Prayer Focus October 2018
Prayers for October 2018
Week beginning 7th October 2018
The Year of the Young people theme for October is ‘Harvest’. Pray the nations of the world will be less wasteful of food, more aware of the needs of others, more aware of our responsibilities to look after our planet so our young people will inherit an earth full of caring and goodness.
World Mental Health day is on October 10th. Pray for the many people, young and old who are experiencing mental health problems. Ask God to be with them through their darkest hours and to let them know that even when all seems lost, His love for them never changes.
On Sunday 14th October, Norman Liddle from the Bible Society will be speaking to us again. Pray for him and for the work done by the Bible Society throughout the world.
Creator God, We thank You for the mystery of growth, seeds sprouting, trees budding, plants bearing all sorts of fruit, birds nesting, young hatching, taking to flight for the first time children born, youngsters discovering, maturity honoured.
Living God, we thank You for the mystery of life. Hope renewed, purpose realised, progress made. Redeemer God, we thank You for the mystery of faith, fear overcome, insight unearthed, trust rewarded commitment expressed, belief put into practice. God of growth, grace and grain we gladly offer our thanks in the name of Christ. Amen
Week beginning 14th October 2018
Text for October 2018
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:25-26
October 17th is Child Poverty Day. The United Nations asks us to pray to come together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. Ask God to help us eradicate child pov-erty in its many forms.
Give thanks for the Agape Team as they support another Cuppa and Chat on 17th October. Pray for all those who attend and ask God to be with them as they share fellowship. Also remember those who for whatever reason cannot be there and pray for God’s presence with them.
God, we come to You invigorated, tired, hopeful, questioning. We come to You as people in Your Kingdom, looking for ways to love more deeply and care more intentionally. We come to You with a variety of gifts, abilities, and interests. Energise us to give ourselves and our gifts fully to our communities. Teach us to be more like Jesus by finding ways to take what we have and multiply it. Allow us to find unconditional love for our neighbours, so that we can provide for them in ways that are unexpected and profound. Encourage us to go beyond discussions about money and logistics, and focus on our goal of serving You. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Week beginning 21st October 2018
Thank God for all those contributing to the All Age Praise service on the 28th and for Alistair Dods and his two friends who will be selling home made cakes afterwards. The money raised will be split evenly between The Dogs Trust and a Christmas outing for the scout group.
Pray also for the success of the VIP2018 event which is a joint venture with Strathbrock to celebrate our young people on the 28th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. There will a series of challenges and time for food and chat.
Pray for the members of the Presbytery Planning Committee (Ian is a part of this) who meet this Thursday to continue the difficult discussions needed to help West Lothian churches find the best way forward to ensure we can deal with the imminent shortage of ministers and the surplus of property which exists.
We thank You, God, for everything we delight in – sunlight in autumn days, colour in nature and art, rhythm in poetry and music, human achievement and family success, good humour, work well done, love and friendship and all Your gifts to body and soul. Most of all we delight in Your salvation, the knowledge of Your love, the assurance of eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. We commend to You those who have no work, whose lives are drab and grey, whose poor health takes away delight in living, who are lonely, who have no home of their own. Grant them the human help and comfort which they need, and the spiritual encouragement which will enable them to live with hope and courage, May we all continue to seek the God of every age, made known in Jesus Christ, the greatest friend of all. Amen.
Week beginning 28th October 2018
Thank God for the Salvation Army and in particular their role providing support for the victims of human trafficking to preserve the dignity of survivors, protect and care for them in safe accommodation, and provide access to confidential client support services including, legal advice, health care, counselling and educational opportunities.
Thank God for our farmers and food producers at this time of harvest. Remember the early starts and long days needed to get the wonderful variety of food we see in our stores. Pray the products come from sustainable farming and the supermarkets deal fairly and equally with all the food producers.
Though several weeks have now passed, pray for all the victims of the Indonesian tsunami. Not just those who have died but also for the families and friends who have survived and must live with the memories and images of this disaster for the rest of their lives. Give thanks also for the emergency services who worked heroically to fond survivors. Ask God to give them all the love and strength they will need to move forward in their lives.
Grant us Your grace, Lord God, bring us Your understanding and greet us in our humility as we confess our shortcomings and seek Your forgiveness. Gracious God, enter our messy lives and heavy hearts that we may we begin each day anew assured of the love which came from on high to live and grow among us and which springs fresh every day through. Through Jesus Christ Your Son and our Saviour. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary