This week's prayer suggestions

Our Mission Partner focus in July is Scripture Union

In a recent statement SU announced: “It is with heavy hearts and much prayer that we have made the hugely difficult decision to cancel this summer's holidays and mission programme.” Pray for SU staff, volunteers and those booked to attend that God will ease their disappointment and guide them in the way ahead, including the creation of a range of Mission and Holiday at Home events (content.scriptureunion.org.uk/story/su-holidays-home);

This month, please give thanks for Scripture Union’s work and pray:

  • that SU's Mental Health and Wellbeing resources will help churches engage children and young people in supportive and helpful conversation about the challenges they are facing (content.scriptureunion.org.uk/mentalhealth);
  • for the uptake and impact of Rooted, a youth work framework to help churches build long-term relationships with the many teenagers who are lonely, unhappy or struggling to find a sense of purpose in a world driven by social media, with its pressures, fake news and hype. Pray that Rooted will help them to develop solid foundations of faith and identity, and to thrive (content.scriptureunion.org.uk/rooted);

 

You can read or download SU’s ‘Connecting you’ prayer diary and further prayer resources and supporting information at content.scriptureunion.org.uk/support-us/prayer and content.scriptureunion.org.uk/story/prayers-june-august-2020.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.