‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-9
We pray for new beginnings, for seeing where God is taking us, what new things He has in store for us. As we start the new school year, we pray for all young people starting afresh, in colleges, new schools, even new year groups. We pray that, as well as making the best of their opportunities, they will also form healthy and strong relationships with their peers and teachers.
We pray for all who are coming out of furlough, resuming going into the workplace, or starting new jobs, asking for God’s blessing on all wholesome employment and professions.
We pray for all who are suffering loss, sadness, and grief. We bring to God all who are unable to see the future without pain, and who are stressed and anxious about how they will manage. We ask for help to see how we can serve and come alongside any who are suffering.
Is anyone among you ill? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:14
We pray for all organisations and charities that are tackling the diseases of the world, both those that are obvious, like Covid, and those that are forgotten like measles, malaria and other tropical illnesses. We pray for the charities and NGO’s that distribute aid and medical help, for the governments trying to combat corruption that prevents the help being received by those most in need, and we pray for our own government that they will release Covid vaccines to these people who are unable to access it.
We pray for all that we know who are suffering from long term illness, disability and distress. We ask God to walk alongside them in their troubles and difficulties, and to show us how to help and serve them in friendship and love.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Psalm 127:3
We pray for the nurture of the children of the church, that they may grow in faith and love for our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for the Tiddler Toddler group, restarting after such a long time because of the virus, and we ask for God’s blessing on each little one, parent, grandparent or child minder, that they may grow together as, not only little friends, but that the grownups may find friendship in maybe isolation or lack of adult company. We pray for the work with the older ones, as the church seeks God’s will as to how to go forward. We thank God for the involvement that the children have had in the On Line Services, being included in the responsibility for bringing worship and prayer to the wider church. We pray for ways to encourage them in the leadership of the church.
We pray for the adult leadership of the church, for the clergy, readers and wardens, as they open up the building to wider use, tentatively bringing back the full Services and look to the future for ways in which to include the rest of the community in the worship of God. It has been difficult over the past 18 months for the clergy to minister, as they would really like to, to hold the hand of someone in pain or sorrow, to be able to visit the elderly in a Nursing Home, and so on. So our prayers go out for Mark and Sam; David and Sue; Janet; John and Margaret and the Readers, that they may be able to resume the joy of their full ministry soon.
My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35
As we approach the Harvest Festival Season, we pray for a good harvest for all our local farmers, especially those associated with St Michael’s. We pray for a fair return for their labour, for supermarkets not to impose restrictions, with unfair or delayed payments. More widely, we pray for the weather to be kind to the harvests of the rest of the world, so that the poor may be fed, and also earn extra, to improve their lives.
We pray for our part in improving our environment, for recycling, for not using more than we really need of the resources of the world, for restoring the wild areas. We live in such an amazing world that we have a duty to God, to look after it. We pray for guidance as to how we each can fulfil this obligation.
We give thanks for the wonders of the Autumn, and praise God for His skill in making so much beauty.