Cycle of Prayer: 20-26 November

Reading this week's prayers is Canon Richard Kirlew. He is Lead Chaplain at Salisbury Livestock Market, ministering to farmers and market staff alike.

To hear Richard read the prayers follow @DioceseofSalisbury.

To see this November-December's cycle of prayer.

20 November

Father God, 

We thank you today for Upper Kennet in the Marlborough Deanery and its Clergy: Maria Shepherdson, Licensed Lay Minister : Sibella Laing, Lay Pastoral Assistants Graham Kitchen, Claire Stiles and Alison Andre. We also pray for Lay Worship Leaders: Anghared Hughes, Magnus Thompson. And for Lay Pastoral Assistant: Alison Andrew, specifically for her work at a local care home with the dying and bereaved. We thank you and pray for the 5 PCCs as Upper Kennet move to combining into a single PCC and Parish. We pray for those who find this difficult and for wisdom and gentleness in forming into an effective united team. 

Thank you for the new Head Teacher Katie Mallinson at Kennet Valley VA school and for our community as we mark a year in December since the death of Headteacher Emma Russell. 

We pray your blessing upon the staff and students at Broad Hinton CE VC Primary School And Kennet Valley CE VA Primary School


21 November

God of all, 

Today we pray for Marlborough in the Marlborough Deanery and its Clergy: Chris Smith, Pete Sainsbury, Mark Philps, Henry Pearson, Jeremy Cresswell, David Maurice. We pray also for Licensed Lay Minister: Sarah Musgrave and Licensed Lay Minister in training: Louise Seddon. We pray for St Mary’s Marlborough; St George’s, Preshute and St John the Baptist, Mildenhall. Together as a team we proclaim Christ’s love to the 10,000 residents of Marlborough.

We thank God for the recent ‘merger’ with the local Methodists, who now worship with St Mary’s. They bring much life and fellowship. We pray that God’s mission continues in this town. We pray for a flourishing in the growing children’s ministry. We pray for the Christmas exhibition ‘The Gift’, that it will reach and engage the local community.

Malborough’s mission statement has been ‘Making Jesus Known’ for 25+ years and we thank God for his fruitfulness. We pray for the staff and students at Marlborough St Mary's CE Primary School and Preshute CE VC Primary School


22 November

Lord Jesus, 

We pray your blessing upon Whitton, Marlborough Deanery and its Clergy: Beth Hutton, Deb Larkey, Sue Rodd. And for Licensed Lay Ministers: Tony Eyles, and Jackie Hollander. We pray that as we journey with Jesus and one another we may make him known in our six communities, including four primary schools and two nursing homes. May the Holy Spirit nourish us with faith, hope and love as we respond to the needs of our rural communities. 

We pray for the staff and students of Aldbourne St Michael's CE VA Primary School Baydon St Nicholas CE VA Primary School Chilton Foliat CE VA Primary School In our prayers for the Episcopal Churches in South Sudan and Sudan: we pray for the Rt Revd Paul Modi Farjala, Bishop of Terekeka in South Sudan.


23 November


We Thank you God for Pewsey Deanery and its Rural Dean: Gerald Osborne and Lay Chair: Philip Smith. We pray for all who will be coming to our churches and other events and all who we meet in the run up to Christmas, That through all we do we may be making Jesus known We pray for our church congregations as we discern further what Making Jesus Known means for each of us and our communities following our recent Deanery Day. 


24 November

Everlasting Father Thank you for Savernake, Pewsey Deanery and its clergy: Michael McHugh. We pray your blessing upon him and the community. We pray too for the staff and students of Collingbourne CE VC Primary School Great Bedwyn CE VC Primary School Savernake St Katharine's CE VC Primary School Shalbourne CE VC Primary School


25 November

Creator God, 

We raise to you Vale of Pewsey, Pewsey Deanery and its Clergy: Rhona Floate, Mark Windsor, Ann Massey, Gerald Osborne, Robert de Berry. Licensed Lay Ministers: Anne Mantle, Libby Turner. We give thanks for the participants in the recent Christianity Explored course and those preparing for confirmation. We pray they will continue to grow in their love and knowledge of God. We also pray also for the appointment of a Half-Time Team Vicar to focus on Community Outreach & Mission, and for the interview process later this week. 

We pray you bless and guide the staff and students of Oare CE VC Primary School Rushall CE VA School Woodborough CE VA Primary School


26 November

Our Lord and our God, 

Thank you Father for the Dean of Jersey, The Very Revd Mike Keirle We give thanks for a full complement of Clergy in the Deanery for the first time in six years and for the new Clergy in St. Mary, St Martin and St. Peter as they settle in.  Please pray for Jersey’s own discernment process of "Making Jesus known" as we contextualise the wider Diocesan vision for our Island  with its particular needs in the coming months.  In November we also celebrate the first anniversary of the formal welcome given to Jersey in Salisbury Cathedral at an Evensong a year ago and we give thanks for the ever deepening relationship with our attachment to the Diocese.  Please pray especially for the wider community as we grapple with the major issue of "Assisted Dying" in the political arena, as it will come before Jerseys parliament in the new year. In our Anglican Cycle of Prayer: we pray for The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)


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