Vestry Prayers

Sanctuary — Eleanor Nash, USA

The doors open the doors close *behind us, the world *before us, sanctuary *and the stillness of God Be prayer quiet Share quiet Shore up the noisy clanging *in your soul *on your lips Allow God to find you *bind you up *in [God’s] peace Unwind your spirit Let it float *on the song of […]

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Loving God, Vestry Prayer — Joan Smith, UK

Loving God, We clear our minds and open our hearts to you. [pause] Be with [name of worship leaders and preacher] as they bring the message in ways which allow you to speak through their words to bring a spark of understanding and inspiration to our congregation this morning. May the prayers and music lift […]

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New Year vestry prayer — Christine Haines, UK

Inspiring God, As we enter this New Year fill us with your love and energising power, so that our worship may be filled with gratitude for our many blessings in the past, and full of hope for a safe and fulfilling future. Amen One might substitute ‘move through this year’  for ‘enter this New Year’.

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Prayer before Preaching — Ana Gobledale, Zambia

God, prepare me. Proclamation Channel Instrument Prepared yet overtaken Connection Identification ‘That’s me!’ Mouth of God Beyond words translated Interpreted Confirming purpose and usefulness Use me, God. Keep me humble. Use me beyond my perceived limits. Today may I be on fire With your spirit With your word Consumed yet refined Given yet received Blessed

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Advent vestry prayer — UK

Bless us this advent Sunday. Thank you for the joy we find spending time with one another as the excitement of Jesus’s birth becomes infectious. Bless us and those taking part in the service and give them courage, peace and strength to overcome any nerves. Let us celebrate this special Sunday together as the family […]

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Open our eyes — Heather Pencavel

An Opening Prayer   (might be used as the basis of a vestry prayer) Open our eyes, ever-present God, To see you here and now in this place and in one another. Open our ears, Word of Life, To hear you speaking in the words we hear and say and sing and in the silence. Open […]

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Speak to us — Fiona Crowther, UK

Eternal One, we give thanks for the people who gather here to worship this morning. From the youngest to the oldest, let our ears be open to hear your word and our eyes be opened to see what needs to be done. Speak to us that we might find insight, forgiveness and freedom and help […]

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God of surprises, a vestry prayer — Fiona Crowther, UK

Almighty God, who always surprises us, we pray that all who are worshipping here today are inspired and energised by the words they hear and by feeling your presence and love. We pray that everyone leaves today feeling they have learned something, received something and given something.

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As we come together — Meg Abel, UK

Loving God, as we come together to meet you today we take a few moments to focus on you. We bring before you all those who are gathered here. In our diversity may we be as one and offer you fitting worship and praise.  

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Speak to us, Vestry Prayer — Fiona Crowther, UK

Eternal One, We give thanks for all the people who gather here to worship this morning And for all the effort that has gone into our church activities this past week.  [If a special event has taken place, e.g. a festival, mention it here.] May our efforts inspire all who visit our church. This morning […]

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We come today as your church — Barbara White, UK

We come today as your church. May each person feel welcomed and supported by our love and prayers. We pray for those who are unable to join us today because they are unwell, have other commitments, or are with family and friends. May they still know of your love for them, and your constant presence […]

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On this day — Vicky Tonkin, UK

On this day, in this place, we thank you for the lives that we have and the many paths you guide us on.  We thank you for all the memories and people that comfort us, challenge us and support us along our way.  And we hope that we can support, challenge and comfort others on […]

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Creator God, vestry prayer — Fiona Crowther, UK

Creator God, we thank you for the time and effort of our congregation and friends over the last week to reach out to people in our local community. We give thanks that we are able to meet together today to praise you, to worship you and to hear your word.  Be with us when we […]

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