Prayers for the week to use at home or school …

God of compassion,

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

For Pentecost

Then afterward
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.

Joel 2:28 quoted in Acts 2:17 on the Day of Pentecost

Forgiving God,

we believe that you called us

to be salt and light;

that you offer us TIME and SPACE and STRENGTH

to begin again.

Father God,

I praise you because you are so wise and powerful and because you love me.

You know my fears and you will comfort me.

Help me to trust in you because you see me and care for me even when I am sleeping.

When I am frightened, please comfort me and bring me peace.

In Jesus’ name I pray.

Amen.

Even the darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

Psalm 139: 12

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From previous weeks:

Heavenly Father,
thank you that you have given us a spirit of power,
of courage,
of love
and a sound mind.
Help us to love as you love us,
and shine as lights to those around.

Amen

God of creation,
You made the world we live in and filled it with good things.
You made us in your image, and you call us your children.

We worship you because you are holy and you are good.
You deserve our praise.
We thank you that in your greatness you care for us all.

Amen

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Lord our teacher, be gracious to your children we pray.
Strengthen us to fulfil the likeness of your image in us
and see your goodness and justice.
Give your grace to everyone who seeks to live in your peace,
and who sail the sea of the worlds troubles;
so that we may be made tranquil and supported by the Holy Spirit,
the unutterable Wisdom,
until the perfect day,
when we sing eternal thanks to the one only Father and Son,
Son and Father,
Teacher and Holy Spirit.   Amen

(After St. Clement)

Dear Lord,

Thank you for being like a shepherd and for giving me everything I need.
I trust you to guide me along the right paths.
Even when I am afraid and
worried, I know that I don’t
have to be frightened because you are with me,
comforting and protecting me.

Amen

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Our Lord, God of everyone

we know that you are
Lord of heaven and earth, seas and rivers,
Lord of sun and moon, of all the stars,
Lord of high mountain and lowly valley,
Lord over heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven.

You inspire all things and quicken all things.
you are over all things and support all things.
you make the light of the sun to shine,
and surrounds the moon and the stars,
you gave a Son, eternal with yourself
and the Holy Spirit breathes in you;
the Trinity in whose dance of life we are invited to join.

Lord, be with us this day –
within us to purify us;
above us to draw us up;
beneath us to sustain us;
before us to lead us;
behind us to restrain us;
around us to protect us.

Amen

(After St Patrick c.389-461)

Lord, you are the God who is in heaven,
and you rule over all the nations.
Power and might are in your hands,
and no one can stand against you.
When calamity comes upon us,
we will stand in your presence,
cry out to you in our distress,
and you will hear us and save us.

Amen

(From 2 Chronicles 20: 6-9)

Thank you, God that I can trust you to be my strength.
Thank you for being with me and helping me each day.
I know that I can get through difficult times because you are my strength and helper.

Amen.

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May God the Father bless us;
may Christ take care of us;
may the Holy Spirit enlighten us all the days of our life.
Lord be our defender and healer,
and keep our souls and bodies safe,
both now and for ever,
until Christ comes again.

Amen

(After Æthelwold c. 908-984)

God in heaven, hear my prayer,
Keep my in your loving care.
Bless and guide me in all I do,
And bless all those who love me too.

Amen

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O Lord, who has mercy on everyone,

kindle in us the fire of your Holy Spirit.

Take away from us our hearts of stone,

and give us living hearts,

hearts to love and adore you,

hearts to delight in you,

to follow and to worship you,

for Christ’s sake.

(After St Ambrose)

Thank you God,
that you are with us wherever we go.
You give us the confidence to be strong and brave.
Help us not to be worried or sad,
but to remember that you are with us.

Amen

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God our challenger and disturber,
help us to confront
all that makes for death and despair
in our lives, our communities, our world.
May we never lose sight
of the possibility of transformation
and be continually surprised
by people who believe in one another.

Amen

Heavenly Father,
Everything we want or need is known to you;
help us to grow in knowledge of you,
and to pray as your Spirit leads us.
We seek you always and pray that you will
heal and make us whole,
so that our hopes will be complete,
and our peace shall be perfect.
Amen

(After St Augustine)

For those who have not yet seen it, here is Kitty O’Meara’s prose poem

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

All knowing and all loving God,
You know the thoughts of our hearts and you hear us when we cry to you.
Help us to call to you and draw close to you, knowing that you are always near.
Help us to rest in your presence and find comfort in you.
You know our fears and our joys; help us to bring them to you.

Amen

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Honour and praise to you, Lord God Almighty, most dear Father of heaven, for all the loving-kindness you have shown to us:

thanks be given to you for creating us after your own image;
thanks be given to you for redeeming us through the sacrifice of your dear Son;
thanks be given to you for sanctifying us with thine Holy Spirit
thanks be given to you for helping and succouring us in all our needs and necessities;
thanks be given for to you saving us from all dangers of body and soul;

O Lord, strengthen our faith; kindle it in our love towards you, and our neighbours

Guide us, so that we will always content with the work that you have given us. Bless all the efforts of our hands and the words of our lips so that they will always be helpful to others.

Lord, hold us by your merciful hand, that we may be kept safe amid all the challenge and turmoil of these difficult days.

Let your tender hand and outstretched arm, O Father, be our defence;

let the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, your dear Son, be our salvation;

let the grace and Holy Spirit be our comfort and consolation;

unto the end and in the end.

Amen

(After John Knox)

Jesus, help our hands to do

all things loving, kind, and true.

Jesus, guide us through this day

in all we do and all we say.

Amen

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O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever lives to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve you, the living God;
through the Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you,
O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end.

Amen.
(after Church of South India, Prayer for Ascension Day)

Father God,

Thank you for caring for me.

Thank you for keeping me safe today.

Help me to feel close to you wherever

I am

Amen