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Markbeech Book Fair 23rd March

Come to the Markbeech Book Fair on Saturday 23rd March and pick up a bagful of bargain holiday reads. 10.30am till 3pm in Markbeech Village Hall, Cowden Pound Road. Coffees, teas, cakes, lunches available, it’s all very sociable. A huge selection of paperbacks to choose from, plus children’s books, coffee table curiosities, cook books, gardening books and lots, lots more.

Hope to see you there!


Come and meet our new Rural Dean


Evensong 4pm at St Peter’s Hever

Please come and meet our new Rural Dean, Miriam Barker, who will be preaching at Evensong 4pm on 10th March at St Peter’s Hever. Tea and cakes in the church afterwards.

Prayers of intercession Nicki Talbot 3 March 2019

Heavenly Father, we come together today to worship, sing and pray to you knowing that you are here with us in the peace of this precious church. We come here knowing that our frailties, needs and desires are known by you and we pray that the choices we make in our day to day lives are made wisely always keeping the teaching of your son, Jesus Christ at the centre of our existence.

Lord in your mercy

Dear Lord, let us pray for all those serving you within the Church of England. In this parish we give thanks for the commitment and faithful presence of Wendy and all who support her work by keeping your vibrant and joyful spirit alive in our community. At a time when many question the relevance of the Church, give us the presence to be witnesses in the world. Witnesses that strengthen the presence of Christ in our communities. Help us to be the answer to those questions of relevance by what we do and what we are known for.
Make us a welcoming body of Christ here at Holy Trinity so when people think about this Church they think about the real church, the people of God who worship here.

Lord in your mercy

We give thanks, Lord, for the beauty and diversity of our world and the universe that holds it. We give thanks for the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers that provide us not only with fish to eat but pleasure to the senses. Help us, Lord, to take our share of responsibility for their care.

Lord in your mercy

Lord, we pray for all those who have lost their way and been side-tracked, all who are living below their potential or their abilities, all whose lives are unfulfilled, all those who are restricted by oppression or illness; we remember the chronically ill, those in constant pain, the depressed and the despairing. In this parish we pray especially for Len and Jill Linden. We pray for all those on the Benefice Prayer list. Let us take a moment of quiet to bring to mind all those close to us who need your presence, Lord, at this time. We pray for all who are coming to the end of their journey here on earth and pray that they may come into your presence and kingdom. Help us to release these souls to you in the full knowledge that they will find peace at last in your eternal care.

Lord in your mercy

God of all love, we pray for the souls of all those now departed. We pray especially for the soul of Tina Jobson and ask you to be with Trevor, Kerry and Gary at this difficult time as they adjust to life without her. Lead us to a new and deeper faith in your love, which brought your only son Jesus through death into resurrection life. Look with pity on the suffering of all families enduring loss, sustain them in their anguish; and into the darkness of their grief bring the light of your love.

Lord in your mercy

God of love, turn our hearts to your ways; and give us peace.

Prayers of intercession Ana Roxburgh 3 March 2019

Holy God as we near the beginning of our Lenten journey, let us become mindful of the suffering that your son Jesus Christ endured for us. We pray that our sacrifice of giving up a small pleasure and our prayers will make us fit to welcome him with open hearts in our homes at Easter.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord forgive our words towards others if they have not always been kind. Let our voices speak out with compassion and calm and our words to offer encouragement. Help us let go of negative thoughts, soften our hearts and pray before we speak.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for our church, the Ministry of Wendy and all those with whom we share this service here today.

Bless Elisabeth our Queen and Prince Philip, for the symbol of duty, strength and unity that they are.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father, in this troubled world, when we lay down at night we can’t get our minds to slow down. We keep thinking about today, worrying about tomorrow. Please help us relax and give us rest. Help us think clearly and stay focused. Please dissolve our thoughts of stress and fear and take us to a place of inner peace. Let the gift of your peace come into our hearts and remain with us.

Please help the world leaders to do the same, help them to see through your eyes, to bring peace and solutions to this troubled world of ours.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In today’s social media driven world, we pray for our children that they stay firm in their faith and beliefs, and that they surround themselves with positive influences. We pray that they may strive to be the best, kind and truth loving people; that they will make the right choices and be positive impacts on the world around them.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those less fortunate than us, hungry people, hurt, oppressed, sick people, people without a roof over their head, for the lonely and for everyone who has lost someone they love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Candlemas 3rd February 11am Hever

Let’s celebrate the light!

Dear all, on February 3rd we are celebrating Candlesmas. Please bring along any candles that you might like to be blessed as part of our 11am Parish Communion Service at St Peter’s Hever. There is also a 9.15am Sung Eucharist at Holy Trinity Markbeech.

Candlemas dates back to the fifth century to commemorate Jesus being brought to the temple in Jerusalem by Mary and Joseph 40 days after he was born. The presentation of Jesus in the temple, according to the Gospel of Luke, saw Jesus met by Anna and Simeon, with the latter holding Jesus aloft and calling him the “Light of the World.”

Candlemas also marks the ritual purification of Mary, which was completed by bringing Jesus to the temple. In Jewish tradition, a woman is seen as being unclean after the birth of a child and must wait 40 days after giving birth to a boy and 60 days for a girl before returning to the temple where they can be purified.

Candlemas is a time of year when the lengthening of daylight hours becomes noticeable and most of us know it as Groundhog Day. It marks the midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, which is a good cause of celebration!

Intercessions Ana Roxburgh Jan 6th 2019

Heavenly Father, as we near the end of our Christmas celebrations, let us reflect on all the good wishes that we sent out and those that we have received at the end of the year. May we stay true to our belief in our church and hope for a better world, may all our acts of kindness over Christmas continue during the year. Grant us Lord God to find your endless love in our hearts and to spread it wherever we go.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Dear Christ, as the kings laid their gifts at your feet, we come before you today to lay our gifts of devotion to you and to your church, we bring with us all our good thoughts, plans and hopes for a new year. Help us to have open minds, to remain non judgmental and alert to new possibilities.

Dear God, please reach into the hearts of all leaders so that they might see themselves as the kings that kneeled in front of your son. Open their eyes to the needs of our world and give them wisdom to work together and stop promoting the interests of anyone threatening our world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We thank you for our church, the Ministry of Wendy and all those who bring us together in your sight, guide them in the organization of our church in the year ahead..

Bless Elisabeth our Queen and Prince Philip, give them health and continued wisdom in the year ahead…

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Father of new beginnings, grant us to leave behind anything that troubled us in the past and bring with us everything that makes us happy in the new year.

In this troubled world: awake in us positive thinking; strengthen us and unite us; help us see things through your eyes and to find solutions to problems that trouble us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord of life, we thank you for all the sunrises, trees, lakes and seas, stars and wildlife. We see you in everything that surrounds us and this reminds us how big the universe is, and how insignificant most of our problems are.

We pray for those less fortunate than us, hungry people, hurt, oppressed, sick people, people without a roof over their head, and everyone who has lost someone they love.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen