‘And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’” (Luke 3: 6)
“Loving and living Lord, we pray that you will hasten that day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Until that day, give us a fresh zeal to proclaim the forgiveness of sins in Christ alone.”
➢ Pray for all those who own local businesses, closed and suffering because of the virus.
• • Please pray for our NHS workers, now that the worst of the virus is over - pray that they may have time to rest, relax and heal from the trauma that they have witnessed.
• • Pray for those watching “Little Fishes @home” this morning – on the YouTube channel. Pray that we would keep in touch with the Little Fishes families at this time. Pray also as we think how to organise Little Fishes in the future.
• • Please pray for Dan and the rest of the family of Walter Smith as they attend his funeral this morning at Weeley. (MM)
‘A voice says, “Cry out”. And I said, “What shall I cry?”’
(Isaiah 40: 6)
“Loving and living Lord, we pray for those, in these confusing days, who are uncertain as to what they should cry out, as to what they should preach. May they return with renewed and refreshed zeal to a
study of your word of life, and there re-discover your message of hope.”
➢ Please pray for HM the Queen, HRH Prince Philip and the Royal Family, and for the lead they give in our country.
• • Pray for the church family as we try to keep in touch by phone, etc. (If someone comes to mind, pray for them, and then give them a ring or drop them a note!)
• • Pray for those who are preparing for our services for tomorrow. Pray for no problems with the technology!
‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.’ (Isaiah 40: 6)
“Loving and living Lord, as your message goes out into the homes of our nation in so many virtual ways, in these days when so very many have been swept so suddenly from our sight, may the truth of your word find a resting place in the hearts of many – the truth that time is short and that today is the day of salvation.”
• • Pray that today some who have not yet responded to the gospel message would see our online services and hear the Good News.
• • Please pray for us as a church today – that despite our physical distance we would still feel and know that we are “together”. Pray that we will live this out in practical ways.
• • Please pray for wisdom for our staff team and ministry team as we try to work out the best way to go forward, in order to provide both online and live services and activities in the coming months.
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass.’
(Isaiah 40: 7)
“Loving and living Lord, your word here and elsewhere reminds us of the fragility and transitory nature of our lives. We are reminded that our lives are in your hands. May many come to realize that there is no time to lose – today we must get right with God.”
➢ Please pray today for our local schools, as they wrestle with the enormous challenges of teaching all their children safely.
• • Please pray as we continue the work of the office at this time, with different people working in different places, and the challenges that social distancing brings. And pray that we would have God’s wisdom as we plan for how things will change over the coming weeks.
• • Please pray for the staff from the local schools who have worked tirelessly since lockdown to keep the schools open within all the government guidelines that they have been given.
• • Please pray for our country as lockdown is eased and the “new normal” comes into effect. Please pray that we do not become complacent and thus enable a second wave of Covid to hit.
‘The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.’ (Isaiah 40: 8)
“Loving and living Lord, thank you for this reminder that, while all else may wither and fall, your word stands for ever. Thank you that your word can never fall and nor can it fail. Thank you that we may have complete confidence in your power to save.”
• • Pray for those working on church Newsletters & prayer diaries – pray that these will continue to keep us in touch with each other and praying and supporting the different aspects of church life.
• • Pray for Hannah, Rachel and Mark as they plan for a zoom Holiday Club - and pray that some families will accept the invitation to it.
• • Pray for some other churches that are struggling financially because of the lockdown. And thank God that, so far, he has provided wonderfully for our church, through the church family.
• • Pray that Ask a Pastor will get a wide audience this evening.
‘You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain.’ (Isaiah 40: 9)
“Loving and living Lord, give renewed confidence to all who are currently writing or speaking about the Good News which we have in Jesus. Give to them a new joy and a holy boldness as they write and as they speak. May they proclaim your Good News far and wide.”
• • Please pray for our youngsters, j10 and Ignite from St. Pauls as they have a joint meeting tonight by zoom.
• • Pray for our Wed Worshippers congregation as they gather through YouTube today, and for Phill as he plans and leads.
• • Please pray for the funding we need for our Schools and Families Project to come in – and for Anita and Mark as they apply to Christian charitable trusts for this.
‘You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, and do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”’ (Isaiah 40: 9)
“Loving and living Lord, banish fear from the hearts and minds of all who preach and teach in our Society and in our parishes.
May they delight to proclaim that Jesus alone is Lord, to the glory of the Father.”
• • Please pray for our Thursday Evening Meeting – as we think about what “Lessons from Lockdown” we should be remembering.
• • Give thanks for Clive and his team of helpers as they pick up food and deliver to the needy. Pray for good contacts.
• • Persecuted Church: Yemen – For God’s peace and healing to be poured out on the nation of Yemen. That relief aid would get through the borders and that it would be distributed fairly without discrimination.
‘See the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him and his recompense accompanies him.’ (Isaiah 40: 10)
“Loving and living Lord, in days when so many of our fellow citizens feel hopeless and helpless, we pray that you will come with power into our midst. Come with majesty, come with glory, come with hope and come with promise.”
• • Pray for Rachel and Hannah as they produce Little Fishes @home for each Friday morning. Pray that many will watch.
• • Pray for those who can’t access our services on YouTube – we’re trying to get CDs of these to those who want them. And pray for Mark as he copies 20 CDs – pray for no technical problems!
• • Please pray for our office team, now working in different ways, to keep everything running. (A new Prayer diary goes out today.)
“He tends his flock like a shepherd; he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” (Isaiah 40: 11)
“Loving and living Lord, in these days when so many feel lonely and isolated, we pray that we may know you once more as Good Shepherd. Come into our homes and come again into our hearts. Gather us up and carry us close. Drive away sadness and sorrow and fill us with your joy.”
➢ Please pray for our Prime Minister, government and scientific advisers, as they seek to chart a way through the current crisis. Pray for deep wisdom.
• • Once again, pray as we prepare for tomorrow’s services.
• • Please continue to pray for those you know who live alone and maybe are not coping too well staying in.
• • Pray for other local churches, especially our neighbours at St Paul’s, as they too try to adjust to the changing circumstances.
‘he gently leads those that have young.’ (Isaiah 40: 11)
“Loving and living Lord, thank you for your gentle leading, especially of those who have young. Today we pray for all mums and dads who are seeking to bring up their children in the Way. Keep them, lead them, guide them and encourage them. Smooth all obstacles which lie before them and may they rejoice to hear their young proclaim Jesus as Lord.”
• • Thank God that we can lean on each other at this time. Pray that we would gain God’s strength through our church family.
• • Pray for ourselves and each other. Pray that we might be active in picking up the phone and staying in touch with each other.
• • Pray for those who have joined us on YouTube from outside our church family recently: pray that they have heard the Good News.