At this time where we cannot join together in person in our acts of worship, here are some prayers that you can use at home.
If you are able, you could stop at 12 noon each day and spend a few moments to think about and pray for our Emmanuel Church Family and our Brigade Family. It would be a joy to think that at that moment each one of us could be connected in prayer.
Rest assured we are working behind the scenes in these uncertain times to find new ways of keeping us all connected.
We are setting up a dedicated prayer team. If you have any prayer request or need help praying please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find a quiet and restful space to sit, maybe light a candle or put out your favourite cross, picture or an open Bible to help you to focus. You could begin by reading a Psalm or a piece of scripture, why not start reading through one of the Gospels, a few verses each day
. You could also play a song or a piece of music on a cd or why not sing a verse of your favourite hymn.
Then breathe deeply and begin … God is waiting with great joy to spend time with you!
TIME FOR PRAYERS OF COMPASSION
Think on those thoughts that have been unhelpful to you and others, the things you have done which you should not have done and those things which you should have done but have not. Bring them to God in prayer.
Remember that as we seek forgiveness the Lord is swift to remove those sins from us and we are forgiven. Hallelujah!
PRAYER OF ADORATION
You are the source of all life,
The fount of all wisdom, the wellspring of all grace.
Your days are without end, your loving mercies without number, I depend on you and remember your goodness to me, and to those who have gone before.
Your story has been told in every generation: the Lord Jesus Christ lived among us, full of grace and truth, revealing your tender mercy, he healed the sick, comforted the broken and lost.
In humility he washed the feet of his disciples, calling us to follow his example as one who serves.
You are my God, ahead of me, leading me, guiding me and calling me; you are the Lord God, the all-wise, the all compassionate. And I lift my heart in worship today and for ever. Amen
TIME FOR PRAYERS FOR OTHERS AND FOR OURSELVES
Take time to reflect and pray for the world, which God made and loves.
For those amongst whom you live, your neighbours, your family and friends and for yourself.
For situations in the news today.
Our church family remembering those that are older and more vulnerable at this time and also in particular the following three folk that you have chosen to remember each day.
For those in our Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade family, the leaders and the officers too.
For our community groups who can no longer meet and work with vulnerable folk in our church particularly, The AA, The Women’s Centre, The Carers Group and our church charity Christian Community Action
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
As with all your creation
I offer you the life of this day.
Give me grace to love and serve you to the praise of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.