“There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. So he said to them, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while.” Mark 6: 31.
Jesus recognised that it was necessary to rest and recover, and just to be alone for a while, so we should not feel guilty when we take time out of the daily rush to re-charge our batteries.
1st “Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good, and his love is eternal.
Psalm 118: 29.
2nd We pray today for all homes where there is conflict within the family. Bring peace to them.
3rd Dear Lord, when we forget you come to us and remind us whose we are and whom we serve.
4th Guide us today as we make decisions that will closely affect our community in the years ahead.
5th “In our lives plant seeds of hope.
In our homes plant seeds of love.
In our church plant seeds of joy.” Carol Dixon.
6th Help us, Lord, to be aware that upsetting thoughts are just that – only thoughts. Help us to let them go in favour of more positive ones, although this is not easy.
7th Bless our worship today as we gather in your name.
8th Dear Lord we hold before you all young people whose futures will be determined by their exam results. Bless their study hours.
9th “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12: 12. N.I.V
10th Father God, we pray today for all children who are unwell. Those with minor illnesses, those in hospital, all who are facing surgery, and those for whom there is no other option but palliative care.
11th Help us in whatever way we can to support the Development Group as we all work towards our goal of a new sanctuary and a more meaningful presence in our Calderwood Community.
12th We ask you, Lord, to be especially close to those who are struggling with daily life. Bring them peace and a sense of calm.
13th As we come to the end of our winter sessions be with all our adults, children and leaders as they anticipate a summer break.
14th Remind us, Lord, that as we worship today we are united with Christians across the world.
15th Inspire and encourage all who are involved in the work of Christian Aid, and bless their endeavours.
16th Be especially close to all those who are preparing for this year’s General Assembly.
17th We hold before you those who have learning difficulties and those who teach and encourage them.
18th Thank you for the blessings of quiet time. That time when we can just stop in our busy lives and be still in your presence.
19th As Spring makes its appearance we think of all those who cannot go outside to feel the sunshine and the breeze.
20th Positive Thought:- God is firmly in control – even when it doesn’t feel like it.
21st Thank you for the blessings of our time of worship, and for the fellowship we experience.
22nd We give thanks today for the members of Police Scotland as they work to keep our homes, streets and country safe.
23rd May we be more aware of your never-ending light shining in the darkest moments of our lives.
24th Forgive us Lord, for opportunities not taken, connections with others not made and kindnesses not done.
25th Today, let your imagination take you to the bank of a little stream, see the sparkling water, and let it wash all your stresses away.
26th Dear Lord, grant us strength to cope with whatever lies ahead, and love to guide our actions.
27th Father, its easy to say “Bless all refugees” but harder to remember these are real people, who had real homes, and busy lives. Help us to be more aware and empathetic to their plight.
28th Bless the children who were recently baptised in our church, and their parents as they go about their daily tasks.
29th May those who have a holiday today face the rest of the week with renewed energy.
30th “We must pray too in darkness and dryness under a blind sky.”
31st Bless all who are working in refugee camps, bringing healing, hope and compassion to those in need.