The S Chad Prayer Chain is being re-launched, after various changes, and to reconcile numbers into one WhatsApp group.  The Prayer Chain is aimed at mobilising a good number of people to pray immediately, usually for an emergency request, and is confidential.
There will be a new WhatsApp group, administered by Sally Wilkinson, and if you were previously on the Prayer Chain and wish to continue, or if you wish to join for the first time, 
please speak to Sally or Sybil Lamb. 
We will still have provision for phoning landlines for those who cannot access WhatsApp.
 


Read Tearfund's latest prayer letter re ending global poverty by clicking the image above


Prayer for peace in Ukraine

Holy and Gracious God

We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.

We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.

We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; 
that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.

We pray for those who choose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn 
our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.

We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.

Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.

And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.

Lord have mercy.

Amen


 




Praying through the darkness: 
prayers of faith for 2022

We’ve been here before – seeing in the New Year in the midst of a global pandemic. But even in the most difficult times, we know we have a God who never leaves us nor forsakes us (Deuteronomy 31:6). In the biblical story of Ruth, we can find fresh encouragement for how we can look to 2022 as a year of hope.

The book of Judges tells us about the challenges that Ruth would have faced. It was a dark time, filled with famine, war and poverty. The book of Ruth begins with Ruth being widowed.

But hope is found in a friendship – in a bond between two women who felt broken and alone after experiencing deep loss. And that is where the love of God shone brightly and transformed everything. And it’s that same love that radiates throughout the world today.

Faith

It’s not always clear what the path ahead looks like. Ruth could have stayed in Moab and gone to live with her family after her husband’s death. Instead, she decided to travel with Naomi, her mother-in-law, to Bethlehem to start her life afresh.

‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.’ (Ruth 1:16)

It was a decision made in faith – Ruth put her trust in the God Naomi worshipped, not knowing how it would turn out.

Today, for many of us, the path ahead also looks uncertain. What do we see before us? Plans put on hold. A pandemic with seemingly no end in sight. And that is before the individual challenges many of us are going through.

The book of Ruth can encourage us to take a leap of faith and put our trust in God to make a way for us. Jesus tells us we only need faith as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20). So let us begin.

Pray with us

  • Write down some of the things you are struggling with at the moment.
     

  • Find verses in the Bible that celebrate God’s faithfulness towards us and the love he has for us. For example: Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 46:1, Zephaniah 3:17, Romans 8:38. Write these down next to your struggles.
     

  • Lift your list up to God in prayer and ask God to make a way for you through these struggles and disappointments. The Psalms show us we do not have to hide our feelings from God, so open up and let your emotions flow free to a God who listens and cares for you.

A longer version of this reflection is available on Tearfund website – including more prayer activities to help you connect deeper with the God of love and the plans he has to heal our broken world.


Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are always with us, guiding us and loving us. Thank you.

Loving God, help us to find ways to share Your
love with others.

Lord, during this time as we prepare for the first
service of the new Methodist year, help us serve others
as Your light shines through us.

Help us pay attention to how other people show us Your love.

Help us learn how to trust You, love You, and share Your love with others.

Thank you for being with us and our families and our wider church family as we have journeyed through the Covid-19 pandemic together. Prepare our hearts and minds now to renew our Covenant with you.

In Jesus name we pray,

Amen.

 

And a reminder that

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

                                  Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

 



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