From the Diocesan and Deanery Calendars of Prayer:
· Church buildings: with thanks for all who strive to maintain their beauty and historic importance in each community, and as places of refuge and peace for visitors; seeking guidance to know how best the living Church members may worship in and outside church buildings in the work of sharing faith and hope in our communities.
· Residential and Care Homes in Chard, Ilminster, Hambridge, Hatch Beauchamp, Churchinford, Horton Cross. For the happiness and safety of residents and the strength and grace of staff and visitors. For peace and rest. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-9)
· God of Creation, help us to enter your presence through all the glorious creativity that you have given us so that we can pray to you not just in words but in all that we are and do.
· Loving God, we pray for all the younger children and families across the diocese, may they know something of God’s love resting on them and their households today.
We also pray for those we know who are sick, and those we don’t know, including those we are asked to pray by name for:
Bishop Peter Hancock; Hannah Knott; Rob Allen; Lynne and Bruce Applegarth; Phyllis Baker; Margaret Bandy; Sue Bennett; Sue Cheese; Terry Conway; Nick Frankau; David Goodwill; Mike Heywood; Joy Howard; Ann Jarvis; Frank & Celia Long; Peter McHugh; Diana Rowlands; Ann Ricketts; Jim Tucker; Rosemary Walley; Rosemary Walton; Vivien Wheaton; Alan Wills, Anna Woodward; Pamala Young; Milly granddaughter of Jane & Alan Rudkin; Gillian Muggeridge; Chris Gould; Brian Griffiths; Peter Hathway; Dorothy Down; Brian Turner; Max Woehrle; Michael Mutch; Kelvin Yendell; Winnie Barge; Dina Nicholls; Fi Lillington; Izzie Luty-Wells.
We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and pray for all those bereaved. We remember Caroline Mayall (Thorncombe), and hold her family and friends in our prayers.