Who Loves you
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.
And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10 v29-31
There are many reasons God saves you:
to bring glory to himself
to demonstrate his sovereignty
to show his grace.
But perhaps the best reason is because he loves you. He likes having you round.
He wants to spend eternity with you.
If God had a fridge, your picture would be on it.
If he had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
God sends you flowers every springand a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk to him, he’ll listen.
He can live anywhere and everywhere in the universeand he chose your heart.
God loves YOU!
Max Lucardo in A Gentle Thunder
There are many ways we can find guidance for our personal prayers.
We have a cycle of prayer so that week by week we pray for all the streets in the parish. Details are found on the weekly bulletin.
The Diocese publishes a Cycle of Prayer and here too you will find a link to that of the Anglican Communion. All ways in which we can remind ourselves of the world around us and its need for our prayers.
Recently the Diocese of Manchester has launched the Transforming Prayer Community Sign up here
The website says:
Prayer is both simple and profound. It changes us and the world. It moves us to action and stirs us out of our complacency.
When we pray repeatedly, publicly and privately, there is a slow conversion of the heart to the priorities of God. Grace seeps into the fractures and failings of our humanity, as well as into the hopes and longings of the soul.
Our Transforming Prayer Community is our diocese-wide community that seeks to connect and reconnect us with this simple vocation to pray.
Our prayer community is an invitation to simplicity, to growth and change, and to an adventure in which we will discover more about God’s priorities and equip us to be his Body in a world of need.
All that we ask you to do is make a daily commitment to say:
1. The Lord’s Prayer
2. Our Diocesan Prayer of Thanksgiving and Hope
3. The Prayer for your local area.
Members may be individuals or churches. There are daily updates also easily found on Facebook - prayers and a weekly short reflection
If you have a favourite prayer, or have written a prayer you are willing to share with others please send it to us and we will publish it here (with or without your name, as you wish).