Monday, 11th October - Sunday, 24th October, 2021
Guy has chosen the Bible passage and written the prayer for the day for us, once again. He returns to the Psalm that we used on Harvest Sunday. Guy writes…
At harvest time we are prompted to consider so many issues - God’s glorious Creation, our stewardship of the Lord’s world, the needs of others, the harvest of souls. Psalm 65 addresses many of these and reminds us powerfully of God’s Lordship.
‘The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with corn, for so you have ordained it.’ (Psalm 65: 9)
“Today, O Lord, we pray about the great disparities of wealth and poverty in our land. Help us, as individuals and as fellowships, to see how we may in some way alleviate the sufferings of so many of our fellow men and women. We pray for local Food Banks – for those who staff them and those whom they serve. Make us truly and deeply Christian in both our words and our deeds.”
• • Pray for the penultimate meeting of the Journeying Home course.
• • Please pray for our PCC meeting this evening - for clear thinking, helpful discussion and God’s wisdom when making decisions.
• • Mission: Pray for Ruth Cuthbert in Betel as she runs a new toddler group at Anchor Point Church - part of their community outreach.
‘You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers and bless its crops.’ (Psalm 65: 10)
“Praise you, O Lord, for the glories and the beauty of this world and thank you for your call to care for it. Surrounded as we are by so much climate and environmental concern, help us to seize every opportunity to proclaim that the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
Pray that, as the Gospel of the Lord is both preached and lived here, it might reach deep into the hearts and souls and spirits of all who hear.
• • Please pray for your family, your neighbours, your community - pray for vital and effective outreach into our parish.
• • Persecuted Church: Nigeria – More Christians are murdered for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country and violence is increasing. Please pray for those who are mourning for loved ones to know God’s peace.
• • Pray for Mark as he takes a year 4 assembly in Gt Clacton Juniors, helping the children to think about the Shoebox Project. (9am)
‘You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.’ (Psalm 65: 11)
“Remind us, Lord, that all good things come from you and that we are called to give back to you all that is yours. In these harvest days, when we have so much to be thankful for, let us be particularly mindful of the needs of others. Let us be truly generous with our time, our talents and our resources.”
• • Please pray for our games evening tonight at St. Mark’s, pray for good attendance and good fellowship. Pray especially that those from outside the church family would feel truly welcome.
• • Pray for our children and young people, on this their last day of school before the half-term break. Pray for their continued protection in every possible way – from illness and also from influences that are not good for them. Pray that they would know God’s presence with them every day.
• • Please pray for everyone who works in our church office. Pray that they would support each other, get everything done that needs to be done, and be that first contact with the church for many who phone or drop in.
‘The grasslands of the desert overflow:
the hills are clothed with gladness.’ (Psalm 65: 12)
“Today we pray for all those who are preparing to lead, to preach, to pray, to read and to welcome in our churches tomorrow. May they prepare to do so with diligence and with joy. And may they bring the gladness of the Lord into the hearts and lives of many of God’s faithful people who meet together.”
➢ Pray that the peace of Christ might rule in the hearts of all God’s people here in our church family and in the hearts of God’s people across our country.
• • Pray for the Holiday Club Reunion at St John’s this morning. Please pray for a good turnout, a fun time, good listening and for renewed friendships with our holiday club families.
• • Please pray for all in our church family who are ill or undergoing hospital treatment at this time. Pray that they would know God’s healing, his strength and his comfort throughout.
• • Other local churches: St. Michael’s, Kirby and All Saints’, Great Holland – please pray for their evangelism – that they would reach out effectively with the Good News into their communities.
‘The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with corn; they shout for joy and sing.’
(Psalm 65: 13)
“Praise you, O Lord, for all your goodness and loving kindness to us and to all. Fill our hearts with joy as we hear again the old, old story of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. And as we sing and praise your Name, so may the sound of our joy be heard in the world outside and cause many who pass by to stop, to stare and to seek the Kingdom.”
➢ Pray that the Word of God might dwell richly in the hearts of all His faithful ones here at St. John’s and St. Mark’s.
• • Thank God for the wonderful work that He is doing through Ti and the team at Alpha. Please keep praying for all who attend - that God gives ears to listen and open hearts to receive His message.
• • Pray for each of our services today, including Evening Communion.
• • Pray for safety for the youngsters in our town over half term. Pray also please for the teachers as they enjoy a well-earned break.
Thank you for using our prayer diary.
We’re always looking for new ideas of things we should be praying for.
If you think of anything that has been missing from our prayer requests, please let Ann-Marie or Mark know.