Parish Prayers

 Week 4 – 7th April 2020 

For Daily Worship at Home, joining together with the community of St Botolph’s and St Mark’s (Northfleet and Rosherville).
Psalm 25v16-18   
 

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
Loneliness is an experience that we can all relate to, but almost 1 in 5 people in the UK often or always feel lonely. The figures are higher for the elderly and for young people. If you are lonely, it would seem, you are not alone but that is unlikely to provide much comfort. We are social creatures. We need to feel connected to others.
It is possible to feel lonely in a crowd, or in a marriage. It is equally possible to be alone and not to feel lonely. Feeling lonely and being alone are different things. Loneliness is more about the company that we would like to have and do not have, the discrepancy between the way things are and the way we would like them to be.
Enduring loneliness can be both a cause and a consequence of mental ill health. The Psalmist is lonely and afflicted, distressed, and troubled. In Psalm 25, loneliness is associated with troubles of the heart or, as we might say, depression and anxiety. Pain and trauma can create, and perpetuate, our feelings of loneliness. We can feel abandoned even when others are trying to show that they care. We may feel that others do not understand what we are going through.
The Psalmist turns to God for help, and asks that God will turn to him. Prayer is not a magic solution for loneliness. Nonetheless, like the Psalmist, we can be honest before God; there is no need to pretend. We turn to God for God’s sake, not simply to ask him to fix things. God is always there, even if it does feel as though he has turned away. When feeling lonely, turning to God, and asking God to turn to you, is not a bad place to start.

 

A “Have a Go” habit: Prayers
Photos of family and friends, and other reminders around the home, can trigger feelings of loneliness, but they can also be good prompts for prayer. They can remind us to write, or send a message, or make a telephone call. Imagine that God also gets a copy of the letter/message, so that it becomes a part of your prayer.
Pray for neighbours and for God’s creation (and that we might all look after it better). If you can’t get out, make use of magazines, TV, internet and other media to provide points of contact with the outside world. Use these things as reminders to pray for others.
Try writing a letter to God – what do you want to say? What would you point to in your life? What would you ask, and what kind of answer would you like back?
 
With thanks to the Church of England Website and to Revd Prof Chris Cook and Ruth Rice

 

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Prayers written from home by the children of Rosherville Primary Academy

Dear Lord

I am very thankful for my cousins, friends and family

I love the food, the water that you gave us in the world

Thank you for everything

Amen

Year 3

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Dear God

Thank you for our world we live in and the food we eat

Also the kind and loving animals

I am sorry if I harmed the world

Please help me make the world a better place

Amen

Year 4

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Dear God

Thank you for my family and friends

Please forgive me of my sins

Amen

Year 3

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Dear God

I thank you for the world,

I thank you for my friends, family and my life

I thank you for the food we eat to stay alive and healthy

I thank you for the drinks so we don’t have to thirst

I thank you for nature and any type of animal

I thank you for everything

I am sorry for ruining the world

I hope you can help the people who are suffering.

Amen

Year 4

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Dear God

Thank you for the world

Thank you for my family/friends

Sorry if I have done something that has hurt you

Could you please help the people that have a disease or if they need help

Amen

Year 4

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Dear God

Thank you for yummy chocolate Easter eggs and for beautiful spring flowers

Sorry for hurting and annoying my brother

Please keep my family and friends safe and well

Amen

Year 4

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To our beautiful world

Thank you for letting us live

We would not be alive if you were not here.

We all love the lovely nature that is around us

We all love to listen to the tweeting birds and watching the butterflies fly.

Thank you for the deep, salty blue ocean and for the dolphins, whales and fish.

Thank you for our homes, animals and nature

We will look after you always

Amen

Year 4

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Dear God

We thank you for everything you do

Especially in times like this

Thank you for providing food and water

Also thank you for shelter

Everyone is coming together because you help us by giving us strength and hope.

Amen

Year 3

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Your love flows like a stream
into the ocean of your Grace.

Your love encircles this world,
displays your faithfulness.

Your love is patient and kind,
brings wholeness and true peace.

Your love is all we desire
to heal our brokenness.

As all things pass and fade away
love remains,
eternally….

 

Please use this Prayer leaflet for daily prayer for our churches, for our world and for one another. The next one will be the February/March 2020 leaflet.     Marion Fielder White 01474 82 3381

 

Charity Number 1185604

 


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