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 – 29th November 2020 – please click here

This is the first Sunday of Advent when, in church, it is customary to light the first of the advent candles. The advent wreath contains one for each of the Sundays of Advent. Each week a further candle is lit. The fifth and central one is lit on Christmas Day.

LET US PRAY: The response to my bidding ‘Lord, hear us’ is ‘Lord graciously hear us’

God our Father, we remember in this season of Advent that you sent your Son, the Word made flesh, to dwell amongst us.  As we endeavour to prepare for this Christmas season, with all its uncertainties, we pray that in all that we do, and think, and say, we will always remember the Christ child who brought hope into the world. 

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray today, Lord for those who are homeless; for those who are fighting alcohol or drug dependency;  for those who are in despair and grief;  We pray that somehow your love will penetrate the darkness and that the light of your countenance will shine upon them and give them peace.

Lord hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

God of Justice. We pray today for those who feel silenced by oppression, that you will help them to find their voice. Restore hope and vision where there seems to be none. We pray for Mojtaba and for others who we know need your healing touch just now.  In a moment of silence, we bring them before you in our hearts……….

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

God of Peace, during this season of Advent, as we move towards Christmas, we pray that peace will flow from all of our actions and interactions: that hearts will be touched by what is said, or read, or played in our services, whether online or inside our church building.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.

God of Love, in our own daily lives, help each one of us never to forget the supremacy of love.  May your love motivate the way we live, in our homes, in our workplaces and in our community.

Lord, hear us.  Lord, graciously hear us.    

Let us conclude our prayers by saying together ‘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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