Prayers

Daily Prayers for December 2019

Prayer is at the centre of our Christian faith. It is when we spend time with God telling Him of our love for Him; giving thanks; asking for forgiveness; sharing our worries, concerns and frustrations; asking for guidance and help; and praying particularly for others, especially for those who are suffering in some way or facing particular challenges – for healing, for peace or for release from the burdens that they carry. 

You may like to follow the Church of England's Daily Prayers (services for Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer); and we have a special prayer for St. Michael's, and a One Prayer: from me to God and from God to me. There is also some information about our prayernet.

At St. Michael’s we also use our prayer diary (below) to include in our prayers. These daily suggestions are usually about our Church and the Myland community, but sometimes include national and international issues too. We invite you to join us in using this diary; and may the Lord answer your prayers.

Please also remember in your prayers all those mentioned on our St. Michael’s Prayer Cross. Our Prayer Cross is in the north-west corner of the church nave. You are always welcome to place on our Prayer Cross the name of someone who is particularly in need of our prayers, or you may like to contact us and we will add their name for you.

You can find more about prayer at St. Michael's on our Prayer Meetings page.

 

You may like to include the following in your daily prayers this month:

Pray for St. Michael’s clergy and churchwardens, and for all who help them, as they prepare for and oversee this season’s many services and events; and give thanks for their ongoing hard work and ministry.

Pray for the singers/band, and give thanks for the joy of their music.

Pray for those who are alone this Christmas, who are unwell, who are apart from their loved ones, or who grieve; may they be comforted.

Pray for those who do not understand the true meaning of Christmas; may the light and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be made known to them.

 

Advent

Lord, in this holy season of Advent, our thoughts turn to the coming of the Christ-child and to Mary the mother-to-be. We remember the journey taken by the Holy Family and we ask that as we journey through life, we may show the same love, care and obedience to God’s will.

Give us ever thankful hearts, filled with compassion and understanding, that we may in return, share these gifts with others.  Amen.

(From: Mothers’ Union: United in Prayer and Worship)

 

Christmas

At Christmas time, dear God,

we remember your birth as a baby;

in a manger lying on straw,

the cattle and donkey close by,

and Mary and Joseph looking at you

in amazement and love.

We thank you for coming to the earth

and pray that the joy of Christmas day

may bring peace and hope to all the world.  Amen.

(From: Mothers’ Union: The Prayers We Breathe)