Saturday 4th December
Dear Lord: we ask that you would be with those serving in all of the meetings tomorrow, preparing their hearts to lovingly serve you and your Church. As we rest this weekend, please also prepare us to receive your Word and to know and love you more through it, that we might bring glory to your name in our homes and communities throughout the coming week. Amen.
Sunday 5th December
Dear Lord: May the message of the Bible be faithfully proclaimed at St John’s this weekend. May your people be encouraged as they sing and pray to you. May the Holy Spirit be at work in all ages who connect to groups and services. And may Jesus your Son be glorified in all we do. Stir up people’s hearts to put their faith in you and may the truths of your Word bring real joy and peace and hope to people’s lives. Amen.
Monday 6th December
As connections Christmas praise happens this afternoon, we pray for good fellowship and a clear understanding of the message spoken and sung. We remember all the elderly in the congregation and in the town as they come to terms and cope with the limitations of ageing. We ask for comfort to those who grieve at this time, remember the queen as she has her first Christmas without her husband.
Tuesday 7th December
We remember in prayer Mark, Luke, Tim and Miriam as they enter this very busy period of advent. We pray for energy, inspiration and patience as they organise and prepare events both in the church building, schools and elsewhere. May they enjoy the Christmas celebrations and find quality time to be with their own families.
Wednesday 8th December
We ask for wisdom to balance the risk of Covid and the need and desire to meet together at Christmas. We ask for health and safety for all those who participate in any way. We give thanks for the IT team, helping to bring comfort and encouragement to those at home, who are not able to take part in person for whatever reason.
Thursday 9th December
We remember the homeless and those struggling to make ends meet as heating costs rise and food becomes more expensive. We pray for the food bank, Crawley Open House, the Church Army and for all those seeking to help others at this time. Help us to be generous with our time and money in Your name.
Friday 10th December
Above all we pray that the true message of Christmas will reach people’s hearts and minds, and that they will turn to the Saviour now, and for all their lives. Help us to take opportunities to witness to our faith to friends and family. Lord God, build your church in this land.
Saturday 11th December
We pray for the Asiku family as they cope with the cold weather, a strange house, ongoing education of the children, and stamina for the very, very early morning meetings on line with Uganda colleagues and family. Also for wisdom as they best use the gift day contribution to their support.
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