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Deanery prayer during coronavirus
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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For those who are ill
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
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
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 the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Diocesan Prayer Diary
Saturday 6th June. Ini Kopuria, founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945. Christ Church, Appleton-le-Moors; St Gregory, Cropton; St Chad, Hutton Le Hole; St Mary, Lastingham; St Lawrence, Rosedale Clergy: Vacant; Churchwardens: John Larney, Moira Taylor, Anthea Read, Janet Richardson. We give thanks for Bishop Bill Godfrey’s ministry amongst us, and pray for God’s blessing on the future of the parishes following his recent retirement. We give hearty and humble thanks for the ministry of David and Christine HaddonReece, and also for all our churchwardens and those who lead. Diocese of All Saints Cathedral Diocese (Kenya). Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit (Primate).
Sunday 7th June. Trinity Sunday
Bishopthorpe Palace The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu. We give thanks to God for all He has done through the ministry of Archbishop Sentamu. We pray, as his time in office comes to an end, that God would shower His blessings upon Archbishop Sentamu, and Margaret, and that they would be assured of His love and good purposes for them. We pray for their continuing ministry as they enter this new chapter of life, and for the team at Bishopthorpe in this time of transition. Pray for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico. Archbishop Francisco Moreno, Presiding Bishop of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico and Bishop of Northern Mexico.
8th June. Thomas Ken, bishop, nonjuror, hymn writer, 1711
St John, Allerston; St Mary, Ebberston; St Hilda, Ellerburn; All Saints, Thornton Dale; St George, Wilton; Thornton Dale CE Primary Clergy: Vacant; Curate: The Revd Sally Gough; Retired clergy: The Revd Canon Alan Payne, The Revd Peter Lear; Churchwardens: Mary Bell, Keith Simpson, Liz Cowley, Sandra Lear, John Dunning. Please pray for those ministering in the benefice in this time of uncertainty, that the Church would be a beacon of hope and light to those in our parishes and that God would refresh and encourage His people. Diocese of Amazon (Brazil). Bishop Marinez Rosa Dos Santos Bassotto.
Tuesday 9th June. Columba, abbot, missionary, 597. Ephrem, deacon, hymn writer, teacher of the faith, 373
St Gregory’s Minster, Kirkdale; St Hilda, Beadlam; (LEP) St Saviour, Harome; All Saints and St James, Nunnington; St John the Baptist, Pockley Clergy: The Revd Susan Binks, The Revd Ken Gowland (Methodist); Retired Clergy: The Revd Bill Page; Lay Reader: Margaret Timbrell; Churchwardens: David Trill, Gordon Mellor, Stuart Outram, Jane Clive, Alastair Stewart, Rachel Blizzard; John Ashworth; Ryedale Secondary School, Nawton Community Primary School, Welburn Hall School for Special Educational Needs; Omega Barn Residential Care Home, Beadlam. We give thanksgiving for the beautiful flourishing of ‘love of neighbour’ in all aspects of community life across the Benefice. We are especially grateful to all the pubs, restaurants and farm shops that are sourcing and delivering essential supplies, with special regard for the vulnerable. We are so grateful to all key workers and those who work in the NHS and social care in our communities. We pray for our schools—staff and pupils—at the start of a new term, that they may look with confidence to the future. We pray that, as a Church Community, we may come alongside all who mourn, those who are ill, the anxious and the fearful, that we may bring them hope and soothe their fears. We give thanks to God for the renewed awareness of the beauty of creation, which in these times sustains and strengthens us all. Diocese of Amichi (Nigeria). Bishop Ephraim Ikeakor.
Wednesday 10th June.
All Saints, Helmsley; St Mary Magdalene, Eastmoors; St Mary, Rievaulx; St Chad, Sproxton Clergy: The Revd Tim Robinson; Associate Priest: The Revd Anne Jenkins; Reader: Lucy Willshaw; Churchwardens: Annika Dowson, Anne Rutter. Please pray for the Parish of Helmsley: its Church of All Saints; daughter churches of St Chad, Sproxton; St Mary Magdalene, East Moors; and St Mary the Virgin, Rievaulx. We give thanks for the dedication and work of our Associate Priest, Reader and Churchwardens. As we explore different ways of being Church at this time, so may we know the presence of God and continue to share His love. Diocese of Amritsar (North India). Archbishop Dr Pradeep Samantaroy.
Thursday 11th June.
St John, Bilsdale Midcable; St Michael, Cold Kirby; All Saints, Hawnby; All Saints, Old Byland; St Mary, Scawton Clergy: The Revd Tim Robinson; Assistant Curate: The Revd Helen Rawling; Churchwardens: Jo Briggs, Honor Wright, Ben Houghton, Chris Barnard, Elizabeth Settle, Dorothy Garbutt. O Creator God, who has made us to live together, to love one another and to love the land on which we live: we pray for our community, that we may have the grace and strength to persevere through this difficult time when we are separated from our loved ones and we thank you for the new ways that we have all found to come together. We thank you for the beauty of our landscape and a successful lambing season. We pray for those who have suffered loss and grief at this time, that they may be comforted. Diocese of Andaman and Car Nicobar Islands (North India). Bishop Christopher Paul.
Friday 12th June. Barnabas the Apostle
St Michael, Edstone; St Nicholas, Bransdale; St Mary, Farndale; St Aidan, Gillamoor; All Saints, Kirkbymoorside Clergy: The Revd Mark Brosnan. We give thanks for our fellowship and for God’s faithfulness. Please pray that we would continue to stay connected to each other and grow in holiness and love for God, for each other and for the world. Diocese of Ankole (Uganda). Bishop Sheldon Frederick Mwesigwa.
Saturday 13th June.
Archbishop’s Adviser and Coordinator of Pastoral Care The Revd Andrew De Smet. Pray please for Andrew, for his confidential counselling/psychotherapy, spiritual direction and mediation work, and for the training and meetings he is involved in, as well as all those offering spiritual direction and counselling in the Diocese. Pray too for those struggling as a result of illness, bereavement, isolation, anxiety or burnout after the last few months. Diocese of Newcastle (England). Bishop Christine Hardman.
Sunday 14th June. 1st Sunday after Trinity.
Wydale Hall, the Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre, aiming to be ‘a prayerful community renewing the Church’s mission’ Manager: Mark Rance. Please pray for us as we grapple with the challenges of the enforced closure of the Hall due to Covid-19, and as we seek the Lord for His provision and His guidance going forward. The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma). Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon.
Monday 15th June. Evelyn Underhill, spiritual writer, 1941.
Southern Ryedale Deanery Area Dean: The Revd Chris Wingfield; Lay Dean: Sue Teal. Please pray for the Deanery of Southern Ryedale, its ministers of all denominations, communities, places of work and schools. Pray for the peace of Christ to be with those who are lonely, anxious or in mourning at this time. We give thanks that the Holy Spirit infuses our initiatives of creativity, selflessness and kindness and pray that these will continue to grow the Kingdom in this place. Amen. Diocese of Antananarivo (Indian Ocean). Bishop Samoela Jaona Ranarivelo.
Tuesday 16th June. Richard, bishop, 1253. Joseph Butler, bishop, philosopher, 1752
St Andrew, Rillington; St Martin, Scampston; St Hilda, Sherburn; All Saints, Thorpe Bassett; All Saints, West Heslerton; St John the Baptist, Yedingham; St Peter, Wintringham; St Edmund, Knapton; St Andrew, East Heslerton; Sherburn CE Primary; West Heslerton CE Primary Clergy: The Revd Joe Kinsella. Please pray for all the churches and schools in our villages, that they would be enabled by God’s power to care for those in need and to demonstrate the love of Christ in word and in deed. Diocese of Antsiranana (Indian Ocean). Bishop Theophile Botomazava.
Wednesday 17th June. Samuel & Henrietta Barnett, social reformers, 1913 and 1936
Malton and Old Malton Clergy: The Revd Glyn Diggins; Multiply Minister: Hendrik Klaver; Retired Clergy: The Revd Canon Simon Wright, The Revd John Dawkins; Churchwardens: Sue Galley, Helen Morgan, Connie Clark, Alan Young. We thank God for our fruitful outreach to the community’s young families who are now regular worshipping members of our church family. We ask for vision and guidance for our Multiply Minister as he works to build relationships with those in their 20s to 40s. We also pray that God will bless our local Community Primary School as it continues to support children from challenging home lives. Diocese of Aotearoa (Aotearoa NZ & Polynesia). Archbishop Don Tamihere.
Thursday 18th June. Bernard Mizeki, martyr, 1896
St Peter, Norton Clergy: The Revd Rachel Hirst; Curate: The Revd Ben Gunter; Retired Clergy: The Revd David Woollard; Churchwardens: Jane Wingrove, Neal Cullis. Please pray for the leadership team as the parish goes into vacancy as they plan ahead. Pray too for activities currently on hold, that we may have wisdom to know how to begin again, and for our older members who have found lockdown so isolating, as well as for the mental health of all in our community. Diocese of Argentina (South America). Archbishop Gregory James Venables.
Friday 19th June. Sundar Singh, sadhu (holy man), evangelist, teacher of the faith, 1929
St Botolph, Bossall; St John the Evangelist, Buttercrambe; St John, Howsham; St Michael, Crambe; St Lawrence, Flaxton; All Saints, Foston; St Mary, Gate Helmsley; St Mary, Sand Hutton; St Peter, Upper Helmsley; St John the Evangelist, Whitwell; Foston CE Primary; Sand Hutton CE Primary Clergy: The Revd Chris Wingfield; Retired Clergy: The Revd Rachel Benson; Reader in Training: Dr Ian Lyall; RPA: Rachel Baker; Churchwardens: Jane Herbert, Mari Richards, Delyth Harran, Graham Baker, Mary Dennison, Dorothy Martin, Ida Terry, Wendy Holman, Karen Armitstead, Pam Ashworth, Janie Bell; Assistant Churchwardens: Ellen Stott, Judy Stephenson, Gill Littlejohn. Please pray for our Benefice of Harton, its churches, communities and schools. Pray for the peace of Christ to be with those who are lonely, anxious or in mourning at this time. We give thanks that the Holy Spirit infuses our initiatives of selflessness and kindness and pray that this will continue to grow the Kingdom in this place. Amen. Diocese of Niger Delta West (Nigeria). Bishop Emmanuel Oko-Jaja.
Saturday 20th June.
St Martin, Bulmer; St Peter, Dalby; St Margaret, Huttons Ambo; All Saints, Terrington; St John the Evangelist, Welburn; Terrington CE Primary; Terrington Hall Preparatory School Clergy: Vacancy; Focal Minister: Alison Hutchinson; Churchwardens: Jeremy Bleasdale, Helen Ashdown, Charles Ward. Please pray that our communities may continue to work together as they are doing during this particularly challenging time and for those working to support and care for others as well as those staff working weekends at the Hub School. Pray especially for our church communities, especially church officers, retired clergy and our new Focal Minister. We pray for the opportunity to discover new ways of working together, especially those that are kinder on the environment and for those whose lives have been touched by Covid-19. Please hold in prayer those who are anxious, that they may find the comfort, support and peace they need. Amen. Diocese of Arizona (The Episcopal Church). Bishop Jennifer Reddall.
Sunday 21st June. 2nd Sunday after Trinity.
St Helen, Amotherby; All Saints, Appleton-le-Street; St Michael, Barton-le-Street; Coneysthorpe Chapel; All Saints, Hovingham; St George the Martyr, Scackleton; All Saints, Slingsby; Hovingham CE Primary; Slingsby Primary; Amotherby Primary Clergy: The Revd Martin Allwood; Churchwardens: Dr Jane Richardson, Sir William Worsley, Robin Lacy, Roland Firby, Ann Wilson, Sue Sutermeister, Alison Hunter, Barbara Borrett. Please pray for continued strength and wisdom to meet the needs of our isolated and ageing community during this difficult time of the Covid-19 virus. Pray also for guidance as to what will be the best way forward, as lockdown restrictions are eased, so that we can make the most of the opportunities given to make a new start. Pray for the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). Archbishop Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria and Bishop of Abuja.
Monday 22nd June. Alban, first martyr of Britain, 250
Castle Howard Chaplaincy Chaplain: The Revd Douglas Robertson. Please pray for The Howard family, and for all who work on and who visit the estate. Diocese of Arkansas (The Episcopal Church). Bishop Larry Benfield.
Tuesday 23rd June. Etheldreda, abbess, 678
St John the Baptist, Acklam; St Mary, Birdsall; All Saints, Burythorpe; St Andrew, Langton; St Nicholas, North Grimston; All Saints, Settrington; The Venerable Bede, Leavening; St Mary, Westow; Settrington CE Primary Clergy: The Revd Stephen Walker; Deacon: The Revd Margaret Hall; Retired Clergy: The Rt Revd James Jones, The Revd Bill Ankers, The Revd Carolyn Henson, The Revd Veronica James; Churchwardens: Elaine Jones, Katie Scott, Linda Illingworth, The Hon James Willoughby, Naomi Cox, Judith Wilson, Nigel Ingram, Carol Richardson, Judy Conn, Lord Middleton, John Cleverly, Jeremy Durant, Judith Pearson, Simon Hogge; Langton Primary and Leavening Primary. Please pray for our parish as we continue worship through our website and Zoom, and the local schools, especially as they continue to provide childcare and home school resources during the Covid-19 outbreak . Diocese of Armagh (Ireland). Vacant.
Wednesday 24th June. Birth of John the Baptist. Ember Day
St Peter, Helperthorpe; St Andrew, Kirby Grindalythe; St Mary, West Lutton; St Andrew, Weaverthorpe; St Mary, Wharram le Street; Weaverthorpe CE Primary Clergy: The Revd Andy Bowden. In a time when all are suffering, we give thanks for those small acts of kindness in the Wolds Valley, done with such love. We also give thanks for our Bible study group that has over twenty members and is exploring passages by emailing questions and answers around the group. Please pray for our weekly Skype Church that people will be nourished in their worship of God. Finally, please pray for those in our communities that we are not reaching, that God’s light and love will find its way into the most isolated in our communities. Diocese of Armidale (Australia). Bishop Richard Lewers.
Thursday 25th June.
Diocesan Office Canon Peter Warry, Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive. With many of the Diocesan Office staff furloughed in recent weeks, please remember them and their families as well as those who have worked remotely to support our parishes through these challenging times. Diocese of Arochukwu/Ohafia (Nigeria). Bishop Johnson Onuoha.
Friday 26th June . Ember Day
2020 Deacon Ordinands We pray for those due to be ordained deacon in York Diocese and elsewhere this year, that the beginning of their ministry in parishes may be marked by joy, hope and prayerful service. We pray also for their families and the communities in which they will be serving. Diocese of Asaba (Nigeria). Bishop Justus Mogekwu.
Saturday 27th June. Cyril, bishop, teacher of the faith, 444. Ember Day
Bishop of Bradford The Rt Revd Dr Toby Howarth. Please pray for Bishop Toby and his team as they lead the Diocese in this time of uncertainty, hardship, grief but also opportunity. Please pray for wisdom, compassion and imagination as they seek God and serve the people and churches of the Diocese. Diocese of North Central Philippines (Philippines). Bishop Nestor D. Poltic.
Sunday 28th June. 3rd Sunday after Trinity. Proper 8
Bradford Cathedral The Very Revd Jerry Lepine. Uniquely in the Church of England, we are one of the three cathedrals in the Diocese of Leeds. We give thanks to God for 2019, our Cathedral Centenary, a superb year, and pray for wise decisions about future planning in the light of Covid-19, as well as rising to the financial challenge. The united Church of North India. Archbishop Prem Chand Singh, Moderator of CNI and Bishop of Jabalpur.
Monday 29th June. Peter and Paul, Apostles
Sheffield Cathedral The Very Revd Peter Bradley. We are a cathedral in the heart of the City of Sheffield. We ask for prayer for the Cathedral Archer Project, which ministers to the homeless and we give thanks for the opportunity to work in collaboration with other agencies in these difficult days. We pray for all the commercial, financial and industrial organisations in the city centre as well as for the theatres and the arts, with which we have a particular relationship through chaplaincy work. Diocese of Athabasca (Canada). Bishop Fraser Lawton.
Tuesday 30th June. DEL week 13
Diocese of Sheffield The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox. Please pray for Sophie Jelley, Bishop of Doncaster designate, Javaid Iqbal, Archdeacon-designate of Doncaster and Katie Bell, new Diocesan Secretary, as they take up new ministries in these strange circumstances. Please pray that we will all keep in step with the Spirit as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis to a reconfiguration of church across the Diocese. Diocese of Atlanta (The Episcopal Church). Bishop Robert Wright.