Prayers

Daily Prayers for June 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:

Give thanks for God’s presence in all the changes and challenges you face.

Pray for Gary and Victoria, and Martin and Kelly getting married at St. Michael’s this month; may they be blessed in love and life.

Pray for our Mission and Ministry Unit (MMU): The North Colchester Family of Churches (NCFC); that our churches move forward with a shared vision and commitment; that we overcome our discomfort with the changes and        challenges ahead; and that we step out together in faith and find joy and unity in our mission to continue the Lord’s work in our growing communities.

Pray for all the clergy, lay ministers, PCCs, congregations and parishes within the NCFC, and pray for the three other MMUs in the Colchester Deanery, that they too may work together in faith.

 

Times of Change

Comfort us, Lord, when we feel overwhelmed and insecure

Help us through the challenges we face

Although we feel safe with familiar ways

Never let us become resistant to new ways

Give us grace to be open and receptive

Entrusting us to work to your praise and glory.  Amen.

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In my head, I have built barriers, my head is consumed with coals of burning fire.  Help me to establish my past as a place of reference and extinguish it as a place of residence from the cavities of my mind.

Fan the flickers of courage, hope, tolerance and patience within me, and transform to flames, encircled by the warmth, compassion and forgiveness of your transforming love.  Amen.

From “Dear Lord…” A new collection of prayers and poems from Mothers’ Union members across teh world