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In the Gospels we are reminded time and again about the importance of prayer. The life of Jesus is full of instances where he pauses to pray, with the people around him or at other times withdrawing in solitude to spend much longer periods in prayer with his Father.

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2017 Diocesan Prayer

Our Diocesan Prayer for the year is….

Only God can create, but we are called upon to value that creation.
Only God can give life, but we are called to transmit it and respect it.
Only God can make growth happen, but we are called to guide it and give it direction.
Only God can give faith, but we are called to be signs of God to one another.
Only God can give love, but we are called to grow in caring for each other.
Only God can give hope, but we are called to enable people to believe in themselves.
Only God can give power and energy, but we are called upon to get things going.
Only God can give peace, but we are called to build bonds that bring people together.
Only God can give happiness, but we are invited to laugh.
Only God is the way, but we are called to show it to others.
Only God is the light, but we are called to let it shine forth in the world.
Only God can make miracles happen, but we are invited to offer our five loaves and two fishes.
Only God can do the impossible, but it is up to us to do what is possible.
Praise the Lord for his goodness to us his servants;
for our prayer sustains us, our faith empowers us and our deeds unite us in his service.

Please use this both in your private prayer and your Mothers’ Union meeting worship. Please click on the link below for a “four to a page” prayer card, or a larger print “two to a page” one. These are designed to be printed double sided; if you are not able to do this just print the first page only.

four to a page 2017 Diocesan Prayer Card

two to a page 2017 Diocesan Prayer Card

Wave of Prayer 20th – 22nd April

The spring edition of Focus magazine contains our Wave of Prayer, but if you would like to download a copy it is available here:

2017 Wave of Prayer

Mothers’ Union and Prayer

The Mothers’ Union is founded on prayer and it underpins all our work.

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Emergency Prayer Chain

When there is a crisis it is a great comfort to know that we don’t face it alone.
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Theme for the Year

Each year Mothers’ Union chooses a theme; for 2018 it is “In Mary Sumner’s Footsteps”. (more…)

Praying Through the Day

Praying Through the Day bookThis resource has been produced to help families to pray together at home. It’s full of fun ideas for praying at meals, at bedtime and just whenever we want to remember that God is with us. Ideal as a baptism gift or for Christmas. (more…)

Prayers

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Thank you that you made us in your image and through your bounteous love desire to live in relationship with us. May we seek to only do your will and may all our works be to your praise and glory. Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union and help each of us to do the small things that can make a big difference to people’s lives. (more…)

Praying through the week with Mothers’ Union

Below are some suggested prayers that you may like to you use. They have been divided up into 7 topics relating to our work so that each of the headings can be used for a day of the week.

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People and Projects

Mark 12:33 (NIV)

To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. (more…)

Upcoming Events

  1. Bodicote Branch

    December 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Abingdon Branch

    2nd January 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Tilehurst St Michael’s Branch

    9th January 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. Tilehurst St Michael’s Branch

    29th January 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  5. Abingdon Branch

    6th February 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Verse of the Day

“[The birth of Jesus foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’” — Luke 1:26-28 Listen to chapter Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Powered by BibleGateway.com.