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God our saviour,
look on this wounded world
in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

Psalm 85:8
2 Peter 3:13

This Collect makes us think of the world and its problems by describing it as 'wounded'. When we say this prayer we are asking God to help us remember and act upon the values we live by - the Christian values found in the Bible.
(Collect for use during Trinity)

Father of all,
you have given us your Son to be the Saviour of the World.
Welcome us your children into your kingdom to enjoy your presence now and for ever.
Amen.

Matthew Chapter 13

This prayer would work well at Christmas but it is also about God's kingdom which Jesus speaks about in Matthew's Gospel. What does it mean to be children living in this kingdom.

Eternal God, we offer our thanks that through our earthly lives you speak of your eternal life. We rejoice in the wonder of creation, the gift of human life and the many blessings that our relationships bring. Renew in us the fruits of your Holy Spirit; that love, joy and peace may abound in our homes, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Galatians 5:22
(King James Bible)

In this prayer there are many ideas about God and the way that Christians understand what the Holy Spirit does for families and relationships.

Lord God,
your Son left the riches of heaven
and became poor for our sake:
when we prosper save us from pride,
when we are needy save us from despair,
that we may trust in you alone;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Isaiah 2:11
Romans 12:16
Psalm 130

In this Collect we are asking for God's strength to follow the example of Jesus so that we do not become proud when we have plenty - when we 'prosper'. We also ask God to 'save us from despair' or give us hope, when we are in need. The end of the prayer reminds us that when we ask these things we need to remember the value of trust, especially trust in God.
(Collect for use during Trinity)

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

The value of thankfulness is important in this Collect. We are asking to remember the goodness and grace of God shown to us in the things that Jesus said and did. Because of this we ask that the value of thankfulness might 'grow'. How can we make sure that our values grow with us as we grow up?
(Collect for use during Trinity)

God give us grace to follow his saints in faith and hope and love; and may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.
Amen.

Psalms 30:4 (King James Bible)
Ephesians 1:18 (King James Bible)

A very suitable prayer for the time of All Saints/All Souls. This prayer is actually a 'blessing'. If it was spoken by a priest he or she might change the word 'us' to 'you'.

God, you are everything to us, giving us life, filling us with love, and setting us free from sin that we might live in you.
Accept the work of our hands this day, take our lives, give us your peace and renew us in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:14

This is an excellent offertory prayer - in which we ask God to accept our work. It would go well in celebration worship where the work of the week is celebrated.

May God himself, the God of peace, make us perfect and holy, and keep us safe and blameless, in spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Amen

1 Thessalonians 5.23

This short prayer is very personal. In it we bring ourselves completely before God, body, mind and spirit.
What do the words body, mind and spirit mean to you?

God our Father, 
your Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord.
Amen.

Matthew 5:14, 16

A prayer for Christmas which has a lovely theme of light within it. We can see in this prayer that the 'light' of God is seen through the things that we do and say.
Illumine means 'make clear' or 'shine on'.

Son of Mary, Son of God, we have joined the worship of the angels; may we never lose that heavenly vision. Like the shepherds, we have rejoiced at the news of your birth; help us to proclaim that message in word and deed, to your praise and glory.
Amen.

Psalm 148:2
Luke 2:13-15

A Christmas prayer which works well towards the end of an act of worship. The words 'Son of Mary, Son of God' are about Jesus.

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