Collect for Sunday 3rd of July:
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for Sunday 10th of July:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect for Sunday 17th of July:
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
A Prayer for gospel partnership (inspired by Philippians 1:3-11)
Great and generous God. Thank you for the gift of gospel partnership, in so many expressions of fellowship. Thank you for Paul’s experience of this fellowship with the Philippians as they engaged in 1st century mission together. Thank you for our experiences of this as we serve in 21st century mission together. We pray for all who serve the Lord Jesus at St. Mark’s in many and varied ways, that their love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that they may know what is best, and be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through knowing Christ, may all members of St. Mark’s be invited to commit themselves to a congregation and discipleship group at St. Mark’s, and to holiness, prayerfulness, and generosity to gospel work here both financially and practically. Please inwardly move many to commit themselves to Christ and to one another in this way, for your glory. Amen
A Prayer for maturity (inspired by Ephesians 4:11-16)
Father, you call us to be mature in Christ, and have provided for that by giving the Apostles (who wrote the New Testament), and also by giving prophets, evangelists and pastor-teachers who call people to maturity on the basis of your revelation of yourself and of your Father.
Please empower Christian leaders today to be faithful to your word, to preach Christ crucified, to call people to repentance from sin, to assure your people of your grace to forgive their sins and to equip them to serve one another in love. As we are equipped by the leaders you send to serve in hospitality, evangelism, kids and youth ministry, teaching, praying, giving, encouraging, and other works of service, may your people here, and beyond be built up, united in the true faith, mature, and attaining to the fullness of Christ. Amen
May your people at St. Mark’s be so built up and mature through true ministry, that no amount of cunning, craftiness or deceitful scheming would ever take us from Christ. May we build each other up in love, as we serve one another, for your glory. Amen
Lord Jesus, we praise you as the chief shepherd of your sheep. We pray that you will continue to raise up faithful leaders among us, who model their leadership on your shepherd leadership. Please raise up pastors, deacons, wardens, parish councillors, Sunday school teachers, Bible study leaders, youth leaders, and other leaders who will shepherd your flock by feeding them your word, loving them, and praying for them. May they lead because they are willing, eager to serve, and in it for your gain, not their own. May they not seek to dominate your people, but rather be examples of godly living before them, spurred on it this ministry by your reward that is coming when you the chief shepherd are revealed. We ask this is your name. Amen.
For Josh and Nici, preparing for mission with CMS in South East Asia: We give you thanks for great opportunities when visiting local churches recently. Please help Josh and Nici to take in their language studies so that when they arrive they will be confident in conversation. Amen.
Umthombo Wempilo, in South Africa: Thank you Lord that there were a number of women who attended a recent womens' fellowship, and that they were able to support a lady named Gayle to leave sex work and reunite with her family in Zimbabwe. We pray that Gayle might find work there, and that more women might turn away from this life and see the live saving work of Jesus. Amen.
Growing Hope in Myanmar: Thank you Lord for your continued protection over the Galilee and Zion families, in the midst of Covid 19 and the political situation in Myanmar. Please protect the young boys in the orphanages, that they won't be forced to join the army. Amen.
Simon and Alison Reeve at Woolgoolga with BCA. We pray Lord for growth in maturity and number as they grow God's church in the region. We ask also for wisdom for Simon as he works in the diocese, and for Bishop Murray as he finds godly men to lead the churches in the region. Amen.
For Anton Triyanto, serving with AFES at Griffith University:
Thank you God for the new international students who have stepped into the campus after a 2 years lapse. Thank you also for CP, a ministry apprentice who is to be trained for full-time gospel ministry on campus and beyond. Amen
SRE: Thank you Lord that you have raised up Bec Zakhia to teach High School SRE. Please help her settle in quickly and smoothly, and that her work int he schools will bring great glory to you. Amen.