850488 candle handsCommunity Prayer 

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
  • schools
  • offices
  • shops and other commercial businesses
  • public and emergency services
  • charities
  • 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
Come Lord

Into our joys and celebrations
Into our homes and to our loved ones
Into our work and our achievements
Come Lord

To those who are in need,
To those who are in sickness
To those who are in despair
Come Lord

AMEN