A few weeks ago when I was reflecting on who we are as the people of God, I asked God Who do you say we are?

And I immediately saw a picture of our congregation sitting in the pews bowed over in grief and pain.  Then I have no doubt it was God who said They need to remain bowed over, but no longer in grief and pain, but in prayer

So we must regularly focus on God’s call to us to pray.  In the new year Liz Hay will assume the role of Prayer Coordinator to keep this before us during our interim period.

Meanwhile, I want to encourage you to pray the Daily Prayer For Our Parish that I introduced last week.  Please do make it yours!  Delete, add, make your own prayer.

The main thing is that we pray regularly together for God’s intervention and blessing on our church and all its people and ministries!

DAILY PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH

Almighty and All-Loving God,

We pause in your presence today standing in a privileged space that unites our past and our future

We thank you for every faithful person who has built into this place over many decades. 

May our godly lives and willing service in these days be an expression of our gratitude.

With deep longing we pray for our parish of the future.  Inspire and energize us to fulfil our God-given ministries faithfully and well,  so that what we pass on to generations to come will be strong and in accordance with your holy purposes. 

This we commit to do in the power of your Holy Spirit .

We pray for your guidance in the selection of a new Vicar. 

May we find your chosen person who will lead us confidently and clearly in the building up of your Kingdom in our church and in our community.

We pray that your Spirit will draw many people to work with us in this place, so that, together, we will yet experience a season of great joy as we follow the ever-widening path you have marked out for us.

This we pray in the name of Jesus

Amen