A Benefice Prayer
Lord, let us not labour for you in vain. Teach us to pray, deepen our fellowship, enable our ministry, strengthen our benefice, and nurture our children. That, united in Christ, we might indeed become a holy temple in which you dwell by your Spirit. Amen
Benefice Prayer Diary – February 2017
Wednesday 1st February:
Pray today for the parish of Marshfield, for its PCC, and their churchwardens Eric Pullin and Paul White.
Thursday 2nd February: The Presentation of Christ in the Temple Candlemass
Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Friday 3rd February:
“Father God,your son Jesus learnt by listening to his elders; please be with our children as they learn from parents and teachers. We pray that all children will realise their full potential as they grow older and know your love in their lives”. (Taken from “Families Worldwide”, the Mothers’ Union Prayer Diary)
Saturday 4th February:
Pray for other Christians who live in our community but are not part of our parish churches. Remember particularly the congregation at Marshfield Chapel and their pastor Peter Foster.
Sunday 5th February: 4th Sunday before Lent
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; 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 for ever.
“The Bunch” and “Thrive” meet today. Pray for the leaders and for the children, young people and the families from which they come.
Monday 6th February:
Cold Ashton PCC meets today. Pray for the people of the parish, its PCC and their churchwardens Monica Green and Jean Purnell.
Tuesday 7th February:
Today, give thanks for the blessing of having family and friends. Pray for those who are separated from those they love – for whatever reason – and that ways may be found for them to be reunited.
Wednesday 8th February:
Pray that all the gifts God gives us – time, talents and money – are put to good use as we work to build His kingdom here.
Thursday 9th February:
Pray for all families facing adversity at this time. May they know that they are never alone as Jesus is with them always.
Friday 10th February:
Pray for all those who earn their living within the Benefice. Pray also for those seeking work, changing jobs or starting work for the first time.
Saturday 11th February:
Pray for our diocesan Bishop, Mike Hill, our suffragan Bishop Lee Rayfield, and for the staff that support them in leading this diocese.
Sunday 12th February: 3rd Sunday before Lent
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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 for ever.
Monday 13th February:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda pray for the clergy and people of KIWUMU Parish.
Tuesday 14th February:
“You did not choose me; I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Pray that the Holy Spirit may enable the worldwide Church to fulfil Jesus’ call to make disciples.
Wednesday 15th February:
Today, the Church remembers Thomas Bray, priest and founder of SPG & SPCK. Pray that we may all accept Christ’s call to spread the “Good News” of the Gospel worldwide.
Thursday 16th February:
Pray for our linked CMS mission partners Jimmy and Katia Rocks and their family Joanna and Davi as they continue to develop their ministry of outreach in one of the areas of Brazil that is most in need.
Friday 17th February:
Edward Bear Toddler Church meets today. Pray for parents as they face the challenges, as well as the rewards, of nurturing their children in their early years.
Saturday 18th February:
Pray today for the parish of Tormarton, for its PCC, and their churchwardens Bruce Finnamore and Heather Gent.
Sunday 19th February: 2nd Sunday before Lent:
Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.
Monday 20th February:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda pray for the work of the Diocesan schools.
Tuesday 21st February:
Some of the prayers in this Diary are taken from the Mothers’ Union Prayer Diary. Pray for the local branch as it holds its AGM today and for the worldwide work of MU in providing Christian care for families.
Wednesday 22nd February:
The local “Filling Station” meets today. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in bringing new life to local churches.
Thursday 23rd February:
Chippenham Deanery Synod meets today. Pray for its task of oversight and support to local parishes, and pray also our own parish representatives who attend the meetings on our behalf.
Friday 24th February:
Pray for the Benefice Ministry Team members – Rev Sally Wheeler, Rev Ness Whiffin, Andrew Gammie, Aurea Hart and Mike Strathdee – and their ministry to us
Saturday 25th February:
“ As God changes us in prayer, he drives us out to be justice-seekers, peacemakers, healers and bringers of good news” (Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury)
Sunday 26th February: Sunday next before Lent
Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Monday 27th February:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda pray for the clergy and people of KISOWERA Parish.
Tuesday 28th February:
Pray today for the parish of West Littleton, for its PCC and for their churchwardens Elizabeth Sandeman and David Adams.
Please Note: If you would like a prayer to be included in the prayers at our Tuesday prayer group or in this Prayer Diary, please contact Paul Sawyer, 16, Fairfield Close, Marshfield. Tel: (01225) 891436.