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    A Salisbury Novena 11-19 June 2022

     

    May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.’ Psalm 90:17

    In our diocesan Statement of Needs we asked for a Bishop with various characteristics.  Bishop Stephen’s invitation to us all is to be caring, courageous, holy, transforming, unifying, visionary and visible.  Therefore, I invite you to join me in praying in the nine days leading up to the welcome of our new bishop, for ourselves and for our common life together as a diocese.  +Karen

    Prayers from ‘The Canterbury Book of New Parish Prayers’ Canterbury Press 2020.

     

    Theme

    Prayer

    Day One 

    Saturday 11th June

    Barnabas the Apostle

    Encouragement

    ‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    God of love, your vision for our lives is greater than we can imagine and your ability to enable us to achieve is larger than we dare hope. In your gentleness, grant us your gift of encouragement, that looking with kindness on all that is within us, our strengths and our weaknesses, our talents and our failings, we may know the path you have laid before us and be granted the confidence to follow it to the end, in the company of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Day Two

    Sunday 12th June

    Trinity Sunday

    Unity

    ‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.’ Ephesians 4: 2-3

    God of all peoples, you have placed within each one of us some glimpse of your truth.  Help us all, who share in a common humanity, to know the value our diversity can bring to the formation of our character and to the universal quest for good.

    Help all those who live in this diocese to be open to the needs and the insights of others, that, reaching across all that can divide us, we may be drawn together in mutual love and service, knowing one another not as enemies or rivals but as friends, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

    Day Three

    Monday 13th June

    Vision

    ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ Jeremiah 29:11

    Loving God, the desire of those who seek you and the joy of those who find you, call us this day towards the vision of your kingdom.   Strengthen our hope, renew our zeal, and deepen our love, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Day Four

    Tuesday 14th June

    Care

    ‘Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.’ Hebrews 10:23-24

    Lord Jesus Christ, you taught is that you are known most profoundly among those who have the least, and that the poor are blessed indeed.  May we who enjoy so much plenty be inspired by your call, echoed through the centuries by your Saints, to share what we have with others, that all might have enough to enjoy the life that is the free gift of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

    Day Five

    Wednesday 15th June

    Visibility

    ‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16

    Almighty Father, in your redeeming love you have drawn us together into this community of worship and service.

    Deepen our love for you, we pray, and grant that by our faithfulness in prayer and through the quality of our common life, others may be drawn towards your truth and discover your joy in their lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Day Six

    Thursday 16th June

    Corpus Christi

    Holiness

    ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’ Leviticus 19:2

    O God, through the power of the Cross, you have called us into the mystical body of your Son. Help us, who feed on the bread of life in the Eucharist, to be drawn more closely to you through the Spirit, to discover our unity more profoundly with one another and to share your generous love with those with whom we share our lives, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Day Seven

    Friday 17th June

    Courage

    ‘I hereby command you be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9

    Holy Spirit of God, wind of inspiration, fire of language,

    guardian of truth, breathe anew on your waiting Church.

    Refresh within our community your many gifts, that seeking out love with patience, gentleness and commitment, we may be re-formed each day into the glorious body of the eternal Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Day Eight

    Saturday 18th June

    Transformation

    ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ Romans 12:2

    Lord of creation, without you nothing can flourish, and nothing can be holy, pour out afresh your Spirit on your Church this day, that our doubt may be transformed into hope, our fear may be transformed into excitement and our despondency may be transformed into joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

    Day Nine

    Sunday 19th June

    Celebration

    ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalm 118:24

    Lord God, we dedicate ourselves to serve you faithfully and to follow Christ, to face the future with him, seeking his special purpose for our lives.  Send us now to work and to witness freely, gratefully, and hopefully, in the power of the Holy Spirit, for the honour and glory of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    A Prayer for our Diocese

    God of us all, you have poured on us a rich diversity of gifts and call us to offer all you have given us to your service and to one another.  Bless all those who minister in this diocese, that in the beauty of worship, the resourcing of ministry, and the work of education, human lives would be transformed, and your love and truth would be known by ever more people, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

    Prayer for Bishop Stephen

    God of our calling, you lead us wisely through the journey of our lives, ever revealing to us new possibilities of service and new places to make our home.  Bless Bishop Stephen in his new ministry as Bishop of Salisbury, that through his work with us, the love, creativity, and joy of Jesus Christ would be more fully known in our communities, diocese, and our world, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

    God of all peoples and nations,

    Who created all things alive and breathing,
    United and whole,
    Show us the way of peace that is Your overwhelming presence.
    We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
    Every child and every adult.
    We long for the time
    When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares
    When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.
    We cry out to you for peace;
    Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety
    Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
    Be with those who are bereaved.
    Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
    And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
    Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
    And a passion for justice to prevail and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
    Creator of all hear our prayer
    And bring us peace.
    Make us whole.
    Amen 

    Source: Christian Aid

    Prayers and resources for Ukraine

    Join others and pray with Psalm 31-a Psalm that has resonated with Christians in Ukraine https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/latest/news/ukraine-crisis-how-psalm-31-is-bringing-comfort/

    To inform your prayer for Ukraine here is the link to the Diocese of Europe https://europe.anglican.org/main/latest-news/post/1783-resources-for-the-ukraine-crisis
     
    Join with the Churchwarden of Christ Church, Kyev in praying the Lord’s Prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5urkVLDmx8
     
    Also-from our Bishops:
     
    “Please continue to intercede, here are some prayer pointers:
    • For the people of Ukraine and for their leaders as they counter the attacks on their country and fear for their lives
    • For the leaders of nations, for diplomacy, for pressure on the Russian leadership, including the Russian Orthodox Church, for peace
    • For the people of Russia who are living in fear, for courage to speak out and protest
    • For the Anglican Church in Europe in those lands, particularly the small congregation of Christ Church, Kyev and the congregation of St Andrew’s, Moscow
    • For the journalists working in Russia and the Ukraine, for channels of communication to bemaintained
    • For the humanitarian response to the crisis, international aid agencies, for our own response to be effective as we give in the best possible way
    • For refugees, their welcome, the hospitality of nations and our own government’s response

    Giving to Ukraine

    Although we may want to give practically, there are increasing messages from aid agencies stating that unless there are key contacts in the Ukraine or neighbouring countries, any collections of provisions may get in the way of planned responses. Therefore, the best way to give is financially.

    • Disaster Emergency Committee charities, which includes Christian Aid, World Vision and the Red Cross, are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of all refugees and displaced people:£30 can provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month;£50 can provide blankets for four families;£100 can provide emergency food for two families for one month. https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
    • With Ukraine is a special fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s civilian population established by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK.
    • UAHELP – Support Ukraineis coordinating donations and deliveries of essential goods, medicines, food products, special, and medical equipment, as well as volunteer registrations.
    Action
    • We are encouraged to continue to exercise pressure on government regarding safe passage for refugees.
    • Please stand with any local Ukrainian and Russian families who need support at this time, all are fearful in different ways, especially children in our schools. Our school leaders may also need support in talking about the conflict to children.”
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    UKRAINE CRISIS
    This particular war has dominated the news recently and you may have wanted to respond in some practical way as well as with prayer. There is a very helpful and comprehensive guide to ways to help here:
     

    Praying during the pandemic

    • Immanuel Jesus, God is with us in the centre of our world’s fragility.
    • We lift up to God and pray for millions of people affected by the global pandemic, knowing that each person is precious to God. Especially we pray:
    • For families who have lost loved ones to coronavirus- we pray for comfort
    • For those who are suffering with long Covid- we pray for strength
    • For those whose mental health has deteriorated- we pray for peace
    • For those who have lost their jobs- we pray for hope
    • For those who have lost regular income and are on furlough- we pray for patience
    • For those who have been pushed into unwanted poverty – we pray for justice
    • For those who have worked in the NHS and care sector throughout the pandemic- we pray for rest
    • For those who have to make difficult decisions and choices in national and local government- we pray for integrity
    • For those who are developing new vaccines- we pray for vigilance 
    • For those who remain isolated- we pray for friendship
    • For all who are fearful- we pray for faith
    • For those who are searching for God- we pray for discovery
    • Matthew 6:33 Jesus said:  Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
    • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
    • Philippians 4:6-7  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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