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May 2020 magazine:
Wednesday Prayers ONLINE
Please join us this Wednesday at 2pm (29-4-2020) for our first LIVE prayer meeting. Attached is a copy of the prayer meeting, which you can print off before we meet.
We will begin our time together with tea and chat, so remember to have your tea or coffee with you at 2pm.
Click of the link below this Wednesday at 2pm to join us.
ALL WELCOME! Please pass on to any others who may want to join.
St Michael’s, Aughton
Holy Trinity, Bickerstaffe
Selection of prayers and
People of Aughton and Bickerstaffe. Please contact Chris Thomson on 01695 424454 or myself 01695 423204 if you would like to be on our prayer chain at St Michael, Aughton and Holy Trinity Bickerstaffe. Explanation below. Please share.
Prayer chain. The plan is we have a central list of names and phones numbers. Each person is given the number of the person next to them on the list. They phone that person each day for a chat and to say a prayer from the prayer sheet (on both church websites or emailed). Each person should then speak to two people each day. If you don’t hear from one of those two, please let myself or Chris know.
A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For those in isolation
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For those who are worried/social cohesion
Loving Jesus, you are compassionate to those in need
and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time.
Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions
that separate us from you and from one another.
Give us grace to live our lives
confident in your promise that you are with us always.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
For those who are ill
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care,
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for when you can’t get to church
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From St Patrick’s Breastplate
I am giving you worship with all my life,
I am giving you obedience with all my power,
I am giving you praise with all my strength,
I am giving you honour with all my speech.
I am giving you love with all my heart,
I am giving you affection with all my sense,
I am giving you my being with all my mind,
I am giving you my soul, O most high and holy God.
Praise to the Father,
Praise to the Son,
Praise to the Spirit,
The Three in One. adapted from Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica (1900)
Lord Jesus Christ,
son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
The ‘Jesus Prayer’
After a time of prayer:
Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers,
and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation,
that among the changes and chances of this mortal life,
we may always be defended by your gracious help,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Main Volume: Endings for Intercession
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
body of Christ, save me,
blood of Christ, inebriate me,
water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me:
hide me within your wounds
and never let me be separated from you.
From the wicked enemy defend me,
in the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
so that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever. Anima Christi
Short passages of Scripture for reading and contemplation
A prayer for when a friend is ill
Dear God, (name of friend) is ill.
They are not allowed to go to school or come over to play.
I’m sad because I miss them.
They must be feeling miserable and lonely as well.
Please be close to them.
Please be with the people who are looking after them.
Please help them to get better and to know that you love them.
A prayer for the world
God of love and hope,
You made the world and care for all creation.
But the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Many people are anxious because of it.
Many people are anxious that they might get ill.
Many people are anxious about their family and friends.
Be with them in their worries and help them to find some peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists who are working to discover the right medicines to give hope to those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these strange and worrying times, you are with us.
Help us to look for the signs of your goodness and love towards us.
A prayer at bedtime
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the World, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am anxious.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.
Our Harvest service took place today (14th October. )
It was a lovely service. A big thank-you to everyone who helped make the church look nice.
Thank-you to the school choir and church choir too for their lovely singing.
On Monday morning at 9:15am (15th October) the School Harvest Service takes place in church. If anyone can help we need to take all the Harvest produce over to school.
School Communion is on Friday at 9:15an in church.
Hot Cross Bun Service today , Good Friday 2018.
Thanks to everyone who helped.
Please note that the men’s breakfast on Saturday will be at St Michael’s Hall instead of Bickerstaffe School.
Please put the word out.
On Sunday 11th February a special Presentation and Dedication of the new Pew Bibles took place.
The congregation were invited to donate a Bible in memory of a loved on. A special dedication service led by Reverend Andrew Housley took place and families and friends were present to have the new Bibles blessed.
The new Bibles will be used for many years to come and are an important part of our church history.
Details of the service below.