Prayer Focus November 2018
Prayers for December 2018
Week beginning 2nd December 2018
As our Bible Study groups come to a halt for Christmas, thank God for the faithfulness of all those who attend and pray more people might be encouraged to join them.
Pray for the success of the BUSY ceilidh taking place in Strathbrock church hall on Friday 7th December. Give thanks for all the work done by the project and pray for funding to become available to allow it to continue.
Pray for Craft and Chat as they meet on Wednesday 5th. Thank God for those who attend and also for those who work to make it happen.
Here is a prayer for the 1st Sunday in advent which is all about ‘hope’.
Almighty and eternal God, from nothing You brought forth life; from darkness You brought light; and from chaos You brought order. So we worship You, creative and loving God, as the one who brings hope. By Your son, You offer the hope of new life. By Your Spirit, You offer the hope of Your presence in our lives each day. Forgive us when we doubt Your ability to bring change and to transform lives. Forgive us when we are slow to play our part in the work of showing and sharing Your love. Forgive us when we allow our problems to cloud out Your possibilities. Fill us anew with Your hope, and with the confidence that we have a God for whom nothing is impossible. Give us grace and strength to be partners in Your work in the world, that Your hope may spread to every place where it is needed. In Jesus name. Amen.
Week beginning 9th December 2018
Text for December 2018
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
Pray for our gift service today (9th) after which all toys received will be donated to the Salvation Army for distribution. Thank God for the work of the Salvation Army as they help the poorest and most needy in our world.
Thank God for the work of our Community Team and the opportunity to outreach in Uphall Station this Sunday evening. Pray for a good attendance and warm fellowship.
Give thanks for the opportunity to work closely with Strathbrock church as we sing carols together on the Main Street in Uphall from 10:30 am on Saturday the 15th.
Dearest God, we pray for Your Church, that we might be true to Your calling to be people of The Way; that we might journey ever closer to Christ and maintain the path to fullness of life for all Your children. We pray for the nation we love and the community we serve, thanking those who guide us in righteousness and truth. We pray for the world in which we are set, that those whose lives are wayward might be guided to the Light of Your Redemption; and those whose lives are broken, might find healing for their body, mind and spirit. We pray for all who are in need this day – those who find the path of life hard to walk and need to lean heavily on our arm; those who fall by the wayside and need us to wait for them; those who fear what’s round the corner, and need our re-assuring companionship. Help us tread boldly and with confidence in our footsteps. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Week beginning 16th December 2018
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, the Salvation Army, 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.
Thank God for all the elders and members of the congregation who lead and support all the nursing home services. Pray for those attending the afternoon service in Middleton Hall this Sunday.
The 3rd Sunday in Advent focuses on joy with this prayer:
For the gift of the present, for joy that cannot be silenced, for love that breathes life into justice and peace, thank You. For the safe, sacred space of community, for being surrounded by those who have known us since before our first breath, those who welcomed us again and again into the home of their heart, thank You. For the power of imagination, for the birth of ideas and dreams, and for the hands and voices and energy that helped them grow up, thank You. Where there is love, there is always Advent. Thank You, God for every joy-filled birth. May we embody Your love that breathes life into justice and peace. Create in us safe, sacred spaces where all are welcomed and affirmed. Fire our imaginations and give us the grace to walk and work with others who have a dream. You have known us since before our first breath, welcomed us again and again into the home of Your heart. Help us do the same for one another. In the name of Jesus Christ Your Son and our Saviour. Amen
Week beginning 23rd December 2018
Give thanks for the leaders and members of Sunday Club and Sunday Stars who will lead us in worship this Sunday morning (23rd).
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.
Pray for a good attendance once again at our Watchnight service and ask God to reach out and touch those for whom this may be the only service of worship they attend this year.
As we approach our annual service for those bereaved, (30th) 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.
Who are we, Lord God, that you should come to us? Yet you have visited Your people and redeemed us in Your Son. As we prepare to celebrate His birth, make our hearts leap for joy at the sound of Your Word, and move us by Your Spirit to bless Your wonderful works. We ask this through Him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near: Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary