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Prayers

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A Summer Prayer
Long warm days...
The pace of life slows...
A time for picnics and rest in the shade...
Lord, help me to rest awhile
in the cooling shade of your presence.
Slow down my restless heart and fill me
with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.
- Author unknown

A Summer Blessing
May you walk with God
This summer
In whatever you do
Wherever you go

Walking with God means...
Walking with honesty
And with courage,
Walking with love
And respect
And concern for the feelings of others

May you talk to God
This summer
And every day and
In every situation

Talking with God means...
Praying words of praise
For the beauty of creation
Saying prayers of thanks
For friends and good times,
Asking God's help
In all your decisions
Expressing sorrow
When you have failed

May you talk with God
Every day. Amen.

BOOK OF PRAYER If you wish to add someone to our cycle of prayers in our parish notes please contact Fr Lawrence Smith on 01474 566400 or northfleetparish@btinternet.com

Prayer for the Sick

Lord Jesus, Who went about doing good and healing all, we ask You to bless Your friends who are sick. Give them the strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in pain. Let them recover their health, so that, restored to the Christian community, they may joyfully praise Your Name, for You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.


Father, Your Son accepted our sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters. May all who suffer pain, illness or disease, realize that they are chosen to be saints, and know that they are joined to Christ in His suffering for the salvation of the world, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Departed

Father of all,
we pray for those whom we love, but see no longer.
grant them your peace;
let light perpetual shine upon them;
and in your loving wisdom and almighty power
work in them the good purpose of your perfect will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This book records the people and special events remembered in our prayers.  Other information about our cycle of prayers can be found in the weekly parish notes.

 

Normally people and events are remembered at each service through the week.

 

We pray for the Churches in the Ebbsfleet Covenant (of which we are part) each weekday:

 

Monday                       Our Lady of the Assumption, Northfleet

 

Tuesday                      United Reformed Church, Northfleet

 

Wednesday                 St Peter & St Paul, Swanscombe

 

Thursday                     Swanscombe Methodist Church

 

Friday                          St Botolph, Northfleet and St Mark’s, Rosherville

 

A Covenant Prayer

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you prayed that your people might be one.  We are your people in Northfleet.  We pray for our community and pray that you will bless the Covenant we share with you and with each other.  Strengthen our resolve to worship and work together at every opportunity.  May our churches be united in their love for you and each other and may the gentle persistence of you Holy Spirit remove the barriers that still divide us.  Amen.

 

Those who live and work in the parish are prayed for each month on the date shown.

 

1          Stonebridge Road, Railway Street and Beaumont Drive 

2          Ebbsfleet Industrial Estate and Grove Road Industries & Beresford Road

 

3          Hammerton Road, Station Road and Burch Road

4          College Road, Huggens College and Burnaby Road

5          Wallis Park, Warwick Place and Chestnut Close

6          Kingston Court, Fishermen's Hill and Collington Close

7          Ford Road, The Hive and Crete Hall Road

8          Rose Street, Ebbsfleet Walk and Cross Road

9          High Street, Fountain Walk and all who work in car sales and servicing 

10        Factory Road, Vicarage Drive and Gordon Road

11        Council Avenue, East Kent Avenue and Lansdowne Square

12        West Kent Avenue, South Kent Avenue and Marina Drive

13        Bankside, Huntley Avenue and Mill Road

14        The Hill, Church Path and London Road

15        Riverside industries (including Blue Circle, Scotts etc., shops and public houses)

16        Laburnum Grove, Lime Avenue and Pier Road

17        Plane Avenue, Robinia Avenue and Ranalagh Gardens

18        Dover Road, Salem Place and Rural Vale

19        Shepherd Street, York Road and St Mark’s Avenue

20        Tooley Street, Carl Ekman House and Vauxhall Close

21        Springhead Road, Hartfield Place and Orchard Road

22        Springhead Enterprise Park and Brookvale workshops

23        Detling Road, Dudley Road and Capstan Mews

24        Vale Road, Waterdales and Galleon Mews

25        Colyer Road, Gwynn Road and Lighterman’s Mews

26        Mitchell Avenue, Hall Road and Mariners Way

27        Painters Ash Lane, Pepper Hill and Maritime Gate

28        Roman Road, Saxon Close and Mermaid Close

29        Danes Close, Viking Road and Rosherville Way

30        Fleet Road, St. Botolph Road and Waterside

31        Members of the congregation

 

A SELECTION OF INTERCESSIONS

 

God, in the rush of the morning before this busy day, help us to remember that whatever we do and wherever we go you are always there with us. Help us to understand the importance of our leisure time to recharge our bodies and renew our minds and when we finally have time to rest, help us to do so, secure in the knowledge that you will always watch over us with love.

 

God of Love, we give you thanks for the boundless mercies of our daily life. Make us more grateful for your many gifts:  for the blessing of health, for the comforts of home and family life, for the joys of friendship and for the beauty of the world around us. Teach us day by day to count our blessings.  We thank you that among the many blessings you have given us is a sense of humour; the ability to laugh as well as to weep; to laugh with others and most of all to laugh at ourselves - for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Lord, we pray for your blessings on the world, and pray for peace in this increasingly troubled world. There are many countries that suffer from great unrest and unhappiness, we remember them all today, especially Lord, the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and the tensions there, the people of Palestine and Israel and all those people less fortunate than ourselves.  May all  those in authority use their power wisely in the ways of justice, truth and peace

We pray for the Church, asking that wherever your people meet there may be a real fellowship in which there are no quarrels and divisions; no distinctions of race, of colour, or of social standing. Help us all to work and pray together to make our church a place where we are truly united.

We pray, our Father, that when the interests and aspirations of nations conflict with one another, their leaders may not turn to war but together seek a just and acceptable way forward. We especially pray for peace in the many war torn parts of your world.  We especially remember Lord, all those affected by the actions of terrorists - those who lost their lives, the injured and the people they left behind, please help them through this difficult time. We pray too Lord, for the terrorists and their organisations, that they may see a way to the path of peace and end this unnecessary violence and hatred. We dwell on this earth as one nation, deepen our understanding of peoples of all races, languages and customs so that we may live together united under one Father in the faith of the one Lord, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Holy Spirit of light and truth, help us to understand the causes of our social tensions and unrest within our community. Deepen our concern for those less fortunate than ourselves and stir in us a burning sense of responsibility for one another. We remember all the people of our community. Grant that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move the hearts of the people, that the barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace.

 

Lord God we ask you to bless all those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. Help them when they get depressed by their aches and pains, hold them in your loving arms, supporting and comforting them. In a moment of silence we pray for those on our intercessions list and those known to us alone Lord.     

 

We pray, Dear Lord for all those who have recently departed and hold in our prayers all those who have been left behind.

 

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