Prayer is a key part of our life together. Prayer occurs in various places and times as people gather.
Each Sunday, as part of our worship, the congregation are invited to take one or more prayer cards from the basket as they leave, and use these to pray for an individual (first name only), a situation or world issue. The following Sunday these are placed in a basket as our offering prayers and the cycle begins all over again. This is a key part of our prayer rhythm together.
This is currently not taking place on a Monday but is being held, by Zoom, at 8pm on a Thursday evening. If you would like to join olease contact the church office.
This month Mark, our minister, is encouraging us to join him on the prayer course. It begins on Thursday the 6th of May at 8pm and will run for eight weeks until the 24th of June.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord teach teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them.
“When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
The prayer course is built around the prayer that we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer. Over the weeks the course will explore different aspects of prayer.
For log in details to join in, email: email@example.com
Also this month, along with the moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair, we encourage you to pray ‘Thy kingdom come’.
Launched in 2016, Thy Kingdom Come seeks to ‘Light up the World in Prayer’ as we place prayer at the centre of our daily lives. Thy Kingdom come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.
For 2021, the event will be held online from Ascension Day on 13th May until Pentecost Sunday on 23rd May.
This year we are all encouraged to pray for five people that they might come to know the love and blessings of God.
When children are small their parents delight in hearing their first attempts at communicating with them. It does not really matter what they babble or whether it makes any sense. Parents know their children’s needs yet it brings joy to parents hearts when children desire to speak and communicate with them. In time and with practice communication gets better.
So it is with prayer. Prayer is direct communication with God. And it is a two way process.
The bible shows us that King David knew this. The psalms are full of his conversations with God. Whatever was happening David returned time and again to God in prayer, even about the same things.
Then David enquired of the Lord yet again. 1 Samuel 23:4
And we can to.
Don’t we all love a good chat with friends?
When something good happens or goes well, we tend to like to share that.
When we are away from home, the voices we often long to hear are those of our loved ones.
When things are troubling us, we often feel so much better when we can share and talk things over with a trusted friend, parent or wise counsellor.
Whatever is happening, however we feel, our Father God is ready and waiting for us to do just that, to pray and enter into conversation with him.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Keep this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
We offer a thought for your prayers for each day this month. You might like to take a moment to print them out or copy them into your daily diary or calendar.
This month let’s place prayer at the centre of our daily lives.
‘Lord teach us to pray’.
1st. Lord in the stillness teach us how to pray.
2nd. We pray for India, may more help be available for those suffering from Covid 19
3rd. In troubled times we pray for the victims of hate and persecution.
4th. This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything in His will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14. Lord help us pray in your will.
5th. We pray for our country that we may elect the right leaders as we go to the polls tomorrow.
6th. For Mark and all who start the online prayer course this evening.
7th. Fossil fuels play a big part in climate change. We pray for a willingness to continue to cut back and replace these.
8th. For those in need within the church and the community.
9th. Today is Christian Aid Sunday. We pray for the work of Christian Aid. Christian Aid's 75th Anniversary Service
10th. We pray for all who are anxious today.
Don’t be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. Phillipians 4:6
11th. Lord we often don’t know what to say thank you that you know our need even before we ask.
12th. May we honour the glory of God in creation. We pray for the care of the natural world.
13th. We pray “Your kingdom come “ Bring five people before the Lord in prayer.
14th We pray rest and help for overwhelmed and exhausted medical staff in India and other countries so badly affected by Covid 19.
15th. For the proclamation of your word to those who have never heard that they may be gripped by the good news of Jesus Christ their Saviour.
16th. We pray that animals rearing young and birds on the nest will find enough to eat.
17th. Lord we pray that our prayers for more love and compassion in the world may begin with us.
18th.During Covid 19 many have become more appreciative of creation. We pray this will continue.
19th. We pray that our ecosystems and resources will be managed more sustainably.
20th. We pray for all who have grown cold or are far away from you. By your Spirit draw them to yourself.
21st. Enable us Lord to be part of making our longing for fairness a reality as we follow you more nearly.
22nd. We pray for those who are left out or feel like outsiders. May our arms be open to embrace all as you do.
23rd. On this Pentecost Sunday pour out your Holy Spirit upon your Church worldwide that we may be filled and renewed in the power of your Spirit.
24th. Father we continue to ask for an end to the pandemic and fairer worldwide distribution of vaccines and medicines.
25th. Gardens and woodlands enrich the environment. We pray that we may all cherish what You have made and given us to enjoy.
26th. Lord help us bring our wounds and hurts to you for healing.
27th. Help us forgive for we will never have to forgive more than you have forgiven. We thank you and praise you for all we have in Jesus.
28th. Lord help us to bring our problems to you first not last.
29th. Lord help us keep our eyes on you, press in when life is tough and wait on you that we might renew our strength.
30th. Lord for all who sit in darkness and despair today we ask your light and healing.
31st. Rejoice always , pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18.