16 September 2020 Prayer

PRAYER & PRAISE, 16 SEPTEMBER 2020, St. Andrew’s Church

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Edward Bouverie Pusey, priest, 1882

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Call to Worship from Psalm 23, A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Hymn 316, I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live

I Will Sing Unto The Lord As Long As I Live
I Will Sing Praise To My God While I Have My Being
My Meditation Of Him Shall Be Sweet
I Will Be Glad, I Will Be Glad In The Lord

Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord
Bless Thou The Lord, Oh My Soul
Praise Ye The Lord




Exodus 14:13-14

13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”



Excerpt from Pusey sermon of 5 November 1837, Oxford


Exodus 14:13, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the Salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you to-day.

THE history of the Old Testament is the sum of all other history, Christian or profane. In it the cloud, which veils the mercy-seat as well as the pathways of Divine Providence, is withdrawn, and the light from behind the cloud flashes through, the token of the Divine presence to those who can behold it, light to His people, although to the Egyptians darkness. So marked, indeed, is the analogy of the kingdoms of unseen and revealed Providence, that men must acknowledge it one way or the other. Unless they trace it where it is less distinct, they will lose sight of it where it is most clear. Unless they explain what is less known by what is declared, they will explain away what is declared by what is obscure. Unless they make use of the light given them where they might see, it will be withdrawn from them where they think they see. Twilight, in that it has a portion of light, has a correspondence with day-break; and whoso, when the light is come, will not explain the indistinct outlines which he saw, “men as trees, walking,” by the distincter and revealed forms which he now beholds, must go on to walk in the darkness which he loves rather than light. They who interpret not what men call nature [1/2] by the Bible, will bring down the Bible to the standard of nature.

Matthew 28: 19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


MEDITATION;  Oceans (Where feet may fail)



A time for meditation:


You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep my faith will stand


And I will call upon Your Name

And keep my eyes above the waves

When oceans rise

My soul will rest in Your embrace

For I am Yours and You are mine





Almighty and everlasting God,
who called your servant Ninian to preach the gospel
to the people of northern Britain:
raise up in this and every land
heralds and evangelists of your kingdom,
that your Church may make known the immeasurable riches
of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


The Lord’s prayer


Hymn  932, Standing on the Promises


Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.



Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.


Standing on the promises I shall not fall,
List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call.
Resting in my Saviour as my All in all,
Standing on the promises of God.




My Christ, my shield, my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph.


Walk, profess, and bless as we go in peace to love and serve the Lord


In the name of Christ, Amen


Commemoration for 11 September 2020

PRAYER & PRAISE, 9 SEPTEMBER 2020, St. Andrew’s Church

This week we remember the events of 11 September 2001

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Come God

Come walk with your people

for you alone are our strength and glory


Come God

Come walk behind us, beside us, before us

for you alone are our shelter and direction


Come God

Come seek and find and put us right

for you alone are the light in our darkness


Come God

We know you are near

the sound of your footsteps sets us dancing



Hymn 449, Love Divine

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that promised rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.


Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
‘Til in heaven we take our place,
‘Til we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.



Acts 9:19b-31

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.


23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.


26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,[a] but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.


31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.


Matthew 4:3-48, Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Hymn 380, Jesus, stand among us, verse 1


Jesus stand among us

In thy risen power

Let this time of prayer

Be a hallowed space


Heavenly Father,


We look back on the world as it was 19 years ago, a day before the tragedy of 911.  Families eating together, kissing one another hello, having conversations about the day and the people who were busy executing their plan for destruction.


We commit to you those things we cannot understand. 


MEDITATION;  Release the song, Kimberley and Alberto Rivera



A time for meditation to ponder that which we do not understand.  Open up to Jesus in prayer, your own personal space for weeping and wailing for justice and peace and love to prevail.


We pray for the transformation and redemption of those who would kill and maim and hate particularly in the name of religion.


Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do





Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


The Lord’s prayer


Hymn  377, Jesus, Prince and Saviour, verses 1 & 2 (Tune Onward Christian Soldiers)


Jesus Prince and Saviour

Lord of life who died;

Christ the friend of sinners,

Mocked and crucified.

For a world’s salvation

He His body gave,

Lay at last death’s victim,

Lifeless in the grave



Lord of life triumphant

Risen now to reign

King of endless ages

Jesus lives again!


In His power and Godhead

Every victory won

Pain and passion ended

All His purpose done

Christ the Lord is risen!

Sighs and sorrows past,

Death’s dark night is over,

Morning comes at last!




Resurrection morning!

Sinners’ bondage freed;

Christ the Lord is risen –

He is risen indeed!

Jesus, Prince and Saviour,

Lord of life who died,

Christ the King of Glory,

Now is glorified!






My Christ, my shield, my encircler,

each day, each night, each light, each dark,

be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord


In the name of Christ, Amen


Prayer 2 September 2020

Morning Prayer, St. Andrew’s Church, Coniston

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Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1901, 1942


The church in Papua New Guinea has been enriched by martyrdom twice in the twentieth century. James Chalmers, Oliver Tomkins and some companions were sent to New Guinea by the London Missionary Society. They met their death by martyrdom in 1901. Forty years later, during the Second World War, New Guinea was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army and Christians were severely persecuted. Among those who died for the faith were two English priests, Vivian Redlich and John Barge, who remained with their people after the invasion of 1942 but were betrayed and beheaded, together with seven Australians and two Papuan evangelists, Leslie Gariadi and Lucian Tapiedi.


O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
    and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall laud your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendour of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your[a] mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendour of your[b] kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord is faithful in all his words,
and gracious in all his deeds.[c]
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways,
    and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfils the desire of all who fear him;
    he also hears their cry, and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Hymn: 10000 Reasons


1 Peter 4:12-end

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]

19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Matthew 28: 18b to the end

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Hymn: What a beautiful name



The heavens are roaring the praise of your glory

You have no rival

You have no equal

Yours is the kingdom

Yours is the glory

Yours is the name above all names

What a powerful name it is

The name of Jesus Christ my king

Watchful at all times, let us pray for strength to stand with confidence before our Maker and Redeemer.

That God may bring in his kingdom with justice and mercy, let us pray to the Lord



Let us commend the world, which Christ will judge,
to the mercy and protection of God.

The Collect of the day

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Hymn: We rest on thee

Alleluia.The Conclusion


Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me.

Christ beside me, Christ to win me

Christ to comfort and restore me

Christ beneath me, Christ above me

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ, Amen.



Commemoration for King Oswald

Today is the commemoration for King Oswald, the namesake of St Oswald Church in Grasmere. 
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Lift High the Cross,
is the hymn for the day which you will find at https://youtu.be/GbcBXYP4AlE

Readings include 1 Peter 4:12 to the end and John 16:29 to the end.

For Meditation consider this:

Oswald, had a vision of Columba the night before the battle, in which he was told

Be strong and act manfully. Behold, I will be with thee.[13] This coming night go out from your camp into battle, for the Lord has granted me that at this time your foes shall be put to flight and Cadwallon your enemy shall be delivered into your hands and you shall return victorious after battle and reign happily.

Oswald described his vision to his council and all agreed that they would be baptised and accept Christianity after the battle.[14] In the battle that followed, the British were routed despite their superior numbers; Cadwallon himself was killed.[8]

What words is Christ saying to you right now?  What is keeping you from listening and putting them into practice?

Today’s prayer

Lord God almighty,
who so kindled the faith of King Oswald with your Spirit
that he set up the sign of the cross in his kingdom
and turned his people to the light of Christ:
grant that we, being fired by the same Spirit,
may always bear our cross before the world
and be found faithful servants of the gospel;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Lunchtime Examen of 1 July 2020


1 July 2020, Prayers Sheet, St Andrew’s Church

https://youtu.be/74Q33UL7ugc  Hear my prayer, O Lord by Henry Purcell

  • In the quiet space, ask God to take away the load that you are carrying right now. That’s right, just give it to him.  Just for a little while.  Remember, His yoke is easy, his burden is light.

Feeling uneasy?  Feeling free yet?  Keep going, it gets better from here.

https://youtu.be/b6rVDleho-s    The Lord is my Light

  • Ask God for light.

You want to hear what he has to say to you.  This isn’t about a list you have for God.  This is about relationship.  Are you feeling the love yet?  It’s just you and Jesus.  He’s sitting right next to you.  You are not alone.

https://youtu.be/IPMA5I3-0Jw  All Things Bright and Beautiful

  • Give thanks.

Just look around and start to give thanks.  The day you are living is a gift from God.  Gratitude.  Feel the light pouring into a parched soul.  Pure joy!

  • Review the morning, yesterday or the last week.

What does the Holy Spirit have to say to you here?  Can you say that it was good?  Can you say that you learned something?  Where is God in this picture?

2 Chronicles 7:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

  • Face your shortcomings.

Face up to what is wrong in your life and in you.  Humble yourself before God.  Nail your pain to the cross.  Ask for forgiveness.  You might say the Jesus prayer here, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.’  Repeat it again a couple of times.  Feel the love of Christ.  Forgive others.  Forgive yourself. 

https://youtu.be/BvgXvbxiCfE  Thank you for saving me

  • Look toward the day to come.

Ask God to be with you in all your comings and goings.  What has he called you to be?  With Jesus by your side, all things are possible.

Now that you have spent time alone with Jesus, who do you want to talk to him about?  What cares and concerns are on your mind?  Open your heart and talk to God.  Here in Coniston, we are praying for the village, that together we will live in the light and vision of Christ.

You might need some time for silent meditation here.

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Finally, Gathering all your prayers and praises together, say the prayer that Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven. Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory Forever.  Amen.

https://youtu.be/fFz6PU2E67  The Lord Bless you and keep you