Prayers for Comfort and Strength

Weekly Message 

18th October

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During this time of uncertainty and the growing need for social distance we hope that you will find comfort and strength in these resources. 

The circuit staff will provide resources for Sunday worship week by week, so that we can all worship together even if we are not in church.

This image by Dave Walker shared on the Church Times is a wonderful representation of the Church right now click here to view.

We would also ask you to please be aware of the work being undertaken by the organisations below: 

Action for Children’s Emergency Coronavirus appeal: www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

The Manchester South Central Foodbank: www.manchestersouthcentral.foodbank.org.uk/

All We Can is an international development and emergency relief organisation who focus on those in greatest need, it is inspired by Christian principles, and is an integral part of the Methodist family. Please visit their website to find out more about the work that they are undertaking www.allwecan.org.uk/

Daily Prayer & Hymn Suggestion 

Wednesday 21st October 

Hymn:  The Father’s Song  (SofF 1321)

Prayer:

How is it, Lord God, that we feel so safe and secure in your presence, and so unsettled and empty in those times when we have tried to leave you out of our lives, and ignored the voice of your Holy Spirit?  It can only be that there is this deep down instinct that connects us with you as our Father, the One who loves us so completely that our names are written on your heart.  So help us to sing our song of love back to you, Lord, in praise and worship and thanksgiving! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Tuesday 20th October 

Hymn: One thing remains (Your love never fails)  

Prayer:

Lord God, your love is truly amazing!  We see evidence of it in the beauty of your Creation; we see it lived out in Jesus, in self-giving and sacrifice; we experience your love through your Holy Spirit – it is everywhere, surrounding us and in us.  And when all else fails us, Lord, when systems around us seem to be falling apart, when anxiety stifles our hope, this one thing remains certain and secure and never changing.  Your love!  Thank you, Lord. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Monday 19th October 

Hymn:  Never let go of your hand 

Prayer:

The world can be a hard place, Lord.  Fear and failure can drag us down, dealing a blow to our confidence and our sense of self-worth, so that sometimes we even find it difficult to approach you.  Yet you constantly reassure us, Lord, that you are here for us, that you love us just as we are, and that, though we may feel we have drifted away from you, you never let go of us.  Thank you for the security we find in that promise, and help us day by day to put our trust more firmly in you. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Sunday 18th October 

Hymn:   Be still and know that I am God  (StF 18/SofF 41/MP48)

Prayer:

With the constant clamour of the world ringing in our ears, we pause today and remember that you are God.  With the turmoil of our own thoughts racing round our minds, we pause today and remember that you bid us ‘be still’.  With uncertainty about the future clouding our vision, we pause today and remember you are ‘I am’, the same ‘yesterday, today and for ever’.  For you are in control, Lord, and your will and your purposes are eternal and unchanging.  And in that assurance, and trusting in your promises, we find healing, hope and rest. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Saturday 17th October 

Hymn: When God has another plan    

Prayer:

There are so many things we don’t understand, Lord.  The changes that happen in our lives, the way doors unexpectedly close on the hopes and dreams we had, the challenges we have to face, physically, emotionally and sometimes spiritually.  But what we do know is that you are a God who loves us passionately and unconditionally, and that your plans are tailor-made for each one of us, always for the best, and always to draw us closer to you.  And so, because we cannot see our lives from your perspective, we put our trust in your infinite wisdom and unfailing goodness, for in this we find comfort and strength and security. 

Amen

Liz Stuart

 

Friday 16th October 

Hymn:  I will sing  

Prayer:

Lord God, we just can’t get a handle on what is going on in the world, even in the little part of it that we occupy!  We see lockdown increasing in so many parts of the country, businesses forced to close, countless jobs lost and people suffering hardship. The problems are too big, the anxiety overwhelming, the future bleak, and sometimes we simply don’t know how to pray or where to start.  And yet, Lord, in our hearts we know that you’ve not left us to cope on our own, and though everything around us seems out of control, your word, your truth and your love still remain secure and unchanging.  And because of this we can still lift our voices in praise, for you are our faithful God, now and always, and we put our trust in you. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Thursday 15th October 

Hymn:  Jesus, all for Jesus  (StF 555/SofF 1376)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, it’s when we surrender everything and every part of our lives to you that we discover a new sense of freedom and joy.  No longer are we haunted by past failures, no longer are we anxious and fearful about what the future may bring; no longer are we trapped in the cycle of struggle and stress of everyday life, sometimes feeling we are ploughing a lone furrow.  For you have it all in hand, Lord, and trusting in your love and in the power of your Holy Spirit we are given all the strength and the resources we need.

Liz Stuart 

 

Wednesday 14th October 

Hymn: No-one like our God

Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God, when we try to imagine all that you are we are filled with awe and wonder, and there are no words to describe you.  You are unique in every way – in holiness, in power, in creativity, in presence through your Holy Spirit, but especially in love.  For when we least deserve it, when we fail and let you down, even when we deliberately go our own way, you, amazingly, still reach out to us, never giving up on us, never forgetting us.  And best of all, you remind us that nothing can separate us from your love, for your love is eternal and never-ending, defying even the power of evil and death.  There is, indeed, no-one like our God! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Tuesday 13th October 

Hymn: Be not afraid        

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, it is so good to know that you are always with us, but even more wonderful to realise that you have gone, and still go before us.  That there is no situation we face, no experience we encounter, be it sorrow, hardship, danger, even death itself, that you have not entered into, where you have not first prepared the way.  So give us the confidence we need, Jesus, to take those faltering steps into the future, in the assurance that when we follow you there is nothing we need fear, for all is known to you and we are safe in your care, our living, loving Lord. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Monday 12th October 

Hymn:   Trust         

Prayer:

Almighty God, we praise and thank you for your faithfulness, for promises that are sure and reliable, and for the confidence that you are with us in every season and situation of our lives.  In this broken and pandemic-ridden world, where it’s hard to know who or what to believe, and where even guidelines are blurred, it is our faith and trust in you that gives us hope – hope that truth and beauty and goodness will overcome the darkness and fear that sometimes threatens to overwhelm us.  Indeed, a certain hope that, in the end, the light of your love will prevail. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Sunday 11th October 

Hymn:   All my hope on God is founded (StF 455/H&P 63)

Prayer:

If ever we needed a solid foundation for our lives, Lord God, it is surely now.  Many of those things that we had thought were stable and secure, that we have relied on, have proved to be fragile and fallible, and we are left floundering in a sea of uncertainty.  But you, Lord, are always there, always faithful, always dependable, the rock beneath our feet, the anchor in our lives.  And however long it takes, we know you will bring us through. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Saturday 10th October

Hymn:  Guardian 

Prayer:

What an amazing God you are!  We so easily stray away from you, letting other things take your place, following our own desires, seeking out our own path, but you never desert us, you are always there, right by our side, whether we realise it or not.  Even more than this, through it all, Lord, your love continues to seek us out, guiding and guarding us, and bringing us back to where we can find real life, true fulfilment and lasting hope – by putting our trust in you! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Friday 9th October 

Hymn:   I’ve had questions (When the tears fall)   (StF 632/SofF 1906)

Prayer:

There are so many questions, Lord; questions about suffering, about loss, about the future and when this pandemic will end.  We look for solutions, we listen to politicians, we hope for wisdom from science, we obey the rules.  But somehow there are no satisfactory answers, nothing that will allay our anxieties, calm our fears, give us confidence – give us hope.  Until we turn to you, Lord Jesus, and place everything in your hands, hands that still bear the scars of suffering.  For then we discover afresh that yours is a peace that nothing can take away, yours is a hope that overcomes despair, and yours is a love that endures to the end.  And in that we can rest. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Thursday 8th October 

Hymn:  You never let go   (SofF 1753)

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you never let us go, and that because you lived an earthly life we know we can always trust you.  You struggled with the things that challenge us, and because you overcame the power of evil and death, we have the assurance that, with the help of your Holy Spirit, this is possible for us too.  Help us, for our part, to hold ever more firmly to you, relying on you to guide us and see us through the difficult and demanding times we face. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Wednesday 7th October 

Hymn:  Lord, I need you  (SofF 2422)

Prayer:

It’s not only in times of crisis that we need you, Lord, though these are mostly when we cry out to you.  We actually need you with us in all the circumstances of our lives, because it’s through this that we build up our relationship with you, we discover your faithfulness, and we grow deeper in our love and trust.  So help us, Lord, to keep in touch with you day by day, for then we will be constantly aware of your presence and your guidance as a living reality. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Tuesday 6th October 

Hymn:  The river of God  

Prayer:

In spite of all the challenges we have to meet day by day, Lord God, when we think about all you mean to us, and all you have done for us in Jesus Christ, we cannot help but dance for joy!  For your love, your grace and your goodness are like a never-ending stream, pouring new life into us, sustaining us, nourishing us and giving us the energy to keep going and to keep hoping, knowing that, through your Holy Spirit, you are carrying us along, over the rocks and rapids into the still waters of your peace.  Thank you, Lord! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Monday 5th October 

Hymn for Monday, 5th October:  Shine on us   

Prayer:

Ever-present God, as we enter into a new week we ask your blessing on our lives.  We do not know what challenges we may have to face in the coming days, but we can be sure that your light, your grace and your love, all of which we see in Jesus, will guide, uphold and strengthen us.  And so we go forward with hope and with confidence, knowing that with you, and in the power of your Holy Spirit, all things are possible, and that nothing can separate us from your love. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Sunday 4th October 

Hymn:  In the beginning (Breath of God) StF 386/SofF 2363

Prayer:

Lord God, after so many months of lockdown we so need the refreshing of your Holy Spirit!  Like those dry bones in a desert place, we long for new life to be breathed into us, into our churches, into our communities, into our world.  As we worship you today, Lord, fill us to the brim with your power and your presence, that our lives may overflow with your love and joy, to your praise and glory. 

Amen!

Liz Stuart 

 

Saturday 3rd October 

Hymn:  Rejoice, rejoice, Christ is in you  (SofF 480/MP 572)

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, we have so much to praise and thank you for.  Having you living within us, in your Holy Spirit, makes such a difference to our lives, to the way we view the world, and the way we see ourselves.  For you give us hope, Lord – hope that sees possibilities rather than problems, that, through your grace and goodness, looks to a future bright with promise.  All we need is to trust in your faithfulness, and your power to keep us strong in our inner selves, knowing that you love us more than we can ever grasp or imagine or put into words! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Friday 2nd October 

Hymn:  Everything   (SofF 1790)

Prayer:

Lord God, you are present in every part of our lives, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, and however we are feeling.  This has always been your plan, so that we may constantly be certain and aware of your guidance, your strength and, most of all, your unconditional love.  And although we often think ourselves unworthy of your interest in us, Lord, and realise how little we deserve your love and care, there is great comfort in knowing that you are always there for us, and that therefore we have nothing to fear, and everything to hope for.  And for this we are so thankful! 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

Thursday 1st October 

Hymn:  Precious Cornerstone (All to us)  SofF 2505

Prayer:

In these challenging times, Lord, it’s sometimes hard to hang onto our faith, much less share it with others with the same enthusiasm we once did!  We are so missing the companionship and encouragement we receive from meeting together – and yet, Lord, you have not changed, and you are still holding us, supporting us and strengthening us with your loving presence.   So help us to focus on you, Jesus, and to find our inspiration in all you are to us and all you have done for us, and through this find our hope, our faith and passion revitalised. 

Amen

Liz Stuart 

 

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