Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Lord, we pray for the whole church, and for St Mary Magdalene Church. We thank you that though in many ways we are very different, in Christ you have made us one body, so that although we are isolated we are never separated from you. We thank you for our fellowship and ask that the Holy Spirit may continually lead us into deeper ways of sharing with each other. May you guide us in all we do as we seek to offer the good news of Jesus in our love for others and our life together. Strengthen Peter our Acting Diocesan Bishop and John our bishop together with Michael, Graham and Peter our priests, and all your church in the service of Christ.
Lord in your mercy
Lord, we pray that in all meetings and conferences where important decisions are taken, hearts may be turned to honour what is true and just, compassionate and constructive. We pray that in all areas where there is corruption, deceit or distrust, consciences may be sensitised afresh to know what is right and strive towards it. Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honour one another and seek the common good. Lord in your mercy
Lord, as the restrictions imposed as a result of this coronavirus pandemic are relaxed slightly, we pray for the streets and for those who are able to return to their places of work. May they be places where the truth of your being is proclaimed daily by the way we live and handle everyday situations, through your leading. We thank you that we are now able to exercise more freely and meet others, even if at a distance. May our words and actions speak of your faithful love, your graciousness and your purity. Let us serve Christ in one another and love as He loves us. Lord in your mercy
Lord, make us channels of hope and healing to those who are broken and defeated by life. We pray for any we know personally to be in need of God’s healing touch. We think of those who are ill, those who are lonely or afraid, those who do not know which way to turn, and for those for whom the bottom seems to have dropped out of their lives. Fill us with your Spirit we pray, that the light of your mercy may reach into the darkest corners of life. Lord in your mercy
Lord, we pray for those who have died and now see you as you really are. We ask for mercy and forgiveness, and commend them to your keeping for ever.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years