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Prayer

A Prayer for the URC General Assembly

God, beyond the limits our language or imagination,

yet made know to us in the carpenter of Nazareth,

we give thanks for General Assembly

as an opportunity to be built up in faith and in following;

by the work of the Holy Spirit, 

may it be a Council of the Church which enables us

to walk the way that leads to you,

to discern the Truth that reveals you,

and to live the life that proclaims you

for the blessing of the world

to which you came and to which you call us to go;

through Jesus Christ,

A Prayer for Syria

The United Reformed Church condemns the Military action in Syria on 14 April 2018. Read an article and a prayer for Syria here.

Praise for the love of God

Father God

We praise and thank you
for your never ending love
surrounding us through all time and space,
through death and beyond.

Knowing that nothing at all
will ever be able to separate us
from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus
our Lord.

Amen

Remembrance Sunday 12 November 2017

Today, we remember all those who have died in wars.

Loving God, we pray for peace to reign everywhere.
For there to be peace between nations who are presently fighting each other
and for those threatening conflict.

May minds be changed so that peace reigns between all people and all faiths.

So many people are displaced, forced from their homeland by war,
we pray for them in their distress and fear, may they be comforted,
and may they be met with compassion and welcome.

The EU Referendum

Loving God,

In the referendum that lies before us,
in the challenge of seeking an answer,
in our differences of opinion,
in our need to understand,

may you guide us in our decisions,
make us gracious in our disagreement,
and may we join you to work for the
building of your kingdom
rather than our own.

Amen

 

From the Joint Public Issues Team - The Baptist Union of Great Britain, The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church and The Church of Scotland.

A Prayer from Zimbabwe

Prayer in times of food shortages

Loving and almighty God,
We pray for all who are working to combat the growing food crisis.

For international aid agencies and local community organisations.

In particular we pray for those in positions of power. May the leaders of the nations act with wisdom and compassion bringing relief to those who suffer now and moving us towards a world without hunger.

Our Rock

 

Loving God,

we pray for all those reaching out to you now,

for those who want to catch just a glimpse of you:

for those longing for you to catch hold of them;

for those longing to be freed from abusive relationships;

for those longing for an end to violence;

for those longing for release from suffering;

for those longing for companionship;

for those longing to be freed of old hatreds;

for those longing for forgiveness;

for those who cannot name their longing,

A Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had nowhere, no home to call his own;
please look with mercy on those who
are fleeing war, tyranny, starvation,
enduring dangerous journeys,
are homeless, cold and hungry.

May your blessings flow to all those who work to bring relief to refugees;
may your endless love inspire compassion;
grant wisdom to the leaders of the nations.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Adapted from a Prayer by Jane Holloway, Christian Aid written in 2001.

September 2015

 

Picture of Roots emblam

John 6

Beginning on July 26th the set readings for the year turn to John’s Gospel again for the summer period. The generic story is carried by all four gospels, but John’s is inherently different.

Merciful God

Lord Jesus,

as you met the needs of the five thousand

so we pray for those in need today:

for those in need of food and water – we pray abundance;

for those in need of healing – we pray courage;

for those in need of peace – we pray reconciliation;

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