Wednesday 3rd February 2020
In normal times, we would meet in the church office on the first Wednesday in the month to pray together at 8pm. As we still cannot do this, we do invite you to use the prayers below and to join us in prayer, from your home.
Monthly Prayers for February
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
Son, that whoever believes
in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Our theme for prayer this month is “hope and anticipation”.
As I walked along the
road last week, I noticed snowdrops out in full bloom and other bulbs pushing
through the soil. Snowdrops always give
me hope with the anticipation that spring is on its way.
For a Christian, spring is a wonderful reminder of new life and as we step into Lent, we have time to reflect on the enormous sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He points us to the hope and anticipation of new life with Him. The joy of the resurrection brings the promise of eternity, offering us forgiveness and release from our burdens.
Many have now received the Covid vaccination and others have the hope and anticipation of receiving. We pray this will bring us new hope and the anticipation of some semblance of normality to our lives again. Lynda
Hope : ”Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be constant in prayer. “(Romans 12:12).
Anticipation : “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
PLEASE PRAY FOR:-
Everything related to Covid19
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
For our hospitals and NHS staff, key workers: teachers, police and fire officers, shop assistants, refuge collectors, postmen and many more, who have so unselfishly helped to keep us going. Pray for protection and safe keeping of all.
For those who are feeling isolated, lonely, anxious, fearful. Pray for calm and a sense of God’s presence.
For those who are unwell with the virus or grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for healing, peace and comfort.
For those who are struggling financially. Pray for God’s provision and security.
For those in difficult relationships. Pray for understanding, tolerance and reconciliation.
For those with mental health issues. Pray for empathy and compassion and that darkness will turn to light.
For a plentiful supply of the vaccine and a smooth and fast rollout.
For technology that connects us.
For wisdom, discernment, integrity and compassion for our Government and world leaders as they continue to make very difficult decisions on our behalf.
For God to deliver us from this evil virus so that we can once again enjoy more normal lives. Pray that we will listen to God and learn from this.
Hannah, Jess, Marcia, Richard and Rob, the Standing Committee and PCC
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)
Pray, as they seek to do God’s will in difficult circumstances, that they will hear His word and be guided by Him on how best to reach out to the community to demonstrate the love of Jesus and encourage people into His fold. Pray for effective communication. Pray for continued good health for each and protection from the virus. Thank God for each as they work behind the scenes to keep the parish running smoothly.
Chevening School, Chevening Nursery, Trinity School and schools across the country
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Pray for staff, governors, children and parents. Pray for hope and anticipation as they work to the best of their ability to keep our children educated. Pray for an abundance of patience as guidelines are constantly changing. Pray for those who are anxious or stressed, fearful or worried. Grant them peace and refresh those who are weary and overburdened.
The Unwell and Bereaved
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” ((Philippians 4:19)
We name those in our church family who are unwell and in need of your prayers: -
Lynda W, Jane T, John G, Lela W, Ann K, Bridget D, John F, Fiona’s Dad - Rodney, Lynn’s mum- Kay, David’s friend - Carol, Valerie W, Anne F, the residents of Cheshire and Rivermere homes.
Please also pray for the family of our dear Churchwarden, Keith, who went to be with the Lord last week. As a church family we are all grieving the sadness of his untimely passing, but please also pray for Keith’s daughter Stephanie and son Jonathan and their families as they come to terms with life without their dear dad. Pray for comfort, strength and courage for all.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” ( Isaiah 61:1)
Please pray for the people of Kondoa,
Tanzania. Bishop Given has asked for
prayer as Covid 19 hits hard and many have died. Pray that their government will recognise the
virus and not deny its existence. Pray
God’s protection of their people.
Give thanks for the construction of a new Cathedral which has been named St Paul.
Pray for Ruth Radley in Birmingham hospital; Ania Cannon in the London City Mission and the work of Tools with a Mission.
Our Queen, Our Country, Our World
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)
Pray thanks for the steadfast Christian faith and grace of our Queen Thanks for her devotion to serve our country. Pray for continued good health, strength and guidance.
Pray for our Government. Provide those who lead our country and all in positions of responsibility, wisdom and clarity of thought in their decision making. Pray for integrity, truth and compassion and a strong force for good. Pray for more Christian leaders.
Pray for world peace and unity between all nations. Grant all leaders wisdom and insight at this time of uncertainty and change.
Pray for protection of the weak, the oppressed, the poor, the hungry, the homeless.
Pray for those suffering war and conflict. Pray for peace and unity. Pray that peace will be built with justice and justice guided by love.
If I have excluded anything or anyone, please include in your own prayers.
We close our prayers with the prayer Jesus taught us:-
Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.
Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory, for ever and ever
God, we offer all our prayers to you as we pray in the
name of Jesus Christ and come before you with hope and anticipation.
Hannah invites everyone to pray The Lord’s Prayer at MIDDAY EACH DAY, adding any of your own prayers.
Set your timer and take a few moments to JOIN TOGETHER IN PRAYER.