Prayers.......

 

TO HELP YOU PRAY

Let the hurry and worry of your life fall away from you.

You are God's child.

He loves you and cares for you.

He is there with you now-and always.

Speak to Him slowly and thoughtfully-give yourself time for Him to bring things to mind.

Lord, thank you....

For your presence here, for the opportunity to pray,

For the promise of peace,

For the beauty of the world, the kindness of people....

For all those whom I love for..... and who love me....

For your love towards me.

For the cross of Christ and the power of the spirit.

Help me to show my gratitude ion deeds as well as words.

Lord, I am sorry....

For the times I have been hasty or unkind (especially to.....)

Thought or acted selfishly, failed to forgive or ask for forgiveness, forgotten your presence, taken your love for granted.

I thank you for your promise to forgive all those who turn back to your penitence.

 

Lord I am troubled....

I am anxious and distressed for myself..... For others....

Especially about.....

Help me to trust your love, for you carry our sorrows.

Teach me how to act and speak in the way you want.

Give me wisdom to know when not to interfere.

Calm my fears, for all things are in your hands.

Lord I pray for.....

My family.... and friends, my neighbours at home, at work, the ones I like.... and dislike...

For those who are troubled or mourn.

For the oppressed,

For those involved in disaster or war.

Bless them, Father, in their various troubles.

And show me how I may help.

 

Prayer of Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love,

where there is injury, pardon,

where there is doubt, faith,

where there is despair, hope,

where there is darkness, light,

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(attributed to St Francis of Assisi)

 

Beatitudes for Carers

The good Samaritan was someone who cared.

Blessed are those who care: they will let people know that they are loved.

Blessed are those who are gentle: they will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds unfold.

Blessed are those who listen: they will lighten many a burden.

Blessed are those who know how to let go: they will have the joy of seeing people find themselves.

Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said, do not walk away, but remain to provide a comforting and supportive presence: they will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable.

Blessed are those who recognise their own need to receive: they will be able to  give all the better.

And blessed are those who give without hope of return: they will give people an experience of God.

 

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me

the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

(Reinhold Niebuhr)

 

      If there is to be peace in the world,
      There must be peace in the nations.
      If there is to be peace in the nations,
      There must be peace in the cities.
      If there is to be peace in the cities,
      There must be peace between neighbors.
      If there is to be peace between neighbors,
      There must be peace in the home.
      If there is to be peace in the home,
      There must be peace in the heart.

      (Lao-Tse - 6th Century BCE)

 

                      Lord, make us each an instrument of thy peace

                      Where there is hatred, let us bring love.

                      Where there is injury, pardon.

                      Where there is doubt, faith.

                      Where there is despair, hope.

                      Where  there is darkness, light.

                       Where there is sadness, joy.

                       For Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake.

                                                         Amen                 

 

In work and worship, God is with us

gathered and scattered, God is with us

Now and always, God is with us.

 

May the peace of the Lord go with you, wherever He may send you

May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you from the storm

May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you

May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors

 

 

O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;
Bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.
Amen.

-Samuel F. Pugh