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 – September 2017

Friday 1st September:
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 2nd September:
Pray for other Christians who live in our community but are not part of our parish
churches. Remember particularly the congregation at Marshfield Chapel.

Sunday 3rd September: 12th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the
abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is
afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through
the merits and mediation of 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 4th September:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda, pray for the clergy and people of BBAALE
Parish.

Tuesday 5th September:
Today, give thanks to the Holy Spirit, who opens our eyes to the truth of God’s Word
and reveals to us the person of Jesus.

Wednesday 6th September:
Pray today for the parish of Marshfield, for its PCC, and their churchwardens Eric
Pullin and Paul White.

Thursday 7th September:
Take time today to remember with gratitude, teachers who have been a particular
inspiration to you and thank God for their influence on your life.Friday 8th September:
“Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come
before him, singing with joy” (Psalm 100, v1-2). Pray that this may be true of the
times when we gather for worship

Saturday 9th September:
Pray for the work with children through the Kids Club, “The Bunch” and “Thrive” in
Marshfield. Pray for the leaders, the children and the families from which they come.
Sunday 10th September: 13th Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ
reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you; through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Monday 11th September:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda, pray for the clergy and people of BUSAALE
Parish.

Tuesday 12th September:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear
much fruit”. (John 15:5) . Pray that Christ may live in our hearts by faith, that we may
be rooted in his love, and that our lives will display the fruits of his Holy Spirit.

Wednesday 13th September:
Pray today for the parish of Tormarton, for its PCC, and their churchwarden Bruce
Finnamore.

Thursday 14th September:
Christian Aid and other Christian organisations have long sought to share God’s
love through aid work. Pray for them, particularly their part in the fight against global
poverty, injustice and disease.

Friday 15th September:
At harvest time, pray for those around the world who have little to celebrate because
their crops have failed. Ask that their lack may be supplied by those who have
plenty.

Saturday 16th September:
Pray for those facing long-term or life-threatening illness, and those who care for
them in a hospital, hospice or at home.Sunday 17th September: 14th Sunday after Trinity:
Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your
presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in
truth; 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 18th September:
In our link diuocese of Mukono, Uganda, pray for those involved in the the Ministry
of Faith Empowerment.

Tuesday 19th September:
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at
that goal” (Martin Luther King, 1929-68). Pray that God will help us to forgive others
when we have been hurt and to know the peace that comes from accepting them,
whatever our differences.

Wednesday 20th September:
Pray today for the parish of Cold Ashton, its PCC, and their churchwardens Monica
Green and Jean Purnell.

Thursday 21st September:
Today the Church remembers Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist. Pray that God will
“give us grace to forsake the selfish pursuit of gain and the possessive love of riches”
(from the Collect for the day).

Friday 22nd September:
Pray for Bishop Mike Hill as he retires as Bishop of Bristol this month. Pray for the
choice of a new Bishop and also for Bishop Lee Rayfield and the Diocesan staff
during the time of the vacancy.

Saturday 23rd September:
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

Sunday 24th September: 15th Sunday after Trinity:
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning
fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the
gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in
service; 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 25th September:
In our link Diocese of Mukono, Uganda, pray for the clergy and people of BUSAANA
Parish

Tuesday 26th September:
Today, the Church remembers Wilson Carlisle, founder of the Church Army. Pray for
the CA and other Christian organisations that aim to communicate the unchanging
message of an unchanging God to a fast-changing culture.

Wednesday 27th September:
Pray today for the parish of West Littleton, for its PCC and for their churchwardens
Elizabeth Sandeman and David Adams.

Thursday 28th September:
Some of the prayers in this diary are based on those in “Families Worldwide”, the
Mothers’ Union Prayer Diary. Pray for the local branch, and for the world-wide work
of MU in providing Christian care for families.

Friday 29th September:
Pray for the Benefice Ministry Team members – Rev Sally Wheeler, Andrew
Gammie, Aurea Hart and Mike Strathdee – and their ministry to us.
Pray also for the clergy – Revs Ian Tomkins, Chris Mulholland and Victor Howlett –
who assist them in the ministry to the benefice.

Saturday 30th September:
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” ( Psalm 119:105). Pray (in the
words of the Bible Reading Fellowship Prayer) that “all who prayerfully read your
word will deepen their fellowship with each other through your love”.

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.