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Prayers


Places to focus on in Prayer:
Hong Kong – where increasing numbers of wild boars are going out of their forest reserves and causing trouble in urban areas.

People to focus on in Prayer:
The friends and families of the 11 killed and 10 wounded by a car bomb detonated by Islamists in Mogadishu.

We hold before God all who have asked for our prayers –
and those whose names are on the “Prayer Tree” in Algitha Road.

We pray for:
Our Circuit Stewards who work hard behind the scenes for the benefit of our church and all its members.
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Remember loved ones who have died and pray for those who grieve.



The Lectionary readings for this week are
 
Luke 5:1-11. 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13).

Paul’s Gospel.
Paul writes, “And now I want to remind you, my brothers, of the Good News which I preached to you, which you received, and on which your faith stands firm. That is the gospel, the message that I preached to you. You are saved by the gospel if you hold firmly to it – unless it was for nothing that you believed. I passed on to you what I received, which is of the greatest importance: that Christ died for our sins, as written in the Scriptures; that he was buried and that he was raised to life three days later, as written in the Scriptures.

From a Prayer by Brother Roger of Taizé.
If you were not risen, Lord Christ, to whom would we go to discover a radiance of the face of God?  If you were not risen, we would not find in your presence forgiveness, wellspring of a new beginning. If you were not risen, where would we draw the energy for following you right to the end of our existence, for choosing you again and anew?   Amen.