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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)

Dear Almighty God, our source of safety,
we thank you for our gracious Queen and her role in our country.
Please can you bless our beautiful Queen and keep her safe and strong for the rest of her life
so that she can continue her glorious reign.
Through Jesus Christ our living friend and king.
Amen.

Micah 5:4 (Queens did not happen very much in the Old Testament)

A Collect for the Queen's 90th birthday. Her actual birthday is April 21st, there are to be national celebrations at the time of her official birthday 10-12 June.

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'.

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Acts 2:1-12
Eph. 2:8

John 20: 19-23

This Collect recalls the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when flames appeared on the heads of the disciples after a great wind from heaven had blown through their house. Breath is often used as a way of describing the Spirit of God. Christians believe that through the things God has done, and is doing, the world will be renewed and the kingdom of love and peace will be established.
(Collect for the Day of Pentecost)

God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit equip us to serve and worship you now and always.
Amen.

2 Timothy 1:7

This prayer gives us a way of understanding what Christians believe the Holy Spirit does in our lives. 'Transforming' or 'changing' us, leading us and equipping us with skills and strength to serve God. 'Equipping' is a way of saying 'giving'.

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)

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth:
grant that in our earthly pilgrimage we may ever be supported by this fellowship of love and prayer, and know ourselves surrounded by their witness to your power and mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

2 Corinthians 13:13
Philippians 2:1

In these words we pray for the community of Christians - those who live in a 'fellowship' which is held together by Christ and the values he teaches us.

God of compassion,
through your Son Jesus Christ you have reconciled your people to yourself.
As we follow his example of prayer and fasting, may we obey you with willing hearts and serve one another in holy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 86:11
Isaiah 58:6

In these words we remind ourselves of two important things about Christian belief. Firstly that the life, death and resurrection of Christ are essential for bringing us close to God and secondly that to stay close to God we must follow the example of Jesus.

Almighty God,we thank you for the gift of your holy word.
May it be a lantern to our feet,
a light upon our paths,
and a strength to our lives.
Take us and use us to love and serve all people in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

2 Timothy 3:16

This is a prayer of thanks for the Bible and describes it as a gift, a lantern and a strength. The second part of the prayer is about what we should do because of the values that the Bible teaches. Sometimes Christians talk about the Bible as 'scripture'.

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