Prayer Focus February 2019
Prayers for February 2019
Week beginning 3rd February 2019
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The focus is on being healthy inside and out. Pray for all our young people who are in turmoil inside and ask God to give them the strength they need to face their problems and the courage to reach out for support. Thank God for the work done by organisations like Childline and the Samaritans and pray they can continue to provide support for those children who feel they have nowhere left to turn to for help.
Pray for our church this month. Thank God for the faith of our congregation, for their fellowship, for their selfless giving and for their willingness to be ‘God’s love in action’. Ask God to show us the way he wants us to move forward and to guide us along that path for the good of our community.
O God, in the midst of the cacophony of voices that crush our spirit and deny our calling, voices that say, “Who do you think you are?” we hear Your voice of affirmation; we hear Your voice calling us to be and do what You have called us to be and do. Quiet our fears, soothe our bruised souls, and energize us for ministry in and with Your beloved world. Let faith abide. Let hope abide. Let love abide– , here in our community, here in our world, but most of all, here in us. Amen.
Week beginning 10th February 2019
Pray for the people of Zimbabwe as the country faces economic meltdown and persecution is rife. Ask God to be with those who are suffering as they protest against the current regime and the mess they have made of the economy. Ask God to remind them of His love and eternal hope and pray the leaders can be brought to their senses before the situation worsens.
As Valentine’s day dominates this week for many, thank God for His unconditional love and grace. Pray for those whom you love and ask God to be with them and to watch over them this week.
Pray for John McFadzean, who is with us as he trains to be a Reader. Give thanks for his faith and dedication which has drawn him to this vocation and ask God to equip him with all the tools he requires to complete his training.
Lord God, You have made so many things to bless human life – houses and churches, water and boats, ideas and speech, music and art and craft, leadership and service, worship and work and play. For all Your good gifts, we praise and thank You. In a world where good news is often unreported, we thank You for good things that have happened this past week, and for answered prayer. We continue to bring our prayers before You, for our friends and neighbours... for our community... for our country. You gave us Jesus to be our Saviour and Friend, to be a light to the world. Thank You for His example, for His teaching, for His kindness, for His willingness to heal. We thank You for those who have touched our lives for good and for all who care for us. Amen.
Text for February 2019
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Week beginning 17th February 2019
Our new Unitary Constitution has now been in operation for almost a year and we should thank God for all it has delivered already. As you do this, consider what God wants you to do by joining or supporting these teams.
Give thanks for the Learning Together Team and its convener, Christine Turnbull. They are responsible for co-ordinating and supporting the learning opportunity groups in Uphall South Church. e.g. Bible Studies, Sunday Stars, Sunday Club.
Give thanks for the Agape Team and its convener, Mar-garet Denholm. In their role to develop the pastoral care of the congregation.
Give thanks for the 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.
Give thanks for the Different Voices Team and its conven-er, Alison Hunter. They are responsible for developing the worship life of the congregation.
Give thanks for the Stewardship Team and its convener, David Cameron. They are responsible for maintaining the finance and fabric of the church in a sustainable manner, via Property, Finance and Eco Teams.
Week beginning 24th February 2019
Pray for the Guides and Rainbows who will be helping to lead us in worship this Sunday. Thank God we have been so fortunate to have them bringing many, many girls through their ranks over the last hundred years.
Pray also for Val Heath who will be telling us about the work of Project Romania which is supported by Broxburn Academy pupils.
God of the Universe, God of our lives, You know us better than we know ourselves. You see beyond the façade we present to the world – and You love us to the core. As we bask in Your marvellous presence may we know that we are welcomed with the open arms of love. May that knowledge inspire us to live more fully for You. Forgive us when we fail to live into the wonderful potential that You lay before us, for the times when we begrudge others their joy and blessing, for the times we fail to notice – or ignore – those who suffer and whose suffering we might begin to address. Forgive us when our vision is narrow and our hope is restricted Especially when Your imagination knows no bounds and Your capacity to love is beyond measure. Lord, forgive us and, as Your beloved, renew us to live into the freedom and the bounty You set before us, enable us to make a difference by sharing Your love and blessing in all that we do. In Jesus name, Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary