1 – Sunday Morning Prayer

Listen

Sit comfortably, away from distractions. Listen to the sounds around you, and acknowledge them. Deepen your breathing.

Focus on God. Offer him your thanks and praise. Ask Him to guide and direct your day.

Reflect

When it seems appropriate, read the passage of scripture set for the day.

Reflect on what you have read. Give God time to speak to you.

Ask: what can I learn from this passage about God’s grace and how to live as a follower of Christ?

Pray

Loving God, I pray for your church in its variety and richness throughout the world.

Bless the work of all who share in the proclamation of the good news of your kingdom.

Bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, your love to us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one in body and one in spirit in one hope of our calling (Liturgy of St Mark, 2nd Century).

This morning I pray for: my family and friends … those with whom I work … those who rely on me …

I pray for those in need … the sick… the lonely … the unloved …

I pray for those who are struggling to find a job … those who are in financial difficulty … those whose relationships are in turmoil …

I pray for … [any other needs]

Grant us grace, O Father, not to pass by suffering or joy without eyes to see. Give us understanding and sympathy, and guard us from selfishness, that we may enter into the joys and sufferings of others. Use us to gladden and strengthen those who are weak and suffering; that by our lives we may help others to believe and serve you, and shed forth your light which is the light of life. (HRL (Dick) Shepphard 1880-1937)

Conclude

Be with us as we seek to follow in the footsteps of your Son. Grant us humility and prayerfulness that may attract many into your kingdom. Let our lives reflect the light of Christ and the hope of faith. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

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