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The Lord’s Prayer

February Prayer Diary - Download as a pdf booklet

February Prayer Diary

This month’s Prayer diary is based on the Lord’s Prayer, and has been collated by our vicar Alastair Cutting.

Jesus’s disciples asked: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
His response was to teach them what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
Ever since, it has been used both as a prayer in itself,
and as a type-pattern for our other prayers.


There is an online version of all the prayers on Alastair’s own web site, but a few of the prayers are included below. Unless otherwise credited, the prayers are by Alastair Cutting.

A Prayer to God our Father

Lord God, Jesus taught us to call you Father. Help us to grow in our understanding of you, that we may better each day learn to trust you, and to love you.

Remind us of the thrill a toddler feels when being swept up securely in a father’s arms; help us share in the glee of a child playing pranks with a parent.

As we feel the lifting angst of the teenager taking insoluble homework problems to a parent who can unlock answers; and the adrenaline rush of the learner driver discovering new skills with dad, so may we feel our relationship with you broadening, enriching and deepening.

Father God, may your love for us be reflected back in our love for you. Amen.


Thrice Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy

You are bathed Lord God in awesome majesty,

in the white-heat of holiness.

The Father is Holy,

The Son is Holy,

The Spirit is Holy.

Lest we are consumed whole, burned by your presence, we shrink back.

Yet Lord you reach out to us – it is your finger that touches,

your hand that clasps us to your heart;

Expunging sin, drawing us in, making us completely, wholly holy.

Holy, Holy, Holy.


On earth, as it is in heaven?

Lord, will there be football in heaven? Yes?

Will there be chocolate, & dragonflies, & velvet?

But, what? No glorious sunsets?

Because your very presence negates the sun’s existence?

It will be better than sunsets?

What in heaven can be better than sunsets?

Wait and see?

These glimpses from earth aren’t the half of it? It gets better?

Better than the best things I love, and she loves, and he loves?

Even if we love different things? It can still work?

Are you sure? You ARE sure? Amen!


Desert dessert

Lord, they were thirsty and starving.

– Your people; that you led out into the desert.

Yet, in a parched land, you gave them water springing from a rock,

and manna, bread, that tasted like wafers made with honey.

Father, you sustained them with food and water,

refreshing body, mind and spirit.

Where our lives and spirits are hard and dry,

drench with your Spirit, Lord.

And where our minds and souls are empty,

fill us with your Word until we are replete,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,



How many times?

Forgive us, as we forgive them?

Really, Lord?

That sounds like unless I forgive them, then I cannot be forgiven?

That can’t be right, surely?

Well, some of their sins I can forgive them –

but you can’t expect me to forgive everything? On each occasion?

You’ll be asking me to forget them all too next, and leave it all behind!

Oh, you are.

Because, how can I expect to understand the depth of my forgiveness,

the fresh start, and clean break I would hope for,

unless I have first given it to others?

Lord, forgive my impatience, my grudge-bearing,

my inflexibility, and my duplicity.

Forgive my unforgiveness. And then forgive me. Amen.


Think of a number

Think of a number.

Double it. Treble it. Scribble it.

Multiply it by a million, a billion, a gazillion.

We’re still nowhere near ‘for ever’. Or ‘and ever’.

To infinity … and beyond!  is still lightyears away

from the breadth of God’s kingdom,

the height of his power, and the rich depths of his glory!

Almighty and eternal God, for whom the span of history is but a day,

and a split second time-lapses in fractal detail over an age;

the planets and the stars move at your command,

yet the detail of our daily remains your concern.

May we truly make you God over our time, Lord. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer

Father, our Father in heaven,
help us to honour your name, keeping it holy.

Come, set up your kingdom,
so that all on earth will follow you,
as you are obeyed in heaven.

Keep us alive with the food we need.
Keep us forgiven with you; forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and from evil.

You rock! You reign! You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want.
You are ablaze in beauty.

Always, eternally & for ever.

Yes. So be it. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer, adapted, AMC 2013

with some words sourced from the Contemporary English Version, the New Living Translation & The Message.





On Advent Sunday we had lots of fun making our Christingles.  Then Mary and Joseph set out on their Posada journey round the Parishes; they will return to the Crib service on Christmas Eve.


There was one very large Christingle!
Mary and Joseph start their journey




Confirmation is the opportunity for each one of us to claim the Christian faith for ourselves, and to confirm promises made on our behalf at our baptisms.

As part of a confirmation service, the bishop lays hands on each candidate, asking God to confirm them with his Holy Spirit.

We have a new Confirmation class, for adults and teens, on Sunday afternoons, starting on Sunday 2 September at 4:45pm, beginning with looking at The Fish, and The Cross. This year we are expecting about 4-5 adults, and perhaps 10-12 teens who may be interested.

Sometimes those who have been confirmed for a few years like the opportunity to do a ‘refresher’ – so if you are one of those, do come and join the Sunday afternoon sessions too – you’d be most welcome.

4 of our sessions will take place before the Confirmation service, and a further 3 following it. The date of the Confirmation Service is the evening of Wednesday 26 September, venue to be confirmed.

Further details from the Benefice office, on 01273 495532, or email, or speak to one of the clergy.

BCP Anniversary Service

350th Anniversary of the BCP

350th Anniversary of the BCP

In this 350th anniversary year of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, the Henfield Benefice are holding a celebratory service – all three of our parishes regularly use the BCP.

We are celebrating with a Service of Mattins, starting at 11:30am on Sunday 14 October 2012, held at St Peter’s church, Woodmancote; followed by a hot & cold buffet lunch across the road at Terry’s Cross House 12:45 for 1pm. The cost of the ticket covers the buffet lunch, you do not need a ticket to attend the service.

There will also be an exhibition on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, including some materials from the Prayer Book Society.

A 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and the Prayer Book Society logo

A 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and the Prayer Book Society logo

You can book tickets online using Eventbright, here: Further details from the Benefice office, on 01273 495532, or email

There is some parking at St Peter’s Church, and a little more at Terry’s Cross House.

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