Prayer Page

Prayer Group
We are starting up a prayer group at Temple. If you would like to be part of the group, please let Hazel Jordan have your email address to add to the group. When a prayer request comes in, it will be forwarded to the group for a prayer response.

Prayer Resources
You may like to use the the following resources for prayer

We are starting up a prayer group at Temple. If you would like to be part of the group, please let Hazel Jordan have your email address to add to the group. When a prayer request comes in, it will be forwarded to the group for a prayer response.

Provided by the Methodist Church,
Prayer of the Day , pray for others on our Prayer Wall or Post your own intercessory prayer.

There are daily and weekly prayers
Pray our daily prayer from the Methodist Prayer Handbook
Join in online with the daily Morning Prayer from Wesley's Chapel 10:00 am - 10:15 am
Join the President and Vice-President live on Facebook for their weekly chat and prayers,
every Monday at 12:45 pm.
Take part in the 15 minute Year of Prayer service every Tuesday at 12:45 pm.
Register to join on Zoom here or watch live on our Facebook page.

The Methodist Church has also published a page dedicated to signpost you to resources to help nourish your spiritual life during lockdown - Spiritual Sustenance When In Isolation

Dial-a-Prayer: Free telephone lines where you can listen to prayer or Methodist News. These are updated weekly. Please share these numbers with those who are not online.

From Methodist Publishing the Methodist Prayer Handbook

Lord's Prayer

Share a time of solidarity with others in the church as we pray The Lord’s Prayer each Sunday at 10.20am

A PRAYER ON THE DEATH OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Creator God,
We give thanks for the life of Her Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
We honour her life of service built on a firm foundation of faith and an exemplary commitment to duty.
Comfort those who mourn and bring peace to those in distress.
We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE

A prayer for Ukraine in the week of the anniversary of its independence and six months since the invasion.

Colossians 3 15 ‘And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.’

Oh Great God, you call us to Peace. As we mark six months of war in Ukraine, call us back to be peacemakers. Strengthen all those working in the region for justice and for peace.

We cry to you to restore the people of Ukraine to a life of freedom and wholeness. And we thank you for the resilience of our Ukrainian sisters and brothers, for all who have opened their homes and churches, and most of all for your deep love and grace in which we trust even in the midst of earthly conflict. Amen.

ALL WE CAN - PRAYER FOR PEACE

Prince of peace,
Lord of light,
God of grace,
As we hear of war and invasion,
We pray to you for peace.
In a world of conflict and violence,
We pray for all who live in fear,
Especially today the people of Ukraine.
We lament with you,
And pray for peace.
Prince of peace,
Lord of Light,
God of grace,
Show me how to pray for peace today.

Amen

PRAYER FOR PEACE IN UKRAINE

Holy and Gracious God

We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.

We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.

We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.

We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.

We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.

Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.

Lord have mercy.

Amen

Regional Day of Prayer

President elect and Chair of the Plymouth and Exeter District, Revd Graham Thompson, has called for a day of prayer on 6th January 2022;

Please will you join us in setting aside some time, alone or with others, to pray for all those

• bereaved by Coronavirus
• suffering lasting effects of 'long Covid'
• working in health and other services
• who have lost their jobs or businesses
• anxious about the future
• elected to serve in this and other nations
• working to find treatments for Covid19
• without access to vaccines (remembering particularly partners in India)
• leading our churches to plan mission
• whose faith is challenged

and so much more! A booklet of prayers written especially for this day can be found here.

A prayer for Afghanistan

The Prophet says, You know the plans I have for you, says the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to offer you hope and a future. Gracious and holy God, We come to you with the situation in Afghanistan heavy on our hearts. It is a situation so complicated, and so fast moving, that it is difficult for us to know what to say or how to think. We hold before you the people of the country, those who stay and those who flee; those living with terror and afraid for the future; those who, because of this latest turn of events, will never be able to live the fullness of life that is your purpose. We hold all this before you. We hold open to you the future: the world leaders with a role in shaping what happens next; the many who are becoming refugees and the people who will be called upon to offer them safety and a future; the impact of these local events on our world story. We hold all this open to you. We hold in your love all those known to us whose lives have been bound up in the recent story of Afghanistan. We think of all those who have served there in our Armed Forces, those who were injured and those who did not return. We hold in our hearts all those for whom this is a time of special grieving and confusion, and those who minister to them. We hold all these in your love. Rock of ages, at this difficult time we lean into your timelessness. Turn us, and all people, to your good purposes for your world. Grant courage and wisdom, hope and a future. Amen.

Barbara Easton, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference

A prayer for the people of India during the COVID pandemic

God of grace and love, we turn to you at this time of need.
We pray for the people of India as they face the challenge and uncertainty
of these days each of them fully known and deeply loved by you.

We remember our partners in the Diocese of Cuttack, Bishop Nanda,
the diocesan leaders, and the many pastors and evangelists.
We pray for strength and courage for them as they support the churches and communities;
give them the assurance of your presence as they share your gospel of hope.

We pray for the directors and staff of city hospitals and remote village clinics as they respond,
all with limited resources,
to the needs of the desperate,
the sick and the suffering.

We pray for those who work with the very poorest of the poor in overcrowded slums,
doing their best to provide education and feeding programmes for the children,
and care for the elderly and vulnerable.

We pray that compassion will not be a casualty of these difficult times,
and that the strong will support the weak.

And throughout these days and always, would you help us all to remember
that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus.

God of all mercy, hear our prayer, Amen.

A knotty prayer

Dear Lord, Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart, and my life.
Remove the have nots, the can-nots and the do nots that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots, would nots and should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all, I pledge that I remove from my mind, my heart and my life all the 'am nots' that I have allowed to hold me back, especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Amen.

Deborah

Reflection written by Pope Francis:

Tonight before falling asleep
think about when we will return to the street.
When we hug again,
when all the shopping together will seem like a party.
Let's think about when the coffees will return, the small talk, the photos close to each other.
We think about when it will be all a memory but
normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.
We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.
Every second will be precious.
Swims in the sea, the sun until late, sunset, toasts, laughter.
We will go back to laughing together.
Strength and courage.

A Prayer for the Diocese of Cuttack in India

A Prayer for India that has been prepared for us by Deborah Kirk.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7.

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.
We pray for your church in this time of uncertainty.
For those people who are worried about attending worship.
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for other
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend.
Grant us your wisdom.
Holy God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love – demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen