CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP

 

ST CUTHBERT'S CHURCH AND HOME PRAYER GROUP FOR DECEMBER 2021

Our prayers are for everybody, so do please feel free to pray them when there is a suitable time for you.

Equally all are most welcome to join in these same prayers being read in Church at 10am on Wednesday 1ST December.

Today our prayers are about Advent, our preparedness for Jesus’ promised return, as we look forward to Jesus’ birth as the saviour of the world.

Shall we commence our Prayer time together with the Lord’s Prayer in the traditional form.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen

It seemed appropriate to quote from our Diocesan Bishop the Rt Rev Paul Bayes as his Advent letter so well sums up how we should approach this special season in our Christian calendar.

"And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” (Mark 13:37)

Dear friends,
As Advent begins, we are reminded to be watchful - for the signs of the Lord’s coming as well as for the signs of the times. The expectant longing of the early Church for the coming of Christ is ours to share if we will immerse ourselves as they did in the eternal comfort of the Gospel and in the urgency of the days of their lives. My prayer for you and your community, and the prayer of my Diocesan colleagues, is that you will lay hold on this dual perception - grasping both the urgency of the times and the secure promise of Christ - so as to live richly by the Spirit in the midst of uncertainty.  

 

Our Diocesan Bishop continues:-

Meanwhile I end this brief update with renewed assurance of prayers and of love from Bishop’s Lodge. I pray that your life will be renewed by God’s grace, and that our Lord will walk with you through Advent and into the unquenchable joy of Christmastide and of the assured future of the world:

Bishop Paul concludes with the Advent Collect:-

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.  AMEN.

A 10th Century prayer for Advent from an unknown source.

You are our eternal salvation,

The unfailing light of the world.

Light everlasting,

You are truly our redemption.

 

Grieving that the human race was perishing

Through the tempters power,

Without leaving the heights

You came to the depths in your loving kindness.

 

Readily taking our humanity by your own gracious goodwill,

You save d all earthly creatures, long since lost,

Restoring joy to the world.

 

By your first coming make us righteous;

At your second coming set us free:

So that when the world is filled with light

And you judge all things,

We may be clad in spotless rob es

And follow in your steps, O King,

Into the  heavenly hall.   AMEN.

 

A quiet time for our personal reflection on what Advent means to us.

 

An Advent prayer from Llewellyn Cumings.

O God who sent your Son into the world

To be the saviour of all who believe,

And promised that He would  come again to be our judge:

increase in us the attitude of watchfulness and prayer,

so that we will be always ready to meet Him,

with our lamps trimmed and burning

and our lives active in service,

to the glory of your name.  AMEN

 

An Advent prayer from Sue Allerton and Cafod

Come Lord, your wounded world is yearning
for you to come again.
Come Lord, your weary world is crying out
for you to lift us up
out of our despair, our hunger,
our thirst for something better,
our need for the food that will last.
Come Lord, come again,
we need to begin again.  AMEN.

 

An Advent prayer from Sr Bridgetta Rooney and CAFOD

Christ, come into our world of darkness
Light up our lives with your coming.
Fulfil all our longings with the joy of your birth
Strengthen our resolve to work for change in our world
And to share the hope of your birth that each Advent brings.
Amen.

A prayer which helps us prepare for Christmas from Reverend Canon Frank Colquhoun.

Lord as we make ready for Christmas amid so much affluence and abundance, keep us mindful of the poverty-stricken people of the world, the vast multitude who at this very time lack the bare necessities of life.

Through the gifts we offer for their  relief, may we show something of our gratitude  for all that you have given us; and may our gifts be acceptable through Him who for our sake  became poor and was born in a stable, Jesus our  Saviour.  AMEN.

 

A prayer for Christmas

God of majesty and power
Who spoke and this world was
Who breathed and this world lived
Who counts the hairs upon our head
Who sees our thoughts and reads our hearts
Who loves us more than we deserve
How can we not bring today
Our sacrifice of praise?
For in the child at Bethlehem
Lies the promise of intimacy
With a Saviour who would die even for me
And the promise of an eternity
In which to praise you more each day
God of promise we praise your name, Amen

 

OUR OWN SILENT PRAYER

 

Shall we say the Grace.

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.

 

Thank you for being with us this Advent and for your supporting prayer whether at home or in Church.

 

After the prayer meeting, there is a short Holy Communion service which begins at 10.30am and lasts about half an hour. There is no pressure to stay, but you would be most welcome!  There is also the added bonus of coffee and  fellowship in the pub after the Holy Communion service!

OUR NEXT PRAYER READING: The first Wednesday of the month.

Also in our monthly magazine there is a page of suggestions of people, topics and occasions to pray for.

Roger Abrams