Prayer Focus November 2017
Prayers for December 2017
Beginning 3rd December 2017
This is the first Sunday in Advent and also the Sunday closest to World Aids Day (1st December). Thank God for the advances and treatment made for this dreadful disease which still scourges our earth and is a major cause of death and poverty in the poorest nations of the world. Pray for further advances in treatment and prevention, for compassion and understanding, better education and removal of prejudice.
Ask God to bless our services this month as we reach out to our community during the festive period. Pray those drawn to us this Christmas will feel God’s love at work in our church and find the comfort they seek in our midst.
Loving God, thank You for all your gifts, especially for Your love shown to all humankind through Jesus Christ, Your Son. We thank You for your constant compassion, caring, guiding, protecting and forgiving. We thank You for loving us, despite our lack of love for You and our failure to love our neighbours. Loving God, forgive our feeble faith, our willingness to exclude people from our circles of concern through prejudice, self-centredness or lack of understand-ing. Forgive us for failing to respond appropriately to the concerns of people who are marginalised in life. Loving God, as we rejoice in Your love for all, we ask You to help us recognise our responsibility towards You and the world You have given us. Encourage us to respond appropriately to HIV and to learn from Jesus as we try to live and love like him. In Jesus name. Amen.
Week beginning 10th December 2017
Our annual Gift Service is today and the donations this year will go t River Kids who support needy children in West Lothian. Thank God for the work being done by this local charity and pray for the children they look after asking God to make this Christmas a happy one for them.
This Sunday is Vocations Sunday used to promote vocation to particular recognised ministries in the Church. However each and every baptised member of the Church has been called by God and has a unique role within the life of the Christian community. Each one is called by name, each one struggles at times with the call to follow, each is uniquely gifted and named for a purpose. Christian vocation is the challenge set before us all as we seek to discover our life’s work in God’s service. Thank God for the joy of being able to serve Him and for His direction in your life.
Dearest God, constant in the face of our fickleness, covenant-keeper in the face of our betrayals, reveal to us again just how kind You are, and how forgiving. Where we are being too hard on ourselves, help us to learn tenderness. When we start raking over old hurts, picking the scabs of wounds that are trying to heal, teach us to soothe what is sore, and to trust that You are putting us back together again. You sit with us in all we find hard to move past in our own failings and the ways others have failed us. We look to You for the courage and grace to forgive. We look to You for the example of bearing grievance without hitting back. Make us merciful as You are merciful, generous in our warmth towards self and others. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Week beginning 17th December 2017
Pray for all those around the world who are refugees, who will have no home and no country this Christmas. Ask God to bless the organisations like Christian Aid, Medecins sans Frontiere and Oxfam who work tirelessly to help bring some sense of normality to the lives of all those displaced. Pray the nations of the civilised world will provide safety, freedom and hope for them.
Give thanks to God for our NHS which provides a fantastic service for all who need to use it. Pray for those professionals who will be working over this festive period and thank God for their dedication.
Father, as families and friends begin to gather this Christmas we remember some who will be travelling, some who cannot be with us this year or at all, some who are facing difficulties. We thank you for all those who have lit up and who still light up our lives with joy. And as we approach Christmas we pray we may know in our hearts and in our minds we are all held together now and for eternity in Your love. We wait, O God, for Your coming in poverty and childbirth, amid the straw and the tinsel and we dare to hope and long for a world where wars cease, people are free from the fear of terrorism, all children go to school, all people have healthcare, where the hungry are fed, the homeless are housed and the unloved know of your love. So we pray again with all our hearts – Your Kingdom Come!. Strengthen all those who work to bring in Your reign of peace and justice and love. Comfort those who suffer in body, mind or soul. Fill us with Your Spirit, that we might be part of the building of Your Kingdom. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done in Christ’s name. Amen.
Week beginning 24th December 2017
Text for December 2017
"Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink."
1 Corinthians 12-13.
As we celebrate Christmas, Thank God for the wonderful gift of His Son, Jesus and take time to remember the real reason for the season. Thank Him for sending Jesus to save us from our sins and for His eternal grace which is freely given to us all.
Pray for all those less fortunate than ourselves, the homeless, those out of work, the broken families, those suffering from addictions, the lonely and those who are ill. Ask God’s blessing on them all.
As we approach our annual service for those bereaved, ask God to be with the families left behind and to bring them comfort at this time. Take a few moments to remember those you have lost and thank God for the part they have played in your life.
May we all know the peace of God
In our waiting and our expecting
In our hoping and our dreaming
In our coming and our going
In our waking and our sleeping........
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary