Praying as a Benefice

Each of our three churches is praying for God’s guidance and grace to draw our new priest to us, for the selection process, and panel, and beyond. The churchwardens and selection panel have identified a way for us to pray together as a benefice. Please use the following text and prayer in a quiet time; the text is from this Sunday’s readings and Bishop Jonathan has provided the prayer. To enable our praying together, please pray either at noon or 5.55 pm (or both) every day.

This week’s Bible Text
“This is my own dear Son—listen to him!”   Mark 9: 7b (GNB)

The Prayer
Gracious and merciful God, our Father, you know the needs of your people in every place and in every time.  Look kindly, we pray, upon the people of this Benefice.  Draw to us, by your Holy Spirit, a faithful leader and pastor who will serve with us before you in all diligence and lowliness of heart.  By your blessing, bring many to the joys of your Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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Lyndhurst Fire Brigade to the rescue

Church Fire 1Henry cut the hedges on Monday and left a pile of cuttings by the side gate so that he did not clog up the ditches Brett and William had cleared for us.  Peter saw this huge mound and decided to burn the lot in the incinerator behind the church this Sunday afternoon.  Whilst looking out of my window at the smoke, I saw a motorcyclist stop on the road and look back at the church.  Being a great head of fabric, Peter had not left the fire untended and was sitting in a chair behind the church when the fire brigade arrived.  As can be seen they were pleased that their services were not needed!  A BIG THANK YOU to the motorcyclist, though, for calling the fire brigade – he or she did exactly the right thing – and A BIG THANK YOU to the fire brigade for responding so quickly.

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