Each Sunday we offer a prayer reflecting on issues in the news or in the life of The Children's Society

You can find the prayers for this month contained in our online Advent calendar, on each Saturday. You may also be interested in our past prayers and our prayers on topical issues.

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We would encourage you to use the prayer in your personal devotions, in your church service, or by printing it in your church notice sheet.

However you use them, please do join us as we pray with and for children and young people.

6 January - Epiphany

Based on Matthew 2.1-12.

The wise men followed the star to find the King.
Help us to be willing to search and find you.

The wise men found Jesus in a small house in a small town.
Help us to look for you in unexpected places.

The wise men knew that Jesus was special.
Help us know that you are special today too.

The wise men brought gifts for the baby.
Help us to offer what we have as worship to you.

8 January (Epiphany 1)

Based on Psalm 29 (using v11 as a response).

We pray for people who live in areas affected by war -
For peace, stability, resolution and hope.
God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

We pray for people who live without homes -
For warmth, shelter, protection and comfort.
God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

We pray for families who struggle to make ends meet -
For provision, relief, comfort and joy.
God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

We pray for those who struggle with illness -
For healing and wholeness.
God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

We pray for all of us -
To know God’s love, provision and peace in all circumstance.
God makes his people strong.
God gives his people peace.

15 January (Epiphany 2)

A prayerful reflection on John 1.29-42

Lamb of God,
John saw that the Spirit of God,
remained in you:
the heart of God, in person, on earth.
Grant us that same Spirit,
so that we will know God’s will;
and that in His strength
we will have the ability,
as your disciples,
to speak the good news of the Kingdom of God.

22 January (Epiphany 3)

Based on Isaiah 9 (and Matthew 4).

Some of our friends are ‘walking in darkness’,
where darkness is not knowing your loving care.
Your presence in difficult situations is like a great light switched on:
we pray for our friends to see your light.

Some of our friends are ‘living in the land of shadows’,
with shadows of despair, difficulty and struggle.
Your dawning light drives out the darkness:
we pray for our friends to know your deep peace

29 Jan (Epiphany 4)

(Also nearest Sunday to Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Candlemas)

Based on John 2.1-11

Transforming God -
Whose Son took water and made wine
To keep a wedding feast full of joy
And to witness to your glory -

Take our lives and make us your disciples,
To follow and serve you with joy
And to witness to your glory.
Amen.

Prayers for Candlemas

A prayer written for The Children’s Society by Anne Richards, based on Luke 2.22-40

Loving Father,
We thank you that you gave Mary and Joseph
the privilege of being parents.
Today we share in their joy;
we delight in their pride and pleasure
in bringing their child, Jesus, to the Temple.

We thank you for the wisdom of older people
and especially today, for Simeon and Anna,
who recognised Jesus as a special child,
the Saviour of us all.
Teach us to look upon every child
with love, joy and wisdom
and see reflected there your boundless grace.
Amen.

The Christingle Prayer

Loving Lord,
We thank you for the light in our lives,
for those who give us love and hope.
We thank you for The Children’s Society as it brings light
to children and young people who feel unloved
or without hope.
Help us always to be a light
shining in the darkness
so that we can share
the love of God with those around us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, Amen.