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Prayer & Worship

Prayer
Prayer is a conversation with God; we talk to God and then we listen. Most of us have prayer that universal prayer – ‘help’. But Jesus said that prayer should be part of our regular loving relationship with God. We bring our joys and sadness, our hopes and fears, and, knowing that God loves us, we tell God all about them. Then we wait to her what God might be saying to us.

Prayer about prayer!
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience, God said. No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulation, it's not granted, it is learned
I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No.
I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.
I asked God to give me peace, God said. No.
It has already been given.
I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No.
You must grow on your own! But I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me love others, as much as He loves me.
God said . . . Ahh, finally you have the idea.
This day is yours, don't throw it away!

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The Lords’ Prayer
This is the prayer that Jesus taught his friends to pray.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Amen.

A Simple Prayer in Troubled Times
God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.  Amen.

Debt Prayer for the current financial situation
Lord God, we live in disturbing days:
across the world,
prices rise,
debts increase,
banks collapse,
jobs are taken away,
and fragile security is under threat.
Loving God, meet us in our fear and hear our prayer:
be a tower of strength amidst the shifting sands,
and a light in the darkness;
help us receive your gift of peace,
and fix our hearts where true joys are to be found,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
  Amen.

A Prayer for Help 
Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray;
and by your great mercy defend us
from all perils and dangers of this night;
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

The Diocesan Liturgical Committee
Is there to:

  • To help the people of the Diocese towards an effective use of the liturgical opportunities open to them
  • To monitor the use of liturgy within the Diocese and to advise the Bishop and Parishes on liturgical matters
  • To draft services for Diocesan use and offer training in leading worship
  • To liaise with General Synod Liturgical Commission and with the Parishes in discussion of proposals, introduction of new material, and assessment of patterns of worship

Click here to go to the Diocesan Liturgical Committee's website