St Peter’s places prayer at the centre of all that we seek to do, seeking to encourage all believers to grow in prayer and offering many different opportunities to do so. We promote individual prayer; some perhaps using a little book of daily reading and reflections, for other people Common Worship Daily Prayer is helpful. Others enjoy using Celtic Daily Prayer. Many web-based resources offer a daily liturgy. Morning prayer is said, in church, each day, by the clergy. Evening prayer is said regularly by the clergy, wherever they find themselves in the late afternoon. Evening prayer on a Sunday usually follows the Book of Common Prayer. Prayers of Intercession, (prayers for others) include prayers for the church, the world, our community, the sick, those who have died and to mark the anniversary of a person’s death. A prayer list is kept on the lectern and people are prayed for by name during our Sunday services and our Wednesday morning service. All people of the church are encouraged to contribute prayer requests and to offer to do so for those they meet in daily life. Prayer requests may be sent via this web site address to: info@stpetersmonkseaton.org.uk.     St Peter’s Local Ministry Development Team has recently been formed and has begun to meet for times of prayer and study. Our Healing Prayer Group meets in a variety of homes on the second Tuesday morning each month. Those on our sick lists are prayed for at this morning, as well as other requests for prayer. St. Peter’s Mother’s Union meet on the 2nd Monday each month at 2pm and begin their meeting with a short service. St. Peter’s Women’s Fellowship meet on the last Monday each month at 2pm and begin their meeting with a short prayer. St Peter’s Sunday School meets each week and those who attend are helped to explore what prayer means and how to pray.

 

Intercessions by
Pamela Hood
Heavenly Father, creator of a universe full of wonder and many still-hidden
mysteries. Help us in our modern, sometimes confusing and fast changing world to
pause and reflect on your glory and unending grace and in the stillness to listen, like
Samuel, for your voice speaking to us alone.
Enable this church to do your will
Make it vulnerable that it may speak with calm humility;
Make it outward looking that it may care deeply
Make it a community of peacemakers and bridge builders
In the midst of turbulence let the church make space
for the hearing of your still small voice.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Keep us from being preoccupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to
increase them at the expense of justice.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate the discord and violence
that exists in the world around us.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens
of others.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled.”
Make us thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread your influence
in our private lives and in society.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.”
Free us from our senses and our evil desires, and help us to fix our eyes on you.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”
Aid us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world.
Lord Jesus, you said,
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice,
for the kingdom of heaven in theirs.”
Make us willing to suffer for the sake of right rather than to practice
injustice; and do not let us discriminate against our neighbours and oppress
and persecute them. Amen