In preparation of receiving your pilgrim artefacts
O Lord, be with us as we prepare to receive the pilgrim artefacts this month. As we answer the call to reach out into our communities, help us to connect those we have not yet reached, to build new relationships, and to share our joyful stories.
Give us inspiration as we seek new and effective ways to reach out into our community. Give us wisdom to know what we can do and to know what we cannot, and Lord make us sensitive to your guidance, that we may do those things that you will us to do.
In the preparations that must be made, help us to work together, for each of us to play our part, and give us a sense of excitement for this work. And through our time with the pilgrim artefacts, let us see others come, that we may share together journey of Christian faith. and for those who bare the artefacts now, use them for your glory and let them see fruit from their work you have called them to do.
Ahead of receiving your pilgrim artefacts
O Lord, you have inspired and you have guided us as we have been preparing to receive the pilgrim artefacts. Give us energy and a passion in our final preparations and help us all to pull together to finish this work.
But Lord we also ask that you help us to prepare ourselves individual for this work. For you knew us at our conception, and you are with us every moment as we pilgrim throughout this life and you have given each of us our own joyful story. Help us to reflect on our story; of our experience of you throughout our lives, and the difference our faith has made, that we may, be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have by sharing our story with those we encounter when the artefacts come into our care.
And for those who bare the artefacts now, use them for your glory and let them see fruit from their work you have called them to do.
When you have the pilgrim artefacts
O Lord we thank you that our time with the items has come at last, and our work of preparation is done. Now Lord give energy to see this time through, guard us and support us we pray. The Psalmist says that “unless you build the house it’s workers labour in vain”, Lord we have laboured in our preparations, and so now we ask you to work.
Be at work in the people we encounter and lead us to those you would have us meet. Empower us to encourage them to think about faith, giving us the right words as we share our stories. and Lord make us bold in the knowledge of your presence with us, to take a risk for your name’s sake.
After your time with the pilgrim artefacts
O Lord, we praise you for all you have used us to do while we had the pilgrim artefacts and we ask that you continue the work that was begun during this time. Let us see yet more fruit developing from our time with the artefacts, within our community, in our church, and right across the diocese.
As we continue on now without the artefacts, help us to keep looking out to those we have not reached, help us to maintain contact with those we encountered. And help us continue being a church that shares its joyful story. Let us be a church that continues to pilgrim out, that takes risks, and does your work.
And as the artefacts have now passed to another church, we pray for those who now carry them, and those who are still making their preparations. Be with them, strengthen them, enable them to bring you glory, and let them be encouraged by seeing fruit from their labours.
Ongoing prayer for those with the pilgrim artefacts
We pray for those who now carry the artefacts, and those who are still making their preparations. Be with them, strengthen them, enable them to bring you glory, and let them be encouraged by seeing fruit from their labours. And keep us working together, reaching out into our community, to keep sharing a joyful story, and keep calling people to faith. for as your church we know faith matters.