This time last year the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair began his year as Moderator with his message “A new way forward.”
It seemed most appropriate for us at Fetteresso not only as we sought a way forward in the pandemic but as we sought a new minister. This year in his retiring speech, Rev Fair left us with the words “There is work for us to do.”
A year on we give thanks for the answers we have had to prayer. We now have our new minister, Rev Mark Lowey and our new Director of Music, Mr Gordon Cooper and we are back worshipping in Church.
We have begun our new way forward together and now just as Rev Fair reminded us in his speech, “There is work for us to do”.
While Jesus was with them, the disciples had watched him work and learned the secret of the Saviour’s power. Jesus waited on God in prayer first. We have just celebrated Pentecost. Just as Jesus had told them, the disciples had been faithfully praying, waiting for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came and empowered the disciples to boldly go and spread the Good news of Jesus.
Some of us are currently following the prayer course with Mark. We have discovered afresh the importance of prayer as we seek to serve God.
Just like the first disciples, we too as his disciples here in Stonehaven, must come before God faithfully in prayer, that we may be equipped by the Holy Spirit for the work God has for us to do.
In his opening speech our new Moderator Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC reminded us in the words of a former moderator.
Living God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that you will fill us anew and empower us by your Holy Spirit to carry out the work you give us to do. Help us share the good news of the gospel right where we are in Stonehaven. Enable us to show your love to all we meet, in all we do and all we say. In Jesus name.
We offer a thought for prayer for each day throughout June. You may like to print these out or copy them into your diary or calendar.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
1st. Pray for God’s Holy Spirit to fill us afresh.
2nd. Ask for God’s peace in the Holy Land and an end to the fighting between the Israeli’s and the Palestinians.
3rd. Pray for all in India, for Suresh and the work of IVM and Dignity Freedom Network.
4th. For the under three’s group as they meet in church today.
5th. Pray for the new Moderator Jim Wallace as he settles into his new role.
6th. For the work of Matt amongst the children and young people.
7th. Pray for those you know and love who do not know God that they may seek and know Him.
8th. Ask God to give you an opportunity to extend his love to someone today and then do so.
9th. Pray that Mark and the elders may know God’s leading and guidance as they meet.
10th. Thank God for your friends and neighbours and pray for those who do not yet know Jesus.
11th. For wisdom and integrity for those who govern and lead us.
12th. Remember again and ask God’s healing for all who are suffering from Covid.
13th. Give thanks to God for your freedom, peace, safety and all you have.
14th. Pray for all facing diagnosis of illness or who are anxiously awaiting results.
15th. Give thanks for covid vaccines, pray for their safety and effectiveness and that they might be fairly distributed worldwide.
16th. Remember all who mourn today and ask God’s comfort and peace.
17th. Pray that the Lowey family may continue to settle well here in home, work and school.
18th. Pray for safety for all refugees fleeing from their homelands only to be sent back or stuck in holding camps. Ask God to bring hope and a future.
19th. Give thanks for all God has done for us at Fetteresso.
20th. Pray for an end to all human trafficking.
21st. Remember all who continue to be imprisoned for their faith and pray for their release.
22nd. Pray for the work of Don Wood amongst the elderly in our community.
23rd. Remember Mark and seek God’s wisdom, discernment and strength for him as he seeks to lead us forward.
24th. For those seeking work today and those who have just lost their job.
25th. Pray for someone who is struggling with their mental health today.
27th. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good his love endures forever. Give praise to God.
28th. Give thanks for all who work in the emergency services and pray for their safety.
29th. Remember all in the armed forces who are separated from their loved ones and pray for the safety of those deployed in places of conflict.
30th. Ask God to show you how and where you can serve him.