Welcome to this page which we hope the community at All Saints’ will use to enable them to draw near to God and to one another.
We would love your comments and suggestions for future devotional resources. You can write to email@example.com or complete the SUGGESTION FORM at the foot of this page.
Devotions work best when you can find a quiet space; one where you feel comfortable; ensure you have some uninterrupted time (around 30 minutes) so you can focus on your prayer life and spend time in the presence of your heavenly Father.
Perhaps you can light a candle or place a cross in a prominent place, or sit in a chair with a garden view, anything which inspires thankfulness and a prayerful attitude.
After a few moments quiet, you might say this prayer, preferably out aloud:
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
We start with acknowledging the great faithfulness of our loving God.
Sing along with worship leaders, Lloyd and Rosemary Griffiths by clicking on the video:
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided —
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
© 1923. Ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188 www.hopepublishing.com
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Now spend a few moments reflecting on these verses, read by Rosemary, which contain precious promises, made by Jesus to His disciples:
John 16 v33 –“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 14 v27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Silent reflection – Consider the precious gift of peace that God is offering you. Give thanks to Him for His peace. Out aloud pray a blessing of peace on three or four people you want to pray for, saying ‘The deep peace of Jesus be with NN today’
Join in this wonderful version of Psalm 23 which reminds us that in Jesus, we have not just a gracious Lord and wonderful Saviour, but also a companion who cares and guides us through our life’s journey.
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want;
He makes me lie in pastures green.
He leads me by the still, still waters,
His goodness restores my soul.
And I will trust in You alone,
And I will trust in You alone,
For Your endless mercy follows me,
Your goodness will lead me home.
He guides my ways in righteousness,
And He anoints my head with oil,
And my cup, it overflows with joy,
I feast on His pure delights.
And though I walk the darkest path,
I will not fear the evil one,
For You are with me, and Your rod and staff
Are the comfort I need to know.
Stuart Townend Copyright © 1996 Thankyou Music (Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you God that you are unchanging, compassionate and loving. We bring you our thoughts and prayers, rejoicing in the knowledge that you hear our prayers and answer. We pray for the leaders of nations at this time, for clarity and wisdom, and resourceful compassionate governance.
We remember before you all those who are working to support those who are sick or vulnerable at this time, and all the key workers who are keeping the nations running. We pause before the Lord and bring the names of those we know.
We pray for family, friends, neighbours and all in our Church community. We name before the Lord, those we know who are unwell or fearful or isolated and alone.
Lord God, help us to be faithful in prayer, and support in prayer all the people we bring before you, day by day,
We remember all those who across the world, are working as missionaries or aid workers, not forgetting that the threat of the pandemic will add to their burden of work that may already be difficult and dangerous.
We pray for Church leaders around the world at this time. For wisdom and a sensitivity to your Spirit’s prompting and to the needs of others. Help every leader to shepherd their flock with your love and compassion, naming before those leaders we know, leading churches and congregations locally and around the world, especially Charlie, Sarah and their family.
Lord, as we conclude these prayers, we pray that where there is darkness we will be your light, where there is fear or distress, help us to bring your hope and love, and we say;
Say this prayer, and in your mind’s eye, see the faces of our church members who share this prayer with you:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all, now and forever.
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