PRAYER DIARY: AUTUMN 2020
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
1. For our church family at St Saviour’s as they continue to fellowship alone or with their family. That they are finding and enjoying different ways to worship and connect with our Father God. Pray for services to commence back in the church in God's timing.
2. The Coronavirus pandemic now that the UK appears to be entering into a second spike. The enormous impact this is having on schools and colleges as well as places of work. That people will abide by the rules and keep safe. We pray especially for those who are suffering from COVID and for those who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
3. For our new Vicar, Rev Allen Bower, his wife Leah and their five sons as they settle into Sunbury and their new family life. For God's guidance in their ministry. Praise God all the boys have places in local schools. Pray they all settle into their new schools, that they will all find new friends and grow in their faith.
4. For the OASIS family at church many of whom live alone. Give thanks that they are able to keep in touch with and support one another. For their monthly service broadcast online with members participating. That they continue to keep healthy and active and that they can continue to get out and about.
5. For wisdom for our Government and local councils as they continue to react to the pandemic. For those making critical decisions re imposing and lifting regulations, nationally as well as locally. That they make the right decisions at the right time. For those staff keeping vital services going and maintaining utilities.
6. For Kids Church. That the children continue to grow in body, mind and spirit. For those who have found it problematic going back to school. We pray for their anxieties. That the kids find joy seeing their friends physically. Pray especially for those who have just started school or changed schools this term. Thank you to Hannah for producing the work sheets weekly for our church children. Pray for her inspiration and creativeness.
7. For the NHS who continue to be the frontline throughout the pandemic. For their own strength, health and wisdom as they continue to work so dedicatedly. Not forgetting ambulance drivers, cleaners, porters, administrators, care homes and carers visiting people's homes. Pray they will have sufficient resources to cope with the increasing incidents of infection and illness.
8. For our own church family. That they are enjoying new ways of worship and Bible study and not giving up. Especially if they live alone or are the only Christian in their household. Give thanks for the worship team and pray for them continuing developing to play and sing skilfully for the Lord as they deepen their own relationships with Jesus.
9. The Community Food Bank led by Donna Mason. Thank God for the abundant provision of food from church members, Tesco, the local Rotary Club and Surplus to Supper, amongst others. So much so that we are able to share with other local foodbanks. Pray for the team and continuing building relationships with the community in need. That the right people are referred to us. Pray for plans to bless the clients at Christmas as it will not be the same this year.
10. For all the supermarket staff, delivery drivers, farmers and suppliers working as normally as possible to keep us fed all the time. That they can go about their work and be protected. That customers will respect them and their places of work. For the postal and courier workers without whom we couldn't survive in lockdown, quarantine and isolation.
11. For those we have known who have died, be it recently or a while ago. Especially the victims of the virus and their families. Especially for those who cannot participate in a funeral for their loved ones. That God will comfort us in our mourning. We pray especially for the families and friends of our dear friends Margaret Hamilton and Karl Nobes.
12. For our churchwardens as they worked so incredibly hard during the interregnum. For the PCC as they continue with their responsibilities and meetings during this time. For the Annual Church Meeting on the 25th October. That members of the congregation will come forward to stand for the PCC and warden vacancies.
13. For our church youth, that they will all feel loved by God, to realise their God given gifts and have the courage to use them. For their education, especially if they have changed schools or experienced stress over the GCSE gradings. That God will continue to give Sonia and Sarah wisdom and guidance as they serve the youth and use creative new ways to reach the youth through Zoom, Youtube and social media. That Sonia will be able to return to schools to meet and teach with young people in person.
14. For peace of mind for everyone who has had to postpone a wedding, baptism or other special celebration indefinitely. Or weren't able to celebrate as they wanted to. That their hopes haven't been dashed, but they find faith and strength in their patience.
15. For our church family at St Saviour’s as they fellowship alone or with their family. That they don't feel apart, but are finding and enjoying different ways to worship and connect with our Father God. To be reassured he is still in control. Thank God for everyone who is preaching in the online services. That they will be inspired and led by the Holy Spirit in their preparation and speaking.
16. For those who are in quarantine or isolated as isolation is not for everyone. Pray for those who struggle on their own. A third of the population live alone. Including some who suffer from depression or other mental health issues. For our church family to reach out to the lonely. For our pastoral team who continue to be available throughout the pandemic. For their wisdom on how to deal with any callers as it is not possible to meet in person.
17. For families who have been separated throughout the pandemic. Different generations living in different places, those shielding or keeping away from vulnerable family members, for key workers living apart from their families to keep them safe and for family members stranded apart. That they will find peace in this time and enjoy being reunited with people if they can now meet up.
18. For the church life groups who continue to meet using Zoom, Skype or similar and the new online group. Give thanks for the fellowship, Bible studies and spiritual support continuing. May God continue to bless their fellowship despite not meeting in person. Pray for more people to join a group and enjoy the fellowship.
19. For the Royal Family as they continue to motivate and encourage the country through social media as well as public visits to charities, the emergency services and similar.
20. For St Saviour's Men's Ministry. That they have continued to meet online throughout lock down with innovative ideas and events. That God continues to bless, develop and empower our men and boys to be respected and valued as sons of God, to be more Christlike and to develop deep and meaningful friendships as well as their faith.
21. For the Police and Military involved in the crisis. For strength and wisdom in their various roles. For the military assisting in hospitals and at test sites. For the Police facing challenges with protests, overcrowding and outbreaks of violence as they ensure our safety and that people adhere to the rules. That they would have strength, wisdom and protection for all these roles. Pray for their protection. For their families who support them and maybe cannot see them at this difficult time.
22. For our church family at St Saviour’s wherever they fellowship. That they are enjoying new ways of worship. Especially through social media, Christian radio stations such as Premier and UCB, or TV channels such as TBN UK. Not forgetting our local Christian book shop, Canaan, that provides a wealth of resources as well as books.
23. For Christian missions continuing to work throughout the crisis, both here and overseas. Many experiencing a drop in income due to lack of contact with supporters and being unable to fund raise for their work. We think of Tearfund as some of our congregation work there, Watoto after their choir visited us in January and some of whose children are sponsored by congregation members, Open Doors working with persecuted churches and Christians, as well as other missions known to and supported by members of our church family.
24. For our church staff team. Give thanks for how well they have adapted themselves and their ministries since lockdown began. That God will continue to encourage and use them during this time. That they will glorify his name in their ministry even though they cannot always engage directly in person with people.
25. For Christmas and how we will celebrate this year. With much uncertainty, people are finding it difficult to prepare for. Hopes for family reunions are being dashed. Pray that we will be able to celebrate Christ's birth and the true meaning of Christmas whatever the circumstances and wherever we all will be as we approach the end of this year.
26. For the Women's Ministry as they continue to plan different events and meetings online. For inspiration for the team, for the ladies and girls to be valued and respected as they develop as women of God, to be more Christlike and explore healthy Godly femininity and develop deep and meaningful friendships.
27. For the pastoral team to be able to minister to those asking for help in this time. For no one to be afraid to ask for help and for people to know spiritual help is available from church even though we are physically shut.
28. For our congregation as they engage with neighbours and/or work colleagues during this strange time, to take opportunities to help and to witness even though we are isolated. Give thanks for the editing team who work tirelessly every week to produce the online services, that God blesses and ministers to all those tuning into our online ministries, that new people find the church online as they seek inspiration and understanding in the pandemic. That God provides the finances to continue our media ministries.
29. For the Big Build project as plans continue slowly 'behind the scenes'. Practical work such as surveys and estimates are being carried out for the rear modular build and the new toilet block. Pray the right decisions are made as we prepare for the future.
30. For our Parish and the local Borough of Spelthorne. For those who have lost their jobs and sources of income; for the increasing number of cases or COVID that threatens everyone's safety and wellbeing; for our schools, that they will be able to continue operating as normal; for the increasing cases of domestic violence as people spend longer time together. That as a church we continue to support and participate wherever we can.
31. For each of us as we live very different lives to how we were before lockdown. That our faith will continue to grow as we learn to cope with the situation and adapt our lifestyles. That we will all come out of this as stronger Christians and closer to God.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.