Saturday Prayers: March 3rd – 4th, 2018
Third Sunday in Lent
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3. 16.
Father of mercy, alone we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves. When we are discouraged by our weakness, strengthen us to follow Christ, our pattern and our hope, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and forever. Amen.
The Church‘s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord, we are his new creation by water and the word: from heaven he came and sought us to be his holy bride; with his own blood he bought us, and for our life he died. O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee. (Samuel John Stone)
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – and may His peace be within you. Lord, we give thanks For the opening of the doors to the Tomb of The Risen Lord, from whence your healing stream doth flow into all the world.
May hearts of stone never separate the world from your dwelling place.
Unite us all in holiness, love, and the peace of your presence.
Amen, Amen and Amen.
A Prayer for and from Jerusalem (adapted in part from the writing of George Appleton, Archbishop of Jerusalem 1969).
O Eternal Lord God, Source of all truth, lover of all; we thank you for our experience and relationship to The Holy City of Jerusalem.
Grant that we, as Pilgrims of Jerusalem may be humble, grateful, holy, worshipping, loving people, dedicated to the City of Jerusalem and it‘s relationship to Jesus, the author of our faith, through whom we come to worship YOU the God and Father of us all.
May we be Peace Loving People knowing the things which flow from Your Peace.
Help us to understand the experiences, the hurts and the hope of people of different faiths who share in the life, and reside within the walls of Jerusalem of our time.
Let it be a centre of peace and unity for people of many faiths living together in friendship, expressing the Love of God in their daily living and to the honour of your name.
May it be seen, as in ancient times, the Centre of the World, drawing together all peoples and nations for the sake of Him who wept over it, died and rose again for our salvation.
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator and Lover of all people, draw us together into one great family of disciples, together worshipping you in Spirit and in truth. May you be the KEY WHICH OPENS THE DOOR for all nations and people‘s. Amen
nnDnn Archdeacon Ron Matthewman, Vicar General Emeritus