demands of Christmas silence its music: come and reassure me, come and free me, come and love me. Amen. (roots for churches 2017)

 

 

31st December 2017

As we leave this year help us not to look back, but look to the future and to ask God what he wants us to do for him in 2018

 

From the Methodist Prayer handbook, we pray for the church in the USA, Canada and Mexico. We give thanks for the number of American trained ministers who have been called to circuits in this Country. We pray for the East Anglian District and the 15 Circuits of the District.

In the Circuit we pray and remember our own church, we pray for Julian and Lesley and all who give time for God’s service in this place.

 

May God, the Lord of the years, help me to carry this year into the next, to hear the voice of his Son, calling me forward, and to know the power and blessing of his Spirit? Amen. (adapted from Roots for churches 2017)