Fernhurst, Lynchmere and Camelsdale Churches
Sunday April 25th 2021
The longer days have arrived, spring has sprung, flowers and fresh vegetation is abundant. The Covid vaccines that arrived as winter began have been administered widely and now we look forward to the continued opening of society and a return to perhaps a new normal way of life. We need to remember that God’s work continues through thick and thin, through normal and abnormal times, and remains a constant. After a long dark winter a brighter future approaches. We thank God for his continuing love and support during this post Easter period
Oh God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for keeping us and all members of the Church of Christ safe during this period; send us forth this day with your blessing. Help us with our daily tasks and encourage us to help others. Grant that we may always stand on the right side and spread your kingdom of goodness and happiness wherever we go – through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen
A prayer for our Churches
Dear Lord who has provided us with places of worship and who looks over us at all times, please bless and care for our sacred Churches and all those who help in the running of St Peter’s in Lynchmere, St Margaret’s in Fernhurst and St Paul’s in Camelsdale.
Come from heaven, Lord Jesus, with power and great glory.
Lift us up to meet you,
that with St Peter and all your saints and angels
we may live and reign with you in your new creation.
Lord in Your Mercy – Hear our Prayer.
Let us pray for all those in authority around the world and in our own United Kingdom and for all involved in care and support.
O Lord our God, who from your throne beholds all the nations of the earth, have regard unto all people in authority around the world, help them with their decision making that they may fairly treat all persons in their own nations. We pray for our own United Kingdom, and particularly for Her Majesty the Queen as she continues to mourn the loss of her husband of 73 years Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh; and all Members of the Royal family.
We pray for our Prime Minister and his government, and for all in local government and ask that they fully consider all of the guidance they receive from their advisers as they implement legislation that affects so many people in many different ways.
We continue to pray for all health care specialists, critical workers and authorities here and around the world who continue to care for the sick whatever their conditions might be.
O Lord who does feel the pain and suffering of the world, look down upon all those who are sick in body and in mind. Enfold them with your love and that in the midst of pain they may find your presence. To all doctors, nurses and social carers grant tender hearts and healing hands; and give to those that suffer - renewed health in body and mind. Lord in your mercy - hear our Prayer
The Westbury Prayer
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind
Spare to us our friends soften to us our enemies.
Bless us if it may be, in all our innocent endeavours.
If it may not, give us the strength to endure that which is to come;
that we may be brave in peril;
constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath,
and in all change of fortune and down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving to one another. Lord in your mercy – hear our prayer
Lord come to us as shepherd and guardian of our souls as
we remember all those known to us who have left this world and who we see no longer. Give us with all the faithful departed a share in your victory over evil and death. Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Merciful Father –
All - Accept these prayers, for the sake of your son, our saviour Jesus Christ
Julian Biggs Churchwarden St Peter’s Lynchmere.
April 25th 2021