Prayer is a way of communicating with God. It is, or should be a two way conversation. It isn't just us throwing demands at God. We should also find the peace and the space to listen to him. In busy lives it can be tough trying to find space, but we can find space for things when we want to, all God wants is a few minutes of our time. We don't have to use special language or be in a church, we can talk to God as we talk to any of our friends. Prayer can be about anything.............financial difficulties, relationships, happy things, we can thank God for situations in the world or in the lives of friends and family, or support in a difficult situation. God knows what we need, He knows what we want and He knows what is good for us.
Do you have a special prayer? Share it with us, it might be helpful for someone else. If you need our prayers please contact Tina email@example.com
(Please also contact Tina if you would be willing to go on the prayer circle to pray for others). With the run up to Easter our minister, Tony Frost, is posting a series of readings and prayers for Easter week
Easter Sunday Mark 16:1-7 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! (traditional Easter greeting) When the day is new and the sun is fresh and the light is clean and the stone has rolled we praise you, O God of empty tombs
Now we see the world differently What we thought was the way of things, yesterday is no longer the way of things today death was yesterday new life is today tombs were sealed now they are open love was dead now is alive again death has been given a make-over endings have a new perspective things work differently now
The shouting has stopped and the suffering ended and the betrayal complete and the darkness stolen and so we praise you, O God of life. Amen
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son Endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won
Saturday 3 April 2021
Mark 15:42-47 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.
Pray for those who have been bereaved. Pray for those whose work is with the ill and dying. Pray for those whose life is coming to an end, and for those who watch over them.
May he support us all day long till the shades lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging a holy rest and peace at the last
(John Henry Newman)
Good Friday 2 April 2021
Mark 15:1-2,16-20,33-39 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate. “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spat on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”. When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit
Holy God, We are caught in the tension of light and shadow, death and resurrection.
You spoke the world into being, you illuminated the universe by your very speech, then filled the void with life. Indeed, you have filled the void of darkness and death, the empty promises of the abyss, with new life and new creation.
We look to you in the space between the world and the Kingdom, longing for the fulfilment of your word in the work of the Holy Spirit and the reign of Christ, our Creator and King. Amen -------
Thursday 1 April 2012
Mark 14:22-26, 45,50 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. As soon as Judas arrived, he went up to Jesus and said ‘Teacher!’ and kissed him. So they arrested Jesus and held him tight....Then all the disciples left him and ran away. Every time we celebrate Communion together, we remember this night. When we eat the bread and drink the wine, we do so with all Christians everywhere, past, present and yet to come.
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest Stay with us for day is ending. With friend, with stranger, With young and with old Be among us tonight. Come close to us That we may forgive one another. Renew us so that where we have failed We may begin again
(Communion service, Iona community) ------- Wednesday 31 March 2021 Mark 14:10-11
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them. We do not know why Judas turned his back on Jesus. It is possible he felt envious of the other disciples who seemed closer to Jesus. Perhaps he wanted to share in the power and recognition of Jesus without any sacrifice or personal struggle.
Pray for the people we have let down. Pray for the power to forgive those who have let us down. Pray for others who have been disillusioned or betrayed. Pray for those who have turned their backs on the church.
Father and friend Help us to learn that goodness is stronger than evil That love is stronger than hate That light is stronger than darkness That life is stronger than death And that victory is ours Through your forgiving love
Amen --------- Tuesday 30 March 2021 Mark 14:1-9
Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Jesus had shown God’s forgiveness to Mary. Now in her own way she was able to show her love and gratitude. Give thanks for the love we have received from others. Pray for a generous spirit in our homes and families. Pray for a generous spirit in our homes and families. Ask God to increase our love for him.
Set our hearts on fire with love for thee, O Christ That in that flame we may love thee And our neighbour as ourselves
(Eastern Orthodox Church) -------- Monday 29 March 2021 Mark 11:15-19
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves.” The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. When evening came, Jesus and his disciples left the city. The Temple courtyard was the only place where non-Jews were allowed to worship. Jesus was angry with the traders who made it hard for people to come to God.
Remember in prayer people who find it hard to come close to God, for whatever reason.
Almighty God You loved the world so much That you sent your Son Not to condemn the world But that through him the world might be saved. As we are confronted again With the depth of human wickedness And the greater depth of your compassion May we confess our part in the sin of the world Repent of it, know your forgiveness And be transformed to live for you.
Amen Lockdown Prayers
Pray for families who are struggling with lockdown.
Holy Spirit, as families keep adjusting to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities. Give spouses grace for each other. Prompt worn-out parents to speak words of kindness and encouragement to their children. Help children find creative ways to experience the beauty of all You have created and continue learning.
Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. —Psalm 57:1 (NIV)
We pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the new coronavirus.
Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers … —2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)
Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine. Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
Pray for the coronavirus to stop spreading. Almighty God, we know that everything is in Your sovereign control. We ask that You keep this new coronavirus from continuing to spread. Give government officials the ability to safely handle people arriving from other countries. Help people decide to stay home instead of traveling or going out needlessly. Holy Spirit, remind people to wash their hands properly. And while it may be heart-breaking, comfort families as they decide to keep their distance from elderly or other high-risk family members.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea …—Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)
God's healing hand To our brothers and sisters who have contracted and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease, we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you. To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, may the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you to render your life-saving services with due care, love and compassion. To all those who have lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we convey our deepest sympathies. We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy, may rest in eternal peace. We pray that God may grant all bereaved families his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord.
Working for your kingdom Lord Jesus, give us the grace to hear your voice, And the strength to continue working for your kingdom in this time of pandemic. Do not allow us to be indifferent to those who today suffer the loss of a loved one, or who suffer from the absence of work. But give us the courage to accompany and side with those who suffer violence or injustice. Amen.
“As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God my tears have been my food, day and night?”
Gracious God, we pray for those who are struggling emotionally and spiritually, those finding it hard to experience your presence, those who can’t see you through the tears and the anguish. Thank you that even when we are struggling to have a vision of you. You are with us. You have promised to never leave us, and you have said when we seek you we will find you. T