Daily Prayers

1st October 2017

God, whose farm is all creation, take the gratitude we give,
take the finest of our harvest, crops we grow that all may live. 

*   Pray with thanksgiving for the services carried out throughout Scotalnd by Crossreach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland, which provide, for all ages, shelter, support, comfort and compassion to meet their needs.

*   Pray for the parents who are finding life difficult as the chidren they have adopted are unable to settle and enjoy the experience of family life. Bless and be with each one as they seek healing in the daily sharing of affection, love and understanding.

*   Pray for the members of our Junior church in their initiative to raise funds for their harvest appeal, "Child Safe" (prevention and recovery of kidnapped children, especially boys, sold into slavery or as boy soldiers) and "Girl Power" which aims to give every girl the right to an education and to keep them safe from forced marriage. Let us hold these children in our thoughts and prayers. 

*   Pray for those in our church family who are unwell or in hospital receiving treatment.  Be with our bereaved members; bring them comfort , solace and the knowledge of our loving prayers. 

8th October 2017

Humbly in your sight, we come together Lord.
Grant us now the blessing of your presence here.

 

  • Pray in thanksgiving for the generosity of our church family.  Our harvest table was laden – evidence of our willingness to share our food with less fortunate members of the community.

  • Pray for those among us who suffer from a mental health condition.  Be with them in their anxiety, depression or days of hopelessness about their future.  Be with their family and friends supporting them with calming peace, loving care and understanding.

  • Pray for the victims and families of all who have suffered in the Las Vegas massacre.  Bless and be with the many hundreds of injured and support the hospital staff as they work tirelessly through such a horrific attack.  Be with them and allow them to gain strength and time in the future to heal after such a trauma.

  • Pray that a peaceful autumn break will be safely enjoyed by all travellers.  Let us take time to remember any neighbour unable to enjoy the freedom of independence through illness or immobility.

 

15th October 2017 

Lord I pray, if today someone wrongs or troubles me,
Make me kind and bring to mind that forgiveness makes us free. 

 

    *   Pray, taking time as we go about our daily routine, to give thanks for the beauty of our town with the cascade of changing colour in the park and avenues of trees which surround us. Creation and the season resting, preparing for renewal. 
     *   Pray for any home in our community where a family is suffering with fear or injury from scenes of domestic violence.  Restore their emotional well-being with the knowledge of support, guidance, comfort and love from those they can trust. 
    *    Pray that support will be given for the newly launched venture of the gift card from the Charity Shop & Community Café  project as the colder and darker days approach and a warm meal is, for some, their only meal of the day. 
    *    Pray for those of our church family and community who are awaiting organ transplant surgery. Be with their families as they watch and wait daily for those they love to receive the opportunity of specialist care to aid and regain the health they seek. 

 

22nd October 2017

In heavenly love abiding, no change my heart shall fear;

and safe is such confiding for nothing changes here.

 

  • Pray for all people throughout the areas of the UK who have suffered the loss of family members or their homes in the recent storm.  Give those who are facing months of repairing the damage, strength and support to help them rebuild their homes and lives.

  • Pray for those of our church family who are anxious and concerned for their future with the crisis of care for the elderly in Bield Homes and services throughout Scotland.

  • Pray for guidance, support and understanding for those in our community who are facing financial hardship in the confusion of changes in the universal benefit system.

  • Pray with gratitude for the guiding ministry that we have received for the past 3 weeks on the changing world we share.  Bless and be with Rev. Jim Dick as he returns to his home in a sunnier clime!    

 

Sunday 29th October 2017

Pray for a world where every child finds welcome in a sheltered place,
where love is tender, undefiled and firmness intertwines with grace.

 

  • Pray for those in our church family who are facing continued ill-health and long-term medical conditions which restrict them taking part in daily life.

  • Pray for the Blythswood Care drivers who undertake the lengthy and hazardous journey taking the much-needed supplies and very welcome Christmas Shoe Boxes to the eastern European countries.

  • Pray for our neighbourhood housebound as the autumn clock change brings the longer dark evenings which, for so many, cause feelings of loneliness and isolation.  Be with them in the knowledge of security and a loving caring community.

  • Pray for guidance and understanding by those in authority who are required to make a radical assessment of the National Fire Service to meet the challenges of the ever changing restrictions of new technology, equipment, buildings and environmental legislation.

 

Sunday 5th November 2017

Jesus calls us here to meet him, as through word of song and prayer,
we affirm God's promised presence where His people live and care. 

   *   Pray in the stillness to be aware of life around us in this place, moving on to seek for calm maturity in the unrest, conflict and uncertainty of our civic and cultural life at this time. 

   *   Pray with gratitude for our Kirk Session Office Bearers who voluntarily give of their time, talent and skill to provide us with our effective and much envied dedicted administration in our community. 

   *   Pray for all families known to us who are concerned and anxious about the rise in gambling (online and fixed betting) with a high proportion of teenage involvement.

   *   Pray in remembrance and loving memory of so many of our church family who died prematurely over recent years from various cancers. This month we pray to encourage everyone to be aware of the appeal from the Medical Research scientists for greater awareness of earlier diagnosis of unusual symptoms, thus aiding identification of specific treatments. 

 

Sunday 12th November 2017

The one who longs to make us whole is waiting to embrace our  broken lives 
so we can know the power of healing grace. 

   *    Pray for all who today join in the services of remembrance and thanksgiving for the many who gave their lives in conflict over the generations:  may love, peace and the knowledge that we will not forget their sacrifice comfort them. 
   *     Pray for our Treasurer as we undertake the end of year task of balancing our church's finances.  Gratefully we acknowledge those who throughout the year keep us aware of our financial resonsibilities with the various events which they regularly organise to top-up our finances. 
   *     Pray for suitable accommodation to be made available to the many families who have become homeless, seeking support for them in their distress.  
   *     Pray, holding in our thoughts over the next week, the vulnerable young participants in the Rickshaw Challenge ride to the Clyde.  Bless them in their courage and determination and support the staff en route to provide care, love, guidance and safety for each one to achieve their own personal challenge. 

 

Sunday 19th November 2017

Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too. 

   *   Pray with thanksgiving for the gift of the beautifully crafted cross dedicated to our worship during our Service of Remembrance. Bless and be with Innes Pirrie (age 16) for his inspiring thoughtfulness, time and patience in making such a symbolic token of love to link the generations in peace. 
   *   Pray for the people of Iran, Iraq and neighbouring lands as they struggle to cope with the devastation, the loss of life, home, and medical aid essentials of daily life. Protect and be with the relief agencies as they seek to gain access to provide emergency aid after the recent earthquake. 
   *   Pray for those responsible within the local authority for weekend transport to be aware of the needs of the vulnerable in our community who without these services are unable to participate in church, community or recreational pursuits if these specialist facilities are withdrawn over the winter months. 
   *   Pray for all the Guild members in our Presbytery as they approach the many events organised throughout the country this Guild Week - a challenge to reach as many areas as possible to raise funds to fulfil the message of Go In Love throughout the world. 

 

Sunday 26th November 2017

At Communion, shape your hands into a waiting cradle;
the gift of Christ, receive, revere, united round the table.

 

  • Pray with thanksgiving for the donated financial gift received throughout last weekend for the purposes of progressing Christ’s work in this place.

  • Pray, as we approach the season of Advent, for those who prepare and will lead the evening of fellowship and thoughtful discussion.  Bless each one as they meet with and guide those seeking to renew their faith and the understanding of the true message of Christmas.

  • Pray, holding in our hearts and minds, those known to us in hospital, housebound, awaiting or recovering from procedures or from lengthy treatments.  Be with the specialist staff and supporting colleagues who work tirelessly to care for them.

  • Pray for the bereaved in their days of sadness; may comfort, love and peace be with them, especially with the many mourners who came to our church on Tuesday to pay their respects to a cherished and honoured member of their Chinese community in Kinross.

Sunday 3rd December 2017

When God took flesh and came to earth, the world turned upside down.
Rejoice with Mary in the call, be blessed, prepare 

   *   Pray for the parents and children in our schools and surrounding community who are anxious, worried and fearing financial uncertainty for many reasons at this time. May they be blessed with the knowledge of and experience daily, support and guidance with loving fellowship for the pressures of the days ahead. 

   *   Pray for all the organisers and leaders who have been planning the busy schedule of social activities for our enjoyment of this festive season.

   *   Pray for the many children throughout the world still being orphaned by the AIDS virus, now living in new family groups with trained workers, supported financially by the worldwide donations received on World AIDS Day, 1st December.

   *   Pray that our senior members, unable to attend regular worship, will accept our Pastoral Care invitation to the special Advent Communion and Christmas tea. 

 

Sunday 10th December 2017

Let the Advent Candles burn brightly with God’s promise to put the wrong things right
bringing to earth’s darkness, hope, love and light.

 

  • Pray with thanksgiving for the joy the members of our organisations have given to us with their talented ingenuity and the wonderful display of decorated trees to enhance our worship for the festive season.

  • Pray for the people who were mistreated, abused and injured as children in care and are now reliving their ordeal at the national inquiry being undertaken to bring understanding, comfort and peace of mind to the families after so many years of pain and anxiety.

  • Pray in gratitude for the generosity and loving care expressed by the members of our church family in their gifts and donations to the Christmas boxes for vulnerable families in our community.  To all who receive them, we ask health, warmth, love and peace to surround them in the days ahead.

  • Pray for guidance, loving compassion and understanding for those who at this time, find life intolerable.  The loss of a loved one, so painful, the grieving appears endless.  Let us seek God’s healing power, love and peace to be their gift this Christmas.

 

Sunday 17th December 2017

Love is a candle where light makes a circle,
where every face isa gace of a friend.
Widen this circle by sharing and giving God's message;
LOVE everywhere. 

   *   Pray with thanksgiving for the loving guidance that is given to our Junior Church members to be aware of the suffering of the children of the world.  Their enthusiasm and, sadly, knowledgeable understanding is shown in the success of this year's Smartie box appeal - truly the spirit of Christmas. 

   *   Pray for healing, compassion, and loving care for the mother and family members who were victims of the tragic fire-raising assault in Salford when 4 of the children died. May support, gratitude and understanding be with the emergency, fire and NHS teams who faced such a traumatic incident. 

   *   Pray for those families who are anxious and fearful of the uncertainty of unsociable activity that can occur with alcohol, drugs and anger, resulting in domestic abuse. May they be protected by the care and loving empathy of family members and trusting friendships. 

   *   Aknowledging with respect, pay for the 8,000 who put so much effort into the sleep-out for the homeless last weekend, bringing to our attention the plight of the increasing number of people of all ages who are becoming homeless and sleeping in unsuitable and dangerous places. Guard, protect and provide them with warmth and shelter. Bless the volunteers, the soup vans and kitchens for their support, so needed and welcomed by the homeless. 

 

Sunday 24th December 2017

Star keep the watch when night is dim,
one more light shining beyond the frosty weather,
bright as the sun and moon together.
LOVE the star is on the way.

  • Pray with gratitude for the work of the organisation, Scot Spirit which, in liaison with Social work departments, arranges for families who have never been away from their home environment to be given a holiday – something that is beneficial to the well-being of those children and parents.
  • Pray for the families and friends of the 2 young men who lost their lives whilst on holiday in Scotland in the fierce fire at Cameron House complex.  Again we show our gratitude and admiration for the response services’ technical expertise together with the skill of the NHS team in prompt evacuation of over 150 guests.
  • Pray for the many people who at this time of year are suffering with a variety of painful conditions and not able to visit or join in the fun of a family gathering.  We ask that comfort, love and memories of happier times surround them with love and hope.
  • Pray for the members of the Parish Grouping churches who are giving their time, labour and love to those of the community who are experiencing fellowship at a Christmas lunch being prepared in St. Columba’s on Christmas Day.

May the blessing of the Christmas Message –
Love, Joy and Peace -  be with you all throughout the season.

 

Sunday 31st December 2017

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, 
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; 
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, 
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes, 
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes. 
I love thee, Lord Jesus! look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay 
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with you there.

May the joy of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, the worship of the wise men and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas and forever. 

 

Sunday 7th January 2018

When Mary brought her treasure unto the holy place,He was just 6 weeks old,
her dearest joy and pleasure, her silver and her gold.

 

  • Pray with thanksgiving for the joy and pleasure of shared time with family and friends over the festive season.

  • Pray for the hundreds of displaced families of many other areas of the world suffering through unrest and conflict together with severe famine and disease whilst being forced to abandon their homes, seeking refuge from climatic devastation.

  • Pray with deep sympathy and compassion for the British family who all lost their lives while on holiday when their sea-plane crashed in Australia.  Gratitude, comfort and peace of mind be with all those involved in the rescue.

  • Pray, holding in our hearts those of our church family and neighbourhood who have been bereaved.  Let them know of our deep love and prayerful support for them as they grieve.

  • Throughout 2018, we ask for prayers for our youth in all they undertake here in St. Ninian’s.

Sunday 14th January 2018

"How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!
It soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds
and drives away our fear."

   *   Pray with gratitude for the dedication of the staff in all areas of the NHS; for their intensive and tireless working over the past few weeks when there was an unprecedented need of their services. 
   *   Pray for those who have had treatment, procedures and operations postponed due to the serious number of acute admissions to hospital. May we also hold in our hearts many who have been unwell, ill, recovering from flu or injuries following accidents due to the severe icy weather.
   *   Pray for all the students in our high schools, colleges and universities who have been studying during their holidays and are now preparing to sit their prelims and for some, final examinations, on which their expectations of future careers depend.
   *   Pray for the people of many areas of America as once more they are victims of inclement weather causing devastation and loss of lives in climatic conditions unknown for decades.


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