Prayer calendar

31 Mar – 5 May 2019

PRAYER CALENDAR

31 March – 5 May 2019

31 (Mothering Sunday) We pray today for mothers throughout the world. May they never be taken for granted and always respected. We pray for our own homes and for our mothers.

1 Thank you, O Lord, for the changes at this time of year – the light each morning, the baby animals in fields, the flowers in gardens and the hope in our hearts.

2 Pray for the Friendship Club and luncheon, which operates on a Tuesday and provides fellowship and care for the elderly folk who come week by week.

3 Pray for the leaders of Zimbabwe that they may bring their country back from the chaos and violence of recent years.

4 “Why are you downcast, my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God” (Ps 42)

5 Bless your people, Lord, who have walked too long in the night of pain.

6 Father God, Thank you for our beautiful world. Help us to look after the world well and to act in ways which bless all our friends and neighbours – both near and far.

7 (Passion Sunday) We thank you that you are not just an idea, but walked, wept and washed feet among us. By your love, we pray that you will change our ideas, our thinking into living signs of your work and will.

8 Pray for all who work at City College and for its students and those who attend short courses there.

9 O Lord, take the skills and experience that life has given to me and use them through what I do today.

10 We pray for all who cross barriers of culture and language and are not discouraged by indifference; the Lord hears our prayer and gives us hope.

11 Shine upon us, O Lord, with the light that surpasses all other light. Cleanse us with the fire that consumes all other fires and fill us with your love that transforms all other loves.

12 We give thanks for the youth work in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean, for colleges, schools and youth clubs and the hope they offer.

13 “Lord, we your presence seek, a vision of your face; give us a pure and lowly heart, a temple of your grace” (StF 244)

14 (Palm Sunday) Faithful God, come to us when we feel forsaken, when words of love and praise ring hollow. Come to us with your undying word of everlasting love and hope reborn.

15 Father God, help us to take small actions day by day which help to protect our world, and show care for all our global neighbours.

16 Give thanks for something that you have planted – a flower, a thought, an idea – that it may come to fruition in whoever has found it.

17 In Holy Week, we remember Jesus’ resolve and commitment to carry through his calling, no matter what the cost to him personally. May we be encouraged to give our commitment to his cause.

18 We think of the treachery of Judas Iscariot and pray for all who have betrayed what they stood for and the faith they once confessed.

19 (Good Friday) Saving Lord, in Jesus your body was broken by the cowardly and the powerful of this world. Saviour of the poor, liberate your people and let your kingdom come.

20 We see on the cross, your act of forgiveness for the world. Thank you for giving me that forgiveness for all the ways my life has gone wrong.

21 (Easter Day) May your whole church know your power and become a visible sign that Christ is risen for us today.

22 We pray that we who follow Christ may show his victory in our way of life. May we accept his call and share our work, our leisure and our failure with him.

23 (St George) We thank you for our nation and for all the varied things that go to make up that entity. We pray for a renewal of prayer, cooperation and unity in our country in the months ahead.

24 O Love most ancient and most new, transform us and through our vision and care, through proclamation and confidence, transform your world.

25 Give thanks for the support for the church in Latvia and for social outreach, support for mothers and toddlers and a new day care centre in Riga.

26 We pray for everyone involved in public life – councillors, mayors, magistrates, MP’s. May they set a high value on integrity and honesty and exercise their powers with imagination, wisdom and compassion.

27 We pray for those who run our Bookstall each week, to encourage us to find out more about our faith.

28 Help us to draw alongside those whose lives are challenged by illness, to listen to them, to share with them and to bear witness to your transforming love.

29 We give thanks for the gift of generosity. May we always give generously, including our time and effort.

30 Pray for the delivery drivers whose work brings us food and all sorts of things we need for our complex lives today.

31 “Just as I am, though tossed about with many a conflict, many a doubt, fightings within and fears without, O Lamb of God, I come” (StF 556)

1 (May) God be with me this day; God ever with me stay. God be in the night, keep us by the light. God be in my heart; God abide and never depart.

2 Pray for our Short Tennis Group, as they meet today.

3 Lord, so work in us, that each of us, in our own small way, may be a refuge and refreshment for the anxious, the weary and the weak. Amen

4 Help us to see and admit our faults, so that we can make amends where we can and be at peace with you, with other people and ourselves.

5 God of abundant joy, help us to see you in the life we live, to recognise you in the ordinariness and to celebrate your extraordinary love for us.