For our prayers this week…
- “My house is to be a house of prayer, but you have made it ..” Pray that everything we do at St Giles’, but especially our worship in church, may be truly Jesus centred.
- As Jesus comes into the city, pray for peace in today’s Jerusalem, and other cities across the Middle East where today there is terrible conflict and suffering
- The way ahead for Jesus leading to Jerusalem and the cross was really tough: Remember also Christians in many places of real danger and persecution today.
- Pray that our worship through the coming week may truly inspire and enrich our faith as we reflect on what feet-washing means for us, meditate on the story of the Cross, and celebrate the glorious resurrection.
- Who might God want you to bring along to Easter worship? Pray for them as you look for a way of inviting them.
- Domestic abuse and safeguarding are BIG issues in every community. Is St Giles’ a place where people caught up in those situations can find a sensitive listening ear?
- The terrible conflicts in East Ghouta near Damascus, and in Yemen have not stopped. UK relationships with Russia and the EU remain a challenge. Keep praying!
- At St Giles’, pray for the urgent needs for volunteers – for the new projects we are trying to run to reach out to families and children, AND for churchwardens.
- Thursday was International Women’s Day: Christian Solidarity Worldwide urged us to pray for Vietnamese Women for Human Rights, for God’s protection against further abuse and attacks.
Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory. Amen