Praying as a Benefice

Please use the following text and prayer in a quiet time; the text is from this Sunday’s readings and the prayer is from Bishop Jonathan.  To enable our praying together, please pray either at noon or 5.55 pm (or both) every day.

This week’s Bible Text

“The right time has come,” he said, “and the Kingdom of God is near!  Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!”  Mark 1: 15 (GNT).

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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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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