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PRAYERS Week Commencing 11th November 2018

A Prayer for The World

Look, the world
is always ending

the sun has come
crashing down.

it has gone
completely dark.

it has ended
with the gun,
the knife,
the fist.

it has ended
with the utter quiet
that follows the news
from the phone,
the television,
the hospital room.

it has ended
with a tenderness
that will break
your heart.

But, listen,
this blessing means
to be anything
but morose.
It has not come
to cause despair.

It is simply here
because there is nothing
a blessing
is better suited for
than an ending,
nothing that cries out more
for a blessing
than when a world
is falling apart.

This blessing
will not fix you,
will not mend you,
will not give you
false comfort;
it will not talk to you
about one door opening
when another one closes.

It will simply
sit itself beside you
among the shards
and gently turn your face
toward the direction
from which the light
will come,
gathering itself
about you
as the world begins
© Jan Richardson.
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A Prayer for The Church
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with
ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 13.25-33, esv

Today we remember the victims of war. The world seems full of pride and hate, and hidden beneath it all a spirit of the deepest fear and suspicion. The courage of faith is not the courage to grab and hold on, but the courage to let go – the courage to live and act as people who truly believe that nothing matters but the love of God. We as Christians renounce the causes wars are fought for: the pride of building monuments to our own glory, the pride of conquest. This week of all weeks, pray for the spirit of sacrifice.

A Prayer for St George's
Pray for your minister and others meeting on Tuesday evening for Connect, studying Luke chapters 15 and 16.
Pray for everyone coming to Little Fishes, and Synod Executive, meeting on Wednesday. Pray for our Development Elders meeting on Thursday. Pray for our Street Pastors teams out at the weekend.

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