Friday 23rd June
Prayer

Updates and Resources for Prayer



Praying for the Communities of Manchester and London.
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:55

The Right Reverend David Walker, Bishop of Manchester speaks for many when he said:

“At times of like this, prayer is one way in which we can pour out to God our grief but also go to God to rekindle our hope that we live in a world for which Jesus died and rose again. Nothing, no matter how many killed or injured in a blast can take that central truth away.”

 
London. 23 March 2017.
Monday, 27 March 2017 14:55

Pray for all those involved in the attack at Westminster.

The dead and injured, their families, colleagues and friends.

The members of the public who witnessed the deaths and injuries.

Those serving with the emergency services at the scene.

Our Prime Minister, Members of Parliament and all who were in the Palace of Westminster at the time, including the school children.

The perpetrators and all who will grieve for them.

Our communities, secular and spiritual, as we process these events.

 

Place others before ourselves

Resources for Lent are available on the Baptists Together site here.

 
'May God help us to be beacons of hope'
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 00:00

Scriptures for reflection and prayer from the Fellowship of Baptists in Britain and Ireland (FBBI) in light of the challenging and changing global situation

The FBBI meeting on 14-15 November 2016, at the International Mission Centre in Birmingham, was held against the background of the challenging and changing global situation.

We considered what our response and the response of churches might be. During our time together in our discussions, some scriptures were shared as we sought to discern the voice of God. We simply offer these scriptures for reflection and prayer.

  • Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
  • Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • Isaiah 33:5-6 He will be the sure foundation for your times.
  • Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus.
  • Luke 13:20-21 What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of one another.
  • Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

May God help us to be beacons of hope, acting with outrageous courage, giving hospitality to the stranger, listening to those who feel forgotten (including those marginalised within our churches and communities).
May God help us to show respect and tolerance as we seek to act with justice, mercy and compassion.

God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking...
(anon.)

FBBI comprises people from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Baptist Union of Wales, BMS World Mission and the Irish Baptist Networks

Baptist Times, 22/11/2016

 
Prayers for Orlando
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:06

Trinity God, we come to you in the knowledge that you are to us a Good Father, a Risen Saviour and an Empowering Holy Spirit.

When we look at the world you have created we are filled with its joys and we are broken with its pain.

At this time we want to bring to you all who are affected by the events in Orlando:
We pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones: no words can express the pain of losing someone, especially in these circumstances. We pray Lord that you will comfort all who mourn; may they know the presence of your peace.

We pray for those who were injured; we pray you grant wisdom to those who are treating them. We ask that your healing power is present in their treatment and recovery.

We pray for every person who was at Pulse nightclub that evening; many of whom have seen and heard things that no-one should see or hear. May you comfort all those who witnessed this attack; may you grant them peace in their minds.

We pray that those individuals will not be ashamed of who they are; that they are able to, in time, enjoy the life that you have given to them again.

We pray for the LGBT community that have been targeted at this time; we ask that they will not be afraid; we ask that your church and your world will unite and support all people. For those that face homophobic attitudes we pray that you protect them and you encourage them; we pray that this attack and some of the attitudes that have followed will not prevent people from living in the fullness of who they are.

We ask that what some have done in order to segregate communities will unite communities.
We ask that you challenge and inspire us, as Jesus’ disciples, about the role we are to play in uniting all communities.
We pray that you would open our minds and hearts to what you are saying to us about injustice and we are to respond.

We pray for the Muslim community, that they will be protected from negative attitudes and violent actions against them, because of the actions of a few.

We pray for all people who are tempted by what IS promise; we ask that where people try and bring in darkness your Holy Spirit will bring in light, justice, peace, tolerance, love and grace in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Written by the Revd Hayley Young, minister of Hayling Island Baptist Church, Hampshire

 
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