Benefice of Derwent Ings

Prayer Focus

October 2019

There is a certain amount of uncertainty around this month. Perhaps Brexit will happen at the end of it; perhaps it won’t. And more locally, our vacancy begins as Ian and Helen leave for their new parishes. Relax! God’s knowledge is perfect and his purposes never fail, so let’s trust him for the present and the future alike.

The recruitment process for a new Rector is not clear at this point, but let’s be praying already for God to working in the heart and mind of the person who will be just right to take the work on. Pray too for all those who will carry more of a burden within the parishes during the vacancy.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall
into the heart of the sea,
though its waters foam
and the mountains quake
with their surging.
from Psalm 46

Our harvest services take place in these two months. As we give thanks for all God’s gifts, let’s remember with gratitude those who work, in so many ways, so that we may have the things we need and many luxuries.

Farming is beset with more than its usual uncertainty and pressure at the moment, so let us persevere in prayer for all working in agriculture, and the charities who help those in need.

Thank you, Lord, for all your good and perfect gifts. Thank you for all the imperfect people who have brought these gifts to us – farmers, labourers, packers, traders, scientists and many more.
We, too, are imperfect – never sufficiently grateful, always taking things for granted. Please help us to realise the astonishing abundance that we have and to be humble and content with it, and generous to others from our plenty.      Amen.

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