Gracious God We pray for those caught up in the fire at Grenfell Tower, for casualties, for the wounded, for the missing and the traumatised. We pray for the emergency services and for those who are responsible for co-ordinating the response to this major incident. In despair bring hope In injury bring healing In fear bring comfort. In our helplessness be our strength. In your mercy hear our prayers. In Christ’s name. Amen
Praying Day by Day June 2017
Theme: Choices & Decision Making
1 Think about our homes, the people we share with, those who visit, how we react to them, listen to them, or are we too preoccupied with ourselves to give them space? Offer them to God.
2 At work, our colleagues and others we come into contact with. How do we relate to them, how does our mood affect the relationship? Can we do anything about it? Ask God for help and guidance.
3 Many tasks involve helping others. What is our attitude towards them? Are we helping willingly or with a degree of resentment? Are there any other ways we can offer voluntary help or support? Ask for God’s help.
4 All the clutter we collect, do we really need it? Could others use it? Or is it just rubbish we need to get rid of? We all collect rubbish physically and emotionally, take stock. We need God to help us, remember he wants to help us.
5 Many decisions are difficult. We have decisions to make. Some are difficult, ask for guidance when we are weighing up the pros and cons and reflect on how our decision will affect others and offer these thoughts to God.
6 Reflect on your thoughts, how much are they influenced by others? Is this good or is it just following the crowd? Ask God.
Theme: Our Troubled World
7 Ask God to be with us in our decision making. How well do we hear him or do we listen properly in all our interactions?
8 Polling day. Pray for all the candidates and for those voting so that the right candidate is elected for the nation.
9 All newly elected MPs and the new Government. That the right people are appointed into the offices of state and the civil servants who will be assisting them.
10 Other European governments for a good understanding of each other’s wishes and desires and that reasonable compromises can be reached.
11 People living in areas of conflict, in war zones. Those fighting for their rights.
12 Individuals who are being persecuted for their faith, refugees.
13 People who are trapped in slavery. People who have been trafficked and are having to work as sex slaves.
14 Troubled families, children in care or being abused in any way.
15 People and organisations who offer support and mediation where required.
Theme: Our church and outreach
16 Our Ministers and those who contribute to the worship within the Church, including all who worship with us.
17 The support staff, and everyone who contributes to the smooth running of the Church, paid and unpaid.
18 Our Church, that it may be a centre for God’s love to be shown and expressed in what we do and say.
19 The new coffee shop. May it offer peace and tranquillity to all.
A place where God’s presence can be felt.
20 Everyone who uses the Church premises, may they become aware of God’s love for them.
21 Our various congregations and the services that are held on Sundays and during the week.
22 Dovecote and all who help to maintain the ethos of a Christian book shop in the town.
23 To have discernment, knowing when to stop chattering and when to stop and listen so that we can hear with God’s ears and respond as he wishes us to.
Theme: A time to remember and give thanks
24 Our friends and neighbours, naming them individually.
Our families, parents, children brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandchildren. Remember those we don’t see very often. Should we be making more contact with them?
Our colleagues at work. Remembering those who seem to bother us, cause us problems, together with those we like and get on well with.
27 Those who provide for us, give us support and encouragement.
28 Those who may provoke us, make us think, stop us becoming complacent.
29 Those who bring calm and feelings of wellbeing.
30 The peace and joy of living, the beauty of all that surrounds us.
For all we give thanks & praise.
Those in Need
We pray particularly Lord Jesus at this time for all those who are ill in body, mind or spirit. Stretch out your arms and touch them with your healing hands and restore their minds and bodies. In these very economically difficult times we pray for the many who are out of work and those who are depressed. Teach them to put their trust in you and that there is always hope for the future.
And those who know thy name put their trust in thee, for thou, O LORD, hast not forsaken those who seek thee.