Prayers for August 2019
Week beginning 4th August 2019
Pray for the skill and safety of the workmen busy in our church this week. Ask God to bless those people who normally use our halls with understanding as their schedule is disrupted.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Pray for students in S4, 5 and 6 in secondary schools over Scotland who are awaiting exam results this week and ask God to be with them at this stressful time.
Jesus, Keep reminding students of the bigger picture over the next few weeks. Keep them safe in Your hands when all other hands seem to disappear, for we know that neither entry requirements nor exam results, anticipation nor doubts, success nor failure, fears nor anxieties, nor anything else in life, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Give thanks for the volunteers who serve in the Open Door where many people go for not only home baking and a cup of tea but for a cheery word and a listening ear. Bless each of for the Management team as they serve You this way.
Week beginning 11th August 2019
Text for August 2019
"Therefore encourage one another, and build one another up…”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Ask God to bless our Guardians of Ancora Holiday Club this week. Give thanks for all the volunteers, young and old, from both churches. Grant them patience, understanding and love for each other as they work together and aim to show God’s love not only to the chil-dren, but to the parents, grandparents and carers who bring the children each day.
This weekend coming the National Youth Assembly of the Church of Scotland (NYA) meet for the last time. The NYA has been a significant part in the faith journey of young adults in the Kirk for the last 25 years. Pray the young adults attending the NYA find Your love, hope, peace and joy in their discussions, activities and daily actions.
This prayer was written by members of the NYA:
Lord of all creation, make us builders of Your kingdom. Where poverty and inequality tear down justice for all Your children – Lord of all creation, make us builders of Your kingdom. Where greed and ignorance tear down the ecology of Your environment – Lord of all creation, make us builders of Your kingdom. Where loneliness and illness tear down life in all its fullness – Lord of all creation, make us builders of Your kingdom. Where fear and anxiety tear down daily lives – Lord of all creation, make us builders of Your kingdom. Amen
Week beginning 18th August 2019
Give thanks for the staff in all local schools who each week endeavour to create a safe place for their students and an environment conducive to learning. Pray new staff will settle quickly and be made welcome as they bring fresh ideas to the schools. Bless those going to nursery or school for the first time and those making the step from primary to secondary school.
Almighty God, We come to You today and give thanks for all teachers. Thank you for the way in which they give of themselves each day in the classroom, serving and instructing the next generation of this land. We thank You for them all now. Father, please fill their hearts with courage now by Your mighty Spirit. Fill them with Your strength, so they may rise to every challenge and not grow weary. Fill them with Your wisdom, so that they may be able to make good judgement when guiding and helping others. Fill them with Your peace, so that when stress and anxiety comes it would not overwhelm them. Fill them with Your joy, so that the passion they have for their subject may become a infectious passion that spreads. We ask all this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Give thanks for Crossreach which makes such a difference to many lives in Scotland. Pray for the dedicated staff who have an impressive commitment to training, learning and development ensuring the best care can be delivered to adults, older people, children and families.
Pray for Ian, our minister, as he faithfully visits the sick in hospital or in their homes. Give thanks for his kindness and deep faith.
Week beginning 25th August 2019
Pray for the 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia. 40,000 people under the age of 65 suffer from early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million. Give thanks for the families and carers who support them in various ways.
Thank God for the work of all those associated with the World Mission Council. Pray for the ongoing work in Nepal to restore the infrastructure destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Give thanks for the 36 newly constructed schools and42 toilet blocks built there; the 37km of foot-paths, 8km of paved roads and 8 bridges which have been rebuilt and the 8 micro-hydro power plants repaired to generate electricity. WMC continues to exhibit God;s love in action throughout our troubled world.
God of all creation, you are the centre of our world. The pivot round whom all us turn. You call us to dream: to dream of far off horizons; to dream of new possibilities; to dream of a world in love with you, and each other. Help us, Jesus, to draw wider and ever wider circles, building communities that look out to see you in the faces of friend and stranger alike. Holy Spirit, may our loving know no borders in all that we do, as a church here in Scotland, and with friends all around the world. Amen.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary