Prayer for Turkey and Syria from the Iona Community

Lamenting God
We weep with those who mourn,
groaning in disbelief as the earth is shaken to its core.

Searching God
We pray for the hands that dig through rubble,
pausing in silence, moving stones to recover the lost.

Mothering God
Lay a blanket of calm over the torn land,
steady the ground over which our siblings stand.

Sheltering God
Comfort those who shelter under canvas,
Who find no warmth in the valley of death.

Discerning God
Grant wisdom to decision-makers, prompt our hearts to
generosity, and our spirits to prayer.

Prayer

"To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but a gift to receive. Above all, therefore, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God's promises and find hope for yourself, your companions and the whole community in which you live. In prayer you encounter God in the soft breeze, in the distress and joy of your neighbour and in the loneliness of your own heart."

Henri Nouwen

 

Prayer is simply talking to, and listening to God. It is the life blood of the church. So, a foundational part of our life together as a faith community is praying for one another. Those who are ill or dying are always remembered in our weekly intercessions - listed on our weekly pewsheets. Please get in touch with our rector, Stephen Hazlett, if you would like to add names, even just the first name of either yourself or someone you would like us to pray for.

In the body of the church you will find a prayer tree. Whether you are a regular member of the church or an occasional visitor, please use it, add to it, any prayer you would like to be brought to God.

 

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen."

Ephesians 3:20-21