‘Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.’
Hymn: The Lord’s My Shepherd ... and I will trust in you alone...
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone and his compassion is over all his works.
Let us now confess our disobedience to him.
Most merciful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us to amend what we are, and direct what we shall be; that we may do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.
May the God of love bring us back to himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the day: Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Matthew 14: 22-33
Please see the message from the minister.
Let us join in prayer, asking for God’s loving presence to be known to everyone as we live day by day.
We pray for St Peter’s Church and the Church throughout the world, that people will be drawn together by God’s love. We pray for the world, for compassion and loving kindness to grow in people’s hearts so that all will flourish. We pray for our friends, families and neighbours as we continue to share God’s love and build relationships. We pray for people who are sick or suffering, and especially those affected directly or indirectly by the pandemic, that they will know God’s healing presence. We pray for the departed, especially remembering Mark Ward, and for those who mourn.
Chant: O Lord, hear our prayer...
Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom in the prayer that Jesus taught Peter and all of us:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hymn: Jesus calls us: o’er the tumult...
May the Lord bless us and keep us; may the Lord make his face shine upon us, and be gracious to us. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and give us peace. Amen.
Let us go in peace to love and serve the Lord, in the name of Christ. Amen.