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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;
* 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.
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.
Sunday 21st January 2018
"Christ's is the world in which we move;
Christ's are the folk we're summoned to love;
Christ's is the voice that calls us to care,
and Christ is the one who meets us here."
* Pray with gratitude for the many services that have been called to work tirelessly to keep all forms of transport moving safely, together with the workforce of the utility maintenance crews ensuring power through the severe weather conditions.
* Pray for the thousands of people in the many differen areas of work who are fearful for their future employmant following the collapse of Carillion Construction which has so many diverse contracts. May they know the depth of compssionate concern being felt in our land for their future welfare.
* Pray for the thousands of babies born to refugees who are deemed stateless; may external authorities seek to bring comfort to the families by recognition of their birth.
* Pray for residents, their families and staff of the local residential care and nursing homes as they experience restricted visiting to prevent and protect from a further outbreak of winter viruses which can be a debilitating illness to many. Our prayer is for the pressure to ease and for visiting to be restored soon.
Sunday 28th January 2018
In the cold and snow of winter there is a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.
Continue to pray this month for the young homeless in our region.
Sunday 4th February 2018
We cannot measure how you heal or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
yet we believe your love responds where faith and doubt unite to care.
Pray for all known to us who are, at this time, suffering from any form of cancer. Be with them in their anxiety; surround them and their loved ones with hope, healing, comfort and loving care for their future well-being.
Pray for the newly bereaved in our church family seeking comfort and solace in the loss of their much loved family member. We share in their sadness as we give thanks for the love, friendship and devotion they gave to us and the community.
Pray for the Gilven House project to be able to secure funding to continue giving a residential support service for vulnerable, homeless young women between 16 and 25. Be with the Business Support Officer and staff in their challenging task to seek a successful outcome.
Pray for guidance and understanding to be with our Session, Office-Bearers, Elders and team members as they meet to discuss the business finances and Presbytery commitments of our church for the year ahead.
Sunday 11th February 2018
Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!
Pray with thankfulness for the foresight of women 100 years ago who, with strength, loyalty and faith in their cause, progressed the will of society and Parliament to recognize women with the right to vote and participate in the forming of laws to benefit our nation.
Pray for those of our youth who suffer from chronic debilitating conditions unable to join in physical activities with their siblings and school friends. May they be guided to talk about and share their life anxieties or disappointments with others, gaining comfort and strength.
Pray for Debbie, our Organist as she is side-stepping today from her role to allow her to devote more time to her young family. We ask that they be enveloped in God’s love, surrounded by health, happiness, fun and laughter.
Pray thankfully knowing the signs and sounds of spring are around us. Take time to remember those of our community who have endured illness, injury and loss over the past few weeks. We ask that comfort and hope be their companion.
Sunday 18th February 2018
Bless the meditation of Christians here and throughout the world as they journey through the days of Lent to Easter Day.
*Pray for the workers of BiFab Engineering here in Fife and Outer Hebrides as they face 4 months of uncertainty and anxiety as they await further news of their employment.
*Pray for the many people who this week have been touched by the unrest in Aid Charities responding to overseas emergencies of humanitarian devastation. May the love and devotion of the faithful bring comfort to those suffering from the acts of misconduct.
*Pray for all involved in the horrific school attack in Florida with the loss of so many lives. Surround the bereaved parents, friends and families as they meet the demands of daily living again.
*Pray, giving thanks for those of our church family who encourage and lead the members of all age groups as they participate in their various activities this week. The Guild will host a Seedtime Supper for all Guilds in the town concluding the successful 3 year theme of Peace, Joy and Love and the Guiding movement Thinking Day celebrations on Thursday.
Sunday 25th February 2018
Here in this place new light is streaming,
now is the darkness vanished away,
see in this space our fears and our dreaming,
brought here to You in the light of the day.
* Pray with thanksgiving for the break in the harshness of the winter weather, the warmth of the sun for an hour or two, the ever lengthening daylight encourages us to meet the uncertainty of the arrival of Spring.
* Pray for the youth of America who are marching in protest to the lawmakers to listen to how they are feeling and authorise discussion seeking to amend the gun laws to stop the high proportion of school attacks with guns, killing so many of their siblings, friends and staff. Thoughts and prayers to change and reform is their plea.
* Pray for those in our local community who are facing changes in lifestyle, routine and unemployment caused by the closure of shops, and businesses leaving Fife.
* Pray for the pupils P4 - P7, and teachers in our local primary schools who are working on a project towards an understanding of the concept of Prayer in our daily working life.
Sunday 4th March, 2018
God reminds us every sunrise that the world is ours on lease –
for the sake of life tomorrow, may our love for it increase.
Pray with thanksgiving for those who have timelessly given of themselves in caring and dedication to keep the services working in the many stricken areas during the past week.
Pray for the parents and families of those who have been bereaved in tragic car accidents caused by young experienced drivers. May they be comforted in their grieving by the care and support of their community.
Pray with members of our local churches who, on behalf of the women of Suriname, enlightened us to the concerns and needs of their community, while encouraging Christians throughout the world to do more for our amazing and beautiful planet.
Pray for those within our community who are suffering from deep anxiety, illness, financial and family unrest and are facing the prospect of losing their homes in the near future. In Christ’s love may they seek and be guided to appropriate and understanding help.
Sunday 11th March 2018
God weeps at love withheld,
at strength misused,
at children’s innocence abused,
until we change the way we love,
*Pray with thanksgiving for the love and care of our neighbours, friends and family who have assisted through the trials of the past week with so many acts of concern and kindness.
*Pray for the joy of motherhood with the privilege of children to be cherished and nurtured; holding in our thoughts and prayers the mothers of worn-torn countries where children are suffering injuries, disease and infant death. May God surround them with His loving compassion.
*Pray for the leaders and members of SU Scottish Encounter who are taking part in national prayer events in this, their 150th year. May they go forward in faith, meeting the challenges of today.
*Pray for the members of our church family and community who, because of the snow storms and freezing earth, have been unable to hold the funerals of their loved ones. The warmth and depth of Christ’s love be their strength until the waiting is over and His peace surrounds them.
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me,
Sunday 18th March, 2018
Christ be in all tongues telling of me,
Christ be the vision in eyes that see me, in ears that hear me,
Christ ever be.
* Pray with grateful thanks for our church family, for all they undertake in Christ’s work as they review and formalize the congregational accounts and active life of the church organisations during 2017.
* Pray, having recently had a sharp reminder, for all who provide the food for our existence – farmers, bakers, butchers and the hundred of shopkeepers and delivery drivers who daily make extreme efforts to keep fresh provisions available.
* Pray for the parents who are grieving the death of a beloved infant whose place of rest, is to this day, unknown and unmarked. Be with them as they seek a dedicated memorial identifying an area where their little child is at peace and was of their world.
Pray for those who are in positions of responsibility in government and local authority throughout the UK – grant them time, tolerance and wisdom in discussion as they work on the serious areas of conflict facing each and every part of Britain today.
Sunday 25th March 2018
The world has changed and God is at the heart of it!
New light, new day, new colour after winter grey,
The spring has come, let all the Church be part of it.
* Pray for the services for Holy Week throughout the Church; bless and be with all who prepare, lead, minister and encourage our understanding of the Easter message. Be with all who undertake the Walk of Witness - may they know the peace of Christ's love and presence on their faith-led journey.
* Pray for the members of the Mission & Discipleship Council as,in this the Year of Youth, they undertake a survey on how nurture and the care of the young people can be an integral part of the church in the
* Pray for those known to us and in the community who have for many years awaited clarity in their disability and chronic illness benefit to be acknowledged. Let peace of mind, with stability for the future, relieve their anxiety as soon as possible.
* Pray with gratefulness for the editors and contributors of our UPDATE magazine, a valued link in keeping us informed of Church life, which is much appreciated and eagerly awaited by our older housebound members.
EASTER SUNDAY - 1st April 2018
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, suffer to redeem our loss.
Pray for the many Christian communities throughout the world who do not have the freedom of openly rejoicing in the message of Easter as we do today. We meditated over the darkest hours, now we rejoice in the knowledge of the empty tomb towards the bright light of morning.
Pray for those known to us who are still seeking members of their family whose whereabouts are unknown. As the days pass, renew their hope for the future and surround them with loving compassion and care as they move through daily living with heavy hearts.
Pray for all our children as they break from the school routine. Let them have fun and enjoy the activities that they choose to engage in with their friends. Let us give thanks for the many volunteers who give of their time, energy and skills to ensure their safety and, in many cases, provide them with a healthy meal over the holiday period.
Pray for the members of the Commonwealth Games teams who have gone to Australia to participate in their chosen sport. May their dedicated practice and enthusiasm be rewarded with the personal results which they aspire to achieve whilst acknowledging the companionship and experience as their greatest reward.
Sunday 8th April 2018
Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere that Jesus is His name.
He still comes to people, His life moves through the lands,
He uses us for speaking, He touches with our hand.
Pray in gratitude for the many people who joined together for the Walk of Witness, Holy Week services and celebration of Communion over Easter. Bless and be with the young worshippers who so respectfully served the elements, may the experience of Christ’s love guard, guide, and protect them for the future.
Pray for those known to us who are grieving the loss of a loved family member. Let us also remember those who are suffering serious injuries or debilitating illness. May they be aware of the caring love and support for them by the church family.
Pray for the dedication of scientists who give of their expertise in seeking advances in medical research to eliminate the most serious life limiting illnesses and give hope to the many who suffer chronic painful conditions.
Pray for the people of Yemen to be relieved of their inhumane suffering. Let the people of all nations surrounding the areas of destruction do more to bring cessation of the conflict and allow aid and medical assistance to be given to the injured and orphaned children.
Sunday 15th April 2018
Children of God, reach out to one another!
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
to worship rightly is to love each other,
each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.
*Pray for those we meet as we worship this morning. Let us seek to continue the fellowship and knowledge we have of our church family members as we move from the loving warmth and feeling of togetherness in this place to face the differing needs of daily living.
*Pray for those recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s condition – may they be surrounded by loving care and understanding of the lifestyle changes they will encounter as the illness progresses.
*Pray for those known to us who are in hospital receiving long-term treatment or awaiting surgery with extended periods of rehabilitation to regain their mobility. Be with and bless the many experienced medical staff who tend, care and support each one back to health.
*Pray for all in authority and control of world nations to diligently seek peace without conflict for all humanity.