Prayer on Thursday

We're invited to share in this form of prayer together on Thursday evenings at 7.45pm (it's from our local group of churches, the Stretford deanery)


Night Prayer

You may wish to light a candle and have some reflective music playing in the background
May the love of the Lord Jesus draw us to himself;
May the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen us in his service;
May the joy of the Lord Jesus fill our souls.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who at your first coming sent your messenger
to prepare your way before you:
grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries
may likewise so prepare and make ready your way
by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,
that at your second coming to judge the world
we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

Pause and reflect on the day that is past

Save us, O Lord, while waking,
and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ
and asleep may rest in peace.
Bible Reading for Thursday 21st January:

Matthew 25: 1-13


Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing. We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our fears and concerns, our difficulties and challenges. Please draw close to each of us and those we remember before you now. Bring to us your peace and comfort. And fill us with your Spirit, that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others. As a country protect us, encourage us and keep us. In the name of your Son Jesus we pray. Amen.


Psalm 24

The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. 
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory. 


Jesus said, ‘I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the
world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!’
(John 16.33)

Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it abundantly; 
pour out your blessing upon our nation; 
where there is illness, bring your healing touch; 
where there is fear, strengthen us with the knowledge of your presence;
where there is uncertainty, build us up in faith;
where there is dishonesty, lead us into truth;
where there is discord, may we know the harmony of your love;
this we ask in Jesus’ name.
Loving Father God, be with us at this difficult time: with our families, friends and neighbours, our country and our world. Give health to the sick, hope to the fearful, and comfort to the mourners. Give wisdom to our frontline and key workers, insight to our government and patience to us all. Overcome disease with the power of your new life, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

In a moment of quiet we particularly remember our friends across the deanery, those who are bereaved, sick, frightened or anxious at this time. We also give thanks for all those key workers, whatever their job who are supporting and caring for others.
Loving God, thank You for Your love from which nothing can separate us,
and which does not depend on our efforts.
Please reveal this love and the peace it brings,
in the lives of those we are praying for.
Loving God,
We ask you to bless our family, our friends and all in our heart today.
May they be safe and well
and kept close to your peace and love.
Help me to know that you are with me
as I show love and care to others.
Help me to know your comfort when I am sad,
your presence when I am lonely,
your peace when I am angry or afraid.
Give me courage to face each day
and help me to see signs of hope.
Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night,
so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world,
may rest upon your eternal changelessness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray,
and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
The Conclusion
In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen.
Materials are drawn from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, Common Worship: Pastoral
Services, and Common Worship: Daily Prayer, all of which are copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England.