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 Church St Botolph

Prayer for the Week

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A Prayer for Easter

Almighty and Eternal God,

Roll away the stone

of despair and hopelessness

that the light of Jesus Christ may shine

into the darkness

to bring joy and warmth again.

Roll away the stone

for those still stuck at Good Friday,

those whose strength is failing through ill-health,

those whose spirits are flagging through depression,

those whose determination

is being sapped by the pressure of life.

Bring the joy of Easter day to all

that everyone can see the light

and share in its good news

Adapted from a prayer by the Very Right Rev. David Arnott.

A Prayer for Ukraine Prayer:

God of all peoples and nations,Who created all things alive and breathing,United and whole,

Show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence.

We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia,
Every child and every adult.
We long for the time
When weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares
When nations no longer lift up sword against nation.
We cry out to you for peace;
Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety.
Comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones
Be with those who are bereaved.
Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
And a passion for justice to prevail
and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
Creator of all hear our prayer
And bring us peace.
Make us whole.