St Johns has a strong prayer ministry. The weekly service of worship includes prayers calling on God to help his people across our troubled world. We have a prayer board in the Lady Chapel which is available for people to post requests for prayer for their loved ones. Our Friday Prayer group uses this prayer board as a focus for their prayers. You can also address your requests to email@example.com
We also post prayers for the Parish each week in the Weekly News.
We have provided some prayers below for the current crisis and hope that people will find these helpful.
Prayers for the current crisis
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic-
On all who tend the sick, counsel the distressed,
Sit with the dying, or develop medical research
We ask your blessing.
And for those who administer the agencies of health and welfare,
We ask your guidance in all that they do, that
Human worth may be valued and human need fully resourced.
We give thanks for all that is being done at this crucial time, especially now in the development of a number of vaccines which we pray will finally be successful in combatting the pandemic.We pray for patience as we wait to see how we can plan the future in any detail.
Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen
We pray for our nation
For all finding isolation so difficult, whether living alone or with family. As lockdown is easing, we give thanks for all those who have heeded Government warnings, however irksome, and pray that this will continue to be the case, especially in the light of the new Delta variant, even with the easing of restrictions.
We pray that we may all be ever mindful of the needs of others. We pray for those families struggling to feed their children, for the worry and anxiety that this must cause and for a more permanent solution to be found. We give thanks for all those volunteers who have stepped in to help.
We also pray for all decisions that are being made about the economy, for our children and young people at school and university. We pray for the students who have had such a very difficult time and for their mental health. We pray especially for all those keyworkers in the NHS,in care homes, in education, in Social Services,the police and supermarket workers and any others known to us, whose own health has been at risk as a result of the vital role they are playing in helping others to stay safe.
We pray for all those who have died
As the figures for those who have contracted Covid continue to rise, we remember all those who have lost loved ones, often in sad and distressing circumstances. Be with them Lord in their grief. We give thanks for all those in the NHS, including hospital chaplains, who tend the sick and dying and who bring comfort to them, their relatives and friends. We give thanks that as the vaccines and lockdown take effect, we see the numbers coming down and more families being saved the anguish of losing loved ones. We give thanks that the vaccination programme has now reached over 63 million and for the dedication of those involved in carrying it out. Also, that the number of recorded deaths from Covid is now so much lower. We pray that all over 18 year olds will be able to have their second vaccinations very soon, given the rapid rise in cases of the delta variant again
Through Christ,Our Lord. Amen.
We pray for our Parish
We pray for our parish as we now worship in Church on Sundays.We ask your blessing on us and the decisions that have been taken for the good of all. We give thanks that the Church is now also open for private prayer and midweek Communion and give thanks that the the choir are able to be back with us, as well, even if in a limited capacity.With sadness, we heard the news that Lisa and Mike will soon be leaving us. We pray that their future will be a happy and fulfilling one and for all those in the parish who will be involved in making decisions about the interregnum.
For further prayer requests please email firstname.lastname@example.org