A Christmas Prayer

The joy of discovery
that moment 
when hope and expectation 
were gloriously met 
by the illumination of one bright star. 
We cannot imagine 
what words were spoken by visitors 
or if first impressions 
left them somewhat confused. 
Messiah, Saviour, a King 
born in the barest of palaces. 
Yet they saw and fell down 
on their knees in adoration. 
Lord, they saw you and knew 
whom they had met.
As we meet around crib
candle or advent wreath 
draw us into that stable 
in our imagination. 
In the quiet moments of prayer 
this Christmas, that brief oasis 
from the bustle of the world
bring alive to us 
the smell of the hay 
the sound of the animals 
the cry of a baby. 
Draw us close to our Saviour 
Messiah and King as we bring 
not Gold, Myrrh or Frankincense 
but the gift of our lives 
the only offering we can bring.

 

 

 
 

 

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Prayer Tree

Our old 'prayer board' has been replaced by a beautiful new 'prayer tree'.  This is fixed to the wall in the prayer corner and is there for anyone to add a prayer request.  Little white papers and tiny pegs are to be found beneath it.  These prayers will be included in our 'intercessions' on Sunday mornings, and are also a focus for our own personal prayer.

 

Also in the prayer corner are the prayer beads, maybe for more personal prayer and concerns.  These beads will regularly be brought up and presented, with our offering, during Sunday worship.

 

As well as the tree and the beads, we have our prayer team - Stuart Helliwell, Fiona Cartmell, Marie McKee and Iris Diggle.  You can ask any of these to pray for you, or for a concern you have.
Prayer is so important.  It would be great to feel that we are a real 'praying church'.

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A Prayer based on Strictly Come Dancing

Flame dancing Spirit,
Come sweep us off our feet
And dance through our days.
Surprise us with your rhythms;

Dare us to try new steps,
Explore new patterns
And new partnerships.
Release us from old routines

To swing in abandoned joy
And fearful adventure.
And in the intervals rest us
In your still centre.

By   Sr Annmarie Stuart

(attributed to Ann Lewin }

 

A Prayer for a time of confusion and uncertainty

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think I am following Your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please You
does in fact please You. And I hope I have
that desire in all that I am doing.

 

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that, if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone."

 

Thomas Merton Thoughts in Solitude

 

Father, Let Me Dedicate

 

Father, let me dedicate, all this year to Thee,
In whatever worldly state Thou wilt have me be:
Not from sorrow, pain or care, freedom dare I claim;
This alone shall be my prayer, glorify Thy Name.

Can a child presume to choose where or how to live?
Can a Father's love refuse all the best to give?
More Thou givest every day than the best can claim
Nor withholdest aught that may glorify Thy Name.

If in mercy Thou wilt spare joys that yet are mine;
If on life, serene and fair, brighter rays may shine;
Let my glad heart, while it sings, Thee in all proclaim,
And, whate'er the future brings, glorify Thy Name.

If Thou callest to the cross, and its shadow come,
Turning all my gain to loss, shrouding heart and home;
Let me think how Thy dear Son to His glory came,
And in deepest woe pray on, "Glorify Thy Name."