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HMF prayers from the Church of No Flamin' Option

Today was our HMF fundraiser during which I led two lots of prayers.  I used extracts from this year's DVD along with two prayers from Crumbs of Hope by Clare McBeath and Tim Presswood.

The first extract - 'United in Mission,' the first of the 'extras' on the DVD - uses a montage of clips from past HMF videos including that wonderful moment when Ida said to David Coffey, in response to a question about how they'd coped over the years, 'we'd no flamin' option.'  If you don't (didn't, she died last year) know Ida, (or David Coffey who's just in the left hand side of the shot), she's the white haired lady with the lovely smile, who laughs.  The church at the close, behind the wire fence, is Mersey Street Tabernacle - Ida's church.

Here are the prayers, in case you don't have access to Clare's and Tim's book and would like something that makes the connections ...

Prayers from a Home Mission Church


Everlasting One

Come, let us gather before the faithful God

The everlasting one who has travelled with her people

Across the bounds of time and place

Through birth, growth, and death

Weaving in and out of the joy and pain of our lives.


Come, let us gather before the faithful God

The everlasting one who calls us to share our journey

Through the decades, wherever we find ourselves

From our beginning to our departing

As we weave the joy and pains of our lives together. 


Keep us Keeping On

Faithful God We thank you that you don’t give up on us

Keep us keeping on  

Give us patience not to give up on you

Keep us keeping on  

When the time ahead is uncertain

Keep us keeping on  

When progress seems slow or non-existent

Keep us keeping on  

When we are weary of working within the system

Keep us keeping on  

When the challenges of our world seem too great

Keep us keeping on  

When the burden of caring gets us down

Keep us keeping on  

When we are tired and worn out

Hold us in your love


Prayers copyright Clare McBeath and Tim Presswood/Inspire publishing 



PS If you have a problem with feminine language for God, you could use 'God's people' since God is neither male nor female.


PPS We raised £125 for HMF, so all in all it was a worthwhile event

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