Prayer Focus June 2018
Prayers for June 2018
Week beginning 3rd June 2018
Text for June
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. Ephesians 4:11-12
This month Year of the Young People is thinking about all those who volunteer to work with them and the first week in June is coincidentally National Volunteer Week. Thank God for all those who Give up their time and use their talents to work with our children and young people. Thank Him also for the opportunities which he opens up for us to share the love of Jesus as volunteers and pray we will respond to His calling.
Pray for Uphall Gala Day taking place this Saturday. Ask God to bless all who take part and pray for a day of family fun and enjoyment. Give thanks for the organisers without whom it would not take place.
Nurturing God, We pray for all those who work with and support children and young people. For those of all ages who give their time, talents and love to create a place in churches and communities that can be the foundation of growth, confidence and a relationship with you. Amen
Week beginning 10th June 2018
Pray for all those who act as carers for the elderly, mentally ill, disabled and chronically sick. This is Carers Week so ask God to give them the strength, compassion and understanding they need to deal with all the situations they face on a daily basis. Thank God for their devotion.
Pray for a good attendance at our annual Congregational Meeting on 17th June. Ask God to encourage more mem-bers of our congregation to become involved with our new groups.
This is UK clothing poverty awareness week so pray for all those young and old who find themselves without adequate clothing and give thanks for all those locally and nationally who work to alleviate this difficult stigma in our society.
World Blood Donor Day is 14th June. Thank God for all those who give blood to this lifesaving service and also for the work of the blood transfusion centres which has revolutionised medical and surgical procedures.
A Scots version of the Lord’s Prayer
Wir Faither in Hivin, Yir name be keepit in awe, Yir ring begin, i the warld as in Hivin. Gie us ilk day wir breid for the day, An forgie whit we are awin tae Yirsel, As we forgie ithers whit is awin tae us. An dinna trachle us sairly, but free us frae the Deil; fur the Croun is yir ain, An the micht an the glorie, Warld upo warld. Sae be it.
Week beginning 17th June 2018
Thank God for Crossreach which offers loving care to people of all ages who are in need of a helping hand, supporting them to live life to the full whatever their circumstances. They have been at the forefront of high quality social care for almost 150 years. During that time they have worked hard to understand the needs of the people who turn to them for help and with them have been at the forefront of pioneering services which have literally changed thousands of lives for the better.
Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. Pray for all those who have had to leave their country to avoid persecution. Pray for safe passage for them and for the nations of the world to accept them into their societies as Jesus urged us to do.
Give thanks for the dedication of our Prayer Group which meets every Wednesday morning to pray for our church, our congregation and our community. Prayer is also offered for those who are sick and for the wider world.
Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart which no unworthy thought can drag downwards; an unconquered heart which no tribulation can wear out; an upright heart which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Give me also, O Lord my God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally em-brace you through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Week beginning 24th June 2018
Armed Forces Day is on 30th of June. Thanks God for the men and women who put their lives at risk for us in the defence of our country. Pray their leaders will make the difficult decisions required of them with Christ at the centre and seek resolution through diplomacy and negotiation rather than confrontation where possible.
Pray for our Showstoppers meeting in US church hall 20th June. Thank God for our volunteers and in particular for our leader, Christine Turnbull who gives so much of her time to organising this important outreach.
Father of all, awaken us to the joy in the mystery of Your presence at the heart of all things. For day by day You hold us in love. Saviour of all, call us to holiness, to all that is beautiful and good and true. For day by day You walk with us along life’s road. Spirit of all, let us feel Your breeze upon our face. For day by day You are within us and around. Prompting, comforting, challenging, inspiring, leading us in the ways of God. Ever present God, in whom we are richly blessed, teach us to use Your gifts with gladness and care. Bless us with kind hearts and caring eyes to notice the lost and the least. Lead us to live bravely in the way of Christ and His cross. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary