Although St Andrew's has had to close and our services and activities have been suspended, we remain Here with you and Here for you.
Saturday 4 April - Breathe
While we cannot meet this month at church for our regular prayer gathering, we invite you - wherever you are - to spend time in prayer at 8.30am...
As Spring awakes the earth, a time to pray for hope and awakening within our own lives. the life of our world and the life of our churches.
we thank you for the beauty of your Springtime;
awakening buds and blooms, lengthening days; blue skies and sunshine.
Awaken hope within us. Renew us.
May we be refreshed with energy and enthusiasm to see you
in the places where we are and in our contact with others.
we thank you, Jesus; for your stories and teaching;
your healing and caring; for your life and death and resurrection.
Awaken love within us. Renew us. May we share your love and compassion
in the places where we are and in our contact with others
we thank you, Holy Spirit, for your comfort and guidance, presence and strength.
Awaken faith within us. Renew us.
May we be witnesses of your saving love.
Creator, Redeemer, Companion. Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we bring our praise and thanks to you.
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 rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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 your love,
for your name’s sake.
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.
On the first Saturday of the month
Take time to pray with Breathe, our monthly prayer gathering. On the first Saturday of the month, come along for breakfast from 8.00am in the St Andrew's Centre (behind the church) and prayers in the Chapel in St Andrew's from 8.30-9.30am.
Dates for 2020: 4 Jan, 1 Feb, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July, 5 Sept, 3 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec