We have now joyfully expanded to nine church congregations: All Hallows in Whitchurch; St Andrew’s in Hurstbourne Priors; All Saints in Barton Stacey; St James in Woodcott; St James the Less in Litchfield; St Mary’s in Tufton; St Michael’s in Bullington; St Nicholas in Longparish; and St Peter’s in St Mary Bourne
as Brightwaters Benefice
Our Prayer for Monday
Schools and colleges, children and young people
We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.
We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.
We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.
Our Prayer for Sunday
Family, friends and loved ones
We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope.
We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together they would not feel apart.
We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.
Our Prayer for Friday
National and Local government
We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.
We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgment.
Our Prayer for Tuesday
Elderly, isolated and vulnerable
We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated: praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort.
We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.
Our Prayer for Wednesday
Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing
In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.
We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.
We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.
We pray for a renewed commitment to our common life together.
Our Prayer for Thursday
The NHS and other key workers
Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.
Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray for that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.
Our Prayer for Saturday
All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health
‘Lord the one you love is ill….’ John 11 v 3
We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind, spirit or with grief.
We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.
We pray for those who are stretched beyond their own capacity to cope and remain hopeful – that in the roar of these waterfalls God would bring a sense of coherence, comfort and strength.
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