World Day of Prayer


I know the plans I have for you

Please keep England, Wales & Northern Ireland in your prayers
Hands

Hands

Hands

Christ has no body but ours,
No hands, no feet on earth but ours,
Ours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Ours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Ours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Ours are the hands, ours are the feet,
ours are the eyes, we are his body.                                    St Teresa of Ávila 1515-1582
 
A Prayer of Confession

Almighty and ever-faithful God

Jesus used his hands to heal; to lift up; to bless; to show kindness and tenderness in desolate lives.
Forgive us when we keep our hands at our sides when we could be reaching out in love.

Jesus used his hands to bear the burdens of others and to feed the hungry.
Forgive us when we use our hands to take care of ourselves without any thought for those who are hungry or overwhelmed with hardship.

Jesus used his hands to welcome and to include those who were considered outcasts in the society of the time.
Forgive us when we clench our fists and exclude people simply because they are different from us.

Almighty and ever-faithful God
Forgive us for our lack of compassion
Forgive us for our reluctance to reach out our hands to people in real need
Help us to accept people as you accept them, as people made in your image and precious to you.
We pray in the name of Jesus who died to pay the price for our sins and to win us our salvation
Amen
 
A Prayer of Thanksgiving and Commitment

Please look at your hands

As you do so, thank God for all the good things that your hands have done over the years – the things you have made, the words you have written, the objects you have cleaned, the games you have played…
SILENCE

Now thank God for all the other hands that have done things for you over the years – parents, husbands or wives, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbours…
SILENCE

Now thank God for kindnesses you have received from strangers: people you never knew who helped you – maybe someone who gave you a hand in the street, maybe someone who sorted out a problem for you by telephone.
SILENCE

Think about people you know who need Jesus’ eyes, hands, feet or voice this week –
Who will be Jesus’ eyes, hands, feet or voice for them?
SILENCE

Think about people you don’t know who need Jesus’ eyes, hands, feet or voice this week – the sick, the distressed, the bereaved, the rejected, the unloved, those who do not love themselves
They all need to see and to feel Jesus’ love
Who will be Jesus’ eyes, hands, feet or voice for them?
SILENCE

Almighty and ever-faithful God
Open our hands and our hearts to love as Jesus loved and to care as Jesus cared. Strengthen us to include in our prayers and in our fellowship those who feel excluded because of such things as their race, their religion, their sexuality, their gender, their age, their handicap – whatever it is that creates barriers between people.
Help us to accept people as you accept them, as people made in your image and precious to you.