Pacific Day of Prayer

My apologies for the lateness in posting this, although it was not made available until fairly late in the process to begin with (4 May)!  If you are planning a Pacific day of Prayer in the coming weeks, this recourse may well prove very useful.

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Image result for pacific oceanCountry of FOCUS: Few of our regional countries was recently hit by Tropical Cyclones (SAMOA, TONGA and FIJI), if not included here, please do INCLUDE THEM – and despite our pain and sorrow, our struggle, we as people of the Pacific continue to celebrate our faith, we celebrate our King who is also our Savior, and we celebrate the strength and the resilience that GOD gave us in the midst of our dark, troubled times.  …

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For the complete liturgy, click here to download …


Confession and Forgiveness – an Easter prayer

We serve a risen Saviour yet live as if in chains. Forgive us, Lord that we are so hesitant to live the resurrection life. Forgive us that we fail to show through word and action the truth that you loved us into your kingdom through the glorious mystery of the Cross. Forgive us that there is still fear in our lives that prevents us from achieving our full potential. Draw us close. Open our eyes to the glory of the risen Christ, our hearts to the wonder of the Cross and our hands to the service of your kingdom where you have placed us. That your name might be glorified through our lives. AMEN.

God of resurrection
of life and death
All: Renew our hearts and minds

confession-and-reconciliationGod of promise
of all beginnings
and all endings
All: Renew our hearts and minds

God of hope
of new growth
and harvest
All: Renew our hearts and minds


Easter Resources from Linda Cowan and Joy Kingsbury-Aitken

Joy begins the newsletter from the Canterbury Lay Preachers Association …

Linda and I have assembled a resource with an Easter theme this time. As always we hope you find the collection of prayers and poems we have compiled inspiring, encouraging and useful in your personal worship and lay preaching ministry.

This resource begins with material inspired by John chapter 20, which tells of Peter and the Beloved Disciple running to the garden tomb after Mary Magdalene had reported to them that the body of Jesus was missing, followed by Mary’s encounter with the risen Christ.

Last Christmas, when my husband and I were packing our motorhome in preparation for our annual summer holiday, I popped in three books for holiday reading. One was a novel written by a good friend and former work colleague, in which she recreates the amazing story of her ancestor, who was born an illegitimate daughter of Australian convicts and rose up through the social ranks to eventually become a friend of King Louis Philippe of France. The second was a book on container gardening, and the third a Mary Magdalenebook on Mary Magdalene. Apart from this eclectic selection of reading material, I also took away with me a bronchial infection which didn’t respond to antibiotics. Consequently I didn’t do much during our holiday, including much reading.

The novel and the gardening book remains untouched, but I have completed the book on Mary Magdalene, which was a fascinating read, although I did question some of its contents.  …

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A Lenten Prayer – by Rosalie Sugrue

A Lenten Prayer

Dear God our hope is to:

Fast from unkind thoughts;  May we instead feast on love;
Fast from sadness;  May we feast on joy;
Fast from anger;  May we feast on peace;
Fast from pessimism;  May we feast on patience;
Fast from discouragement;  May we feast on faithfulness;
Fast from bitterness;  May we feast on kindness;
Fast from negativity;  May we feast on gentleness;
Fast from worry;  May we feast on goodness;
Fast from indulgence;  May we feast on self-control.

Gracious God,
during this season of fasting make us keenly aware of the feasting you offer.
Gift us with your presence, so we can be gift to others in carrying out your work.


by Rosalie Sugrue


Prayer of Intercession for Lent

The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
(Psalm 145:14)

God of love
hear the cry of those who yearn for love;
fractured families, broken homes
neglected, unwanted, alone.
God of love
ALL: hear our prayer

God of justice
hear the cry of those who yearn for justice;
persecuted and oppressed,
exploited, ill-treated, broken.
God of justice
ALL: hear our prayer

God of peace
hear the cry of those who yearn for peace;
in battle zones and broken states,
frightened, fearful, anxious.
God of peace
ALL: hear our prayer

God of healing
hear the cry of those who yearn for healing;
physical and spiritual
hurting, weakened, depressed
God of healing
ALL: hear our prayer

God of mercy
Hear the cry of those who yearn for mercy;
convicted, in need of your Grace,
contrite, humble, bowed down,
God of mercy
ALL: hear our prayer

I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
(Psalm 116:1, 2)

May you know
The peace of God
The love of God
The justice of God
The healing and mercy of God
This day and all days

The first of five Prayers of Intercession for Lent, available from

Two Prayers for Lent

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake, Amen

St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397) []


Loving Father,
all the fancy words
in the world,
expressed in eloquent prose,
decorated with emotion,
spoken with conviction,
cannot compete with a heartfelt
when all other words fail.
There are times
when we are all too aware
of our limitations,
conscious of sin,
and the distance it creates between us.
Sometimes ‘sorry’
is all the heart can bear to say aloud.
It is only you
who can read and understand
the language of our hearts,
only you who can translate our ‘sorry’
into the prayer we would have prayed,
if we had the words within us.
Then you forgive,
and having forgiven
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart,
as it was always meant to be.
Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts,
as well as voices
Thank you.

One of a number of resources available at