Monthly Parish Prayer Diary

ST PAUL’S CHURCH

BIRKENSHAW

Prayer Diary

 

September 2019

This Prayer Diary has been written by the #SundayCrew with God’s love and guidance.

Life (Mother Theresa)

 

Life is an opportunity, grasp it

Life is beauty, admire it

Life is a dream, make it a reality

Life is a challenge, rise to it

Life is precious, take care of it

Life is love, enjoy it

Life is a mystery, unravel it

Life is a promise, fulfil it

Life is sorrow, overcome it

Life is a struggle, accept it

Life is an adventure, dare it

Life is life, protect it.

Sunday 1st Islamic New Year We pray for Muslims in our diocese as they celebrate their New Year.

Monday 2nd Let us give thanks for all who are involved in preparing for the new academic year ahead.

Tuesday 3rd Let us take time to think about the school communities starting a new chapter, a new beginning, a new adventure.   Give them strength and courage to face the daily challenges which lie ahead.

Wednesday 4th Today we welcome our new vicar, Karen, and pray for her as she leads and guides us on our Christian journey.

Thursday 5th Take o take me as I am, summon out what I shall be, set your seal upon my heart and live in me.

Friday 6th Thank you, Lord, for helping us get through our first week back at school.   May you continue to help and support us all year through.

Saturday 7th For helping parents guide their children through the first week of enjoyment, worry and excitement, we thank you greatly.

Sunday 8th We pray for Karen as she leads us in worship on the first Sunday as our new vicar.

Monday 9th Help us to go out with optimism in our hearts, ready to build new and stronger friendships, not just with our old friends, but with new friends yet to be discovered.

Tuesday 10th On this day we remember our friends in our Link Parish of Magoma.   We specially remember the children whose lives are not as fortunate as our own, and need our constant love, care and prayers.

Wednesday 11th 9/11 Our thoughts and prayers are sent to the people who have suffered in the past and who are still suffering today from the lasting effects of 9/11.

Thursday 12th Thank you for our wonderful grandparents who love us, care for us, and spoil us.

Friday 13th Thank you, Lord, for all the gifts which we thankfully receive from your loving hands.

Saturday 14th Just as I am,  Thy love unknown hath broken every barrier down;  now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone, O Lamb of God, I come.

We pray for Scott and Sophie as they come to St Paul’s today for their wedding.

Sunday 15th Battle of Britain Remembering with gratitude those brave people who fought tirelessly for our lasting freedom on this day commemorating the Battle of Britain.

Monday 16th Take time to smell the flowers.

Tuesday 17th Calm me Lord, as you calmed the storm, still me Lord, keep me from harm. Let all tumult within me cease, enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

Wednesday, 18th All around me, Lord, I see your goodness, All creation sings Your praises. All the world cries, ‘God is Love’.

Thursday, 19th Thank you, Lord, for giving us cabbages and greens, broccoli and beans, and all fruit and vegetables.

Friday, 20th We thank you, Lord, for the rich autumn colours which turn our magnificent landscape into a colourful kaleidoscope.

Saturday, 21st  International Day of Peace Help us and guide us, Lord, give us the strength we need to strive towards World Peace.

Sunday 22nd We pray for strength for our wonderful Sunday Crew leaders and give thanks for our team work, commitment and our young people.

Monday 23rd As Autumn begins we thank you for the changing seasons, each one bringing its own pleasures and joys.

Tuesday 24th Now Autumn is here and the harvest begins we thank you for the farmers who cultivate our land to produce our food.

Wednesday 25th We pray for the countries of the world where the harvest is poor or never arrives.

Thursday, 26th International Maritime Day On this day we pray for your people who earn their living from the sea.

Friday, 27th You alone are my strength, my shield, to You alone may my spirit yield.   You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship You.

Saturday 28th Thank you for Roald Dahl and all the enjoyment he will give through his books for generations to come.

Sunday 29th Never stop chasing rainbows.   You can do anything, but not everything.

Monday 30th Jewish New Year Today we pray for other faiths particularly the Jewish people who celebrate their New Year today.

Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

 

 

October Prayer Diary

 

We thank thee Lord….

For all the rich autumnal glories spread – The flaming pageant of the ripening woods, the fiery gorse, the heather purpled hills, the rustling leaves that fly before the wind and lie below the hedgerows whispering, for the meadows silver white with hoary dew…. We thank thee Lord.

Prepared by Norah Wright

 

  1. God our Father, may the vastness of your creation that we can begin to see through a telescope, remind us of the abundance of Your love. Amen
  1. Dear Lord, may the lowliness of the smallest creatures and cells that we can see through a microscope, remind us of how insignificant – yet special – we appear to be.
  1. Father, may our vision each day of the world around us remind us that You so loved the world that you sent Jesus Your son to be one of us.
  1. In all that we observe, open our eyes so that we may really see and grow in wonder and appreciation of this beautiful world. Amen
  1. Love can do all things. Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions – or even at their difficulty – as at the love with which we do them.
  1. This day Father, may my eyes be opened to see the beauty in all that is ordinary – yet special – around me.
  1. May the glory of all that You have made remind me of your presence, and draw me closer to You. Amen
  1. Creator God, we thank You for the creative skills of all human beings made as we are in Your image and likeness.
  1. Lord, inspire us to use our skills for the benefit of all our brothers and sisters – working not in competition with others, but as “fellow travellers” who share the same journey. Amen
  1. Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace, where there is hatred let me sow love.
  1. God our Father, we could never prove or justify ourselves to You. Instead Your love for us is without limit or condition.
  1. Lord, in my own part of the world, I pray today and commit myself to be loving and understanding in all that I do.
  1. Lord, we ask for the power of Your spirit in our lives that we, in turn may be credible signs of Your love to the people that we meet today. Amen
  1. Who can compare with the Lord? He pardons what we do wrong, and takes great pleasure in having mercy. He treads down our faults, and he casts our sins to the very bottom of the sea.
  1. Be praised Lord, for sister earth, our mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colours.
  1. Lord our God, we pray that, no matter what happens to us, we may grow as people who are generous enough to hold no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. Amen
  1. God our Father, one of the greatest yearnings of the human spirit is to be free. We know that there are many kinds of restrictions that limit and confine us. Inspire us today to help others to grow in freedom through the respect and understanding and kindness that we can offer. Amen (Elizabeth Fry)
  1. Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me! I am small and weak, I need Your strength and wisdom.
  1. Heavenly father, help me to get away from the doubt that leads to despair. Give me a vision of hope that is stayed on faith. Amen
  1. Lord, help me to adjust my life to what I ought to be, rather than be content with what I am. May I be gentle and kind, and as I see the truth speak for it and follow it. Amen
  1. Lord God, thou knowest what I am and where I belong. Have mercy upon me and strengthen me, that I may not through weakness stay in the darkness. Amen
  1. Eternal God, may I know the value of the gift of life. May I think seriously of it, not through abuse or neglect cripple it, remembering that it is mine, to sow, to grow and to reap.
  1. Gracious Father, help me to understand that while I may be content to rest with what I have gathered, I cannot preserve the strength of my soul unless I share my possessions. Amen
  1. My father, may I have an appreciation of the wonderful creations of the earth. Give me a discriminating eye, that I may know the precious things that thou art growing, and throughout my life may I love the beautiful, and choose that which will make my life worthy of growth. Amen
  1. Lord, lead me out into the light, and may I find my way and be contented with it. Amen
  1. Give me a passion for humanity that will advance gifts through love, and offer service without the need for an appeal. Amen
  1. Lord, I pray that I may care more for the food and raiment of my soul than I care for the food and raiment of my body. Amen
  1. Father, we love You, we worship and adore You – glorify Your name in all the earth.
  1. And he will raise you up on eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand
  1. May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today, and may you spread that peace wherever you go. Amen
  1. Lord, as this glorious month draws to a close, may we understand the measure of Your love for all who share this beautiful world. Amen