Daily Prayers

Sunday 8th September, 2019

Lord, give us vision, make us strong,
help us to do your will;
don’t let us rest until we see your love
throughout humanity uniting us in peace.

   *Pray, with thanksgiving, for the nursing and care-home services here in Fife in which a number of our church family and community are now resident. We ask that they continue to be supported in all their needs; surrounded by God’s blessing of comfort, love and peace.
   *Pray for the families, who through the death of a loved one, have in their grief been blessed with the knowledge that, through thoughtful love and organ donations, they have given a seriously ill patient the hope of a pain-free and active life.
   *Pray for the members of C of S Guild throughout the world who will be meeting together this week for worship, fellowship and to learn how and where their service to the wider world can be guided where needed through the work of the national project plan.
   *Pray for the Bahamian islands and coastal towns of America who have been devastated by the hurricane Dorian, leaving many homeless and bereaved.
   *Pray for the parents, pupils and staff of our local primary schools in our parish community as they begin the new session; meeting the many challenges they undertake with the changing system of national reviews and local budget restraints.

 

Sunday 1st of September 2019

Have we trials and temptations, 
is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; 
take it to the Lord in prayer.

   *Pray, with thanksgiving, for the church family members and friends in the community who planned, prepared and worked enterprisingly in so many ways to make yesterday’s Fete, a fundraiser where fun, laughter, and fellowship, made a very successful day.
   *Pray for the residents, parents, 1400 pupils and staff who attend Woodmill High School in Dunfermline which was severely damaged by fire through vandalism. Support with guidance and understanding, the Education authority personnel through the days ahead as they seek to find solutions to meet the immediate needs of the school community at the start of their year.
   *Pray for the families affected by the loss of a daughter, son or children as a result of domestic violence. May we be caring and loving to neighbours, colleagues and friends who, one day, may be in need of someone they can safely share a confidence.
   *Pray for our country in their time of anxiety. May Christ’s blessing of understanding and wisdom be with all those in authority as they legislate over our lives.

 

Sunday 25th of August 2019

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place; 
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister His grace
No work too hard for Him, in faith receive from Him;
Be still for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

   *Pray, with thanksgiving, for the advancement in the treatment necessary to those who suffer from haemophilia – the procedure to receive the essential blood-clotting protein is now administered less frequently.
   *Pray for the farming community as the unusual weather pattern with torrential rain and lack of continuous warmth is indicating a poor standard harvest. Further north, the beef industry is fearful of sales’ potential until the EU situation is resolved.
   *Pray for the administration of local authorities making stringent cuts to meet their financial restraints. Many are now being helped by the loyalty of their residents who are pulling together to enable a number of facilities, seasonal duties (grass cutting) activities and maintenance being undertaken by voluntary services.
   *Pray for the many British personnel who are being detained in foreign regions and are held without support or indication of time in difficult prison conditions. May they be protected and returned to their homes and families at an early date.

 

Sunday 18th of August 2019

Let there be love shared among us, 
let there be love in our eyes, 
may now your love sweep the nation to give us a 
fresh understanding of brotherly love that is real.
Let there be love shared among us, let there be love.

   * Pray, with thanksgiving, for the love shared among the church family as we met together on Thursday to celebrate the life of a member who died recently. Throughout May’s 50 years here in St. Ninian’s, she contributed guidance and service to many church, school, and youth groups as well as to community organisations. Her caring presence will be sadly missed.
   * Pray for the staff and pupils in our local schools as they gather again at the start of the 2019/2020 session. From the excitement of starting school to the transition pupils moving to high school and those facing their final year and responsibility of career decision, may they be blessed on embarking a new era.
   * Pray for the Quoirin family whose 15-year old daughter tragically died while on holiday in Malaysia. May they be supported and know the loving thoughts of sympathy in the UK are with them as they grieve.
   * Pray that the conflicts surrounding the completion of the new children’s hospital in Edinburgh be resolved; and in the lower reaches of the Clyde, financial fulfilment of the much-needed car ferries for Arran and the Isles on which the islanders are totally reliant.

 

Sunday 11th of August 2019

The golden evening sun sinks in the west and to the faithful cometh rest.
Give thanks for those whose lives shone a light, caught from the Christ-flame gleaming in the night;
for those who touched the truth and lived for what is right
“Fastened to the rock that cannot move.”

   * Pray, with thanksgiving, for the combined effort of the emergency services from surrounding regions, military personnel with their expertise, technical support and large equipment securing the dam overlooking the town of Whaley Bridge protecting the residents from severe flooding.
   * Pray for Fife and neighbouring districts where the severe weather conditions recently caused flash floods, landslips, loss of crops and travel disruption, with many road and rail routes being damaged and requiring extensive and lengthy repairs.
   * Pray for the delegates from throughout Scotland attending the Church of Scotland Youth Assembly this weekend. May they enjoy the fellowship of their peers and deep meaningful discussion of matters relevant today - climate change, the environment, IT, education and the topic of radical plans for the future of the Church.
   * Pray for our world, the many areas of turmoil, unrest and civil disruption: El Paso and Dayton in America - gun crime and loss of life; Indian border dispute over Kashmir; Italy and Libya over refugees crossing the Mediterranean with no port access; Hong Kong and France street demonstrations.

 

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Come, Lord Jesus, reign among us, 
King of Love and Prince of Peace; 
hush the storm of strife and passion, 
bid its cruel discords cease. 
Yours the prayer and yours the purpose,
that your people should be one.

   * Pray, with thanksgiving, for the privilege we enjoy in living our town and surrounding countryside: with gratitude to those, who over the years, planned and landscaped the tree-lined avenues, hedgerows, parkland and floral roundabouts with the unique sculptures, indicators of the area we are in.
   * Pray for the survivors of childhood abuse in a broad range of council and local authority run homes in the Nottingham area over many years. May they now, at this late stage, know the depth of caring for their well-being and justice after their suffering as the communities become aware and understand the situation.
   * Pray for the areas and families who have been affected by the flash-flooding and devastating landslides throughout the country this week. The realisation that the effect of climate change with higher temperatures, evidence, to give us understanding and purpose to protect our environment for the future.
   * Pray for the workforce of Havelock in Kirkcaldy as this weekend they are unpaid and fear the prospect of the company going into administration. Bless them and their families as they anxiously await the outcome of this very unsettling negotiation.

 

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Joseph’s brothers sold him as a slave to be taken to Egypt.
But God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles.

* Pray, with thanksgiving, for the inspiring service of worship provided for us by the children and volunteers of “Joseph”, the focus of this year’s mission for the youngest members of the community. Their enthusiasm in sharing with us their activities and knowledge of the life and trials of Joseph was uplifting.
 * Pray for our visitors attending the joint service of worship today; may they enjoy with us a time of prayerful fellowship and friendship for the week ahead.
* Pray for the new initiative of Victim Support, a service of counselling, advice and support for survivors of traumatic crime, recognising the need of many families who are unexpectedly the victims of tragic incidents and unable for many reasons to progress with their daily routine.   Pray for the many families who are finding the cost of child care too expensive; travel costs and lack of places in local nurseries causing them concern. * * Pray too for the many grandparents who give us their life experiences and time in retirement to be with, and enhance family life, for their grandchildren.
* Pray for the safety of those, who in this time of unusually warm weather, go to the lochs, rivers and seaside for relaxation and coolness. Sadly accidents can result as often there is no accessible safety equipment in remote locations.

 

Sunday 21st of July 2019

God will be with us in all our thinking,
in all our speaking, in all we do; 
and as we praise Him by all our actions, 
He will be with us seeing us through.

   * Pray, with thanksgiving, for the personalities of sport, entrepreneurs and those in show business who are using their acquired status and talents to bring an awareness and greater understanding for those suffering from chronic painful and debilitating conditions by their interest and financial support to designated organisations involved in medical research.
   * Pray for the families of those, who this week, lost their lives in tragic road accidents; may they know of Christ’s comfort and loving guidance as they grieve.
   * Pray for us all to seek understanding and compassion for the families who are living with fear daily as they struggle to help their loved ones suffering with mental illness and addiction to drugs or alcohol.
   * Pray for the people of Srebrenica and all parts of the Balkans as, 24 years on after the massacre of eight thousand Muslim men and boys by Bosnian/Serb forces on account of their faith, they strive to rebuild their lives and communities; bringing healing where there is hurt and trust where there is suspicion and strengthen the resolve of those who would build bridges to overcome hate.

Throughout the days ahead, give us guidance, patience and understanding for those who are responsible for the governance of our national life.

 

Sunday 14th of July 2019

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,with thanksgiving, for the volunteers in organisations who give a 24 hour/7 day listening service so filling a caring role to those suffering from emotional and mental health problems and numerous addictions.
   *Pray for those known to us, here in our church family and local community, who are recently bereaved.  We seek Christ’s blessing to surround them with comfort and love together with our sincerest loving remembrance of the privilege we received from their presence in our lives.
   *Pray for the children, and their families, who this coming week will be sharing together the joy of the Joseph themed activities.  In learning they will be making memories and absorbing fellowship within the church.
   *Pray for all who are going on holiday over the next few weeks.   Many travelling throughout the UK and some flying abroad. May they all enjoy the change and return safely to be with us in the Autumn.

 

Sunday 7th of July 2019

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 this day.

 

   *Pray, with thanksgiving, for the continuing progress of knowledge and surgical expertise being carried out in prosthetics.  Recent cases have shown us a teenage girl receiving an advanced digital lower arm and a mother, through life threatening illness, required the amputation of her hands has, by transplant donation, had both hands replaced.
   *Pray for those who are, for a second time, required to give evidence to the infected blood enquiry, reliving years of suffering due to the misuse of foreign and contaminated supplies in the past.  Bless and be with them as they come to seek justice in their situation while grieving for those who have died.
   *Pray for the organisers of our Summer Mission as they prepare for the week of fellowship, fun and games, and devotions and for the learning experience they share with the youngsters of the community.
   *Pray for the safety for the many refugees caught up in the renewed conflict and destruction in east Tripoli villages where many are risking their lives waiting to cross the Mediterranean Sea seeking asylum in Europe.

 

Sunday 30th of June 2019

Summer suns are glowing over land and sea;
happy light is flowing, bountiful and free
Everything rejoices in the mellow rays;
all earth’s thousand voices swell the psalm of praise.

 

  • Pray,with thanksgiving, for the joy we receive from the Junior Church groups, from Crèche to Youth Fellowship when they join us in worship with their teachers to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their sharing of the Christian message in such a supportive and loving way.

  • Pray for the families, friends and neighbours of those known to us who have recently died - may they know that their time of fellowship with us will be lovingly remembered.  We ask Christ’s blessing of comfort, love and peace to be with them and also families of the community who have been recently bereaved by tragic accident or untimely death.

  • Pray for all pupils who are at the transition stage in their school life, in particular, those leaving the high schools for the world of college, university or working environment; we ask God’s blessing of guidance and protection to be with them on their chosen career pathway.

  • Pray for the government and health authorities in the Congo as they are facing the escalation of another outbreak of Ebola.  Bless and be with the villagers, hospital doctors and nurses as they strive to protect and educate the population in the outlying districts of the dangers of this disease.

Sunday 23rd of June 2019

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

* Pray, with thanksgiving, for the successful ending of the educational year; for the diligence of all teachers, lecturers, ancillary staff and volunteers who teach and assist the students throughout the year. May they be blessed with a restful and refreshing summer break.

* Pray for the Scottish Action on Refugees and the work initiated and undertaken for the refugee communities who have fled from conflict in their own countries and have found refuge here in Scotland – some homeless and what that means to a family - many unable to speak our language, understand our currency, and our way of life

* Pray for those of our church family and community who are undergoing tests and treatment for many painful and debilitating health conditions; may Christ’s blessing of hope, healing and love surround each one and their family in these days of anxieties.

* Pray for the Middle Eastern countries as they once more face the uncertainty of conflict between Iran and America over the safety of the seas where fleets of oil tankers are being targeted.

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Spirit of the living God, move among us all;
make us one in heart and mind, make us one in love,
humble, caring, selfless, sharing.
Spirit of the living God, fill our lives with love.

* Pray, with thanksgiving, for the Blood Transfusion Service in Scotland; for the many skilled staff who work tirelessly in many different locations to obtain the much needed blood donations required daily for life-saving surgery and physical necessity in local hospitals.

* Pray for the group of hill walkers whose two members were struck by lightening in the West Highlands last weekend. We ask Christ’s blessing of comfort and loving care to surround them and their families as they recover from the tragedy of this incident where one member is recovering in hospital and mourns the death of her companion.

* Pray for the blessing of Fathers everywhere, especially our own Fathers for the love and guidance we receive on our life. Be with and support the Fathers in our church family and community as they share the joy, fun and laughter together with the inevitable days of anxiety of family life today. Let us also take time to seek comfort for those families who for many reasons no longer have their Father at home.

* Pray that as many people as possible of our church family will be able to attend the District Gatherimg being organised by their Elders this week - a leisurely pause in our church life to spend time together sharing neighbourly, family and church news.

Sunday 9th of June 2019

Lord, as you have lived for others, so may we for others live; 
yours the prayer, and yours the purpose that your people should be one.
Grant from heaven our hope’s fruition here on earth your will be done.

* Pray, with thanksgiving, for the youth organisations in church and town, for the shared cooperation seen in the intergenerational support and experience seen today as Fife Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade host their Scottish Award Ceremony here in Glenrothes.

* Pray for the veterans of DD Day throughout the country. We acknowledge their unique place in our history as we too share the anguish of the brave families, of all conflicts, known to us.

* Pray for the anguish of the families and friends of the mountaineers who have tragically lost their lives in the Himalayan region; together with the four survivors, may they be supported by Christ’s comforting presence surrounding them by those who undertook the hazards of rescue.

* Pray for the joy and happiness we receive from music here at St. Ninian’s. Be with the Singing for Seniors as they bring to us the culmination of their winter session with an afternoon of song, fellowship, fun and laughter.

Sunday 2nd of June 2019

The special people God has placed in your life today 
are there for a reason; 
treasure them and the moments of today with love.

   * Pray with thanksgiving for all who have come together this morning for a special Songs of Praise in recognition of their contribution throughout 25 years of our Praise Band.
   * Pray for the GROW Management Committee, Oskar and his team who work tirelessly throughout the school year in our local high schools. May they enjoy a period of rest and relaxation during the summer break.
   * Pray for our community and the families who are in distress and anxious about their financial situation over the long holiday period. Let those in authority be guided to assist and support these families at an early date.
   * Pray for those of our church family no longer able to attend worship or church activities which they once enjoyed and now reside in local care homes. We ask the grace of Christ be with them and those who daily give them comfort and loving care.

Sunday 26th May 2019

A small thing like a hazelnut lay in my open hand,
and God disclosed three truths to me
that I might understand:
God made it, 
God loves it 
and God will always care for it.

   *Pray with thanksgiving for those of our community who open their lives and homes to give children and youth in need of loving care and guidance, a home through fostering and adoption. May they know Christ’s guidance and blessing in all they undertake for their welfare.
   *Pray for those who voluntarily give of their time to encourage greater understanding and compassion through groups dedicated to those who have facial or body disfigurement, speech or vocal difficulties. Let us too, be aware of their need whenever we are with them.
   *Pray for those, who in childhood, have been abused by their elders who had been trusted to work with them in sport and youth clubs; may they receive comfort and healing as realisation of their abusive past is acknowledged.
   *Pray for the workforce of BiFab at this time of uncertainty of gaining more contracts for their expertise and specialist skills for the planning of the renewable energy field in the Forth.

Sunday 19th May 2019

“When you educate a girl, it means you educate a whole nation”
Kadiatu Konneh is an eleven-year old girl living in Sierra Leone
and dreams of being a doctor;
this is her plea to us,
“We girls too are here and like the boys we wish to be educated as you are.”
Our giving can make a difference
(Christian Aid Week)

   * Pray with thanksgiving for the Moderator, Ministers and Elders who meet as Commissioners at this extremely important time in the life of the Kirk to administer the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this week.
   * Pray for compassion and understanding to surround those in our community who at this time are suffering from debilitating mental health issues. May they receive support to meet these challenging days.
   * Pray for Christ’s comforting presence to be with the family, friends and neighbours of the young Father who has so tragically died in a car accident on the Cluny Road.
   * Pray for the church members who, with their expertise and green-fingers, will be finalising their efforts in nurturing plants, flowers as their contribution to church funds.

 

Sunday 12th May 2019

Nourished by the rainfall, the earth can come alive;
woodlands swell with splendour, moors and meadows thrive.
Flowers of every colour praise God, their maker,
throughout the countryside.

* Pray, with thanksgiving, for those of our Church Family who every week, contribute to our worship and fellowship with their serving of our very much appreciated, cups of tea, coffee and biscuits.
* Pray for those known to us who are, at this time, suffering from distress, anxiety, pain or injury; may they be aware of Christ's comforting care and the blessing of our ability to take our deepest fears and concerns to Him in these our prayers.
* Pray for the relatives, friends and neighbours who have been bereaved by the neglect of a vulnerable family member in care or brutal violence in a broken relationship.
* Pray for all who work tirelessly to organise and publicise Christian Aid events in this week of fundraising; may the aim that no mother should die in childbirth be actively supported in giving by us all.

 

Sunday 5th May 2019

God, in such love for us, gave us this planet
Gave it a purpose in time and in space
Small as a spark in the time of creation
Cradle of life and home of our race.

   * Pray with thanksgiving for all the willing members of the congregation who meet weekly and undertake the maintenance taks of our building, entrances, and exernal notice boards, paths, steps, outbuildings and drains.

   * Pray for those who lost family members in traffic related accidents over the Easter weekend. 18 died in Scotland. May they know Christ's compassion and loving care as they grieve. May an understanding of the dangers of speed, tiredness and the unfamiliarity of new roads be our prayer for road safety in the coming months. 

   * Pray for the local district authorities, that they may expedite the promised removal of the radium contamination on a beach near us here in Fife.

   * Pray for our planet Earth, for the areas of devastation where winds and torrential flooding once more have destroyed entire towns and villages, causing fatalities in Canada, USA and Africa. God bless and be with those who are suffering and in need of shelter. 

 

Sunday 28th April 2019

How good it is, what pleasure comes, 
when people live as one; 
when peace and justice light the way, 
the will of God is done.

*Pray with thanksgiving for our Minister and members of Kirk Session who gave us two evening services of deep contemplation prior to joyous encouragement on Easter Day with the unique service of ordination and communion served with dignity by members of the Junior Church.
*Pray for all scientists and medical personnel who are involved in many areas of research and spend many years working to access curative methods to alleviate pain and incapacity where debilitating symptoms become evident in patients and recent trials are giving areas of hope in many neurological conditions.
*Pray for the people of Sri Lanka as they mourn the loss of so many people in traumatic, explosive attacks on worshipping congregations together with the many tourists killed while relaxing in the many hotels targeted to cause maximum chaos on Easter Day. May they be aware of Christ’s message of love, hope and peace being central to the prayers of the world as they grieve.
*Pray for the Kirk Session Groups meeting this week, as our three new Elders take their place in the constituted administrative body of St. Ninian’s. May the business and organisational needs of the next few months be undertaken in the spirit of Christ.

 

Easter Day 21st April 2019

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb; 
lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom; 
let the Church with gladness hymns of triumph sing, 
for our Lord now liveth; death has lost its sting.

   *Pray with thanksgiving for the guidance on the lives of Rothes Trinity Parish Group where the depth of fellowship, shared love and spirituality has been celebrated throughout Holy Week, culminating in this morning’s Sunrise Service and welcome breakfast.
   *Pray for the recently bereaved families and those still receiving multiple treatments for cancer-related in Tayside Health Board area. May they receive understanding, compassion, comfort and loving peace in their time of anxiety and loss.
   *Pray for the citizens of Paris, Europe and the World who, through the technology of modern communication, heard and observed the horrific blaze and the partial destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral at the beginning of Holy Week. The iconic sight of the cross burning brightly through the flames from one of the burnt-out windows, the sign of hope and new life, will not be easily forgotten.
   *Pray for the residents and staff in the care homes here in Glenrothes district; those who feel isolated from family and those who find their memory of family life difficult to recall and the thoughts of their active time with us forgotten. With Christ’s love, let them know they are surrounded by warmth and compassion in their new shared life with companionship, comfort and care.

Palm Sunday 14th April 2019

Hosanna, loud Hosanna, the little children sang; 
through city street and temple, their joyful welcome rang.
They shouted out their praises
to Christ, the children’s friend
who welcomes all with blessing,
whose love will never end.

   *Pray with thanksgiving that all believers or non have, through the grace of God and the responsibility of freedom, the ability to approach, acknowledge and participate in the Easter Story as our teaching has given us to believe.
   *Pray for those who are seeking solace and understanding as they hear from the professional, expert evidence being given and acknowledged at the Clutha Helicopter Disaster Inquiry in Glasgow. May they gain comfort and fellowship as suffering families who have shared the mourning of loved ones over the last 5 years.
   *Pray for the Management Committee, volunteers, staff and members of the community of St. Ninian’s Charity Shop and Community Café as they meet to conduct their AGM and address the business planning for the future. We ask Christ’s blessing on all who give willingly their time and energy to share their skills and talents to be able to undertake the tasks of the project in so many different ways. May those who are retiring at this time, after many years of service, know the grateful acknowledgement of the church family for devoted service to the community.
   *Pray for those who are going on holiday at home or abroad for the warmth of the Spring break – may they travel safely and return refreshed to meet the challenges ahead.
   *Pray for a period of respectful peace and understanding in the political scene of our country and Europe.

 

Sunday 7th April 2019

Come and find the quiet centre in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, 
find the space where we are free; 
clear our eyes from chaos and clutter 
that we can see what really matters, 
peace and simplicity.

   *Pray with thanksgiving for those who are organizing and taking part in the variety of social occasions taking place here for both the church family and community this week.
   *Pray for the out-of-hours minor injuries crisis group representatives and delegates from Glenrothes, Levenmouth and surrounding rural districts who are tirelessly working for recognition for the need for this service to be restored to meet the surgical and financial needs of their residents at evenings and weekends.
   *Pray for local school and college pupils and students who begin their Spring break, many with the thought of end to end studying prior to returning to examinations or interviews for colleges. Bless and be with each one and their families as they engage in this period of time in their lives.
   *Pray for Gillian Rose, our Missionary Partner in Bangladesh, in her dedicated work with very premature babies in the hospital there. May her request for tiny knitted goods be met with the knowledge of Christ’s comforting blessing surrounding them.
   *Pray in this week of Autistic Awareness for the community we live in to be granted peace.

Sunday 31st March 2019

We cannot measure how you heal 
or answer every sufferer’s prayer, 
the pain that will not go away, 
the guilt that clings from long past, 
the fear of what the future holds, 
are present as if meant to last.

   *Pray with thanksgiving for all our Mothers who gave us the gift of life. Bless and be with all the Mothers with us today, may they be aware of our love and their guidance on our life. Let us hold in our prayers the Mothers who have suffered the loss of a child through tragic circumstance, physical or mental illness.
   *Pray for the family members and friends who have succeeded in bringing into legislation the change in the Personal Act Scotland which now gives younger people, diagnosed with life-debilitating illness, to receive a financial allowance to ensure their peace of mind, care and comfort.
   *Pray for the many volunteers whose work in Food Banks, Day Centres, Lunch Clubs and all the transport drivers; may they know that the service they provide weekly is appreciated and their support and care, listening ear and encouragement is valued and, to many, the brightest part of their week.
   *Pray that Hazel and the Communication Team will receive the support of groups and organisations to provide us with a Newsletter to keep the housebound members and community households up-to-date with the busy life within St. Ninian’s Church and neighbourhood


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