‘The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ’ Philippians 4:5-7
Lent Appeal Prayer 2021 (written by the Bishop of Stepney)
O God, we come to you in sorrow,
knowing that young people
are wounded by knife crime
and daily injured by cycles of hurt and recrimination.
We pray that through the work of churches, charities, and community groups,
weapons will be turned in, violence will cease,
and crisis will be transformed into hope;
so that each may find their safe haven
and contribute to a kingdom of love.
May the blessings of peace be inherited in this generation today.
A prayer for Holy Week
Lord Jesus Christ,
As we journey Holy Week
in your presence,
help us to stay with you,
and not to get distracted
by things that do not matter
and will not count
when clocks no longer tick
and time becomes eternity.
Teach us to live
each day in perfect
harmony with you
and give us
strength and courage
so that we can love
even when it hurts.
Remind us, Lord,
that we are free
to live and love
because you chose
to set us free.
Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, evermore. Amen.