Saviour in Storm

Jesus, Saviour in storm when the waters of the deep are broken up, when the landmarks are washed away or drowned, come to us across the water.

Blessing of Healing

May the Spirit of the Living God, present with us now, heal you of all that harms you in body, mind, or spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Prayer for young people

Dear God, guide and protect us from
the anxieties and distractions
that are ever present in the world today.
Be with us as we experience life’s challenges.
Show us Your Presence when
we encounter both sickness and healing,
loneliness and friendship,
failure and success,
sorrow and joy.

Gracious God, give us the courage and strength
to make decisions guided by Your Light
as we journey through life.

Through the power of the life-giving Spirit
may we come to know your love.

Amen.

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Prayer for those who are homeless

Oh God of mercy and compassion,
give us grace to live life with an open heart;
to notice people as we walk around town.
Awake us to the wonder of life
hidden in those without home
who live on the streets
and often feel so alone.

Help us Jesus to be more like You,
who spoke with those in need
and asked them “what can I do for you?”
Give us the eyes to see
that in the poor You hide
“What you do to the least of these
you do it to Me”, You said.

When we see people seeking
a coin of love, a coin in which their
humanity is affirmed
may we not withhold small coins
of encounter that will plant hope,
give food for a hungry heart.

May the power of Your love
heal our society so that everyone can
live with dignity, not deprived of essentials for life.
Yet in the hour that for those living on the street
is particularly dark, we pray for Your guidance and light.

© Iva Beranek

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Compassion card

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion
is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9

Tender and compassionate God,
you are our steadfast companion in the joyous times of our lives.

When we rejoice, you celebrate with us;
when we are anxious and afraid,
you offer us a relationship where we can
find courage to face the unknown;
when we weep with sadness,
you are our comforter.

Help us, O God,
to believe that you receive us as we are,
and help us to entrust ourselves,
with all our many struggles and hopes,
to your faithful and abiding care.

Amen.

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Father in the darkness of these days

Father, in the darkness of these days
may the light of your love enfold me.

In my weakness and weariness
may the strength of your love support and hold me.

In my confusion and anxiety may the peace of your presence calm me.
That when the mists of despair finally rise and disperse, I may see that
I was never alone, and that your love, your strength and your peace surround me still.

Amen.

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Hospital card

Sometimes we want to pray, but it can be hard to find the words.

Whenever I am afraid I will put my trust in you. Ps 56:3

Almighty God, you know me so well, the secrets of my body and soul. Despite my fear and anxiety, help me to trust in you. Bless the doctors and nurses and all who work for my recovery; sustain them in their wisdom and skill that they may be agents of your healing. Amen

Jesus stood still, and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Matthew 20:32

Jesus, during your life on earth you experienced pain. You prayed to your Father for help in
your struggle. I am in pain now and pray to you for help. Allow me to know your presence in my life. Strengthen my faith and give me the assurance of your everlasting love for me. Amen

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Ps 4:8

Father, in the quietness of this night, grant me rest and sleep, an awareness of your presence and knowledge of your love; that I may wake refreshed and strengthened to face the day ahead. Amen

May the light of God surround you,
the presence of God enfold you,
and the power of God heal you,
today and always.

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Bereavement Card

During this difficult time, you may find the following prayers and readings to be helpful.

There is so much that will never now be spoken,
a need to forgive and be forgiven; a need which dwells
within the desire to also speak of gratitude, of love and the pain of parting.
Breathe your life into these longings, Lord Jesus, that even now your gracious
Spirit would bring healing, light and peace.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am. John 14:1–4

We give back to you, O God, those whom you gave to us. You did not lose them when you gave them to us, and we do not lose them by their return to you. Your Son has taught us that life is eternal and love cannot die. So death is only a horizon, and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly, and draw us close to you, so that we may know we are nearer to our loved ones, who are with you. You have told us that you are preparing a place for us: prepare us, that where you are, we may be always, O dear Lord of life and death. William Penn

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief. If it is you,
be gentle with yourself. Swiftly forgive;
walk slowly, pausing often.
Take time, be gentle
as you walk with grief.
from Walking with Grief, George MacDonald

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Psalm 23 Card

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through

the darkest valley, I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

my whole life long.

 

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Psalm 121 Card

I lift up my eyes to the Hills—

from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;

he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;

he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out

and your coming in

from this time on and for evermore.

 

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