Pray With Us

Dear All,

Hoping that you have had a good week with no major hitches??  January is a hard month for many in the northern hemisphere & this year will be a particularly hard one in this country with our economic difficulties.  For this reason we have given the focus of the attachments to poverty.  Of course poverty can include many other people.  Those with limited finance but also those who are poor in terms of family & friends, those who lack opportunities, those who want work & haven’t got it because of the lack of abilities or skills & so on.  And that is just our local scene. If we look beyond our relatively wealthy society to countries where there is war and those countries where poverty is not relative but is absolute in terms of being unable to feed your children, education and health care being out of reach for so many ………..

So as we pray our blessing, let’s ask for it for those in need around us and also those far off.  It is ‘The Peace of Christ be with you’ from Heavenly Peace.

The peace of Christ be with you,

The love of Christ enfold you,

The joy of Christ inspire you;

The strength of Christ uphold you,

And the beauty of Christ be within you,

All the days of your life.

Amen.

With our love & prayer

 

 

 

Psalm 34.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

 I will bless the Lord at all times,
with praise ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

Let the lowly hear and be glad:
the Lord listens to their pleas;
and to hearts broken, God is near,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

Ev’ry spirit crushed, God will save;
will be ransom for their lives;
will be safe shelter for their fears,
and will hear the cry of the poor.

We proclaim your greatness, O God,
your praise ever in our mouth;
ev’ry face brightened in your light,
for you hear the cry of the poor

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

 

 

Psalm 34.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

 I will bless the Lord at all times,
with praise ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

Let the lowly hear and be glad:
the Lord listens to their pleas;
and to hearts broken, God is near,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

Ev’ry spirit crushed, God will save;
will be ransom for their lives;
will be safe shelter for their fears,
and will hear the cry of the poor.

We proclaim your greatness, O God,
your praise ever in our mouth;
ev’ry face brightened in your light,
for you hear the cry of the poor

The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

 

 

 

Listen to the stories, dreams & thoughts

        of those who have no voice.

They’re wounded for the want

        of being listened to:

They cry

        and too few hear:

        they slowly die

        and too few mourn.

And yet

        through these who give attention,

        who stretch both hands

        to touch, embrace, receive;

        through those who labour, claim their dignity

        and drink the cup of suffering,

        breathe winds of change,

        and earth their dreams in struggle,

healing comes

and there are seeds of hope:

there is tomorrow

germinating in today.

                                    

Kate Compston

 

 

 

O God, whose word is fruitless

when the mighty are not put down,

        when the humble remain humiliated,

        the hungry are not filled,

        and the rich are:

make good your word,

and begin with us.

Open our hearts and unblock our ears

To hear the voice of the poor

And share their struggle;

And send us away with longing

For your promises to come true

In Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Janet Morley