Week beginning Sunday 6th August 2017

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Ordinary Time

Our prayers

  • Praying for those who find themselves affected by natural or man made disaster. 
  • Praying for the needy and poor.
  • Praying for people who find themselves refugees, without home nor country.
  • Praying for sick people, their carers and healers.
  • Praying for our politicians and world leaders.

Heavenly Father
Reminded of those who've lost loved ones or had lives changed through natural disaster or man made atrocity, we hold before you 
  • rescue teams and support agencies, 
  • Governments and individuals
  • Families and communities
and all those involved in seeking healing and creating order out of chaos.
Lord, in your mercy 
hear our prayer.
Loving God, 
Help us in all that we do, think and say to seek to honour you.
May we open the door of our heart to receive you and then see the doors that open up for us to take your love to others; Rev 3:8
May we carry the fragrance of Christ to all we meet;  2 Cor 2:15
May we be rooted and built up in Christ and established in the faith, abounding in thanksgiving; Col 2:6-7
May we enlarge the site of our tent, let the curtains of our habitations be stretched out, lengthen our cord and strengthen our stakes. Isaiah 54:2
May we be your song in the world. Zeph 3:17b
Amen

"Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat!Isaiah 55:1

During this holiday season, we pray for refreshment and sustenance, physical and spiritual. We pray for those families away, for safe travel. For those less able to to go away to holiday, and for churches welcoming groups in for special summer activities. We pray for our own ministry of welcome and hospitality, including to the EF language students, and all who come into church for quiet our prayer.

Grant wisdom as we begin to reflect on our future priorities for mission that all those who come to St John's might find refreshment.

Amen

Collect

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,

We beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of your laws and the world of your commandments; that through your most might protection, now and forever, we may be preserved in body and soul;

Through our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unit of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Creator God,
We bring before you all our prayer, all our work, all our study, all our leisure.
In all we do give us grateful hearts and a longing for you, whose source is your love and longing for us.
That we might find a rhythm and pattern for a life centred on you.
Redeemer God,
Who came and walked among us, who cleansed and healed and restored human dignity.
We pray for the healing of the nations, we pray for understanding and peace, for reconciliation and forgiveness.
Heal we pray, our fractured relationships, transform hatred and violence into gentleness and love and hold all our human brokenness in the glorious light of your love in Jesus Christ.
Sustainer God,
Whose Spirit ignites the flame of your goodness in us, we pray for your church in this time of political turmoil, that she may be a beacon of hope, a lace of stability and enduring faithfulness, a bedrock of your love and graciousness, that we make your face visible to the world,
in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.