This week's prayer suggestions

This week, please pray...

Gifts of caring

Lord, you have given us loving and caring hearts. Help us to use them to serve you and to serve each other with gentleness, compassion and thoughtfulness.

Especially we pray for the sick… for carers… for the homeless and dispossessed… for those who misuse drugs or alcohol… for the unloved and the uncared-for… and all who need your touch today; may they know your loving hand upon them

Gifts of serving

Lord, you have given us clever and hard-working hands. Help us to use them to serve you and to serve each other in practical ways.

Especially we pray for those who labour to produce our food… keep our streets safe… deal with emergencies on land and sea… welcome visitors and guests… clean and look after our homes and our church… cook wonderful food… make beautiful music or art… and all those who, by their ministry, bring you into the lives of those who need you; may they know your gentle hand upon them.

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

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.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.