Weekly Prayer

Let us Pray...

You are very welcome to pray with us.

Each Tuesday, Prayer Service takes place 11:00-11:30 am in the choir vestry (accessed from the main Church).

The main Church is also open Saturdays 10:00 am -12:00 noon.

Sunday worship takes place at 10:30 am.


21st August 2017

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Sir Francis Drake, 1577

 

14th August 2017

 

Through every minute of this day,

be with me, Lord!

Through every day of all this week,

be with me Lord!

Through every week of all this year,

be with me Lord!

through all the years of all this life,

be with me Lord!

So shall the days and weeks and years

be threaded on a golden cord.

And all draw on with sweet accord

unto thy fullness, Lord, 

that so, when time is past,

by grace, I may at last,

be with thee, Lord.

 

John Oxenham (1853 - 1941)

 

7th August 2017

Faithful Father,
Thank you for your presence with us, all the time.

Thank you for your goodness towards us, all the time.

Thank you for the forgiveness you offer when we put our trust in Jesus and what He did on the cross, so that not even the most desperate circumstances can cut us off from you.

Thank you for the on-going possibility of a new start with bright hope for each tomorrow.

Thank you, thank you Lord,
In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

By Daphne Kitching

 

 

31st July 2017

Creator God,

whose Word, at the dawn of time

gave light

and life;

receive my praise.

 

Jesus Christ,

companion on the way,

listening,

healing;

Forgive my self-centredness.

 

Holy Spirit,

giver of energy and love,

source of grace and courage;

fill me today.

Amen.

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24th July 2017

O Love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night, for you alone can speak to our condition.

You alone can search the mind and purify the heart.

You alone are infinite in love and you alone can flow over our darkness with the ocean of eternal light.

O love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night.

Amen. 

George Fox (1624-1691)

 

17th July 2017

Take our bodies, O Christ, to do your work; for here on earth you have no body now but ours.

Take our hands to be your hands, and our feet to walk in the ways of your feet.

Take our eyes to be the eyes of your own compassion, shining out in a troubled world;

for your own mercies' sake. Amen. 

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

 

 

10th July 2017

O Soverign and almighty Lord, bless all thy people, and all thy flock. Give thy peace, thy help, thy love unto us thy servants, the sheep of thy fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in thy divine and boundless love.

Amen

Liturgy of St Mark, 2nd century
 

3rd July 2017

Faithful Father,


Storms come. No matter who we are, no matter what we have done or not done, storms come.

Please protect us. Reassure us that you are with us in any and every storm; that you will never leave us or forsake us.

May we know the peace of your presence whatever our circumstances today. Alone we would sink and give up. With you we will be strengthened to stay afloat. We will be encouraged to face each day, confident that you are above all things - and that we belong to you.


Thank you Father, in Jesus name.


Amen.

By Daphne Kitching

 

 

26th June 2017

 

O Love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night, for you alone can speak to our condition.

You alone can search the mind and purify the heart.

You alone are infinite in love and you alone can flow over our darkness with the ocean of eternal light.

O love divine, to you we cry in the day and in the night.

Amen. 

George Fox (1624-1691)

 

19th June 2017

Warm, loving Spirit of God;
open our ears, that we may listen in order to understand, not simply to reply;
open our minds, that we may receive new insights into the nature of your love;
and open our hearts, that we may share generously the gifts of your grace.
Thus will we truly be disciples of Jesus Christ, and know the truth,
the truth that will set us free.

Amen.

Sheryl Anderson, Liverpool District Chair

 

12th June 2017

A prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth. 

Amen

 

 

5th June 2017

A Pentecost Prayer

 

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit

that my thoughts may all be holy;

Act in me O Holy Spirit

that my works, too, may be holy;

Draw my heart O holy Spirit

that I love but what is holy;

Strengthen me O Holy Spirit

to defend that is holy;

Guard me then O Holy Spirit

that I always may be holy.

 

St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430)

 

 

28th May 2017

Dear Lord,

Lord, we know you are a unifying God. We pray that we may take your love as the Father, your grace as the Son and your encouragement as the Holy Spirit into our daily lives and be a catalyst for unity within our families and our communities.

Be with those who mourn and suffer at this difficult time. May we reach out with compassion and love.

Help us to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Amen.

(Reflections from 'Transformed Living' by Dave Smith and Ephesians 4:3)

 

15th May 2017

We confess that we do not always choose to be people of the light.

So often, we try to hide in the shadows hoping our failings will not be noticed.

We fail to accept the light of Christ into our hearts and there is darkness within us.

We fail to reflect the light of Christ into the world.

Lord, be gracious to us.

God, forgive us.

Christ, renew us.

(from The Easter Offering Service 14th May 2017, Shine Like Stars)

 

8th May 2017

Look upon us, O Lord,
and let all the darkness of our souls
vanish before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longing be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect.

(Augustine, 354 - 430

 

1st May 2017


Dear Jesus,

Help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go, flood our souls with your Spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul we come in contact with may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us but only Jesus.

Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be your shining on others through us.

Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching not by words, but by our example by the catching force the sympathetic influence of what we do the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear to you.

Mother Teresa

 

24th April 2017

O LORD God Almighty, Father of angels and men, we praise and bless your holy name for all your goodness and loving kindness to humanity.

We bless you for our creation, preservation, and for your unceasing generosity to us throughout our lives; But above all, we bless you for your great love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ.

We bless you for bringing us safe to the beginning of a new day. Grant that this day we fall into no sin, Neither run into any kind of danger. Keep us, we pray, from all things hurtful to body or soul, and grant us your pardon and peace, So that, being cleansed from all our sins, we might serve you with quiet hearts and minds, and continue in the same until our life's end, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer.

Amen.

John Wesley (1703-91)

 

17th April 2017

 

Heavenly Father,
Parting from our loved ones is difficult. We long to be together, but sometimes it isn’t possible and we don’t always understand. The disciples must have wanted Jesus to stay with them, after the joy of the resurrection and those wonderful reunions. And yet you knew that it was better for them - and for us - that Jesus returned to you so that He could send His Spirit to live in us, to comfort and strengthen us and to work through us.

Thank you that even though human parting is inevitable, because of Jesus eternal life is freely offered to those who trust in Him. And while we are here on earth you promise never to leave us or forsake us.

Thank you, Father, for your love - and your bigger picture!
In Jesus name.
Amen.


by Daphne Kitching
 

10th April 2017 - A Prayer for Holy Week

Lord, you've guided us through the difficult days of Lent, encouraging us along the way.

We pray as we move towards the darkest day, that you'll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour's ultimate gift and promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him, your precious son, Jesus. 

Amen

 

3rd April 2017

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,
a heart to delight in thee,
to follow and to enjoy thee,
for Christ's sake.

Amen

(Ambrose of Milan, c 339-97)

 

 

27th March 2017

Everywhere I walk

Let it be on Your path.

Everything I see

Let it be through your eyes.

Everything I do

Let it be Your will.

Every hardship I face

Let me place in in Your hands.

Every emotion I feel

Let it be Your spirit moving in me.

Everything I seek

Let me find it in Your love.

My Dear God

I thank You for this day.

I ask not to know where I am going,

I ask only to know and feel

in the depths of my heart and soul

that You are with me,

that You are guiding me,

that I am safe

in the protection of Your loving care.

In Jesus' name I offer myself to You.

Amen.

 

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20th March 2017

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

Amen

St. Theresa

 

13th March 2017

Gracious and holy Father,
please give me:

intellect to understand you;
reason to discern you;
diligence to seek you;
wisdom to find you;
a spirit to know you;
a heart to meditate upon you;
ears to hear you;
eyes to see you;
a tongue to proclaim you;
a way of life pleasing to you;
patience to wait for you;
and perseverance to look for you.

Amen

St Benedict (480-547)

 

6th March 2017 (from http://www.methodist.org.uk)


Forgive us Lord for our apathy,
for our lack of courage to speak out.
Forgive us when we walk past and don't offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong.

We confess that we are afraid -
we don't want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
We ask that you would lead us into action:
give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.
Help us to step into another person's shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,
peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,
uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.

May we be a liberating presence
and offer love, compassion and whatever is needed
to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.

Amen

 

27th February

Lord, we ask for your guidance as we enter the season of Lent. 

Help us to commit to a time for prayer and solitude, where we can focus on the grace of simplicity.

We ask that we may be generous of heart and spirit with all those that we meet.

As we pray for spiritual renewal, help us to daily travel closer to you.

Amen

 

20th February

with thanks to Erica Hartley for the opening prayer she shared at St Andrew's last week:

 

Lord, we have come to spend this time with you,

away from the busyness of our lives.

We once again ponder what you do and how amazing you are

The great creator of this world.

We will wonder again at your love for us.

You love each one of us, from the youngest to the oldest.

It doesn’t matter what our hair colour is or how we have dressed

What we did yesterday or will do tomorrow

You love us anyway.

Your love is perfect, pure and constant.

You are always with us to protect and guide

and we can always come and talk with you in prayer.

Your love never fails.

But sometimes we disappoint you, and do things wrong

We don’t care for your world as we should, we damage and spoil your creation.

We upset other people by the hurtful things we say or not helping when we should.

We remember the bad things people around us do and not the good.

We tell lies and avoid the truth to help us feel better for a short time.

But in the end we hurt others and ourselves.

Lord Forgive us

But there is good news for us. God loves the world so much, he loves us all so much, that he sent his only Son, Jesus to die on the cross, so that any one of us who believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.

Thanks be to God.

Amen

 

13th February 

 

Lord,

Help us to follow the example of your love as we daily interact with one another.

Guide us to be patient and kind in times of disagreement or misunderstanding.

Help us to treat those we meet with respect and to walk humbly with you.

Help us to carry out you word Lord, and to invite others to share in your endless love which always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.

Amen

 

6th February 2017

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

St. Patrick
 

 

29th January 2017

We pray for all those who are currently struggling with ill health and frailty. We think of the members of our church family currently unable to join us and ask, Lord, that you will comfort them with the knowledge that they are all in our prayers, our thoughts and our hearts.

We think of all those who are bereaved. Give them strength, Lord, as they adjust to their loss. Help us to show the grieving families the love and compassion which we learnt from you.

Amen

 

22nd January 2016

Make Me an Channel of Your Peace 

Lord, make me an channel 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,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

 

St. Francis of Assisi

 

15th January 2016

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; 
enjoying one moment at a time; 
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; 
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it; 
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will; 
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next. 
Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

 

8th January 2017

Dear Lord,

As we think of The Magi following the star across the desert to Bethlehem, we pray that we may follow your light in our daily lives.

In matters great and small, help us to journey on faithfully towards truth, justice and love.

Amen

 

1st January 2017

Dear Lord,

As we embark on another new year, we place our hands into yours in the knowledge that you will be our light and our guide.

We thank you for the year that has passed, for the joys and the challenges which have helped us to grow in your love.

Help us to travel with your purpose in mind, daily developing as your disciples.

Amen

 

25th December 2016

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus, 
that we may share in the song of the angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds, 
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world. 
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. 
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, 
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake. Amen.

-- Robert Louis Stevenson

 

18th December 2016

Thank you Lord for the Christmas festivities that have embraced us in recent days. For the carol services, the Christingles, for the cheery decorations that have long been in the streets and shops and are now in our homes. All remind us that you brought your precious son to earth to be our saviour.

Help us carry the love that you have placed into our hearts into our daily lives. Help our thoughts, words and actions to bring glory to your Holy name.

Amen

 

4th December 2016

We pray for all those who struggle during this season of Advent; for those who have lost loved ones; for those who are alone and for people whose difficulties seem more intense at this time of year. Be with them Lord, and help us to reach out to them with kindness and compassion during the season of goodwill. 

Amen

 

28th November 2016

We thank you Lord for the wonders that touch our everyday lives. We are grateful for the cheery smiles and friendly words which bring light and joy into even the chilliest of days.

As we come together for seasonal events such as fairs, work functions, social events and family gatherings, we cherish our warm memories and place into your hands the many unknown futures.

Help us Lord to maintain a sense of perspective and to secure a place of calm as the busiest of winter months unfolds. 

Amen

14th November 2016

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Be with us as the days shorten and the last leaves fall.

As we move towards Advent, help us to reflect your shining light in our daily lives.

We pray for those who have yet to know you Lord. Help them feel the faithfulness and security of Your Love.

Amen.

 

7th November 2016: A Prayer to Remember

Lord, have mercy on those that mourn and let them know, they shall be comforted.

We ask for strength for all those who have suffered in conflict, and pray that they may find meaning in their changed lives.

We pray for all those who are currently the victims of war and hardship and also ask that those who support them will be sustained in strength and spirit.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

31st October 2016: An Autumn Prayer

We thank you Lord for the changing seasons and for the beauty of the golden autumn sunlight on the warm-coloured leaves. As daytime shortens, we pray that you will be with all those who feel lonely and isolated. Please help us, Lord,  to reach out to those who need us and provide a hand of friendship which comes from your Love.

 

Amen

 

24th October 2016:    A prayer for Pudsey

 

Dear Lord,

We thank you for keeping watch over the people of Pudsey as they go about their daily lives. Thank you for the enthusiasm and dedication shown by many individuals towards their community. We see people contribute to worship, to fellowship, to uniformed organisations, to sporting clubs and to social, cultural and heritage groups. People generously give their time to charity and to local initiatives such as Pudsey in Bloom and the Pudsey Carnival. The light shines through everyone and we are truly grateful that we have a sense of belonging to this market town, to each other and to Our Lord.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your shining light of glory.

Be with us always,

Amen