Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Norton Fitzwarren

Benefice Prayers

In the light of the closure of our Churches due to the Coronavirus outbreak the following resources are posted on this page to support us all with prayer at home during these difficult times.  

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INTERCESSION PRAYERS FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2021

In our Benefice we pray for-:

For Bishop Peter and his family as he continues treatment;

For Bishop Ruth and her staff;

For Anita Smith and Mary Leighton who both lost their battle with Covid 19 at Calway House recently.  Both were loved by all who knew them and will be much missed.  We give thanks for their lives which were well lived and we think of all  those who are grieving following the loss of loved ones at this time.  We also give thanks for the loving care and dignity shown by the staff at Calway House and other care homes who continue to work during difficult and traumatic conditions.  Bless each one and we give thanks for all who care for others.

We pray for Jemima Hendy, Colin Bridges, Simon Barnes, Ken Davidge, Bill Ferriman, Terry Curnow and their families and all those we remember in our hearts. Give strength to their families as they try to cope. We hold in our prayers Revd. Paul Irving and his family as he prepares to move to our Benefice very soon.  Guide him and our PCC's as plans are made to welcome him amongst us.  We remember with gratitude the work that has enabled us to reach this point and that our prayers have been answered. 


A Prayer for all those affected by this Pandemic

Merciful and Gracious God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or suffering due to Coronavirus,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;

Give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all in the NHS who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for more effective treatments and a lasting cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Pam Wreford Lay Pastoral Assistant

8 February 2021


"COMFORT & JOY" PRAYER FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND WEBSITE

Lord Jesus Christ,
in these dark and difficult days, we turn our hearts to you.
In ages past, you have delivered our nation from disaster.
Do it again, we pray.
Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders,
Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers.
Give comfort beyond human comfort to the elderly and all who grieve.
Lord Jesus Christ,
in these dark and difficult days,
turn your face towards us,
have mercy upon us,
and heal our land, we pray.

Amen.

A REFLECTION FOR ADVENT SUNDAY

Advent Sunday begins the telling of our faith story all over again, beginning with the witness of the Patriarchs of the Old Testament and the hope of the Prophets. It is not for nothing that the Church of England’s Christmas promotion this year comes with the tag, “Comfort and Joy.” It sort of sums up what Christmas needs to mean for us at the end of a difficult year. Comfort and joy are, of course, fuelled by a sense of hope for the future, and, above all things, that is what we all need at this time.

The four candles at Christmas are symbolic and the practice of lighting them one each week is lovely to observe, but what is really going on with the candles? Let’s take a short trip into the past of our heritage. The menorah for the Jewish people, candles lit every year just around Christmas symbolise the faithfulness of God. For us who are Christian, meaning we follow the Son of God, the candles are more than decoration, they are a reminder of the wonderful acts of God. They remind us of the faithfulness of our God in sending Jesus. When the Advent candles are lit, for us, they symbolise the light of hope, faith, joy and peace, for the world.

This Sunday we light the purple candle of Hope or sometimes called the prophets’ candle. The role of the prophets had nothing to do with fortune telling, as sometimes we are led to believe, no their role was much more important! They consistently called God’s people back to him as they went astray. The prophets remind us of the hope we have in God that He will truly restore His people who are called by name. They remind us that God desires for all men to be saved, saved from our own foolishness, saved so that we can enjoy life and the blessings that God has bestowed upon each of us.

Remembering that our hope, our inheritance, is found in the risen Christ and that at this time of the year we look forward to seeing our Lord face to face, acknowledging that there is no other force in the world that can compare with our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and He is the light of the world. What gives us hope in the midst of this mad, mad, mad world? That Jesus overcame death and Satan and offers eternal life to all who would accept it. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all now and for ever


Amen



THE FAMILY OF GOD

A prayer for renewed Christian Fellowship

Loving God,

We thank you that you have called us together in this place as part of the great family of your people.

We praise you for the common bond you have given us in Christ. The fact that we gather here as friends, in fellowship with you and one another, and as part of the great company of your people in every time and place.

In one faith we have gathered,

Bind us together in love.

Loving God

We praise you that through Jesus Christ we are your chosen people, called to proclaim your mighty acts in leading us out of darkness into light.

Once we were no people, but you have called us to be the people of God, chosen and precious to you.

One we had not received mercy, but now we have received your mercy in all its wonder!

In one faith we have gathered,

Bind us together in love.

Loving God

We praise you for your awesome love, so great that while we were yet sinners you gave your Son for us.

We praise you for your limitless patience, always forgiving despite our failure to serve you as we should.

We praise you for your constant care, watching over us as a father watches over his children

In one faith we have gathered,

Bind us together in love.

Help us to call you “our Father” not just in name but in truth –

To be obedient to you, to seek your guidance, to accept your discipline, and trust your judgement.

Help us to learn what it means to be your people, to appreciate just how wide and great is the extent of your love, and teach us to show that same love and care in all our dealings with one another.

In one faith we have gathered,

Bind us together in love

Loving God

We meet together again as your people. May we be encouraged through being with you and being with one another.

So may your family in this church and all represented here, in this town and every place, grow and flourish to the glory of your name.

In one faith we have gathered,

Bind us together in love,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

21 August 2020


Our Prayer for our Benefice Community

Loving heavenly Father, we pray for Stephen and Ann Kivett as they start their retirement. We miss Stephen’s wisdom that shone like a lamp at our feet; his kind words and care he gave us; the strength he lent us in times of strife. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful faithful Shepherd and ask you to look after him and his wife Ann in their retirement, just as he looked after us, his grateful flock.

Loving heavenly Father, guide us and support us in these times of uncertainty due to our vacancy and the Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for all those who are suffering because of the Coronavirus, may they know your healing power. When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage. When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence. Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community continue to work together for the good of all. We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do. We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.

Loving heavenly Father, we pray that you will call to our Benefice

a new true shepherd,

a servant of God,

a minister of Christ;

and help us with them

to grow in faith,

love one another,

care for those in need

and reach out to others.

Amen


A prayer specifically for this Coronavirus outbreak:

Loving God,

We pray for all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, may they know your healing power.

When we are afraid for ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage.

When we feel alone and isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.

Give wisdom to those in authority and may our community work together for the good of all.

We give thanks for those who care for others and ask you to bless them in all they do.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, healer and physician.

Amen

Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, researchers, and leaders responsible for decisions about fighting the new coronavirus.

Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. Inspire and invigorate people developing better tests to diagnose the virus, vaccines to prevent it, and protocols and communication to eliminate the disease’s spread. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.

He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers

2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (NIV)





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