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On this page we have a collection of prayers for those that need your special thoughts, either in the circuit or in the wider world. Please take a few minutes to pray for them, that God's peace and strength may be with them.

The Prayer of the Day is taken from the Prayer Handbook of the Methodist Church. If you would like to follow a daily bible study as well, please click here.

Prayer of the day

Loving your light, O Lord, may our hearts rejoice in your goodness. Living in your light may our lives reveal your grace. Walking in your light may our works reflect your glory. Amen.

Margaret Fell (1614-1702)

All-embracing God of love, timeless and limitless,
forgive the Church of the ages.
Forgive its misuse and neglect of its Scripture,
its teaching that divided and conquered.
Forgive the wilfulness that sought power and not humility,
carrying a sword of conflict and not the gospel of grace.
Forgive its complicity in peddling the prejudice of its time,
its complacency in the face of persecution and pogrom.
Forgive its deafness to the cries for help,
its silence at the sight of injustice.
Through openness and honesty,
with frankness and modesty,
may we be brave and willing partners with those who seek to right the wrongs, correct the lies, and live in the truth. Amen.

Bruce Thompson, Lincolnshire District Chair

Prayers and Prayer Pointers for the Week

Monday 25th April
Take a moment to look at your hands. Reflect on the things you have used them for already this week: to do housework, to write emails, to make phone calls, for hobbies, perhaps some digging in the garden or some manual labour tasks.
Thank you God, for these hands. Help me to use them as your hands in the world — to use my body, my mind, my whole life, for the building of your Kingdom here on earth.

Tuesday 26th April
Today, why not take up the mantra: 'Here I am, send me'?
Your prayer activity for today is to try to say those 5 words — aloud or in your head — as many times as you can during the day. Say them as a prayer. Say them as an invitation. Say them as a way of stilling your busy brain to focus on God's still, small voice.
Here I am. Send me.

Wednesday 27th April
When you have chance today, head outside and look at the sky (ideally not when it's pouring with rain!). Take note of the clouds, of the speed they are moving, of the light the sun is casting, perhaps you can see the moon or some stars if it is after sunset.
Under the vastness of the open sky, reflect on how far away the clouds are, and how much further the sun and the stars are...
As you look at the huge expanse of the horizon, think about how much bigger our Creator is, how the God we worship knows each one of us and yet is also holding the whole universe together.
You may wish to give thanks for the amazing universe you get to be a part of.

Thursday 28th April
God is everywhere, if only you could be still enough to notice.
Today, your challenge is to notice. Look for God in the sunrise, the birdsong, the taste of pizza, the comfort of your sofa, the embrace of a loved one, a text message that makes you smile...whatever it is.

Friday 29th April
What will the world look like 10 years from now, or 100, or 1,000?
It is hard to imagine, isn't it?
Pray into the uncertainty today — the uncertainty of the future, the 'not knowing' of stepping out into a week when we don't know what will happen or what this day will bring.
Amongst the uncertainty, look to the certainty of the living God, the God who was and is, and is to come.
Help me root myself in you, O God.

Saturday 30th April
Holy God, you have called me here, in this moment, this day, this weekend.
Lord of life, I see you at work in the world around me.
Open my eyes, and open my heart,
That I may be ready to receive your Spirit into my life.

A Prayer for the people of Ukraine and Russia (from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland)

God of all peoples and nations,
Who created all things alive and breathing,
United and whole,
Show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence.
We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
Every child and every adult.
We long for the time
When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares
When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.
We cry out to you for peace;
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Be with those who are bereaved.
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
And a passion for justice to prevail
and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
Creator of all hear our prayer
And bring us peace. make us whole.

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