||A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York
The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
St Mary's Church Thirsk: Food for Thought
A Found Prayer I'd like to share. :
|I came across the following prayer when I was sorting through files and tidying my study. It is one of three given to me by a dear friend who, sadly, is no longer with us.|
AN APACHE BLESSING
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Intercessions by members of the congregation :
|Almighty God, as we greet you this day, help us to grow closer to you through this time of worship. We thank you for all you have done for us, for fellowship and for the gift of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us remember those who have little to celebrate or rejoice over,the poor, the sick and the hungry, the homeless, the unemployed, the weak, the vulnerable and the oppressed, the lonely and the unloved, the unwanted, the sorrowful, and the depressed and the despairing. We pray also for those for whom life brings intolerable demands-those facing famine, fleeing as refugees, suffering persecution, enduring war, struggling against injustice, terrified of the future, haunted by the past. Lord in your love put a new song in their hearts we beseech you.|
We pray for peace, for an end to people's inhumanity to one another, remembering especially at this time the people of Syria and of Egypt, our troops in Afghanistan and those trying once again to set up peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. We ask that the leaders of this and every nation may honour one another, seek what is just and right and foster respect for the valuable resources of our world.
We pray for our families and friends. We Give Thanks To God for mothers and fathers, grandparents and all those who take a responsible attitude to caring for children and young people. May we as Christians be recognized for our sense of responsibility and caring for others.
With the fellowship of the Virgin Mary and all the saints we commend ourselves and all Christian people to God's unfailing love.
Heavenly Father, help us to pray as Jesus taught us, trusting in your everlasting love.
Let us pray for our troubled world, that there may be an end to aggression and violence. We pray for Israel and Gaza, that the ceasefire may hold; for an end to the conflict in Syria and the hostilities in Afghanistan and Africa. We ask for your blessing on all who are trying to bring order and stability to these areas. We ask for healing for all the victims of violence -the wounded and bereaved, the traumatised and the homeless.
Compassionate God, bless all who need your help today. Reach out to the suffering of the world, stay the hand of the violent, dry the tears of the sorrowful and hear the cries of those who long for justice.
We pray for the church in the world. In the light of the recent vote in Synod we ask for an end to the disunity and for growth in love and understanding among all Christians. Give support and encouragement to all who are disheartened and help us to hear your voice in whatever way you speak to us. Help us to trust you. May your kingdom come and your will be done in your church.
We pray for the church in our diocese of York, for Archbishop Sentamu, all clergy and congregations. We ask your blessing on all our clergy, the retired clergy and all the lay workers who give so much of their time and energy in the furtherance of the kingdom.
We ask your blessing on all who are victims of natural disaster, famine and illness, and on those who are trying to help them. In our country we remember especially those who are suffering from the recent storms and those in the rescue services.
We pray for any who are having difficulty because of the economic crisis, especially at this time of the increasing pressure of materialism. We ask your guidance for those in authority and power that they may be an increase of compassion and justice.
We ask your blessing on all who are sick in mind, body or spirit and on all who are called to share in your work of healing. We commend to your loving arms those whom we know who have recently died and pray for your comfort for those who mourn them.
Heavenly Father we pray for all who need our prayers at this time. We pray for any who are worried or anxious or afraid, that we all may know your sustaining love and peace in our hearts.
CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGNS FOR TAX JUSTICE :
|Recently I visited the red double decker ‘Tax Justice Bus’ outside Northallerton Methodist Church. It was travelling round the country organised by Christian Aid and Church Action against Poverty. Many businesses making big profits in developing countries are putting US$160bn (far more than these countries receive in foreign aid) into tax havens to avoid paying taxes which could be used for education, health and similar projects to improve the lot of the poor.
Christian Aid is asking us to put pressure on our Prime Minister to use his global leadership to end the financial secrecy of these businesses, especially British companies, and bring tax justice to aid the world’s poorest. If you want to join in, visit the Tick for Tax Justice campaign on christianaid.org.uk/tax-bus
Paul Rathbone Thirsk Christian Aid Group
CHRISTIAN AID LIFE TRANSFORMING GIVING : Information supplied by Paul Rathbone, Thirsk Christian Aid Group
Elmy Ymanarlico belongs to an indigenous community in the eastern Bolivian Amazon rainforest. Her family is one of over 1,000 whose lives have been transformed since the Centre for Research and Training of Peasants (CIPCA) helped them to secure official legal rights to the land they have used for hunting and farming over generations, thus preventing cattle ranchers, mining and logging companies trying to drive them from their land. CIPCA is Christian Aid’s trusted partner organisation and our giving to Christian Aid Week is helping people like Elmy to improve their situation in about 50 countries. Now Elmy is able to invest her time and efforts in conserving the forest and caring for the land. Growing a range of crops is an insurance against devastation by flood or drought in a changing climate. Cocoa growing is bringing in valuable income, as is keeping woolless sheep and poultry. Elmy is able to feed her family well, and has surplus produce to sell. Family income has grown by 21% in the last 3 years.
This Christian Aid Week will be another push in the great campaign to abolish hunger, uniting about 100 charities, churches and others, called IF – ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF…’