Almighty God, who has shaped the coastline, hills and moors of our land, guard our servicemen and women who protect it and work to maintain peace and freedom on our behalf. Give them courage and, when needful, heal their wounds mental as well as physical, in Jesus’ name.
1st “All righteous people will rejoice because of what the Lord has done. They will find safety in him; all good people will praise him.” . Psalm 64:10
2nd As the cold weather becomes more severe we hold before you all who are homeless, all who can’t afford to adequately heat their homes and all who struggle to buy nourishing and warming food.
3rd On this National Day of Prayer let’s join with others in praying for the life and witness of our church.
4th Father God, we thank you for this congregation of Moncreiff, for our ongoing presence in Calderwood down the last 60 years and ask you to bless us in the years ahead.
5th We pray for all who are experiencing unmanageable stress in their daily lives, may they find coping mechanisms.
6th We give thanks for the work of all who produce flu vaccines and other medications to keep us in good health.
7th Creator God, we thank you for the beauty of the changing seasons, for the outline of trees, and snowy mountain tops, for the rain that fills our reservoirs and for the joy of a bright sunny winter’s day.
8th May we all become aware of threats to our own health. May we find a balance in the way we live, and may we receive whatever healing we need.
9th “Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake or weep tonight, and let your angels protect those who sleep.” St Augustine
10th We thank you, Lord, for the young people in our families, church and community, for their varied talents and gifts and for the good things they bring to our lives.
11th “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” Laurence Binyon
12th We thank you for the ongoing work and help given by the CAP (Christians Against Poverty) organisation.
13th On this National Kindness day guide us, Lord, to see where a small act on our part may have an effect on someone else.
14th We pray today for all who suffer from compromised breathing conditions which may be aggravated by the cold weather. May they find relief.
15th When we feel we are alone, and ours is just a small voice crying in the wilderness, let’s remember we are a part of God’s world-wide church and our single voice is joined to others and, therefore, becomes powerful.
16th May all who are alone and lonely in these dark evenings find comfort in Jesus, who is the Light of the World.
17th Father God, bless our fundraising activities as we move towards creating a better, more vibrant place of worship in Calderwood.
18th We gather today, with friends past and present, to worship together with thanksgiving for who we are, where we’ve been and to ask you to lead us as you have in the past. Guide us, O thou great Jehovah!
19th “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God’s children – and so, in fact we are.” 1 John 3:1
20th We bring before you all who are grieving at this time. May they be consoled and comforted now and in the days ahead.
21st Father, we ask your blessing on the work of the Erskine Hospital and all other agencies who offer care and treatment for ex-service personnel.
22nd POSITIVE THOUGHT: Things work out best for those who make the best of things.
23rd Loving God, we hold before you those in great distress in the Middle East. Strengthen and empower those organisations who ae helping these vulnerable ones
24th “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” R L Stevenson
25th Thank you, Lord, for the music and words we sing. May they lift our hearts and spirits as we come together in praise.
26th We pray for all who are incapacitated by hopelessness, loneliness, addiction or mental health problems. May they find help and strength to face whatever this day brings.
27th May all who use our church and halls find companionship and a loving warm welcome.
28th “Tis Jesus, the first and the last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise Him for all that is past,
And trust Him for all that’s to come.” Joseph Hart
29th Bless the gathering tonight of the members of our Board and Session. Bless their thoughts, words and actions.
30th St Andrew, our patron saint – a man who worked with his hands, not rich or powerful, not important except to his family. Then Jesus came along with a task for him to do, just as He comes to each one of us. Help us, Lord, to hear your call.