Faith and prayer
- Let’s pray that we can to be attentive to God’s Spirit and be His agents, full of steadfast purpose and holy action, risk-takers in the face of change, and speakers of truth in the face of silence.
- Remember all who grieve after the Manchester atrocity, and those who are injured. Give thanks and pray for emergency services, and police and security forces. Pray for success in their investigations .
- May God, who knows that we get so anxious about endings help us to recognize the end from the beginning and help us to identify potential new leaders. Ask for God to guide our decisions as we prepare to vote. Pray for the Hustings on Thursday that it will be a useful meeting and people will attend.
- Pray that God, who in goodness and wonder shaped the world give rest and renewal to all who need assurance and healing. In their tears may they find transformation and peace.
- Here at St Giles’, give thanks for the appointment of Jen Watson as our Children’s and Families’ Development Worker, and be praying for her. She begins on 5 June.
- There are currently several urgent needs for help at church … with Sunday School, gardening and maintenance, doing things in and after worship. Ask God to prompt people to offer to help. Should you be offering?
And finally, a prayer from the diocese of Manchester:
God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester;
We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are in deep distress
those who are injured, traumatized or awaiting news
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.