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A Handy Prayer Guide
A member of the congregation has suggested using this guide to prayer based on our hands, clasped in prayer.

Look at your thumb
Pray for those who are nearest and dearest to you; for those who live with you or near you; and ask God’s blessing on them

Look at your first finger
Pray for all those who are in positions of authority; for those who run businesses, schools and churches.  Pray for peace and a reduction in the pressures of working life and the tensions raised by the pandemic.

Look at your middle finger
Pray for those who have great authority; they have great responsibilities and need all our prayers
Look at your ring finger
Pray for all those who are weakest members of our community and our world.  This is your weakest finger, and this reminds us to pray for those who need extra help and for those who are weakened by illness.  Pray too for all who care for the sick, the elderly and the dying.

Look at your little finger
Pray for yourself and your problems and concerns and ask God to guide you and comfort you in these difficult times.

Unclasp your hands
As you do so, thank God for all he has given you and listen for a moment for the words he wants you to hear.