A Prayer for Peace

VICAR Lord God of peace, hear our prayer! We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts … Continue reading A Prayer for Peace

A Prayer for Sunday Morning

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well this Sunday morning. Winter is coming, as the clocks went backwards one hour at 2am this morning. This gave us an extra hour in bed as we prepare for the colder months when the sun sets earlier and days get significantly shorter. The clocks won’t go forward again until Sunday 31st March 2024. … Continue reading A Prayer for Sunday Morning

A Prayer for the Countryside

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well. As the heatwave cools I trust that You are having a good start to the autumn and I wish You a peaceful Sunday this day. This week I would ask that You consider rural communities in Your prayers. These communities have come under attack from all sides recently. Many parish churches have been closed … Continue reading A Prayer for the Countryside

A Prayer for Education

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine I trust that You are well. If You have children they will be back at school or perhaps heading for University soon. So this week I’d like to focus on education. In fact today is Education Sunday. Churches Together in England have prepared resources for 2023 on the theme of The armour of light, inspired by the reading from … Continue reading A Prayer for Education

A Prayer of Gratitude

VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and enjoying the bank holiday weekend. It is often not our default mode to be thankful. There are people complaining all the time. Without whining social media would be less successful, newspaper columns less interesting and the service sector would not be able to improve by reacting to complaints. Still, it is … Continue reading A Prayer of Gratitude