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Prayers

We pray for:

  • the work of Christian Aid, especially this week. We pray that all the fundraising events will enable the charity to support
    communities around the world wherever there is need.

  • In this mental health awareness week we pray for all who struggle with their mental health and find life overwhelming and difficult. We pray for the work of organisations like the Samaritans as they seek to help by listening and providing space for individuals to reassess their lives.

  • We remember the people of Ukraine as warfare continues. We pray for World leaders as they endeavour to bring peace and stability to this region. We especially remember the work of NATO and the concerns for the
    Finnish and Swedish borders.

  • We pray for all who are ill in hospital, waiting for test results or surgery.

  • We give thanks for all who raise funds for various charities, especially remembering Dame Deborah James and her family in her final days.

  • We pray for all our key workers particularly those in the NHS.

  • For all who have been bereaved, especially any known to us.

  • We pray for our Contemporary worship next week, that new faces will join us in this exciting time of praise and witness.


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A prayer from the Methodist church, for peace in Ukraine


Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of the Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.
Lord have mercy.
Amen

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;

He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Psalm 46, v1 & v9-11