Prayers for November 2019
Week beginning 3rd November 2019
Prayers for God’s world
People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years - their stories and contributions are all around us. the Jewish refugees of 1930s , people fleeing Vietnam in 1970s, Kosovans in 1990s to those arriving today; they are part of who we all are. When refugees are portrayed negatively in the media, their inherent dignity is challenged, but every one of us has a voice in this story, and in times of political uncertainty at home our message of shared humanity is more important than ever. Pray we understand the positive contributions refugees make in our communities and we can demonstrate our commitment to be a United Kingdom that refuses to turn a blind eye to suffering as it affirms everyone deserves a safe place to call home.
Every year in November the world unites to make sure no-one who served is forgotten, to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect freedom. Remembrance unites people of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds but it is also deeply personal. Give thanks for the bravery and selflessness of those we remember.
Almighty God, upon the cross, sorrow, pain and every dreadful, tragic consequence of sin was overcome. We remember all those who have joined in that sacrifice for peace and justice. We give thanks for the bravery of people who have served for harmony and love in a world still torn and broken. We long for hope to overcome despair, joy to overcome sorrow, peace to overcome hostility and love to overcome hate. From the tomb, the promise of eternity emerged in a resurrected Christ. Grace was poured into the hearts of all those who suffer, mourn and grieve. Lord, we lift our hearts to You and continue to remember, to hope and to love. Amen.
Week beginning 10th November 2019
Text for November 2019
Ephesians 4:32 Living Bible Be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.
Prayers for the United Kingdom
With the approach of Guy Fawkes day, give thanks for the men and women of the Fire Services throughout the UK who frequently have to put their own lives on the line to save others. Ask God to protect and watch over them during this particularly busy and dangerous time.
Remember children and young adults who find themselves in care either permanently or temporarily. Ask God to watch over them as they try to establish trust with new caregivers. Help them realise they are valued and respected. Give thanks for adults who are foster carers or adoptive parents and pray they can help bring experience of a happy, stable family life to many of these children and young adults.
For many people, life is difficult. Faced with various physical, emotional and social challenges, they aren't always equipped to cope on their own. Ask God to be with them as they strive to find a way forward and give them the courage to accept the help they are offered.
Give thanks for staff in care homes, for their compassion and understanding in a variety of demanding situations faced every day. Pray they show respect, warmth and tenderness to the residents at all times.
Week beginning 17th November 2019
Prayers for our church.
Give thanks for Crossreach which started in 1869 and celebrates 150 years of caring this year. On the first Sunday in November make us receptive as we hear more about the work undertaken by this organisation.
Give thanks for the fellowship of the ladies who attend Craft and Chat as they support each other while continuing to knit, crochet and sew items for various charities.
Thank God for Ian’s ministry in November as he preaches on three consecutive Sundays sermons which will have questions for the congregation to focus on. Pray some people will be motivated to come along to a Bible study group and share their thoughts on the questions.
Our church Winter newsletter will be produced this month. Give thanks for those volunteers who deliver it to everyone and pray folk enjoy the updates and information it brings.
Pray for the Kirk Session as they meet and seek to do God’s will for our church.
Thank God for Ian our minister who was ordained 42 years ago this month. Pray for strength for him as he continues his ministry in Uphall South Church.
Pray for Messy Church on the fourth Sunday of November. Give thanks for the young people in Sunday Club willing to lead worship, for the adults leading activities and for the kitchen team preparing the food for all to share. Ask God to bless all who come and pray they feel God’s presence there.
Week beginning 24th November 2019
Prayers for West Lothian
Give thanks for all members and office bearers in West Lothian Presbytery. Thank God for their faithfulness as they go about their assigned tasks.
Pray for all congregations who are vacant in West Lothian. Give thanks for locum ministers and readers who week by week serve God by preaching to the congregations as they wait for a new minister.
As the weather turns colder and daylight hours are shorter pray for the many housebound people who find this a challenging time of year. Loneliness is a feeling that can overwhelm whether folk live in a remote area or in a busy street. Pray they feel the love God has for them and take comfort from knowing it.
Gracious Father, we come before You to humbly ask that You comfort us in our moments of loneliness. You are our shelter in the midst of the storm. You walk beside us every step of the way. Lord, at times if we feel so alone, remind us You are always right at our side, whenever we call. Father, guide us as we pray for strength to fight against feeling of loneliness and depression, help us all to experience peace, love and joy in these difficult times. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary