Sunday 28 JUNE 2020
You’re here, Lord,
even when we do not see it.
even when we do not feel it.
though it sometimes doesn’t seem it.
though we sometimes doubt it.
though our worry might obscure it.
even when we can’t believe it.
You’re here, Lord,
as much in the night as in the day.
So now we bring you our worship.
We line ourselves up with you.
We ask you to speak to us –
to reassure and direct us,
to comfort and inspire us.
Draw near to us - as we draw near to you,
And hear us as we pray in Jesus’ words,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil
for the kingdom, the power and the glory
now and forever.
Matthew 10: 40-42
Great God, Father and Mother of us all,
Teach us the importance of staying close to you,
so that we can learn more about ourselves,
so we can have a greater sense of your presence in our lives
and so that we can hear your voice and your guidance.
When prayer is easy for us
help us never to take the gift for granted
and when prayer seems hard (and we wonder what we are doing)
remind us that you will honour all thoughts offered sincerely.
Help us to understand prayer not as a means to control you
but to line ourselves up with you,
so that we can be changed and moulded into better people.
Help us through prayer to be more aware of your forgiveness,
your love and your presence.
Teach us how to pray and teach us how to act.
In a world where there is so much upset,
so much injustice and so much need,
help us through prayer to see what we can do
to bring hope and help to those around us
in Jesus’ name.
We pray for those in high places
with the power to make decisions that will affect millions of lives.
We pray for our partners Christian Aid
and all those churches, charities and agencies
who work with the poorest of the poor
to bring water, food, health and education.
We pray for those who we love – those closest to our hearts,
and we pray for those who annoy us - those we find so difficult to accept.
We pray for the people who are always on our minds,
and for those who need us to listen to them better.
We pray for those who feel lost or disillusioned,
those whose lives are plagued by resentment or guilt,
for all who suffer and need comforting.
We pray for those who have died
and for those who still mourn
that you will gather them close to yourself
and bless those who are supporting them.
As we make our requests and as we pray for others
teach us how we can be the answer to our own prayers.
Show us the practical things that we can all do
to make a difference in the lives of others,
as we offer what we are and what we have in Jesus’ name.