Prayers

A Prayer for Refugees

read by Robert…….

Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee
and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.

Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.

A Prayer of St Francis

read by Robert…….

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, vision.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

All Amen.

A Family Prayer

Read by Robert……..

Dear Heavenly Father

We thank you for families and for the love that parents and children can share.

We especially thank you for giving us Mum. For her unwavering faith, her endless capacity to love and her constant concern for others.

We thank you for choosing us to be her children and for the wonderful start in life that she gave us. It is both with sadness that we say goodbye to her, as we will no longer see her, but also with joy that we know she is now in Heaven with our Lord Jesus.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All Amen.

A Child’s Prayer

read by Rachel

Lord in heaven,
please listen to all those
who are praying to you now.
Those who are sad and crying,
those who have lost friends and family.
Those who are alone
and frightened.
Help them to remember,
that you are there
and you are listening.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.

All Amen.

An Orphan’s Prayer
read by Rachel

I am waiting…somewhere far…far… away on the other side of the world.
I may not know who you are or what you look like,
But somehow deep in my heart I know you are out there.
That one day you will come and find me.
Even though I am surrounded by hundreds of other children,
I know that something is missing… I know in my heart that I need
a place to call home.
My arms long to be wrapped in a father’s embrace…
I long to be saved by a mother’s love…
Gazing out of the orphanage window, I offer a prayer of hope,
“Oh God please help them come quickly.”
The God that knew me before I was born,
Hears me every time I call.
He whispers His promises in my ear.
I listen with hope to His voice.
But what I worry about most is that no one wants to look for me.
I wonder how one little child, so lost, can be found?
Yet He calms my heart and assures me that He will find you.
That He will make sure you hear His voice clearly.
That He will personally lead you right to my
orphanage door.
My prayer is…
When He speaks… Please don’t forget to listen…
When He calls don’t be too afraid to go
For I am waiting…somewhere , far…far… away
On the other side of the world
To come Home.
All Amen.

Walking with grief

read by Ken…

Do not hurry
as you walk with grief;
it does not help the journey
Walk slowly,
Pausing often:
Do not hurry
As you walk with grief.
Be not disturbed
by memories that come unbidden.
Swiftly forgive;
And let Christ speak for you
Unspoken words.
Unfinished conversation
Will be resolved in Him.
Be not disturbed.
Be gentle with the one
who walks with grief.
If it is you,
Be gentle with yourself.
Swiftly forgive;
Walk slowly,
Pausing often.
Take time, be gentle
As you walk with grief.

All Amen.

read by Ken…

Grant to us, O Lord, the royalty of inward happiness, and the serenity which comes from living close to you. Daily renew in us the sense of joy, and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in our souls and bodies, filling every corner of our hearts with light and grace; so that, as we leave this house of prayer, we may not leave your presence.

Be ever near us and keep us close to you now and for ever.

All Amen.

read by Pat…….
O Jesu, Master Carpenter, who at the last through wood and nails
purchased our redemption; wield well your tools in this your workshop, that
we who come to you rough-hewn may be fashioned to a nobler beauty by
your hand; for your name’s sake, O Jesus Christ our Lord.

All Amen.