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Thanksgiving

Merciful Lord, we offer thanksgiving for answered prayer, for renewed hope, for improvement and more comfort, for recovery and healing in body, mind and spirit; for changed circumstances and challenges overcome.

We offer thanks for those who, professionally, in families or as friends care for the sick, recovering or suffering loved ones and neighbours; grant them courage and health.

 

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Healing

Divine Physician, heal and save us. Pierce our afflictions. In particular, we pray for many who have had their treatments, appointments, procedures and operations postponed and suffer from the anxiety of waiting. We lift to You those trapped in pain, loneliness, dependency and hopelessness. Grant the spirit of hope and peace in the hearts of families, counsellors, social workers, nurses and carers of those who suffer.

 

Lord, thank you for guiding us

Almighty God, we thank You for the help You have given us so that we can stand before You, rejoicing in the certainty of faith. We thank You for guiding and leading our lives and for letting us see a goal ahead. Be with us in times of silence and hardship when we seem to be alone. Keep us strong and steadfast through all the turmoil of life. Help us to remain unshaken, united in faith, for You walk with us holding us by the hand.

Merciful Father, grant us to be more gracious, more merciful, more loving and more forgiving as we follow the example of Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Grant us the presence of the Holy Spirit to share Your peace with all around us and to trust in You alone, author and perfecter of our faith.

Lord, our God, we lift to You our supplications with thanksgiving for blessings and opportunities of joy and fellowship. O Lord Jesus, we pray for harmony and unity in Your church, for peace amongst Christians in this period of Lent. May our churches remain sanctuaries of peace, love and comfort in safety as we enjoy public worship.

 

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Prayers for the world

O Counsellor God, grant the leaders of the world wisdom and understanding, humility and honesty, courage and justice better to serve their peoples. Heal our nations and bring about reconciliation in communities and within families.  We join in prayer for the nations of the world; standing together against the pandemic, uniting in prayer for all who care for others, who assist others, who work for others and who offer hope for a better future. We pray in particular for poor countries across the globe.

Lighten the burdens and suffering of those under dictators and those exposed to corruption and violence. We ask for Your gracious intervention in our inner cities and underprivileged areas where gang warfare, illicit trading, cohesion and crime are rife to the detriment of families and communities. Bless all who offer alternatives.

 

Prayers for medical research, hospitals

Lord of mercy, we thank You that medical research continues to seek better vaccines and improved treatments for Covid and it variants. We pray for protection, strength and blessings for all in the medical field, all hospital and emergency personnel and their families. We bring to You the vulnerable, the elderly, the handicapped, the mentally ill, the isolated and the afraid; may they be surrounded by compassion and patience. We pray especially for those who have ill and suffering loved ones or elderly parents faraway and who cannot bring them the comfort of their presence, love and care. Grant them peace and patience in their distress.

 

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Prayers for the environment, God's creation

O Jesus Saviour, forgive us for not caring as we should for all the works of Your hands. Give us the vision and energy to actively preserve our natural resources and to safeguard the weak and fragile around us. We pray for all victims of natural disasters, in particular those due to seasonal inclement weather; earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as well as those disasters caused by human activity and greed. We thank You for those coming to the rescue of victims and continuing to assist places of devastation medically, with infrastructure and in reconstruction.

 

Prayers for poor, the suffering

Lord of compassion, we lift to You the poor, the excluded, the destitute and the victims of other epidemics, like Ebola as well as the serious worldwide economic disaster. Grant patience to adhere to restrictions and to continue to protect ourselves and others. We pray especially for children and young people and their families.

O Lord of mercy, grant justice and opportunity to all victims of crime and exploitation, may we combat and conquer prejudice and inequality. We pray for those in the grip of war, terror and famine. We thank You for those seeking to bring relief and offer hope, like the charities supported by Chap-Aid. Bless the peacemakers. Grant peace to our embattled world, we pray.

 

Rest in Peace

Gracious God, as we remember before You the millions who have died the world over due to the pandemic, surround us and all who mourn with Your everlasting compassion. Be gentle with us in our grief; protect us and all the bereaved from despair and give all of us the grace to persevere and to face the future with hope and trust in Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord. Grant those in sorrow Your Peace and Solace. Amen.

 

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Pastoral Care available to those in need

Pastoral Care is an important aspect of our mission. We have a vibrant Prayer Chain which features the names of those who have asked for our prayers. (contact Nellie Salvi on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We also publish a monthly Prayer Diary featuring prayer for the different sectors and events taking place around the Chaplaincy. We provide counsel and support by reaching out in love, by formulating a realistic programme to equip individuals with the necessary skills and resources as the first step in establishing a Christian Listening network and a Christian healing ministry.

 

A prayer for meetings

Dear Father, We thank you for everyone gathered here now. Thank you that you know each of us by name and have caused us to walk with You. We say that we are dependant on You and our trust is in You completely. As we surrender ourselves in adoration we ask that You would come by Your Holy Spirit and inspire our hearts today. Come fill our lives with Your love, fill our conversations with Your grace and truth, fill this meeting with Your presence. We ask this for Your glory and praise. Amen.

 

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ICS news and prayer update

ICS ministry is to people who speak English, partnering with new and long-established congregations in Europe, North Africa, South America, the South Atlantic and South East Asia. ICS also provides Resort Mission in holiday destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean.

What matters to ICS is seeing people encounter new life in Christ. We are about mission! We value the Bible as our guide and authority, we value integrity and excellence in all that we do, we value partnership and seek to work with others whenever possible, we value ministering at the frontiers and we value volunteers. This unique combination makes ICS who we are today.

These are unique times, ICS stands for 'Mission and ministry, in English for everyone'. Please stand with us as we develop the amazing opportunities before us.

View the latest CS Prayer Update video here (Feburary 2021).

We give thanks for the work done around the world by those involved in the mission and ministry of the ICS, and pray for specific intentions featured in this quarterly Prayer Diary.