Prayer Focus February 2018
Prayers for February 2018
Week beginning 4th February 2018
The February theme for Year of the Young People is Health and Wellbeing. Ask God to touch the lives of our children and young people if they have a time of illness. Pray also they will take advantage of the opportunities made available to them to lead healthy, active lives.
Sunday 4th February is World Cancer Day. Thank God for the advances being made by all the research teams in battling this disease. Thank God also for the dedicated cancer care teams who bring hope to those in remission but also deal gently and sympathetically with those less fortunate. Pray not only for those you know who suffer for the disease but also for their families and friends who provide loving, caring support.
Heavenly Father We ask that you open our eyes to the needs of others, We pray that you will open our ears to hear their cries, Our hearts are broken due to all the tragedies which are happening in this world. We read about the fatalities occurring due to the wars which are taking place. We hear about the children who have lost their families and their homes. We pray those who are making the decisions that affect the world can learn how to show compassion, respect and love, In Jesus name, Amen
Text for February 2018
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Week beginning 11th February 2018
As we approach the season of Lent it is a good time to thank God for blessing you with His grace and ask Him to forgive any sins which might be troubling you. Pray for His continued input to your life and thank Him for sending His Son Jesus to save us.
Sunday 11th is Church Action on Poverty Sunday so pray for political and business leaders of the world to use their power an influence and help relieve the suffering of the world’s impoverished people. 767 million people live below the international poverty line of £1.33 a day. 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, (one in nine) were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries.
God of light and love, forgive us when we simply do not believe in Your better world enough to invest ourselves in it, when we are so afraid of the dark that we hide under cover rather than venture towards the light. Forgive us when we do not shelter each other, but leave the most fragile to fend for themselves. God of all, including what is yet to be, give us courage to use our gifts for Your good. If we do that, the best is yet to come, so come and change us. Amen.
Week beginning 18th February 2018
As our church is now working under a Unitary Constitution, pray for the new team structure which the Kirk Session has spent many prayerful months putting together. As the structure is launched this Sunday morning, take time this week to ask God what role he sees for you and how you might contribute to the future path of our church here in Uphall. Consider prayerfully in which team you would be best able to use the talents given to you by God.
Pray for the new Learning Together Team and its convener, Christine Turnbull. They will be responsible for co-ordinating and supporting the learning opportunity groups in Uphall South Church.
Pray for the new Agape Team and its convener, Margaret Denholm. Their role is to develop the pastoral care of the congregation.
Pray for the new Community Team and its convener, Morag Cameron. Their role is to develop outreach and communication strategies within Uphall South parish and to the wider community.
Pray for the new Different Voices Team and its convener, Alison Hunter. They will be responsible for developing the worship life of the congregation.
Pray for the new Stewardship Team and its convener, David Cameron. They will be responsible for maintaining the finance and fabric of the church in a sustainable manner, via Property, Finance and Eco Teams.
Week beginning 25th February 2018
Thank God for the work of the General Trustees who look after the running of the Church of Scotland, Ask God to help them as they make difficult decisions about the way forward. Pray for them as they consider what to do about the lack of ministers, falling membership and maintenance of churches and manses. Ask God to show them His path for our Church and to give them the skills necessary to deliver a Church fit for the future.
As we have focused heavily on our own church this month let’s use our Vision Prayer this week. Lord God we ask that You would reveal Your vision to us, that we might be led by the Holy Spirit in the way forward. We ask that we may deepen in faith and in the life of prayer, all of us, together in this congregation. We ask that we may be open to Your further guidance, seeking this for Your glory. We ask that we may be a Church fully involved as a family, that our power be in prayer, that our fellowship be active, that our doors be open to all, that this Church might be a place where all feel accepted, that all may find a home here. We pray that we may be a welcoming congregation expressing Your love in modern, relevant, vibrant praise and joyful worship. Wider still, we ask that we may be a bright light for those around, and in the doing of Your Word, may we show Your love to those we meet, -we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary