Prayers for July 2019
Week beginning 7th July 2019
‘O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You for ever.’ Psalm 30:12
Give thanks for family, neighbours and those people you meet in the street or pass while out and about. Our church motto is ‘To be God’s Love in Action’ and as we go about our daily tasks ask Him for a gentle and constant reminder to help us be just that every minute of each day.
Give thanks for George Petrie as he preaches to us over the next three Sundays. Pray God will inspire him as he declares God’s word to us. Give thanks for the time George has been willing to spend in prayer and planning before these weeks to present the services to us.
Our minister Ian and his wife Ellen are on holiday. May they enjoy their time together. Ask God to watch over them and bless them.
As always Scripture Union camps are running this summer and some of our young folk are attending these. Pray they will feel welcome and accepted as they are presented with numerous and varied opportunities to develop their personal relationship with God. Give thanks for the adults who give up their time to share God’s living word with the campers. In particular pray for Christine Turnbull as once again she has volunteered at a camp where her enthusiasm and joy for the Lord would shine through for all to see.
Week beginning 14th July 2019
Pray for Hannah Kelly (BUSY youth worker) who is at SU camp this week -13th to 9th July. May God richly bless her and all the other team leaders and young people with her.
Give thanks for Blythe Rodger and her friends as they meet over the summer to firm up plans for the COSY group which has been given the go ahead from West Lothian Presbytery and will report to the Congregational Resourcing Committee at regular intervals for support and guidance,. The purpose of the COSY group is faith development and fellowship in young adults aged 18– 30.
Pray for Rev. Ken Ross who is West Lothians Presbytery Mission Partner. Ken is now in Malawi where he has taken up a senior role with the Church of Scotland preaching and teaching God’s word.
Pray for the work in Mulanje Mission hospital which works together with a local government hospital to serve a population of 550,000 people in the Mulanje district of south east Malawi.
O Lord our God, we give thanks for the wisdom of those often overlooked for the healing of the meek and mighty, just the same, for the prophetic voice that speaks truth to power. We will give thanks to You for ever. O Lord our God, we give thanks for the gentleness of Your Spirit for the sharing of heavy burdens for the new creation that is everything. We will give thanks to You for ever. O Lord our God, we give thanks for the challenge of the apostles’ example for gifts of welcome and hospitality for the security of what it means to be Yours We will give thanks to You for ever. AMEN
Week beginning 21st July 2019
Sing praises to the Lord, O You faithful ones, And give thanks to His holy name. Psalm 30:4
BUSY Summer Buzz programme are running Engage Bible study evenings over the next three Wednesday evenings. Give thanks for the faithfulness of the various volunteers and Hannah as they work with some of the young people in Uphall.
Take time to reflect on the fruit that is evident in and through the life of the church today, in your community and across Scotland. Bear witness to the fruit of the gospel in community meals, the hospitality and welcome being provided for those seeking refuge, the care being demonstrated for creation through the growing network of Eco congregations, the coffee mornings that counter the pain of loneliness and isolation in the lives of many; the list of good news goes on and on and on. Celebrate the fruit of the church, that it might instil reassurance and in turn sow more seeds of fruitfulness.
Encourage everyone who has volunteered to help in some way at the holiday club next month as craft materials, games and the daily programme are being fine tuned. Pray for the aims of the holiday club to be realised by using the prayer bookmarks available in church.
God of grace and truth, We give thanks for life in all its fullness. Not an easy life but a life full of support and encouragement to confront difficulties and challenges
Not a pain-free life but a life full of love and care to comfort in suffering. Not a life of luxury but a life with enough for freedom from fear. Not a life of possession but a life full of wonder to delight in each day. Amen
Week beginning 28th July 2019
Rev Colin Sinclair, who is the minister for Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh, began his year-long role as Moderator of the Church of Scotland in May 2019. As he travels here in Scotland and abroad may his love and devotion to God always be evident for all to see. Pray he is warmly received wherever he goes as he delivers messages of hope, truth and love from the Bible.
Pray for wisdom, understanding and patience for the political leaders of our nation as we face uncertain times.
Give thanks for the courage of the many lifeboat teams up and down the coast as they are called on over the busy summer period.
O God, for Your love for us, warm and brooding, which has awakened us to birth and opened our eyes to the wonder and beauty of creation.
We give You thanks For Your love for us, wild and freeing, which has awakened us to the energy of crea-tion; to the sap that flows, the blood that pulses, the heart that sings.
We give You thanks For Your love for us, compassionate and patient, which has carried us through our pain, wept beside us and waited with us in our confusion.
We give You thanks For Your love for us, strong and challenging, which has called us to risk for You. You have asked the best in us and shown us how to serve.
We give You thanks O God we come to celebrate that Your Holy Spirit is present deep within us, and at the heart of all life. Forgive us when we forget Your gift of love made known to us in Jesus and walk into the darkness, and draw us back into Your presence and the light of love. Amen
David Cameron - Prayer Secretary