The Parishes of Dunham Massey



Because we can’t all be in church together just now, I hoped you might join me in some prayers, just as we would in any Sunday Service.

To view a pdf of the prayer – 20th September 2020 – please click here

Today’s reading is Matthew 20 verses 1 – 16. This parable is unique to Matthew’s Gospel. The owner of a vineyard hires day labourers at various times throughout the day. The ones hired at six o’clock in the morning put in a full day’s work. Those hired at five o’clock put in only one hour of work. But the owner pays everyone a day’s wage (a denarius).  

Now let us bow our heads in prayer:

The response to my bidding ‘Lord hear us’ is ‘Lord, graciously hear us’.

In the power of the Holy Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray for the peace of the whole world and for the unity of all, including our own land.

We pray for our Queen; for those who have been elected to govern us in these difficult times.  May they be granted wisdom and courage to govern wisely and well, and with integrity.

Lord. hear us.  Lord graciously hear us.

We bring before you Lord our concerns for our wider world.

We see violent conflict among many nations, with its resultant brutality and inhumanity and feel powerless and helpless.  We pray that your Spirit will touch the hearts of those who can bring about change and by your love instil reason in those whose unreason is causing such destruction of lives and communities. Lord, we ask that you will begin that change in us.

Lord, hear us.   Lord graciously hear us.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the blessings we have in our church of St. Margaret.  We thank you for all who are ministering to us in this interregnum.  We pray especially today for those who have been given responsibility for selecting a new incumbent for our church and for St. Mark’s.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

Merciful God, we ask your blessing on all who are suffering from the shocks of life.  We pray for those whose homes have been destroyed by the wild files in California. For those who are in fear of losing their homes because they cannot afford to pay their rent or mortgage. For those who have been trapped in violent situations during the Covid19 lock down.

In a moment of quietness, we bring before you Lord those we know who need your healing touch at this time. 

Be with those we have named in our hearts, Lord.  Comfort them; let the light of your countenance shine upon them and give them peace.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

We conclude our prayers with the saying together of the Grace:May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore.   AMEN

Let this be our prayer for this coming week:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Christine Armstrong

Every Blessing,
Christine Armstrong

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