Prayer Focus October 2017
Prayers for October 2017
Week beginning 1st October 2017
Thank God for all the farmers who have worked so hard over the last few weeks to bring in the harvest. Thank God for blessing us with bountiful supplies of food and pray for the millions throughout the world who go hungry every day.
Pray for those in our community who find themselves destitute through no fault of their own and having to use food banks to support themselves and their families. Thank God for all the volunteers who run the food banks and also all those individuals and companies who contribute to them.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Pray for all those suffering from this disease and for their families providing support. Give thanks for the skills of all the medical teams involved in diagnosing, treating and monitoring the patients.
Water of life, refresh our weary bones, cleanse our failed actions, nourish our parched souls.
Forgive us for the words unspoken, the actions that have hurt others, the thoughts which lack charity And lead us on to where we should be, not always where we want to be, but where you need us to offer our life as Your disciples; that in humility we may serve as You call us to and be Your people in the places we inhabit, so that in our words and actions we may also lead others to living streams, that together we may share in god’s grace. Amen
Week beginning 8th October 2017
Text for October 2017
All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of His resurrection, to share in His sufferings and become like Him in His death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life. Philippians 3: 10 –11.
This week is Good Money Week and the Church of Scotland is holding a conference with Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Oikocredit to show how our financial investments can have an impact on Climate Change. Pray for the success of this conference and ask God to work through us all and help us to invest in sustainable projects and institutions.
October 14th is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Pray for all those who find themselves needing to use these service and thank God for the work of the charities and professionals who provide sensitive care in peaceful environments to those in need.
Loving God, present and near. You are beyond our words and our understanding. Help us to remember that You are at once infinite, boundless, timeless and eternal but, at the same time intimately entwined with our lives. You are with us no matter where we find ourselves. When we have forgotten You Lord, have mercy. When we have failed to speak words of love Lord, have mercy. When we have neglected the need of another Lord, have mercy. Loving God, present and near help us to recognise Your presence and nearness with us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Week beginning 15th October 2017
Thank God for Cuppa and Chat which meets this Wednesday. Pray for all those who come along and also for the team who make it happen. Ask for God’s blessing on our work here and thank Him for the opportunities He gives us to serve Him.
On Sunday 15th October Trevor May from the Christian Blind Mission is coming to speak to us. CBM is part of an international charity which aims to transform the lives of people with disability, their families and communities in the poorest places of the world. People living in poverty with disability are the world’s poorest people. Thank God for their work and pray for the many volunteers who work in this very challenging area.
Pray for the Kirk Session who meet this Thursday and are continuing to work towards a new Unitary Constitution. Ask God to be with them all as they discuss the organisation and running of our church and thank Him for all our Elders.
Living, eternal God we thank You for the joy of our faith. The laughter, at the heart of creation, the joy of knowing that, despite all else, we belong to You and are Yours always. We pray for people whose lives are focused on the wrong things, who are always racing against the clock, who devote their energies to the pursuit of false gods, seduced by money, fame and power. For people, who are out of work or are wearied by the demands put on them by work or family or lack of money, who are worried to distraction about illness, full of sorrow or under constant strain. God of peace, come to those we name with Your blessing and give them that peace which passes all under-standing. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Week beginning 22nd October 2017
Thank God for our musicians, organists and Praise Band who lead us in praise week by week. Ask God to continue to bless our congregation with people willing to do this and pray more might come forward to join them and add to our glorification of the Lord.
Pray for all the leaders of the world as we go through a period of uncertainty and change. Ask God to be with them and to help them work for peace throughout the nations and to remove the threats of war by despots and dictators. Pray for acts of peace and conciliation in the Middle East, Africa and Korea.
Remember all the islands and communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and give thanks for the help from the international community which is invaluable in trying to re-store the infrastructure to these beautiful islands. Give thanks also for the disaster teams who were quickly mobilised and provided the devastated people with immediate shelter, food and clean water.
Loving God, we thank you for hearing our prayers, feeding us with your word, and encouraging us in our devotions. Take us and use us to love and serve you, and all people, in the power of your Spirit and in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary