A short devotion for 10th May

Call to worship

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:8-9

Prayer of praise

Gracious God, you are the rock of our lives. Your strength sustains us. Your power delivers us, your mercy brings forgiveness to us. We come to you in adoration, praising you that our whole life is in your hands – held, sustained, protected. Glory be to you, merciful Lord, glory, honour, majesty and worshiping the name of your Son our redeemer. Amen

Prayer of confession

Forgive us, loving Lord, that we have strayed from your way, for the sins we have so easily yielded too, for not listening to your voice when correcting us and pointing us in the right direction and for the offence and hurt it may have caused to others. Amen

Bible reading

  • Isaiah 26:1-6
  • John 14:25-27

Message

Click here to see the special message celebrating the end of World War 2

Prayers of Intercession

Dear God, our Heavenly Father we pray for our country and all other countries during this difficult time of lock in, may we remain united in faith and be mindful that our privileges are the blood of men and women that went in jeopardy of their lives in war. Bless Your servant Elizabeth our Queen and all the Royal Family, our Prime Minister and all in authority, grant them wisdom and guidance as they seek to lead this great nation and Commonwealth that godly prosperity be ensured. We pray for our Service Personnel that you would protect them in times of danger and enable them to fulfil their duty. For all who serve in the NHS, Care Homes and other essential services, give them the strength they need. We give You thanks for their commitment to us. We pray for the families of those who have lost loved ones and for other families of love ones in hospital and cannot visit them. Grant wisdom for our Church Family as we seek the guidance of God the Holy Spirit for the future. We give thanks for 75 years since the end of World War Two. We turn our deep feelings now into determination that as men died for peace, we may live for peace for the sake of the Prince of Peace, even Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing

May all victims of war and violence see that hope and justice spring eternal and can never be defeated; and so may God the Father, who named you, God the Son, who died for you, and God the Spirit, who carries you, be with you this day and
forever. Amen