Praying in March 2019

For the discipline of Lent. Pray that we would all take steps to listen to God, centre our lives on the example of Jesus and be led by the gifts of The Holy Spirit. We pray for ourLent course ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ meeting on Thursday evenings and for our LentLunches on Wednesday lunchtimes that they will be times of good learning and fellowship.

Give thanks for the strong ecumenical mission and ministry which exists across the churches of Alton and District – particularly apparent in the Lent Talks. Please pray for the ministers who meet monthly for fellowship, conversation and prayer.

For Andrews’ Endowed Church of England Primary School, Holybourne. For all thepupils, the staff and Headteacher Maria Lloyd, the governors and their links with the Parish.

For the Diocese of Winchester – for the School of Mission and its work with training and resourcing clergy, LLMs, and those who are in training for licensed ministry. We pray especially for Wendy Burnhams from our own parish who is training with the School of Mission for ordination

For the Alton Foodbank and its many volunteers who provide essential food and goods to those who in need in our town. We pray for Ian Dane as he leads and co-ordinates this valuable ministry on behalf of our local churches.

We pray for the ongoing Brexit negotiations and discussions as we journey towards 29th March. We use the prayer given by The Archbishop of York

God of eternal love and power,
Save our Parliamentary Democracy;
Protect the High Court of Parliament and all its members
From partiality and prejudice;
That they may walk humbly the path of kindness, justice and mercy. Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength, Therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength. Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.