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.
Amen.
 
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
Raised to your right hand on high
the ascended Christ shows the prints of love
and bestows on us the gifts of grace.
As your Spirit renews the face of the earth,
may we bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
and reveal your glory in all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

 
The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.
Amen.

 
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 2nd July

Romans 13: 1-7

 

Prayer for today

God our saviour
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace
won for us by your Son,
Our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.


Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;   
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen
.
 
 
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)
 
Prayers
 
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.
Amen

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.
Amen
 
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 tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Amen
 
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.
Amen

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.
Amen
 
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.