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Audrey’s daughter, Judith, chose this North American Indian prayer to be read at her funeral.

 

Earth teach me quiet – as the grasses are still with new light.

Earth teach me suffering – as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility- as blossoms are humble with beginnings.

Earth teach me caring – as mothers nurture their young.

Earth teach me courage -as the tree that stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation – as the ant that crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom – as the eagle that soars in the sky.

Earth teach me acceptance – as the leaves that die each fall.

Earth teach me renewal – as the seed that rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself – as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness – as dry fields weep with rain.

Judith Gibbons

 

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A Prayer for Walking the Way

 

Lord of all,

as you walked this earth sharing love, grace and mercy,

we pray that we will place our footsteps in yours

and walk where you lead

as we live out your life in our daily living

for Jesus’ sake.

Amen

 

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A Prayer for March

Lord, it is not always easy to pray for things outside ourselves.

Why are so many people bent on evil things ?

But Lord, the number of good people far outweigh the bad and I pray that the good people continue to pass on their good example.

Bless all who are kind, loving their neighbours and following your example or at least trying to.

Give them peace, especially those in the wider world.

Bless those nearer to home in our country and bless the people close to us here in Broadway.

May they also know your constant and abiding love.

Bring us all in our village churches closer together and this we ask in the name of your Son , our Saviour.

Amen

 

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PRAYER FOR THE MONTH

Lord God, we give you thanks for the year which has passed.

We thank you for the many ways you have touched us in moments of happiness or distress.

We thank you for the people who matter to us, who have given  themselves to us and through whom you have been present to us in their love.

We thank you for your church, the community of faith in whose company we have journeyed, whose friendship we value, whose  challenge we welcome and whose wide boundaries are not defined by time, space or death.

As we move on now into a new year, give us grace to leave behind our regrets and our failures and any sense of guilt, to let go of the past with gratitude and to leave in your hands the future in faith, to live each moment in joyful discipleship in the company of him who is always Emmanuel, God with us.

AMEN