Prayers for June 2019
Week beginning 2nd June 2019
Psalm 86 v 5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You.
Give thanks for Ian, our minister, as he explains God’s word to us each week.
Pray for the meeting of Sunday Stars and Sunday Club leaders as they plan the All Age service at the end of the month and also look beyond this to next session.
Give thanks for all the adults organising the children’s gala day in Uphall. Pray all will run smoothly and to plan. Give thanks for those volunteers from both Strathbrock and Uphall South churches who provide and serve the refreshments for this event.
We pray for those leaders around the world, who are seeking to abide by the truth of Your law and we pray that they may be tools, used by You, to maintain justice and righteousness in their respective positions and nations. We particularly lift up those men and women whom You have called into national leadership positions and pray they will give You first place in their lives and seek You diligently in prayer when they are called upon to make difficult decisions that affect the lives of so many people. Protect our nation O Lord we pray, and bring us back to a nation whose God is the Lord, in Jesus name we pray,
Week beginning 9th June 2019
Be filled with the Spirit … giving thanks to God the Fa-ther at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Ephesians 5:18,20
Give thanks for the Praise Band as they lead us in outdoor worship this morning before the 11am service. Rejoice as we hear more about the BUSY project from Hannah Kelly and give thanks for her devotion as she continues to work with many young people in our local community.
Pray Pentecost challenges us to get out of our comfort zone and into the less predictable life that God’s Spirit may be pointing us towards. Pray we can be open to the Spirit of God, which is as dynamic today as it was at the inception of the Church. Pray we can listen to the Spirit, interpret what is being said to the Church today, and be relevant to the world standing outside the Church for this is the mission field today. Our world needs the message of the risen Christ, the hope that faith offers.
Tonight John McFadzean will be set apart as a reader in a special service in Whitburn South Church. Give thanks for John’s willingness to tell others of the love of God and pray for God’s blessing on John as he begins a new stage in his life.
Pray volunteers will go along to the Holiday club information meeting this week and hear about the exciting programme planned for the week in August.
Give thanks for Rev Richard Darroch whose year as Moderator of West Lothian Presbytery is drawing to a close. Pray he is able to make some time for rest and relaxation over the summer.
Week beginning 16th June 2019 Trinity Sunday
Sovereign God, You call us to worship You as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are not a God that is distant, but a God who has walked the journey with us from the beginnings of creation. You are the One who was, and who is, and who is to come. We seek to name You, our Triune God, and yet all our attempts fall short. They fall short of the mystery of Your nature and of the complexity of Your relationship with us, but yet You are open to our childish attempts to understand and to name, and will not ignore us. Amen.
As we hold the annual church meeting today we give thanks for all those working together in church to ensure we move forward giving all the glory to God.
Lord, we pray specifically for fathers and fatherhood across our land. God, we thank You for men who are leading according to Your statutes and the ones laying their lives down for Your purposes. We pray You will continue to use these men to lead their families and other men. We pray You will strengthen the fathers of our nation and that You will continue to empower churches, organizations, and individuals to invest in fathers and fatherhood for the sake of our children.
This is Loneliness Awareness week. Sadly around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, up to 85% of young disabled adults – 18-34 year olds – feel lonely. Everyone can be affected by loneliness at some point in their lives. For many, it is a transitory feeling, but for others, it can become chronic and have a serious impact on a their health and wellbeing. Pray for any person who may be suffering from loneliness that they may make some social connections which are fundamental to daily existence and help give meaning and purpose to their lives.
Week beginning 23rd June 2019
Pray for the young people in Sunday Club , children in Sunday Stars and their leaders as they lead worship in church today. Give thanks for their enthusiasm and energy.
Give thanks for US men. We are grateful for their willingness to serve lunch to the congregation today in a bid to raise funds for Rev Dr Ken Ross who is West Lothian Presbytery’s new World Mission Partner.
God of all times and places, of the smallest organism and the largest mammal. You are found in the highest peaks, and in the deepest depths of the ocean. You are found in the quiet of the country, as well as the noise of the city. You are open to us at any time, and in any place, so we come and sit before You, ready to listen to what You have to say to us today.
Week beginning 30th June 2019
School holidays start now and is a time to relax and enjoy the summer. Be aware though this can be a challenging time for some parents and children alike as their daily routine is changed and uncertain days may lie ahead. Pray for some stability in the lives of all affected by the holidays and for safety for children and young people.
Give thanks for the dedication of our Prayer Group who pray for our church, our congregation, our community and for the wider world.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary