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Prayers for

May  2021

Healing Prayer Fellowship has moved online. The members of the team circulate prayer request by email to each other and then at 9.30am on Wednesday morning the team pray from their own homes for everyone who has contacted them during the week.

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Deanery prayer during coronavirus
Faithful God,
In this time of anxiety and uncertainty,
may your love be known more widely than any illness;
and may we remember that
your compassion is deeper than our distress,
your hope is brighter than the darkness that is upon us,
and may our loved ones, our neighbours,
and all those who worship in churches across our deanery
be bound together with your bonds of love and faithfulness,
that, together, we may rejoice in your gifts and graces.
In Jesus Christ we pray.

Prayers about the outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

For those who are ill
Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

From one who is ill or isolated
O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

For stillness
Compassionate God, as our physical freedom is diminished, our activities decreased and our movements restricted, help us to find stillness in our souls and bodies. Help us not to be overwhelmed by fear of what might be, but still our souls, as you stilled the storm on the sea of Galilee to calm the fears of your disciples. Give us courage to shelter in the ark of your love, until you bring us all, once again, to the security of the dry shore.

A prayer for those forgotten

Gentle God, as the world is distracted by our current situation help us not to forget the plight if those in need. Hear our prayers for those who live in war zones those dispossessed, for those who continue to suffer for lack of food or clean water. For those whose tears are not seen, and whose cries are not heard, Lord have mercy. 


The Jesus prayer

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, shine your mercy upon us; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Diocesan Prayer Diary

Saturday 15th May.
St Leonard’s Hospice, York
Spiritual Care Lead: The Revd Abi Davison.
This has been an unimaginably tough year and our staff have responded with everything they have to
care for patients and their families. I know our staff would ask you to pray for our patients, but please
can I ask you to pray for our staff too? We give thanks for the vaccination programme.
Diocese of Central Busoga. The Church of the Province of Uganda.
Sunday 16th May.
7th Sunday of Easter.
Sunday after Ascension Day
All Saints and St Andrew, Huntington, Earswick and New Earswick
Clergy: The Revd Ian Birkinshaw, The Revd Chris Park, The Revd Judy Lindsey; Youth and Pioneer
Leader: James Simister; Children’s and Family Worker: Sarah Griffiths; Ordinand: Dan Thomas; Parish
Administrator: Alison Walters; Churchwardens: Liz Barker, Alison Hodgson, John Farrall.
Pray for the Lord’s guidance as we emerge from Covid restrictions and decide which services and
activities we should resume, reinvent or launch. Pray for ‘Presence’, our new online worshipping
community (part of the diocesan ‘Multiply’ initiative), led by James Simister.
The Anglican Church of Korea.
Monday 17th May.
York City Centre Churches: All Saints, Pavement with St Crux and St Michael, Spurriergate; St
Denys; St Helen, Stonegate; St Martin, Coney Street; St Olave with St Giles
Clergy: The Revd Liz Hassall, The Revd Derek Earis, The Revd Kingsley Boulton, The Revd David
Simpson, The Revd Dave Hobman; Retired Clergy: The Revd Canon Malcolm Grundy, The Revd Stephen
Griffith, The Revd Brian Harris, The Revd Sue Rushton, The Revd Gwynne Wright; Readers: Janet Fox,
Jose Knowles, Peter Wells; Churchwardens: James Finlay, James Ratcliffe, Charles Kightly, Paul Bray,
Margaret Hammersley, Anthony Hammersley, Jane Lockley, Ben Pugh, Paul Towers.
Pray for businesses and charities within the City Centre, especially One Stop, SASH and others working
with St Denys’ parish; those whose education has been disrupted; those living on the streets or
needing food banks; all working in tourism; our churches to recover (spiritually and financially) and to
equip ourselves to serve Christ.
The Diocese of Butare. Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda.
Tuesday 18th May.
Holy Trinity, Micklegate, York
We give thanks to all who support the church during the interregnum – the many retired Priests, our
Churchwardens (Adam and Mark), and Pastoral Assistant, Mark Kingaby-Daly. We ask for God’s
blessing on our outreach to the community and our work supporting the Community of St Mary in
Diocese of Butere. The Anglican Church of Kenya.
Wednesday 19th May.
Dunstan, archbishop, monastic reformer, 988
St Paul’s, Holgate, St Barnabas, York; St Paul’s CE Primary; St Barnabas CE Primary
Clergy: The Revd Paul Millard, The Revd Matt Woodcock; Readers: Monica Dunham, Adrian Church;
Churchwardens: Dan Wilkinson, Roy Gibson, Lesley Nicholls, Tony Wilson; Retired Clergy: The Revd
Derek Bailey, The Revd Chris Key.
We give thanks for a developing partnership between the two churches through our online
worship. Please pray for our families who haven’t been able to engage as they normally would because
of the pandemic, and for our PCCs as we recruit new members in April. Pray for reconnecting when we
are allowed to. Pray for the Senior Leaders and staff as they continue to cope with the challenges of the
pandemic. Pray for the health for all pupils and their engagement during this difficult year.
Diocese of Buye. The Anglican Church of Burundi.
Thursday 20th May.
Alcuin, deacon, abbot, 804
St Mary, Bishophill Junior, York
Clergy: Vacant; Churchwardens: Graeme Thomas, David Wilson.
St Mary Bishophill Junior, York is glad that our worshipping community can gather in person again.
The church is in vacancy and we pray that we will soon have a Priest-in-Charge. Meanwhile, we give
thanks for the ministry of Canon John Rendall, Canon Clive Everett-Allen and Bishop Glyn Webster.
Diocese of Byumba. Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda.
Friday 21st May.
Helena, protector of Holy Places, 330
St Hilda, Tang Hall, York
Clergy: Vacant; Churchwarden: Geraldine Casswell; Retired clergy: The Revd Paul Wordsworth, The
Revd Canon David Casswell; Reader: Olive Wordsworth,
St Hilda’s is in interregnum and aware that the previous part-time post will not be renewed.
Please pray as we explore links with nearby churches, keep the vision of reaching out locally – and aim
to plant the Gospel ‘tang’ in Tang Hall.
Diocese of Calabar. The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
Saturday 22nd May.
St Luke, Burton Stone Lane, York
Clergy: Vacant, The Revd Liz Carrington, The Revd Nick Sykes; Churchwardens: Colette Longbottom,
David Titterington-Cook; Clergy with PTO: The Revd Dr Greg Hoyland, The Revd Canon Alastair Dunn,
The Revd Dr Andy Village; Reader: Lynn Comer.
Pray that the whole community of St Luke’s thrives in love and fellowship.
Diocese of Calcutta. The (united) Church of North India.
Sunday 23rd May.
Pentecost. Whit Sunday
St Lawrence with St Nicholas, York; St Lawrence’s CE Primary
Clergy: The Revd Adam Romanis.
We give thanks for the many viewing our livestreams and pray for shielders, who may not find it easy
to return to church. Please pray for our preparations for welcoming a new student population (we
hope), arriving in the area in the autumn; for student members of our congregation discerning their
vocations; and for our school, where we aspire to be “caring, considerate, and courage

Monday 24th May.
John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, hymn writers, 1791 and 1788
All Saints, North Street, York
Clergy: Vacant; Churchwarden: Jill Marshall.
We pray for the resumption of worship in the building when possible, and for all in our community
who are in need.
Diocese of Caledonia. The Anglican Church of Canada.
Tuesday 25th May.
The Venerable Bede, monk, scholar, historian, 735. Aldhelm, bishop, 709
St Thomas with St Maurice, Lowther Street, York
Clergy: The Revd Al Rycroft.
We would value prayer for wisdom as we gradually move back to worshipping together in the
building. We want to be open to new things God may be doing, and we hope to maintain new
connections made during the lockdowns – especially with some new families.
Diocese of Calgary. The Anglican Church of Canada.
Wednesday 26th May.
Augustine, archbishop, John Calvin, reformer, 1564. Philip Neri, founder of the Oratorians, spiritual guide 1595
St Chad; St Clement, York
Clergy: The Venerable John Day.
Thanksgivings for how the two church communities have grown closer together during lockdown
and prayers as we look to the future for worship and mission across South Bank together. We see
great potential for growth but ask for prayers to discern where the Holy Spirit is leading us.
Diocese of California. The Episcopal Church.
Thursday 27th May.
St Peter’s School, York
Chaplain: The Revd Daniel Jones.
We pray for all in our school community who have been affected by the pandemic, particularly those
who have been ill or bereaved, and we pray for a safe and happy way back to full operation.
Diocese of Northern California. The Episcopal Church.
Friday 28th May.
Lanfranc, monk, archbishop, scholar, 1089
University of York St John
Chaplain: The Revd Jane Speck.
York St John University is a small university with an Anglican foundation. The university has five
Schools: Arts; Education, Language and Psychology; Humanities; Science, Technology and Health;
and the York School of Business. We have campuses in York and in London. The University
Chaplaincy consists of one full-time Chaplain (The Revd Jane Speck), two part-time Chaplaincy
Assistants (Julie Funnell and Katherine Buckland), and one part time PA (Sarah Mills). We give
thanks for the creative, resilient and inspirational ways in which we have coped as a university
community throughout the pandemic. We pray for students and staff whose mental or physical
health has been affected; for those whose courses have been disrupted, and for those who are
anxious about returning to campus.
Diocese of Cameroon. The Church of the Province of West Africa.
Saturday 29th May.
Diocese of York Network of Vocation Advisers
Please pray for our team of vocation advisers who work with those who wish to explore their
vocation, whether it be a lay ministry, religious life, Reader ministry or ordination. The team
operates under the care of the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and is coordinated by The Revd Nick
Bird. Pray that all those who follow Christ will discover a way to live into their vocation.
Diocese of El Camino Real. The Episcopal Church.
Sunday 30th May.
Trinity Sunday
Newcastle Cathedral
Dean: The Very Revd Geoff Miller.
In May 2021, the £4m capital works of our Common Ground in Sacred Space draw tantalisingly close
to completion. We turn our attention to reopening the Cathedral and, through radical welcome,
witnessing to God’s immense love for our city and Diocese. Pray that we may be bold, gracious and
faithful to our calling.
La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico.
Monday 31st May.
Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
Diocese of Newcastle
The Rt Revd Christine Hardman.
Give thanks to God for the ways in which our churches have served their communities throughout
the pandemic. Pray for the current re-ordering of our Cathedral, St Thomas’, our Resource Church,
the appointment of a new Archdeacon of Northumberland, and the next steps of our Diocesan vision
of ‘growing church bringing hope’.
Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn, The Anglican Church of Australia.