Prayers Rushall Parish

Prayers at Rushall Parish

To know your love

Lord, it is so easy to be part of the crowd,
following behind others,
not knowing what is taking place in front.
Give us the power to make our way through the moving throng,
and the courage to touch you,
to receive that life-transforming experience.
But we also ask that you stop and turn around,
and call us by name,
saying those words that make us know
we are completely forgiven and unconditionally loved. Amen.

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Previous Prayers

Prayer of Praise

Eternal God,
we praise and adore you for all that you are:
for being bigger than even our biggest questions;
for caring more than we can fully comprehend.
We praise and adore you
for your strength and your silence;
for your power and your peace.
We praise and adore you
for being in control and yet not controlling;
for being in the storms and beyond them.
We praise and adore you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we praise you for ever. Amen.

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For the growth of the kingdom

God of mystery,
Sower, Saviour, Spirit,
we worship you;
and we ask you to give us:
eyes to notice where the seeds of your kingdom are growing,
courage to show them to others,
faith enough to help nurture them,
and a heart that delights in their harvest. Amen.

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For the joy of community

God of all the world,
we praise you for calling us into your family,
for choosing us even though we are imperfect,
for trusting us even though we make mistakes,
for not giving up on us even when we give up on ourselves,
for offering so much more – even when we would settle for less.
God of all the world,
for drawing us into a deeper relationship with you and with one another, we praise you –
individually and together, we praise you. Amen.

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The wonder of the Trinity

Living God, you choose
to save, not to judge,
to forgive, not to condemn,
to turn towards, not away,
to show us your nature and not to hide.
You allow us to know you,
to love you and to serve you –
and for all these things, and more, we are truly thankful.
Amen.

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Pentecost

Living God,
thank you for the energy of Pentecost,
for the promises fulfilled,
for the lives changed,
for the hearts touched,
for the power unleashed,
for the overflowing of your Spirit into our world.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

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As we await Pentecost

Lord Jesus, as your disciples in the world today,
we thank you that your word of truth,
your prayer of power and your heart of love,
continue to protect, inspire and unite us
as we live out our faith,
build up our relationships,
and hold the world before you in prayer.
Amen.

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For the gift of friendship

God of all,
we give you thanks for the gift of friendship:
for the giving and the receiving;
for the opportunities and the challenges;
for the laughter and the tears;
for the conversations and the silence;
for the moments and the memories.
Draw us deeper into your love,
and bless us with the confidence
to proclaim Jesus as our dearest friend, teacher and Saviour.
We ask this in his name.
Amen.

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"I know my sheep", says Jesus

Lord, we adore you, our Good Shepherd;
always there, always watchful.
Your fold is the space you hold for us,
where we know we are loved.
Although dangers surround us,
and in foolishness we may stray,
you have our back.
So many sheep, yet you know us all by name.
Lord, we adore you, our Good Shepherd.
Amen.

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For the week

Lord, you have always been our host.
When you first came from heaven to the world we call ours,
shepherds and kings were your guests.
When you accepted hospitality in the homes of others,
you turned the tables and became the host,
feeding hearts and souls through your teaching.
When you came to the disciples, newly risen,
you took charge and saw to their needs of mind and body.
We praise you, Jesus, ground of our being,
ground of our believing,
for standing among us in your risen power,
host to the world that is yours – not ours.
Amen.

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HRH Prince Philip

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

A PRAYER ON THE DEATH OF HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH


For Holy Week

We give thanks for all the good things in our lives;
for times of celebration, when we share our best and give of our best.
Praise be to you, Father, for blessing us so bountifully.
We thank you for the one who had nothing,
who rode into Jerusalem on a borrowed donkey.
Praise be to you, Jesus, for giving of yourself so richly.
As we enter the gates of Holy Week,
may we embrace the celebration with all that we have.
Amen.

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As we continue through Lent

God of covenant and cross,
you come alongside us and call us to follow,
to lay down all that belongs in the past,
all possessions, practices and prejudices,
so that we might lay hold of all that you promise.


God of covenant and cross,
you come alongside us and call us to follow,
to take up our cross of our own free will,
to carry it to the end that only you know,
so that we might lay hold of all that you promise.
Amen.

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As we begin the journey of Lent

Creator God, you made us in your image
to be your people, wherever we go.
This coming week, whatever we experience,
wherever we find ourselves,
help us to know that you are with us –
guiding, revealing and sustaining – always.
Amen.

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for determination

God of love,
your kindness is everlasting.
Surround us with your arms of love;
keep our eyes fixed on you
and make us ready to follow where you lead,
trusting that you will provide for us – today and always.
Amen.

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for today

Loving Lord,
thank you that you meet us where we are,
in the middle and muddle of our daily tasks.
Help us to hear your call,
to recognise your voice,
and to respond to your invitation
to be with you now.
Amen.

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On Epiphany

Lord of our journeys,
help us this day to have
eyes to see your leading,
ears to hear your guidance,
and a heart of courage,
that we may journey faithfully and find your way –
even when the path may seem difficult and dark.
Amen.

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Amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas

God of timelessness,
you speak of eternity
and the things that do not fade.
In all the busyness of my week,
the importance of small things,
may I find time for the things that will last for ever,
especially loving-kindness.
Call me deeper into small moments
where I can find the light of love in unexpected places.
Because you are always to be found in unexpected places.

Amen.

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To make time

Sometimes I am tired,
or I’m preoccupied with other demands.
Help me take time, help me make time, for kindness,
so that rush can take its lower place,
and kindness can rise up.
Because you had much to do –
but made time anyway.
Amen.

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A prayer of readiness

Jesus, you were always ready
to hear the needs of those around you.
You turned to those who were used to being ignored.
I am sometimes ready and sometimes not.
And I am sometimes ignored and sometimes not.
In all these times, nurture my heart
so that I may seek you, and share you, all around.
Because you are all around.
Amen.

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For valuing others

Lord, the Pharisees were offended by your words.
You could have been offended by the Canaanite woman’s words.
I ask that, as I go about my business, I will take the time to consider each person I meet as unique, special to you, and worthy of my listening ear.
May I not be offended just because something is out of my comfort zone. Amen.

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