Category Archives: Liturgy & Prayers

This category of Liturgy and Prayers, comes under the Resources category. Here we aim to provide appropriate focussed devotional material for private or public worship.

Prayers in St Luke’s tide for the NHS

Churches encouraged to pray for the NHS around St Luke’s day on 18 October 2017

Download the prayer resources here

Bishop John (Worcester) said:

“We regularly read news stories of the increasing pressure which the NHS is under. St Luke’s Day provides us with a welcome opportunity to pray for all staff and patients as well as those who have the responsibility for managing resources. The NHS was intended by its founders to be a sort of institutional answer to the question ‘Who is my neighbour?’, the answer being everyone. As such, it is a profoundly Christian institution and I would encourage everyone to set aside some time on or around 18 October to pray for all involved in our health service.”

Calling People of Goodwill

The Bible Reading Fellowship

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

We are living in turbulent times – with religious, political and social divisions challenging our identity and common life. So what kinds of conversation and encounter will help us move forward? The common good is a means to seek the welfare of all people and this new Booklet from Bible Society in collaboration with Together for the Common Good, explores how Christians of all traditions, can build the common good – both now, and for future generations.

Looking at what the Bible can show us about the common good, we have chosen six short passages from the Old and New Testaments which prompt reflection, discussion, prayer and action.

It isn’t easy to respond to God’s call to live for the common good. It requires us to be people with the courage to ‘stay in the room’, negotiate and keep dialogue going by recognising the humanity of everyone, including those with whom we disagree. This is a Booklet for our times.

 

Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

Available @ £3.99 from: biblesociety.org.uk/commongood

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Bible Fellowship

Prayer for use in Dementia week

God of hope and resurrection,
you know us better than we know ourselves,
and draw us to peace and wholeness in your love.
We remember before you
those who are unable to remember their own lives.
Guard and treasure their lost memories for them,
and hold their past in your safe hands,
that when the death of the body comes,
you may bring them to the full life of the resurrection,
restore and heal the memories of their lives,
and give them back to themselves,
that we with them may rejoice in your love,
and find the fullness of life in your presence,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Thank you to Doug Chaplin, Worcester Diocese for permission  to publish this prayer.

Prayer for National Carer’s Week

Blessing for a home carer

In your devoted but demanding ministry,
may you receive God’s blessing and be a blessing in return to the one you care for.
When exhaustion overwhelms you, may God renew your vigour.
When patience is tested, may he grant fortitude.
When all seems bleak, may he shed light.
When tears flow, may he bring comfort.
May you and your loved one know his peace,
receive his strength and experience his love,
surrounding and supporting you always
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

From  ‘God bless you’ by  Nick Fawcett.  ISBN 1-84417-362-3. Pub Kevin Mayhew.

Used on this website with permission from the publisher.  For any other use, permission must be obtained from the copyright department via info@kevinmayhew.com

Prayer of St Francis

Credit Unions

The Credit Union Movement has always stressed the all humanity are brothers and sisters and puts this ideal into practice in the economic field. No words have expressed this idea more beautifully or more meaningfully than the Prayer of St. Francis which has since been widely recognised as the official prayer of the Credit Union Movement.

LORD
Make me an instrument of thy 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.

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