Homegroups and prayer
An important part of our life at St. Mary's is meeting regularly to study the Bible and pray together. We have several groups that meet in people's homes around the parish, some meet in the evenings fortnightly, one weekly and one during the day. If you would like to know more, please contact the Vicar.
This Autumn we're looking at St Paul's letter to the Philippians. When we read Paul's other letters to the early churches he's quite often not in the best of moods as he seeks to put things right that have gone wrong, settle disputes and teach them how they should live as Christians in peace and humility. Paul had some good friends in the Philippian church and they supported him in many ways. He naturally had a deep affection for them so this letter is about joy - and we could all do with a bit of that.
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... if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek myface and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer meetings are currently not taking place; it is hoped that they can be restarted. Keep checking back here to see any updates.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
We offer these prayers in the hope they may help, comfort and strengthen you on your way, and draw you closer to God our Father.
May God grant me contentment.
Not by shielding me from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening me to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making my path easy,
But by making me sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from me,
But by taking fear from my heart;
Not by granting me unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping true hope alive, even in the shadows;
Not by making my life always pleasant,
But by showing me when other people need me most,
God my Heavenly Father
grant me love, peace, hope and joy
now and forevermore. Amen
Bless me, O Lord, and bless the time I have now
and the time yet to come.
Teach me to number my days aright,
that I may gain wisdom of heart.
And fill my life with your kindness,
that I may be glad and rejoice to bless others
all the days of my life
in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour.
We dream of a time
when fear becomes faith,
when love and respect walk side by side,
when all people recognise each other
as brother and sister
We pray for a time
when weapons of destructions
and the lust for power
become dreams of justice,
equality and freedom.
We yearn for peace,
a sense of belonging
and an end to intolerance.
May we, as people of faith,
offer compassion, mercy and justice
to those who’s paths cross
and interweave with ours.
Lord Jesus let there be peace on earth
and let it begin with us here,
now, in this place.
A Prayer for Peace
Compassionate God and Father of all,
we are horrified at violence in so many parts of the world.
It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified. Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate.
Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace – peace that surpasses all understanding but changes lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for those who are lonely
O God, our sovereign and our shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence
and your angels of goodness and love,
that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever.
A Prayer for all types of Evening
Abide with us, Lord, for it is evening,
and day is drawing to a close.
Abide with us and with your whole Church,
in the evening of the day,
in the evening of life,
in the evening of the world;
abide with us and with all your faithful ones, O Lord,
in time and in eternity.
The Lords Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.
More on prayer from
The Church of England Website:
The Grace Prayer
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore.
The Nicene Creed
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.