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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 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)

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)

We stand before the throne of God with countless crowds from every nation and race, tribe and language.
Blessing and glory and wisdom,thanksgiving and honour, power and might be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Revelation 7.9, 12
Romans 2:10
Jude 1:25

A lovely inclusive prayer which celebrates the many people living in the world. The second part of the prayer is a call of praise to God which reminds us of the call of the crowds on Palm Sunday and is a picture of the worship of the saints and angels in heaven, in which we share.

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.

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.

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'.

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 of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

John 4:14

In this prayer we think of our lives as a journey. On this journey we need many things to 'refresh' and 'sustain' us. God gives us 'living water', Jesus talks about this in John's Gospel.

Risen Christ,
you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
help us to seek and serve you,
that we may join you at the Father's side,
where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Acts 1:1-10

The story of the Ascension is a bit like the story of Christmas backwards. In this story Jesus who rose from the dead ascends to heaven taking our human nature with him, just as he brought God's nature with him when he was born. The second part of the collect asks what many prayers ask, that we can all have God's strength to help us follow the example of Christ until we too come to heaven.
(Collect for Ascension Day)

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