prayer (water)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on February 24th, 2008

Verse 11: “The woman said to [Jesus],
‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep.
Where do you get that living water?'” (John 4:11, NRSV)

God, sometimes we take it for granted when we turn on a tap,
forgetting that, for most people in the world, water is hard to come by.
We thank you for the aqueducts and reservoirs that supply our water,
and we remember the jars on women’s heads in faraway lands.
Give us patience and wisdom when we run short of water.

Verse 15: “The woman said to [Jesus], ‘Sir, give me this water,
so that I may never be thirsty
or have to keep coming here to draw water'” (John 4:15)

Verse 33: “[… T]he disciples said to one another,
‘Surely no one has brought him something to eat?'” (John 4:33)

God, sometimes it appears to us that you don’t quite make yourself clear.
Sometimes we feel that we don’t quite ‘get you’,
don’t quite understand what you are trying to tell us.
Give us enough faith to know that you will stay with us,
you will engage with us, even when we feel that we are at a loss.

Verse 42: “[Many Samaritans] said to the woman,
‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe,
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.'” (John 4:42)

God, sometimes our fellow Christians seem to have a relationship with you
that we find hard to recognize.
Help us to stick together,
continue to walk with one another,
to talk with one another,
and proclaim your Gospel together.
For it is in us talking with one another that you speak to us.

Lord, in your mercy,

Today the ecumenical prayer cycle of the World Council of Churches
reminds us to pray for the peoples of Germany and France.

God, we thank you for the twinning relationship
between our city and the German city of Bonn,
which has been a great witness of peace for decades.
We thank you for the German-speaking Lutherans
worshipping in the University Church of Saint Mary the Virgin.

We also thank you for the Anglo-French Colloque being held every year
between our church and the Reformed Church of France.
We pray for our fellow Christians, our synod partners
in the Nord-Normandie Region of that church,
as they seek to witness in their communities.

Lord, in your mercy,

Today our Wessex Synod prayer calendar reminds us to pray
for the churches in Winchester, in Collinwood Road, and in Fovant.

God, we pray that the Winchester Passion, taking place on Good Friday,
will touch the hearts and minds of all who are involved.

We pray for our immediate neighbour, the Church in Collinwood Road.
We thank you for all the Christian life and witness that fill the building,
with four languages: Brazilian Portuguese, English, Korean, and Punjabi.
We thank you that
from time to time the four congregations celebrate Holy Communion together.
We pray that the relationships between the congregations
may reflect truly shared responsibility and richness in diversity.

Lord, in your mercy,

God, finally we pray for ourselves,
in this time of ministerial transition in Cumnor and Saint Columba’s.
As we start to make more and more important decisions,
keep us calm, considerate, and conciliar.
Holy Spirit, come fill us with your wisdom.

We pray all this in the name of Jesus Christ,
who reconciles all to himself.

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