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Prayer Resources

 
To pray whilst you are at your computer visit www.sacredspace.ie
 
For a selection of prayer resources from the Church of England including a pattern of Daily Prayer visit www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship.aspx
 
We also invite you to pray for the Church, the World and especially our town using the Parish Prayer Cycle which can be seen here
 
To pray for a different part of the world-wide Anglican Communion each day along with different parishes within the diocese of Bath and Wells a special prayer diary can be downloaded from www.bathandwells.org.uk
 
The Portishead Parish Prayer
 
Grant us a vision, Lord,
to see what we can achieve;
to reach beyond ourselves;
to share our lives with others;
to stretch our capability;
to increase our sense of purpose;
to be aware of where we can help;
to be sensitive to your presence;
to give heed to your constant call.  Amen.
 
Copyright © David Adams 1992.  Power Lines, Trinagle SPCK 1992.  Used by permission.
 
The Lord’s Prayer – the Christian family prayer
 
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those 
who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power 
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.
 
A Prayer for Peace
 
O God 
of many names,
Lover of all nations,
we pray for peace
in our hearts,
in our homes,
in our nation,
in our world.
The peace of your will;
the peace of our need.
 
The Universal Prayer for Peace
 
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
 
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
 
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
 
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
 
If you wish to pray for others…
 
Watch now, dear Lord,
with those who wake or watch or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
rest your weary ones,
bless your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones,
pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones,
and all for your love’s sake. Amen
St Augustine
 
If someone has died….
 
God our Father, 
thank you that you have made 
each of us in your own image,
and given us gifts and talents 
with which to serve you.
Thank you for N,
the years I shared with him/her,
the good I saw in him/her,
the love I received from him/her.
Now give me strength and courage
to leave him/her in your care,
confident in the promise of eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
              The Funeral Service
 
If you are grieving...
 
O God, 
who brought us to birth
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.  Amen.
The Funeral Service
 
If  you are thankful…. 
 
We thank you God 
for the mystery of your presence here with us.
We thank you for the mystery of ourselves.
We thank you for your sense of compassion.
We thank you for the things of this world.
We thank you for being you,
and for making us - us,
unique as you are unique,
mysterious as you are mysterious,
loving and caring as you are loving and caring.
 
Teach us Lord to use the gifts you have given us.
Teach us to share them with one another.
Give us grace to use our gifts
to bring healing to the world.
          The Iona Community
 
If you are feeling troubled….
 
Be present, Spirit of God, within us,
your dwelling place our home;
may your light dispel our darkness,
our troubles calmed by your peace,
all evil redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed in the suffering of Christ,
and all dying glorified in his risen life. Amen
                                   Jim Cotter
 
 
 
God to enfold you,
Christ to uphold you,
Spirit to keep you in heaven’s sight:
So may God grace you,
heal and embrace you,
lead you through darkness into the light.
     John L. Bell
 
 
A Prayer for Guidance
 
O Jesus,
Be the canoe 
that holds us in the sea of life:
Be the rudder 
that keeps us in the straight way;
Be the outrigger 
that supports us in times 
of great temptation;
Let your Spirit be our sail 
that carries us through each day.
Keep our bodies and spirits strong, 
so we can paddle steadfastly on
in the voyage of life.
In your name we pray.  
Amen
 A prayer from Melanesia - adapted.
 
 
Make Poverty History
 
Give us, O Lord, churches that will be more courageous than cautious;
that will not merely “comfort the afflicted
but “afflict the comfortable”;
that will not only love the world
but also demand justice;
that will not remain silent
when people are calling for a voice;
that will not pass by on the other side when
wounded humanity is waiting to be healed;
that will not only call us to worship
but also send us to witness;
that will follow Christ
even when the way points to a Cross.
To this end we offer ourselves 
in the name of him who loved us 
also gave himself for us.
Christian Conference of Asia
 
 
Jesus’ Summary of the Law
 
Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
The first commandment is this: 
‘Hear, O Israel, 
the Lord our God is the only Lord. 
You shall love the Lord your God 
with all your heart, 
with all your soul, 
with all your mind 
and with all your strength.’  
The second is this: 
‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 
There is no other commandment 
greater than these. 
On these two commandments 
hang all the law and the prophets.
 
The Beatitudes
 
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger 
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
or they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution 
for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.