Praying in October 2019

As we celebrate Harvest Festival we pray in thanksgiving for the gifts which God bestows upon the earth and its people.  We recognise that for parts of the world there has been famine, uncertain weather conditions or the results of war and unrest which means they are hungry and lacking in the most basic food and provision.  We pray especially for our link Diocese in Karamoja, Uganda.

We pray for the Alton Foodbank and all those who work and volunteer there.  We give thanks for all the generous donations made and for those who rely on its presence in our town.   In turn, we ask for God’s generosity in us to rise up and support this vital work.

We pray for Keren Brake and her ministry to build and maintain relationships with all our local primary schools, taking Collective Worships, helping with RE curriculums, offering activities within our church buildings, leading Service After Schools and the like.  Please pray for her in this vital area of ministry, seeking God’s hand upon all that Keren does for the Kingdom.

There are a number of people from our churches who take Collective Worships (assemblies) in our local schools.  We pray particularly for those in the ‘Open the Book’ teams and their commitment to sharing Bible stories with the children.  We also pray for the staff and others who teach and care for the children of our parish.

We pray for those who represent us on Deanery Synod – Peter & Margaret Bell, Elspeth Gurney, Lisa Hillan and Tori Hewitt.  We also pray for the monthly ecumenical church leaders meeting.  We pray for unity amongst all local churches and for ideas and energy to work together on important areas of mission and ministry.

We pray for those who are promoting Eco Church to the parish.  We need to be so aware of the damage that is caused to our earth and God’s creation.  We pray that we may take seriously the implications of how we live and reduce our environmental footprints.  We also pray for those who are campaigning for the leaders of government and other organisations to make good and helpful decisions on our behalf.

This prayer was shared at the recent Ministry Team Away Day and then at our Parish Away Day and is particularly relevant to our national political situation.

Lord, thou wilt still be here after this prayer is said, and we would have it so, for we know deep down in our hearts that without Thy help we can do nothing abiding.

Without thee we shall discuss more and more and settle less and less.

Unite, we pray Thee, the leaders of our nation behind the right way to achieve a just and lasting peace in our land and in all the world, that we may win it together, lest we lose it apart.  Amen.

Peter Marshall, January 9th 1948