Parish of the Itchen Valley
Day of Prayer
for the parish and our new rector
Thursday 6th November
‘The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4.5b-7)
‘Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’ (Matthew 18.19-20)
Praying is the most important thing we can do during the vacancy. With the interviews now planned for 11th-12th November, we are holding a special day of prayer to thank God for his faithfulness to us during the vacancy and to pray for the appointment process. It is good to pray for these things in our private prayer times but also to join with others to pray.
How can you take part?
- Commit to pray on the hour throughout the day – pray as God leads you or you might like to use the prayer below
- Arrange to meet with some friends to pray or pray with your family
- Join with others at midday prayers at St Mary’s, Easton
- Come to Compline in St Swithun’s, Martyr Worthy at 8pm
What can you pray for?
- Give thanks for God’s faithfulness to us as we wait for our new rector
- Give thanks for all those who are working hard to keep our church life going
- Pray for the appointment process: may God be glorified in it
- Pray that the appointment process would result in God’s will being done and his choice of rector being appointed
A prayer for the day
Loving heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness to your church in the Itchen Valley. Thank you for all those who work so hard to serve you by serving us. We pray for the appointment process for our new rector, asking that you would govern the hearts and minds of all involved. Speak clearly through your Holy Spirit so that your will may be done and the right person be appointed. For we ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For further information contact Revd Rebecca Fardell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
telephone: 01962 809264