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Looking to the future.

As a Circuit and as churches in Wantage, Grove and Childrey, we are seeking to discern our priorities for the coming months and years as we look to the future.

As part of that process we are encouraging everyone to hold this process before God in their daily prayers.

Please do share your own thoughts and feelings, hopes and concerns with us as we continue to travel as pilgrims and disciples together.

The prayer below has been specifically written for that purpose and we hope that you will find it useful.

Eternal God, creator of time and space, of years and seasons,
grant us your help we pray
as we hold before you our churches and Circuit at this time.

We give thanks for your faithfulness to us
and for the ways in which you have guided us in the past.
As we look to the future
we acknowledge that you are the God of new beginnings
and fresh possibilities.
May we be bold and courageous
as we seek to discern your will and purpose for us.

We thank you for the opportunities that lie ahead
and for your continued guidance.
Show us that which we need to lay down
as well as what to pick up — where to channel our energies
and resources even as we value and treasure
our past and our heritage.

Speak to us through the prophets of this age
who are doing your will working in our communities
as well as in our churches.

We pray for those who lead us as a Circuit and in our Churches,
grant them your wisdom, guidance, compassion,
openness and sensitivity.

We pray also for ourselves,
that we might be the people you call us to be in these times
and that we would be open and receptive
to the movement of your spirit.

We ask these and all our prayers
in and through the name of Jesus Christ,
our Lord, Saviour and friend.

Amen.

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