Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 7th May 2017
To you, O God most high, we lift our hearts and to you we give our praise.
To you we confess our sins and to you we come for grace.
To you we render our thanks and
to you we ascribe all honour and glory,
now and forever.
Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 30th April 2017
All Creation blesses you, O Lord. Exiles offer you worship. Pilgrims hallow your name. Saints adore you. Humanity offers its praise. And we your servants lift our hearts and voices to you in joy and thanksgiving. Amen.
Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 23rd April 2017
Look upon your servants, O Lord, weak in faith but praying for your strength; cold in heart, but seeking the fire of love; assailed by doubt, but awaiting assurance; abounding in sin, yet longing for righteousness; now and forever. Amen
Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 16th April 2017
Act of Thanksgiving for Blessings of the Past Year
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 2nd April 2017
Lord Jesus Christ, Wisdom and Word of God, dwell in our hearts, we pray by your most Holy Spirit, that out of the abundance of our hearts our mouths may speak your praise. Amen.
Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 26th March 2017
Be a light, O Lord, to our eyes, and music to our ears. Be sweetness to our taste and contentment to our hearts. Be sunshine to our days and food at out table. Be rest in our night and sufficiency in our hour of need. Be liberty in our life and everlasting glory at our death; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
John Cosin (1594 – 1672)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 12th March 2017
O Holy Spirit, giver of life and light, breath of all creatures, purifier of all souls and healer of all wounds: be fire to my heart, light on my path and friend for my journey; and this for your own love’s sake. Amen
Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 5th March 2017
Let your outstretched arm be our defence, O Lord; your mercy and loving kindness in Jesus Christ, our salvation; your true and living Word be our instruction and the grace of your life-giving Spirit be our strength; now and forever. Amen.
John Knox, Book of Common Order (1564)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 26th February 2017
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to grudge the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labour and not to seek for any reward, save that of knowning that we do your will; through Christ our Lord. Amen
Ignatious of Loyola (c. 1491 – 1556)
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 19th February 2017
Grant us, O Lord, humble, lowly and quiet hearts. Give our waking hours patience, kindness and tenderness of spirit. Let all our words, our works and all our thoughts be overshadowed by the gift of your Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Thomas More (1478 – 1535)