There are prayer suggestions at the top of the page: specific prayers are further down.
For yourself. Prayerfully put on the whole armour of God, so that you can stand firm in your belief. Salvation – your helmet. Righteousness – your breastplate. Truth – your belt. The Gospel of Peace – your shoes. Faith – your shield. The Word of God – your sword. Fully equipped, we are can truly stand firm.
For us, members of the church. Pray for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. For the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
In particular: Sue Kelly, Jo Hepper are admitted as churchwarden’s at St Chad’s for 2022-3; also John Clark and Liz Raven at St Alkmund’s. Please pray for them especially in the interregnum: for wisdom, strength and leadership. My we all be part of the team of helpers.
In early 2023 we are to advertise for a full time Vicar of our United Benefice. Please pray that all stages of this process may be God-led, so that God’s choice may be installed to join the team.
Pray that the name of Jesus is apparent in all that we do.
For our town. For the peace of God which passes understanding. For the re-emergence of community. For the work of providing for those without. Further prayers for the Wider Ministry in Shrewsbury are here.
For World Peace; particularly in the light of the current world instability.
There are many other things we could pray for: ask God to show you.
A Prayer for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
God of love, We thank you for the life of The Queen,
for her service to our nation, and for her faith in you.
Be close to all of us who mourn, that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for His Majesty King Charles III
Everlasting God, we pray for our new King.
Bless his reign and the life of our nation.
Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and fairness
flourish among us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer from a recent service in St Chad’s.
God our Father, we come before you in prayer with reverence, with joy, and with holy fear, confident in your love for us.
Jesus our Saviour, you have redeemed us and made us clean; we adore you.
Spirit, you inspire us and direct us; please fill us now and show us more ways in which we can serve.
As we think of the International conflict we pray that, even in the middle of it, small acts of kindness between neighbours, between strangers, may reflect God’s love, and that each act of love may shine like a light in the darkness. Strengthen and inspire, Lord God we pray, the spirits of those who find themselves in a conflict not of their making.
Give wisdom we pray to our church leaders, and the retired clergy who help us in this interregnum. We thank you for their continued service on our behalf. Together with the congregations of all other churches in Shrewsbury, pour out on us all your spirit. We pray for a renewal and re-invigoration of our spiritual awareness. May we all keep a right sense of priorities as we seek both to announce the Good News of Jesus and his saving grace, and to steward this lovely building for future generations, to the Glory of God.
May God’s presence fill us and fill every nook and cranny of our buildings with his peace, the peace that passes understanding. Like the burning bush that was not consumed, may we and our buildings be enveloped in the refining fire of God’s presence through Jesus, so that we may become beacons of hope, lights in the darkness, as we go about our daily lives. Show us, we pray, more ways in which we can serve.
This prayer we offer in Jesus name, Amen.
A prayer for these times. Sam Wells , the vicar of St Martin in the Fields
O God of peace, your prophet Isaiah promised
Swords would be turned into ploughshares,
And your son’s mother proclaimed
The mighty would be put down, and the humble exalted.
Visit the people of Ukraine, deliver them from fear, violence,
Attack, injury, destruction, death,
And give them courage, solidarity and allies
In their hour of vulnerability and sorrow.
Turn the hearts of those bent on war and invasion.
Strengthen the hands of all seeking to halt conflict,
Restore order, pursue justice,
And make this moment of peril an occasion for your Holy Spirit to
To show your world the cost of conflict and our dependence on one another
In Christ our Lord, who went to his death because of our hatred and rose
Because our hatred is never stronger than your indomitable love Amen
Here is a prayer written by Pope John Paul when he was still a Bishop in Poland under the communist regime:
May its light scatter the darkness,
May its flame be a symbol of hope,
May its burning be a sign of faith,
Joining with many other lights for peace.
We light this candle for peace.
May our lives be an expression of peace-making,
May we seek to be lights in a dark world,
Pointing to you, Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace,
And following you in the way of Peace.
Let this candle burn as a sign of peace
Offered to you. Amen.