Share a time of solidarity with others in the church as we pray The Lord’s Prayer each Sunday at 10.20am
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.
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 India
Please find attached a Prayer for India that has been prepared for us by Deborah Kirk. I would be grateful if you would help us to join together as a District to pray this prayer over the coming days. In particular – and if it is not too late for distribution – might it be used this Sunday? If it is too late for Sunday – please share it around your networks as you continue to contact those in your care during the pandemic.
Our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Cuttack have promised prayers for us – including during a day of fasting and prayer on Friday. As we pray for them, may we know what it is to be united under the banner of God’s love, joined in our Partnership and together in Christ.
I ask God’s blessing on you during these trying days. God bless,
Revd. Graham Thompson, District Chair Plymouth & Exeter District of the Methodist Church
“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.