June Prayer Diary
Written by Hilary Prescott
MON 1 Heavenly Father, thank you for all who belong to the church family of St. Mary’s, Chirk. Although personal contact is now limited, united in our faith and fellowship and love for you and each other, we ask that your blessing will rest upon us and guide us in all we do.
TUES 2 Loving Lord God, we bring before you all who are grieving for the loss of someone they care for: may they find the support they need and come to know your love which is unchanging and eternal.
WED 3 We give thanks, O Lord, for all who work in the Health Service, whether on the medical or administration or research fronts, all with their part to play in your healing work. Grant them the energy, skill and compassion they need and bless them in all they do to build up the wholeness of the country and the world. We especially commit to you all those linked to our local hospitals and health centre.
THURS 4 Heavenly Father, we ask that your blessing will rest on all who live along Yr Ochr, Fron.
FRID 5 In these uncertain times, O Lord, we are grateful for the ministries of our vicar and his helpers and the clergy of the Offa Mission Area and diocese , who have had to adapt to new methods in helping their people, spiritually and socially. We ask that you will protect and empower them with your Holy Spirit so that they continue to reach out in confidence and relevance and bear much fruit.
SAT 6 Tomorrow is Environment Sunday. We ask, O God, that you will guide and bless all who seek to look after our environment in our own area, country, and beyond. Grant them the wisdom, courage and help they need and help us too to care more effectively for our world.
SUN 7 TRINITY SUNDAY Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (Collect)
MON 8 O eternal God our Father, we pray for the staff and residents of Chirk Court , for their well-being and peace of body and mind. May all in residential and nursing homes receive the equipment and support they need and may the families and friends of the residents be granted the reassurance they need.
TUES 9 In times of difficulty, it is good to exercise and to enjoy participating in Sport, so may all people linked with the Leisure Centre in Chirk and local sports teams be able to make the most of the present circumstances and still in enjoy in some way the fellowship and fun they usually have.
WED 10 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways! … For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever. Amen Romans 11.33/36
THURS 11 Creator of the Universe, we bring before you all our local farmers and agricultural and horticultural workers. May they recover well from the problems recently experienced and be granted the support they need in their key work.
FRID 12 St Barnabas As we think of Barnabas who travelled many miles and underwent may difficulties for the sake of Christ, may we too, with God’s help, cope with the problems faced in our lives with faith, courage and hope for the future.
SAT 13 Loving Lord, we bring before you all who are feeling lonely, frustrated or impatient , especially if they have been confined to their house for a long time or have not been able to see family and friends. We pray that you bless them and grant them the patience, peace of mind and the support which they need.
SUN 14 Almighty God, we commit to your loving, protective care the members of the family of St. David’s Church in Fron. We give you thanks for their fellowship and their witness and ask for your blessing on them and on the future of the church.
MON 15 Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.
God has given us two hands- one for receiving and the other for forgiving.
TUES 16 Let us pray for the staff and pupils of our local schools and for their well-being. We ask that you will help them to make the right decisions about how to ensure the proper education of the young people and their safety. Let us thank God for those staff members who have had to make considerable changes in their teaching methods and to take risks in order to help the children and their families.
WED 17 Almighty God, we commit to you all who because of the Coronavirus situation have lost jobs, income , or found their livelihoods threatened. We pray that they will receive the support they need and that you will guide and encourage them as they adapt to a new and perhaps unsettling way of life.
THURS 18 Heavenly Father, we pray for all who are living with dementia and for the people who live with them or who are trying to care for them. May they be granted the courage, determination, hope and peace of mind as they seek to find an effective way of life. Thank you for places like Chirk Court and Day Centres and the people who act as professional carers or work for organisations aiming to help those with dementia.
FRID 19 Lord, we ask that you will watch over and bless all who live in Church View, Chirk.
SAT 20 On this World Refugee Day, let us remember before God all refugees, migrants and asylum seekers- that they might find safe and welcoming places to live which will enable them to thrive. May God guide the people who have to make the decisions about the future of these people, so showing humanity and sensitivity as well as good sense.
SUN 21 Thank you, Father God, for your unceasing care and love for us, your children. We pray for all fathers in their parental role and ask that they will be helped to do what is right. We also pray for men who find it difficult to be a good parent, and for children who suffer because of the ignorance, neglect or abuse by their parent or step parent.
MON 22 Let us commend to God the patients in our local hospitals and served by Chirk Health Centre and pray for their healing in body, mind and spirit. Let us pray too for those who aresuffering because of delayed diagnosis and treatment of an illness.
TUES 23 Lord we pray for the prosperity of our local businesses and industries and ask that the owners, managers and staff might be guided to make fair decisions about the future.
WED 24 As we remember the Birth of John The Baptist, let us give thanks for his focused sense of mission and his courage and dedication to his calling. May God also help us to be loyal to Him in word and deed in our own lives.
THURS 25 O happy band of pilgrims,/if onward ye will tread,/with Jesus as your fellow,/to Jesus as your head….The trial that beset you,/the sorrows ye endure,/are known to Christ your Saviour,/whose perfect grace will cure.
FRID 26 Almighty God, we are ashamed of mankind’s continual inhumanity to their fellow human beings and ask that you will help us to be loving and merciful in all our dealings with people. May all victims of torture, remembered today, find release from the physical and mental pain and anguish they are being made to suffer, and know hope for the future. Thank you for everyone who is working to bring justice and relief to those who are so suffering.
SAT 27 Thank you, O God, for the police in our area; please help them and guide them in their work for the community.
SUN 28 Sometimes, O Lord, it is difficult to keep our faith when all around us seems dark and uncertain, when the good and innocent suffer, when you seem far away. Send your Holy Spirit of comfort into our lives, that we might know your presence and love in a very real way and so offer you the trust and worship which we owe to you.
MON 29 Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the lives and witness of Saints Peter and Paul and the way they helped transform the world. May we too share in their conviction of your saving power of love, and reflect that in our lives.
TUES 30 Almighty God, how blessed we are. How easy it is to forget the blessings you have showered upon us in the past; to forget the present joy of being able to stop and listen to the song of a blackbird; to see the growth of flower from bud to blossom, to watch the changing landscape of clouds in the sky and to look around and see the richness and beauty of the world around us. We know that not everyone can do these things, but let us be glad that we have been granted such opportunities and will be in the future.