A commitment to praying for Guildford, the community and the needs of the world, individually and collectively, is central to being a member of the Common Ground Guildford mission community.
We all pray in different ways. Pray as you are called. Some resources for praying for Guildford are below. There is also information in the Spirituality section. Some prayers of blessing and encouragement are included at the end.
Pray for Guildford
"seek the welfare of the town"
PRAY FOR the people, businesses and organisations of Guildford, including:
those who visit St Mary's, especially those who have asked for our prayers
Guildford Town Centre Chaplaincy (Street Angels and volunteer chaplains)s
shops and other commercial businesses
public and emergency services
law courts and police
social and eating places
those in any kind of need
PRAY for the members of the community, including:
our commmitment to PRAY; TOGETHER; GO; and GIVE
discerning our gifts, and the best use of the gifts, as individuals and as a community
for creativity and wisdom in developing a programme of activities and events for others
for others to join the community
PRAY for the various town centre churches and organisations most involved with Common Ground Guildford, and for others to join in.
Prayers of blessing and encouragement
Christ under me;
Christ over me;
Christ beside me
on my left and my right.
May Christ be in the heart of each to whom I speak;
In the mouth of each who speaks to me.
Christ as a light;
Christ as a shield:
Christ beside me
on my left and my right. AMEN
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face. May the rains fall softly upon your fields until we meet again. May God hold you in the hollow of his hand. Old Gaelic blessing.
The Lord bless you and watch over you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look kindly on you and give you peace. AMEN
Into our world of darkness
Into our places of strife
Into our troubles and weakness
Into our joys and celebrations
Into our homes and to our loved ones
Into our work and our achievements
To those who are in need,
To those who are in sickness
To those who are in despair