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I want to make January a month of Prayer at St Catherine's. To invite everyone, through all our means of communication, to use this month to pray. And to include prayers for St Catherine's for all that is good, and to give thanks. I hope folk will pray for the people who sit by them, or/and go through the Directory and pray for those we know & don't know - for those we miss and for their families. Praying, not demanding; in conversation which will involve speaking and listening.
This is something we can all take part in - young, old etc. -  and whatever our theological perspective or ecclesiology, where ever we are.
If you find prayers you like or write your own, please consider sharing them with us so we can put them on the web; in the bulletin; and on the notice boards. Prayer can come in many forms, too, including poems, songs and images. 
This may seem simple, but what better place to focus our intensions and actions as we enter this new year?
Here, to get you started, are the intercessory prayers that were used at the church's Watch Night service in the final hour of 2014. What prayers of your own might you add for the year to come?

Holy and Eternal One, as we mark the last hour of 2014, we thank you for the many gifts we experienced this year. We recall memories created amongst friends and kin; journeys safely ventured; new challenges explored; and important lessons learned. We thank you for each of those people in our lives who helped us to love more, worry less, think harder, or walk taller. We thank you for the memories of those people we love but see no longer.

As we look ahead to the first hour of the new year, we ask that you renew in us a deep love for you. Bless us with a faith that is strong without being rigid; quiet without being passive; and steady without being stagnant. Strengthen us in our prayer life, our community ministries, and our global awareness, that we might bring your light to areas of darkness or discontent. Let our faith infuse us and inspire us, that we may recjognize your presence in every person and situation we encounter. 

We pray for all in authority, that this may be a year of progress toward wisdom, mercy and respect for your creation and for all of humanity.  We pray for the many frightening situations in this world that seem beyond our ability to solve, and we trust that with your help, they are not.  We pray that this be the year when people who live with war may find peace, and those who suffer oppression may find freedom. 

“Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, and shield the joyous.” At this time, let us each remember, aloud or in our thoughts, the people whose circumstances sadden us, the situations that sorely trouble us, and the global problems that overwhelm us. We remember, too, those occurrences of grace and gladness for which we offer you our thanks. 

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