211121 Sunday Service on 21st November 2021

Sunday Service, live from St Mary’s Church, starting at 10.30am (and available to stream afterwards).

Please download the service sheet in advance (attached below), which contains all the words for the service.

Click here for Service Sheet

YouTube Link 

Prayers Friday 5th November 2021

Morning prayer

Lord, I long to worship you and to receive the spiritual and physical refreshment you want to give me. I thank you for lighting my way when darkness makes it hard. I thank you for your mercy
May I stay close to you, to accept your grace and take another step toward the perfection to which you are calling me. Lord, your grace is all that I will ever need.
Forgive me for the ways I try to follow you on my own strength. Fill my heart with your surpassing love, and make me holy as you are holy. Hold me close today, and keep me always in your presence.
I pray for all those who have gone before me and are still in need of your pardon. Pour forth your mercy upon them so that they may be counted among the saints in heaven.
Holy Spirit, I offer you all my shortcomings, sins, and fears. Help me to walk forward, trusting in your mercy and grace. Help me to use the gifts you have given me to grow into the person that you want me to become. May I focus on you and see you more and more in my life. Amen.

Prayers Friday 22nd October 2021

Please Let us glorify and magnify the  name of our  God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ because in him, the Church is blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly realms.

Today, we pray that God enable us to use our prayers as an outward missional tool, as we pray for more labourers in God’s vineyard.
‘In Christ, you have raised us up and we are seated with him in heavenly places far above all rulers and authority, powers and dominion: to the intent that through the Church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the principalities and powers.’
We pray against all principalities and powers; We pray for the opening of eyes to all that are spiritually blinded by evil forces. We pray for freedom to all who are bound by forces of darkness and powers of hell. We pray for liberation to all whose minds are confused by the agents of darkness that they cannot think aright.
We pray for our homes, especially for husbands that Satan has deceived to abandon their wives and families that they may have a change of heart.
We pray for wives that have turned their homes to hell making lives unbearable for their husbands and children that God will touch such women and change their hearts.
We pray for children that are giving great concerns to their parents that the Spirit of God will touch them.
We pray that God’s kingdom will come in our homes and families.
Above all, we pray for divine visitation to all who are in want. We pray for the reign of Christ and his blessings upon us all:
‘Blessings abound where’re he reigns
The prisoner leaps to loose his chains
The weary find eternal rest
And all the sons of want are blessed’
Let us bring before God Church of England Five Marks of Mission,
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
Pray that  God will enable the church leaders to match these words with action in the church mission action plan;
Visit your church with the power and the glory of your kingdom. Restore boldness, confidence and conviction to preach and live out the gospel. Let the power of your kingdom liberate the church from the shackles of all unholy alliances. Lord, let the power of your kingdom break and dethrone all unjust structures that have become part of God’s holy temple. Let your kingdom come and let the church purify itself from all defilements of body and spirit and to perfect in holiness out of reverence for your name O Lord.
Let your kingdom come in our midst so that in our time our churches will not be monuments but movements of people empowered by the Holy Spirit. Let your kingdom come so that our churches will not be historical relics but rather places of power, healing, Hope, restoration and spiritual worship.
We pray for Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Our rector Christoph, Ian, our pastoral team, PCC and all leaders of your church in all places:
‘Lord pour thy Spirit from on high
And thine ordained servants bless
Graces and gifts to each supply
And cloth thy priests with righteousness’ Amen 🙏🏿
Lord in your mercy hear our prayers

The Well: Monthly (Second Monday of the Month), 8pm

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.” Psalm 127.1

A prayer gathering on the second Monday of the month

  • Worship
  • Pray
  • Listen to God

We are setting aside time to let God speak to us and to bring our needs and the needs of the world to him.

Digging a well takes some effort, even lowering a bucket and pulling it up again does. But it’s worth it when we then drink fresh life-giving water.

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37–38

Our next dates:

Monday, 13 December 2021
8.00-9.30pm
On Zoom – please contact our church office for the login details.

There will be no Prayer Gathering in January!

Monday, 14 February 2022
8.00-9.30pm
St Mark’s Church Hall, Denham Green

NO NEED TO SIGN UP – SIMPLY COME AND JOIN US!

‘Help us be heard’: The plight of Afghan Christians driven increasingly underground

The Christian church in Afghanistan is becoming increasingly hidden, according to the charity, Release International.

It says Christians are now fleeing the cities for more remote areas in a bid to remain unseen by the Taliban regime.

There are believed to be fewer than 10,000 Christians still in the country after the Taliban regime took control last month.

Read the full story here…

BBC Report: Young more likely to pray than over-55s

Young people in the UK are twice as likely as older people to pray regularly, a new survey has found.

Some 51% of 18 to 34-year-olds polled by Savanta ComRes said they pray at least once a month, compared with 24% of those aged 55 and over.

It also found 49% of the younger age group attend a place of worship every month, compared with 16% of over-55s.

The associate director of Savanta said the numbers could reflect the move to online worship during the pandemic.

Chris Hopkins added that there were “a few theories” as to why young people made up such a large proportion of the religious landscape.

“Firstly, as the demography of the UK changes, minority faiths do tend to have a larger proportion of practising young people, and therefore as the population of these groups increases within the UK, so will the prayer habits of the population at large,” he said.

He explained it was important to “factor in the impact the pandemic has had on the ability to engage with one’s faith” with virtual prayers and services being held online.

“It is possible that the pandemic opened up more avenues to prayer to young people, and this is reflected in the findings,” he said.

Click here for the full story…

Prayers Friday 24th September 2021

Pray for attentiveness to what truly matters, without being distracted by trivial things.
Pray for opportunities to learn something new regularly.
Pray for discernment of how God would like you to set your priorities and the ability to focus on them consistently to fulfill His purposes in your life.
Pray for the grace to be able to rest, become aware of God’s presence, and enjoy it.
Pray for strong relationships with other people in the bond of a loving community.
Pray for peace in all situations, no matter what the circumstances.
Pray for an enlivened imagination that helps you contribute to the world in creative ways.
Pray for freedom from all that burdens you – past mistakes, fears, destructive habits, hurts other people have inflicted, and more.
Pray for joy , comfort and a sense of humor.
Pray for confidence in God’s love for you and trust in His power to work things out for the best in your life.
Pray for a clear mind and the ability to clearly communicate what you value to others.
Pray for openness to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
Pray for a genuine awareness of God’s grace in your life and the humility to extend grace to others.
Pray for a passion to pursue justice.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers !

Prayers Friday 17th September 2021

Give thanks for the success of our Patronal festival and for all who organised it. Thank God for the good weather He gave us within those two days.
Pray that our God in His infinite goodness and mercy will nurture every new relationship built with our unchurched members of our community in the course of this festival, that He will fan every spark developed into flame.
Give thanks for the commitment of the church in England and the world at large to the marginalised,  for its faithfulness to the gospel and its witness to the gospel’s power to change and save lives.
Pray for young families who are finding it difficult to come to church, that God will fill in any gaps in their lives and strengthen their faith.
Pray for the church in its mission to preach the word of God and its commitment to speak in languages and dialects its hearers will understand,  pray that God’s great commission will be honoured and the gospel will be heard all over the world.
Pray for the church leaders to have faith and courage in the face of difficulty, especially in this current climate, that they may find strength to suffer with Christ and be changed into his likeness.
Pray for places of education that they may seek to broaden the minds and skills of those who seek to learn and offer a vision of a fairer world.
Pray for places of employment that they may be free from discrimination and prejudice, that employer and employee may work together to ensure fairness for all.
Lord on your mercy, hear our prayers

Prayers Friday 10th September 2021

Today we remember St. Mary’s festival coming up this weekend

Let us thank the Lord for His goodness to us as a parish in ages past and in the years to come.
We pray for all who have served this church in various capacity through the years that are past and for those serving currently in His continuing worship and witness in our own day.
Pray that God will accept our thanksgiving for what He has done, take our lives as we dedicate them anew to your service.
Pray that God will Prosper our endeavours to further his gospel and kingdom in the days to come.
Pray for good weather on Saturday and Sunday and that all that will come will joyfully be part of this great celebration. May this festival be a blessing to our community.
Pray that all who will be involved in any way will have renewed strength and deeper encounter with you as they serve you and our community.
Lord, thank you for your constant goodness in our lives and for making your home in us. Thank you for offering us a whole new life with you. Help us to recognize you as you break forth into our lives, into our community . Show us your glory, and help us put all of my hope in you.
Lord, We trust that you will keep us in perfect peace as we meditate on all that you have done for us whether it cost us to lament or to laugh.
Open our eyes to see you. Open our ears to hear you. Open our hearts to receive you. Open our minds so that we can understand and discern your will. Help us to welcome the new things that you want to do in us .

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers

Prayers Friday 3rd September 2021

Thank you, Lord, for your constant presence in my life. Thank you for giving me a body that reveals your glory. Fill me with greater affection for you as I  surrender all of my life to you.
Stir up my hope and expectation for the day when I step into the fullness of all your promises. Lord, I want to glorify you in all that I do. Renew and re-create in me whatever feels tired and used up. Help me to recognize and acknowledge the big and little miracles you have done in my life.
Give me the courage to persist in my prayer, even as you give me the peace of knowing that you will work things out for my good. Help me to put you first each day, so that I can find my home with you.
Holy Spirit, I need your wisdom and self control so that I can stand firm. Transform my thoughts, intentions, and actions by your grace. Take my life, and mold it into your image. Take me by the hand, and lead me through the open doors. May my worship today, bring me closer to you and make me reflect more of your character. Amen.
Good morning.

Have an amazing day GOD bless us all