Selwood Prayers

 

CHRISTMAS

Dear God,

We thank you for this amazing time of year, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.

Throughout the festive season, joyful or otherwise, let us remember we can turn to you, God, in prayer.

We pray for people who go without at Christmas or who are sad. Please provide for them, Lord, even if it means we are to provide for them.

We pray for our families and friends, that they have a fun-filled and happy time.

In this time of joy, song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us; the Word made flesh for us, in the little Child Jesus. We praise him like the three wise men and the lowly shepherds. Come to us today, Lord!

Finally, let us remember that Christmas is more about giving than receiving. Help us to be generous; to bring peace and love to everyone we meet. 

In Jesus’ name.

Amen.


 

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom 
there is no variation or shadow due to change.’

(James 1 vs 17 ESV)

ADVENT

Dear Lord Jesus,

This December, open our lives to the peace, which you bring.

Let us turn to you, and be ready God!

Help us to be a light for others & do good in this world.

Comfort those in need and provide for them during these difficult times.

We welcome you into our homes and our hearts this Christmas.

Amen.

‘There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall 
be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes
by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek 
of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath
of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness 
the belt of his loins.’

(Isaiah 11 vs 1-5 ESV)


Prayer of Remembrance (Friday 11 November 2020)

Dear Father God,

We remember today all those who selflessly sacrificed their lives, for our freedom, in World War I. We honour them in our prayers, and we lift their lives up to you. We pray for their families too.

We thank you for every individual who served their country, those who perished, and those who were left with the horrendous memories of such an awful war.

We do not forget what our veterans did for us, or what our armed forces do for us on a daily basis, all around the world. Lord, guide their values, their hearts and give them wisdom.

God, we thank you for those who protect us from evil. Bless those who vie for peace, justice, honour and goodness. Help us to follow in their footsteps throughout our lives.

Thank you for Jesus, an innocent man who did no wrong, who was sacrificed on a cross for all our sins.

Finally, help us to learn from past mistakes, be thankful to each day and work towards a more peaceful and prosperous future for all.

Amen.

‘Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“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 for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness 'sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you
falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you’

Matthew 5 vs 2-11

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