Prayers for December 2019
Week beginning 1st December 2019
Prayers for God’s world
• 1st December is World Aids Day – a day when we remember all those living with HIV or AIDS, those who care for them and for their families and friends. It is also an opportunity for people worldwide to unite and show support for people living with HIV.
• Lord Jesus Christ, You constantly included the excluded, showed compassion to those whom others neglected or shunned, and offered love to the unloved. On this World AIDS Day, help us to extend care and support to those who live with HIV and AIDS. May we affirm that all people are loved by You, welcomed by You and valued by You. Bless those who work to treat, support and accompany people living with HIV and AIDS; those who labour to ensure their needs are not overlooked; and those who speak out to challenge prejudice and discrimination. We pray the day will come when there are no more new infections, no more lives lost unnecessarily, and no more futures blighted. Lord of love, Lord of hope, hear our prayer.
• Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness. Pray people may remember mankind is one big family and we as Christians are commanded to love everyone no matter colour or creed.
• John 13:34-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Week beginning 8th December 2019
Text for December 2019
Luke 2:11 For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
Prayers for the United Kingdom
As the country faces a general election this month pray all politicians can conduct themselves in a manner befitting to their position, concentrating on conveying a clear message without being detrimental to colleagues in other political parties.
King of kings and Leader of leaders, we thank You for our government and for those seeking to lead with righteousness, courage and compassion. Father, we dare to pray for a vision that reflects You and Your priorities to become the vision of our nation’s leaders. Amen
Many facts and figures about our country make difficult reading at any time but perhaps more so at Christmas. Around 22% of the population, roughly 14 million people, live in poverty. Around 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, of whom over 2 million are aged 75+. 1.9 million older people report feeling ignored or invisible. Research this year shows almost a quarter of a million young people are unhappy with their lives. Increasing numbers of teenagers are turning to self harm. Pray for all affected by any of these conditions and thank God for care givers in the community who can provide expert guidance and intervention strategies.
Pray people come to realise the one thing that remains constant through all the Christmas stress, hurt and heartache is the real reason we celebrate: Jesus. May they come to know Jesus as the gift He is—born for each and every one of us.
Week beginning 15th December 2019
Prayers for our church.
Give thanks for everyone involved in organising the Christmas Coffee morning. Pray those who attend will enjoy the fellowship. Give thanks also for the faithful people staffing and attending Open Church.
• Our Gift Service is on the 8th December. All gifts received will be donated to The Salvation Army whose message is based on the Bible, ministry is motivated by the love of God, mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Pray the members continue to display a burning desire to lead people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ while actively serving the community
• The people who attend Cuppa and Chat are going out for a Christmas lunch together. Give thanks for all those who arrange this and acknowledge their dedication
• Thank God for the faithfulness of George Petrie as he leads us in worship on 15th December.
• Pray for everyone involved in the All Age service on 22nd December. Give thanks for the dedication of the leaders of Sunday Club and Sunday Stars not only to organise this service but all year round.
• Thank God for our musicians, willing to use their God given talents to lead us in worship services this month.
• Pray people attending the Bereavement service will receive a warm welcome feel a sense of peace in our church.
Week beginning 22nd December 2019
Prayers for our local area
• Give thanks for the Council of Churches in Broxburn and Uphall. Pray the Christmas cards being given to shops, nursing homes and local businesses are well received. Pray also for the Council of Churches service being held in Strathbrock church in the evening on 1st December.
• Christmas lights will be switched on in both Broxburn and Uphall. Acknowledge the work going on behind the scenes, involving many people, to provide this community service.
• Thank God for the BUSY project volunteers working tirelessly to maintain the project. Pray for the success of the Christmas Ceilidh fundraising event to be held in Strathbrock Church hall.
• Give thanks for opportunities to worship with our friends in Strathbrock church. This month two joint events are taking place: a Martha and Mary afternoon and carol singing. May both events be well supported.
• Pray for Strathbrock Church and Broxburn Parish church as they are both in vacancy.
• Father during this Christmas season we pray for the people visiting our homes and seek Your help as we try to be salt and light to them. Almighty God, we ask for healthy, thriving relationships between neighbours. We pray different cultures will be able to understand and care for one another in our community. We pray the diversity of Your people will be celebrated by all, just as You affirm and love each and every one of us.
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary