The Parish of Barbourne St Stephen Praising God & Serving the Community
The Parish of Barbourne St StephenPraising God & Serving the Community

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St. Stephen's Church

St. Stephen's Street

Worcester WR3 7HS

 

Please note that these are all personal phone numbers.  

There is no phone in the church.

Reverend Andy Todd           

Priest-in-charge

Tel: 07806892165  

Email: revandyt@outlook.com 

 

Reverend Lindsey Coulthard          

Assistant Curate

Tel: 07879366294  

Email: ljcoulthard@yahoo.co.uk

 

Michelle Walsh

Parish Administrator 
Tel: 07961 097497  

Email: mwalsh.ststephens@outlook.com 

 

 

 

 

Daily Prayer

Friday

God of your goodness,

give me yourself,

for you are sufficient for me...

If I were to ask for anything less

I should always be in want,

for in you alone do I have all.

Amen.

(Julian of Norwich)

 

Psalm 121 - Read by Lindsey Coulthard

Press the link below to open prayer video:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/D5uPG8HPtVhWMhV29

 

The Lords Prayer - Read by Lindsey Coulthard

The Lords Prayer - Read by Lindsey Coulthard
20210227_145419.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [14.5 MB]

This can also be watched from our Facebook page by following this link:

https://fb.watch/3-a5U5407P/
 

God’s Bathrobe by Michael Coffey
(As used in Linsdey Coulthard's Reflection - Sunday 30th May)

 

God sat Sunday in her Adirondack deck chair

reading the New York Times and sipping strawberry lemonade

her pink robe flowing down to the ground

 

the garment hem was fluff and frill

and it spilled holiness down into the sanctuary

into the cup and the nostrils of the singing people

 

one thread trickled loveliness into a funeral rite

as the mourners looked in the face of death

and heard the story of a life truer than goodness

 

a torn piece of the robe’s edge flopped onto

a war in southern Sudan and caused heartbeats

to skip and soldiers looked into themselves deeply

 

one threadbare strand of the divine belt

almost knocked over a polar bear floating

on a loose berg in the warming sea

 

one silky string wove its way through Jesus’ cross

and tied itself to desert-parched immigrants with swollen tongues

and a woman with ovarian cancer and two young sons

 

you won’t believe this, but a single hair-thin fiber

floated onto the yacht of a rich man and he gasped

when he saw everything as it really was

 

the hem fell to and fro across the universe

filling space and time and gaps between the sub-atomic world

with the effervescent presence of the one who is the is

 

and even in the slight space between lovers in bed

the holiness flows and wakes up the body

to feel beyond the feeling and know beyond the knowing

 

and even as we monotheize and trinitize

and speculate and doubt even our doubting

the threads of holiness trickle into our lives

 

and the seraphim keep singing "holy, holy, holy"

and flapping their wings like baby birds

and God says: give it a rest a while

 

and God takes another sip of her summertime drink

and smiles at the way you are reading this filament now

and hums: It’s a good day to be God

 

Prayers for a range of situations we hope are helpful

A Prayer for the Outbreak

God of compassion,
during this Coronavirus outbreak

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

For medical staff and all working at the front line
of fighting the outbreak

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
give your wisdom to all those searching for a cure,

And support all who are working to keep people safe.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

If you know people who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Especially we hold before you (N…. and N….).

Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
.

 

If you know people who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Especially we hold before you (N…. and N….).

Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen
.

 

Prayers for families with children

 

A version of the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, you are in heaven

and your name is special and wonderful.

May your plans become reality,

and all you desire happen in our world and in yours.

Please give us all we need to get through today.

Forgive us for all we have got wrong,

and help us to do the same for those who hurt us.

Keep us from doing things that are wrong,

and protect us in these hard times.

Everything in heaven and on earth is made by you and belongs to you,

and that’s the way it will be …. Always. Amen

 

A prayer for the world

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.
Amen.

 

A bedtime prayer

Loving God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).

Tonight, I especially want to ask you to look after (name the people you want God to help).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything tonight and always.
Amen.

 

 

 

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