Prayer Diary for the week

Our weekly Prayer Diary gives particular topics to include in your prayers during this week.
You may also like this Reflective Service for worship in isolation.(click here to view)
The daily readings for this month can be found here

Sunday 22nd November
Christ the King

Advent Prayer
Every Tuesday in Advent at 12 noon
enjoy a quiet half hour of silent meditation and prayer, either at home, or socially distanced with others in church.
(A leaflet with ideas for participants will be available here next week.)

Archbishops’ Call to Prayer for the Nation
See https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/call-prayer-nation
and please use the resources to pray each day at 6.00 pm

The Church is open for private prayer every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm.

There will be someone there to welcome you and explain the arrangements to facilitate social distancing and strict observance of ‘Covid-secure’ regulations.

Blessed Lord,
who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:
help us so to hear them,
to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them
that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Deanery Prayers

Whiteley Church

Vicar : Philippa Mills
Licensed Clergy : Amy Adeniran (maternity leave)
Churchwardens : Vikki Potts and Jo Vartan

They invite us to join them in giving thanks to God for:

  • the newly elected or re-elected members of their PCC and Churchwardens;
  • the participation of the wider community, including scouts, guides and service personnel in their our online Act of Remembrance;
  • continued good progress on the new building for Cornerstone School, with chapel space.

Please pray with them as well for:

  • plans for Covid-secure activities during Advent and Christmas to bring ‘comfort and joy’ and engage the whole community with the real meaning of Christmas;
  • finding ways to help those who feel isolated;
  • a final push to raise the last bit of parish share (with thanks for much generous giving already, which means that they we are now pretty close!)

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Sunday Worship

8.10am Sunday Worship on Radio 4
(this has been particularly commended by several of our congregation)
9:00am Parish Eucharist in the Church. This service will be streamed live, and a recording posted later, on our homepage. The order of service is available on our homepage.
9.00am Eucharist from Bishopsgrove on facebook.com/cofeportsmouth and later available on portsmouth.anglican.org
1.15pm Songs of Praise on BBC 1
3.00pm Choral Evensong on Radio 3
3.00pm All Souls Pre recorded service, available on our homepage

Daily Prayers

9.00 am Tuesday & Thursday Pray at home, with “A Reflective Service for Worship in Isolation.” Print the order of service here
Free at any time Telephone ‘Daily Hope’ 0800 804 8044 for prayers, reflections and hymns
9.45 am Morning Service on Radio 4. (Long Wave)
8.00 pm St Peter’s Prayerline ~ Please join your fellow parishioners every day, at this time, praying for all who are fighting Covid-19.

Prayers during the Coronavirus outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love,
and of your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many can be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving, wherever we are,
whatever it costs, for as long as it takes
and wherever you call us. Amen.
(Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference)

For oneself, whilst ill or isolated

Lord God almighty, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers with Children

When friends are ill

Dear God, ( name[s] of friend[(s[ ) is/are ill.
They can’t go to school or come to play.
I’m sad because I miss them.
They must be feeling miserable and lonely too.
Please be close to them,
and be close to the people who are looking after them.
Help them to get better
and to know that you love them. Amen.

For the whole world

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses
and for all who are working to discover
medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you for being with us always
and help us to trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.

Daily prayers when we can’t get to church

Early in the day

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always.’
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for other people as well as me,
and keep us all in your care.
Help me to worship you with all my life,
serve you with all my strength,
honour you with all my words,
and love you with all my heart. Amen.

At bedtime

God our Father, by whose mercy
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, our unfulfilled hopes,
and all for whom we pray tonight.
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep. Amen.