“This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It began as the prophet Isaiah had written: God said “I will send my messenger ahead of you to clear the way for you.” Mark 1 : 1 -2.
Dear Lord, as we move into the period of Lent prepare us in our hearts and teach us in our minds to ready ourselves for the events of Easter.
1st “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart: I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done. I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you, Almighty God.” Psalm 9 : 1 & 2.
2nd Thank you for all who voluntarily give their time and talents to benefit others.
3rd As the seasons turn, and spring brings increasing daylight and warmth of the sun, we give you thanks for early flowers and buds on the trees.
4th We hold before you today all who are in hospital. We especially pray for those who have been there for a long time.
5th As we come to worship today nurture hope in our hearts and lea us into a positive frame of mind for the coming week.
6th Dear Lord, we bring before you the members and work of the Development Group. If you are not part of it their work is in vain.
7th We pray for all who are in unhappy or abusive relationship. Come close to them and meet their needs.
8th Positive Visualisation:- Imagine spring flowers growing in a grassy meadow and a cool breeze blowing gently.
9th Bless our homes, Lord, the walls and roofs which shelter us and the neighbours who are there to help us if needed.
10th Father, we pray for who are homeless. Be with them and prosper the work of those who help them.
11th Thank you for the friendships and fellowship we find in Moncreiff.
12th Bless all who cannot be in church today. Come close to them in their hearts and bring them peace.
13th Jesus said “Bring the little children” – so, Lord, we bring in our hearts the children in our congregation and in our local schools, asking for your blessing on them.
14th We remember before you the plight of refugees. We do not know what horrors lie behind them, we simply ask that their futures will be better.
15th We think today of our over-stretched health service and all who work in it. Thank you for the treatment and care we receive when we are ill.
16th Positive Affirmation: I know that I cannot live as I ought without God’s help.
17th Lord, we thank you for all who were once part of our circle of friends, but who have now moved on. Thank you for the joys we shared and the sad times we faced together. Bless them now wherever they are.
18th At the end of the working week refresh us in our leisure time and help us to appreciate those who will be at work for our benefit.
19th Father God, inspire all who are preaching your word today, and bless to us the hearing of your message.
20th Thank you for all who work in the field of mental health. Keep them sensitive to the needs of their clients.
21st Lord, you have given each one of us a gift or a talent. Help us to identify and use them in your service.
22nd We pray for all who are away from home and loved ones today.
23rd Dear Lord, as we move on in faith help and guide us on our path through life.
24th On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Whoever is thirsty should come to me and drink. As the scripture says, “Whoever believes in me, streams of life-giving water will pour out from his heart.” John 7: 37 & 38.
25th We remember before you all who are suffering from illness for which we have no cure. We commit them to your care.
26th As we celebrate Mother’s Day we ask your blessing on all parents who have suffered the loss of a child. Only you can know the ache in their hearts.
27th Thank you for meeting our needs with every new day.
28th Help me today to be more aware of my strengths and weaknesses. Fill me with light and love, and help me not to grumble or be critical of others.
29th “Calm soul of all things! Be it mine.
To feel amid the city’s jar.
That there abides a peace of thine
Man did not make and cannot mar.” Matthew Arnold.
30th Oh God of Power, Truth and Peace lead us in Your way and help us to work for the good of all we meet in our daily life.
31st Almighty God you have set us in communities to live together, work together and give and receive help from each other. Help us to concentrate more on the things that unite us and less on our differences.