Prayers for Swanage and Studland
About every six months Swanage and Studland comes up on the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer. We are the subject of everyone’s prayer this month again, on Thursday 28th June. I am contacted by the Diocese of Salisbury about eight or ten weeks beforehand, in order to allow me to request a particular focus for prayer for the team ministry here in Swanage and Studland.
When this first occurred for me last autumn I considered what line to take. Generally parishes opt for prayers for their ordained and lay leadership and for that particular parish’s school. This seems to be a very good solution, and I like the way that most churches prioritise the Church of England school that is a major responsibility within its parish. We are so fortunate in Swanage and Studland to have such a good example in St Mark’s school that plays an important part in the Parish of Swanage’s life.
The other thoughts that come to my mind flood in from there: how about the hospital and care homes, the other schools and all the businesses and institutions of the town of Swanage and the Village of Studland, remembering too the other churches of the area. In the end i came up with a simple little prayer that encompasses us and our visitors. We use it often at Morning Prayer in St Mary’s. It runs:
Loving Father, bless Swanage and Studland today; the schools with discovery; the care homes with joyful fellowship; the hospital with your healing touch. As the sea ebbs and flows, Christ be in each passing encounter; in village and town, in shops and meeting places. Uphold those in distress. Comfort the lonely. Amen