Two Prayers for the New Year

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Gathering Prayer
Loving God, as we gather today in this place,
We thank you for your unfailing love.
We pray that we may be rooted and established in your love.
We pray that we have power, together with all the saints,
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge –
that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of you.

Morning Prayer
Sometimes, Lord, it seems
my faith is mere gravel flying against the wind
of lovelessness and pain.
Yet You have chosen and placed me here;
laid Your grace deep within my being
used my fragments in Your kingdom-building plan.
I pray, Lord, that today
even my shakiest stones
might be a safe place for others to tread.
In Jesus’s name. Amen

From http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/worship/starters_for_sunday/january
(for 17 January 2016) (Webmistress’s note: I see this source page is no longer available.)

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Resources from Rosalie Sugrue

ten playsRosalie Sugrue is a prolific producer of resources for small groups, children, worship services, women’s fellowships, and the like, and just recently sent us a list of some of the results of her labours, together with an invitation to contact her if you have a need for resources such as devotions, prayers, games, skits or Bible puzzles.  In the meantime, here is her list of Resource Leaflets and Scripts already available from various sources, at very reasonable cost.