Prayers for April 2019
Text for April 2019
Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Week beginning 7th April 2019
This fifth Sunday of Lent is sometimes known as Passion Sunday. As such, it is celebrated as marking the beginning of the two-week period known as Passiontide, culminating in the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
The period of Lent and Holy Week is intended to advance our formation as disciples of Jesus. A time of challenge and encouragement to follow Jesus’ way more faithfully. This week we are challenged and encouraged as our focus moves to the events leading to Jesus’ ‘triumphant’ entry into Jerusalem.
King of salvation, we praise You as in Jesus You have come into our broken world fully to share our humanity and to bring us redemption.
We marvel again at Jesus’ willingness in love to identify in this way with us, to share our sorrows and to walk the long and painful road to a new exodus in the achievement of the cross, gaining for us freedom from sin and pain and death.
BUSY Easter Buzz programme is running this week. Pray for Hannah as she has planned an active week for the young people. Wednesday sees a trip to Safari Park with Engage Bible study at night. Thursday and Friday are also full days as a creative writing club will be offered both afternoons and in the evenings Tepee Movie and Games nights. Give thanks for the faithfulness of the people who volunteer with the project and pray for energy for them to keep up with the young folk.
Week beginning 14th April 2019
Pray for the Council of Churches Easter services being held on Monday (Praise and Prayer), Thursday (Holy Communion) and Good Friday. Pray for our minister, Ian, as he leads us in worship on Monday. Pray for a good attendance at each service and for the time of fellowship afterwards.
School pupils and staff are on a well earned break. Let us give thanks for the dedication of staff, nurturing students each day, showing them kindness and patience as well as instructing them. We pray the children and young people are enjoying a time of rest and relaxation with their families.
At this time, when we are called to reflect on our own path of discipleship, help us in Your presence to face the truth about ourselves with honesty and openness. We confess that we have all come far short of Your glory, that too often we have compromised rather than confessed our faith. Forgive us that we have been narrow in our vision and self-centred in our con-cerns and have not loved You and others as You have called us to do. Look on us, gracious Father, not in ourselves but as found in the Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us. As we focus in these coming days on the wonder of what Jesus Christ, Your suffering Servant, achieved for us, give us a new heart to follow Him more fully, to take up our cross and in serving Jesus our Lord, humbly to serve others, especially those most in need around us, with the same self-emptying mind which Jesus displayed. Amen
Week beginning 21st April 2019
Easter Sunday: the apex of the Christian Year, where everything in our faith comes together in that challenging, exhilarating mixture of mystery and revelation. The cross is empty, and so is the tomb. The night has gone and light has come. Darkness may come again, but the reality of persistent dawn breaks each day. Whoever we are, whatever we make of the mystery and the wonder of Easter, and whatever the challenges we might face in our personal or communal life, God remains powerfully present. For the people of faith, every day should be an Easter Day. Therefore we rejoice.
Risen Lord, on this day we praise You, on this day we worship You, on this day we draw close to You, and rejoice that You come to us still, out of darkness into light, out of grief into joy, out of fear into hope. Rejoicing in the presence of our living Saviour, we are bold to come close and be glad that in this life, we are not alone; in this life, there is someone we can trust; in this life the promise becomes reality because of You, Lord Jesus Christ.
As we stand in Your resurrection light, we become aware of all that breaks and tarnishes and diminishes our lives. For times when we choose darkness over light; for times when we speak words of harm and not healing; for times when our actions show no faithfulness; forgive us, risen Lord.
Come this day, this Easter Day, with Your power to set us free from sin and death, from pettiness and insincerity, that we may be a people called by name, liberated to love, empowered to serve. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Week beginning 28th April 2019
Luke 22:19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in re-membrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Today our All Age service includes Family Communion. Pray everyone pre-sent will know God’s love as we join together to praise and worship Him.
Philippians 4 v 6 and 7 Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
SQA exams have started and we pray for the young people in our church and community as they study and sit their exams. Lord, help them stay focused and calm, keep their minds alert and memories sharp and calm any nerves they experience. Remind them they are cherished and understood at all times.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”
Give thanks for John McFadzean’s willingness to study God’s word. Pray for John as he prepares his assessment service for the 5th May. Pray John feels God’s guiding presence with him as he reads and studies scripture while composing the sermon.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary