Monday, 24 March 2014

Prayer for Sunday 23rd March

Today from our church family we pray for Julie Bradshaw.

Collect for 3rd Sunday of Lent
“Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

“Loving Father, your Son called us to become like little children. Help us in this day to hear those words afresh and to allow them to shape our lives.
Grant us a spirit of true humility that enables us to approach you with empty hands.  Forgive us that our hands so often become filled with possessions, roles and selfish expectations.
Grant us a spirit of openness to new ideas.  Forgive us that our thoughts are so easily cluttered by our knowledge and experience of life that we are unable to hear anything that is new.
Grant us a spirit of simple trust.  Forgive us that we find it so easy to complicate life, and to look with cynicism at others.
Grant us a spirit of adventure that is ready to travel with you to new places where you will be able to use us to extend your child-like kingdom of love and peace.
We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Revd. Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary of the Baptist Union, for the Children’s Society)  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer