Prayers & Reflections

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Initiative 2020

As in previous years, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting us to take part in the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative during the ten days from Ascension Day this Thursday to Pentecost Sunday on May 31st.

Since its launch by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016, Christians from 172 countries and 65 denominations have taken part in praying for friends and family to come to faith in Jesus Christ. During this time, we are each invited to pray for 5 people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus.

Thy Kingdom Come have produced a daily Prayer Journal to help and encourage us.  Other resources are available to download from the Thy Kingdom Come website (www.thykingdomcome.global), including a digital Family Prayer Adventure Map.

As the Lord Jesus ascended, He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to enable the disciples to be witnesses. As they waited for the promise to be fulfilled they devoted themselves constantly to prayer (Acts 1:14).


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Caim Prayer

I just wanted to share with you all this Caim prayer that was part of my Lent reading this morning.  I expect you know (but I didn’t!), a Caim prayer is a prayer of encircling protection, and it seems so very appropriate for us all at these increasingly difficult times.  I certainly pray it for you all :

God bless and much love.
Julia Palmer

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.


Some of us from Verwood will be ‘meeting’ together figuratively speaking  to pray for our loved ones and our community during the coronavirus outbreak.

We look to do this in our own homes between 6 and 6.30pm each day, and invite you to join us as often, and for as many minutes as you can, during those times.  We have no set prayers (but do see the excellent ‘ Prayers about the outbreak’ published on the Church of England website if you would find printed prayer helpful) but we shall be praying as guided by our hearts and the Holy Spirit, having regard to the specific issues and needs at the time. 

We may not be able to sit together in a church, but this is one of the ways we can be united in our worship and prayer.  If you would like to be part of a community of prayer, but this time is not suitable to you, several others in Verwood are doing similar prayers  at different times, and a web search will hopefully point you to those. 

And may the God of love and peace keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus


 

You can also listen to the Prayer for the Day and join in with thousands others saying these words each day


Please see www.churchofengland.org for further prayers and guidance