Sunday 22nd August 2021
Ephesians 6: The Armour of God
We cannot gather in person this week, due to the Level 4 lockdown. Hamish has recorded his sermon, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/hhvNY63D9jo, and Anne’s sermon can be found on our News page.
The prayers for this week are on the theme of “putting on the armour of God”. You might wish to use them as a framework for your own prayers today.
Almighty God, thank you for providing us with spiritual armour
so that we may withstand temptation and gladly serve you and others.
When our faith is tested, help us to rely on the armour you have given us.
We put on the belt of truth.
We desire that truth and justice will be experienced by people in our community, our country and throughout the world.
We pray for those who suffer when truth is distorted or willfully abandoned.
Help us, and all your Church, to live with integrity as we seek to follow Jesus,
the Way, the Truth and the Life.
We put on the breastplate of righteousness.
We give thanks for all people who seek to do what is good and kind and right,
whether at home, in the workplace, or in positions of wide influence.
We pray that you will protect and strengthen them in their endeavours,
by the power of your Spirit.
We put on shoes of readiness to proclaim the gospel of peace.
Teach and equip us to be bearers of your peace, O God.
Protect and bless people who are peacemakers,
especially those working in dangerous situations at this time.
We hold the shield of faith.
Today we think especially of Christians who are persecuted or treated unjustly
because of their faith.
We pray for all people who are feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges,
and for those whose faith feels fragile at this time.
In silence we bring before you people who have asked for our prayers
and situations of particular concern.
We wear the helmet of salvation.
Loving God, we recognise our need for forgiveness and renewal
and we pray that people who are burdened by regrets or shame
may turn to you and find healing within your church.
We hold the sword of the Spirit.
God, strengthen us so that we may stand firm at times of testing,
and always be ready to share with others the love and grace we have received.
We ask these things through Christ our Lord.
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