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Prayer for 'Back to Church Sunday'

God of Grace
your love flows in abundance through your world.

You have come close, touched our pain, and fired our hearts with hope.

As now we give you thanks, and celebrate your mission to reconcile, heal and transform,
fill us with your irrepressible Spirit of love, made known among us in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen



O Holy Spirit of the living God, Spirit of truth and love, and giver of life:
Sanctify with your presence the churches of Ludlow and the surrounding villages.

Here may we be drawn into the fellowship of your kingdom and find our peace.

Here may we learn the way of truth, and find forgiveness for our sins.

Here may we rejoice to sing your praise, and encouraging and supporting one another,
witness to your loving concern for all your creation.

Day by day may we grow into holiness and find that contentment
that comes from knowing that nothing is too much when you call and empower us.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen



'Be still and know that I am God'

Thank you God that in the stillness we can be aware of your love and your power.

We thank you for the richness and diversity of our Christian life in and around Ludlow,
and pray that you will increase our understanding and tolerance of each other,
and that we may nurture and support each other whatever our creeds.

We bless you for the abundance and beauty of the land around us.
May we not take it for granted; it is yours.

We pray for our community that Christians together will grow in your love and make a real difference in the lives of people around us.
May we seek to live our lives in such a way that each person we meet may experience your love.
May we see your power changing our lives as we are still in your presence.

Amen