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on second and fourth Mondays at 7.30pm in the church hall. A
warm welcome awaits you. [more]
Meets twice monthly on Wednesday's at
Housegroup / Bible
21 Mauricewood Bank.
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YOU LIKE to have Christians from churches in Midlothian praying for you
or for someone you are concerned about?
to just this need our local presbytery has set up three local Prayer
for prayer are passed around churches by phone; and individuals
groups pray confidentially for the people & situations
they’ve been told about. If you’d like to put a
to the prayer chain, either for yourself or for someone else, please
contact Bill Webster (tel. 672347 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact Bill or Margaret if you would
like a pastoral visit, whatever your request.
We are here to help.
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to this issue of Prayer Prompts. You’ll find personal and
local situations highlighted as well as national and international
issues. They’re all part of God’s world, and He
MONDAY 14 JANUARY The
House of Commons is due to vote on the Brexit agreement between the EU
& the UK government tomorrow. Please pray that, whatever the
outcome of that vote, the whole process will end with an arrangement
that is fair to all sides, helps us all to live in harmony with each
other, & doesn’t put people’s livelihoods at risk.
TUESDAY 15 JANUARY St
Mungo’s Kirk Session & Congregational Board both meet this
evening. These are not just routine meetings held to ‘keep the
show on the road.’ They are about growing God’s Kingdom in
our community. So please pray that elders & Board members alike
will be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that, bit by bit, we
become the church God wants & needs us to be.
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY Please
pray for all the pupils & staff at Cuiken Primary School, that the
staff will have the energy, commitment & wisdom they need &
that each pupil will feel part of the community & be able to
develop to their maximum potential.
THURSDAY 17 JANUARY
Gracious God, you know how much I want to serve you,
yet somehow, when the moment of challenge comes, I am found wanting.
Despite the good I long to do, I come back again and again to the same old weaknesses.
Loving God, have mercy on me, and renew me through your Holy Spirit.
Thank you that I can be cleansed through the love of Jesus.
Put a new heart and a right spirit in me, in the name of Jesus, my Lord.
[Nick Fawcett, Selected prayers for public worship]
FRIDAY 18 JANUARY The
situation in Syria has become unstable again, with the imminent
withdrawal of US forces encouraging some of the major warring factions
to expand their operations. Please pray that God will overrule human
folly & ambition in that country, so that those who live there can
have the chance to go about their lives without fear of yet more death
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY
Many millions of people in the Middle East & North Africa live
long-term in war or civil war situations (Israel/Palestine, Iraq,
Yemen, Libya) or suffer under oppressive regimes (Eritrea, Egypt,
Bahrain, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). Please ask God to
bring these conflicts to an end & to replace the dictators with
governments which will allow their people to live in peace &
SUNDAY 20 JANUARY
we know that your ways are not our ways or your thoughts our thoughts. You are sovereign over heaven and earth.
you have made yourself known to us in Jesus. In Him we glimpse
something of your majesty, and through your Holy Spirit we receive
fulfilment and peace of mind beyond our understanding.
So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and give you honour, worship and praise,
now and for ever.
[Adapted from Nick Fawcett, Selected prayers for public worship]
MONDAY 21 JANUARY Messy
Church takes place on Sunday in St Mungo’s Hall (4-6pm).
Let’s thank God for this way of reaching out to families with
children, & pray that new families will hear about God’s love
for them & decide (if they haven’t done so already) that they
want to follow Jesus.
TUESDAY 22 JANUARY The
Leprosy Mission (TLM) in Nigeria is part of a major funding application
to the (UK-based) Research and Innovation for Global Health
Transformation (RIGHT). If successful, this application could transform
the treatment & prevention of leprosy in Nigeria. It has been
shortlisted to proceed to stage two. Please pray that it will be
approved by the funding committee.
WEDNESDAY 23 JANUARY TLM
also ask us to thank God for the ways He has blessed their work in
India in 2018. And they ask us to pray that a new multi-year plan for
hospitals, training centres & projects will work effectively at all
levels. And TLM hospitals are short of committed Christian doctors and
other medical staff; please ask God to provide the people they need.
THURSDAY 24 JANUARY All
over Scotland there are Scripture Union groups which bring the love of
Jesus to many children & young people who might otherwise never
hear about it. Locally there are groups at Beeslack & Mauricewood
Schools. Please pray that all the current groups will reach out
effectively & that this work will expand into schools &
districts which it hasn’t yet reached.
FRIDAY 25 JANUARY Christians
in Shan state, Myanmar, are asking for prayer: by September 2018, the
authorities had closed 52 churches & arrested 92 pastors. They had
also closed a Bible school & sent 41 students to work as military
porters (who are sometimes literally worked to death because of the
heavy loads they are forced to carry). Please ask God to bring this
persecution to an end.
SATURDAY 26 JANUARY This
month the Barnabas Fund ask us to remember 12 Iranian converts from
Islam, sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for holding house
church meetings, evangelising, & ‘propaganda activities
against the Islamic Republic of Iran’. Please pray that each of
them will be sustained & strengthened in their faith.
SUNDAY 27 JANUARY
Sudan has been ravaged by civil war since 2013, & the situation is
catastrophic – half the population are starving or
under-nourished, a third have fled their homes; almost 400 000 people
have been killed & a huge number of women raped. Tearfund’s
partners in South Sudan say that peace is even more important than
food. Please support them in this prayer:
You have told us how good peace is:
‘How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!’
We pray for this unity – this peace – to come to South Sudan.
For five long years conflict has reigned.
But we ask for your peace –
for people to feel safe, for the hungry to be fed,
for weapons of war to be replaced with tools for transforming lives.
Lord, hear our plea to you today.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
MONDAY 28 JANUARY
In neighbouring Ethiopia, Tearfund ask us to pray for refugees facing
malnutrition. Most of Ethiopia’s refugee camps are at full
capacity with refugees from neighbouring countries like South Sudan.
Please pray that food and resources will reach those in need and
restore them to full health.
TUESDAY 29 JANUARY
Let’s pray today for Midlothian Council, responsible for the
delivery of local services but faced with hard choices because of
severe financial pressures. Let’s ask for God’s wisdom for
all the councillors, including the three who represent Penicuik –
Andrew Hardie, Debbi McCall & Joe Wallace.
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY
Please pray for the residents in Aaron House (where some of our members
live), that they will be well looked after & feel wanted. And for
the staff, that they will be happy in their work & have the energy
they need to do it well.
THURSDAY 31 JANUARY
Please pray for all the pupils & staff at Glencorse Primary School,
that the staff will have the energy, commitment & wisdom they need
& that each pupil will feel part of the community & be able to
develop to their maximum potential.
FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY
Let’s thank God for the work of Love Russia & remember the
many vulnerable ex-orphan single mums who rely on their help. Please
pray that the children of orphan mums are treated fairly & equally
at school. Also for those mums who are experiencing major hold ups in
being issued government flats. Pray that the orphan mums’ group
will help some of the young people be stronger in dealing with bullies.
And pray for opportunities for the mums to develop skills & find
work that is fulfilling & fairly paid.
SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY
Crossreach ask us to pray for the staff & service users at Cale
House, which provides accommodation for 22 homeless people in an
alcohol- & substance-free environment. Pray that the staff will
deal with everybody equally but as individuals; & that the service
users will be able to take full, long-term advantage of the facilities
& services at Cale House.
SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY
Please pray for the staff & residents at St Margaret’s House,
Polmont, a unit run by Crossreach for older people living with
dementia. Please pray that the residents will have a sense of hope
& belonging; that relatives supporting a family member who has
dementia will find strength & courage; & that the staff will
have the necessary resilience & patience in all they do.
MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY
Tearfund ask us to pray for the Rohingya people, forcibly displaced
from their homes in Myanmar & living in harsh conditions in
Bangladesh. Ask God to bring peace & an end to the killing in
Myanmar. (The Rohingya are being offered the opportunity to return, but
don't feel safe to do so). Please pray that, through the winter
families will be protected from the cold weather, & that those in
most need will receive shelter & warm clothes.'
TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY Tearfund
also ask us to continue to pray for families in the Democratic Republic
of Congo who have lost loved ones as a result of Ebola, especially for
children who have been impacted by the virus. Please pray that the
spread of Ebola will be stopped & for healing & recovery for
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY There
are 8 Christian congregations in Penicuik, but they’re all part
of the one Church. Please pray that we will all recognise this &
draw more closely together, so that the people we live among will hear
the Christian message more clearly, & respond to it readily.
THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY
Last month saw the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. Let’s pray for the many, many people in all
continents who are not treated with the dignity that human life
deserves. Pray for more of God's kingdom to come, so that people the
world over can enjoy a life in which they're able to thrive.
FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY Thank
God for the staff of our local hospitals and of the Imrie Place and
Eastfield medical practices. And pray that they will always have the
resources they need to serve the community effectively.
SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY The
pressure on foodbanks continues to grow. Let’s thank God for the
3 currently operating in Penicuik (at the North Kirk, the Sacred Heart
& in St Mungo’s Hall) & pray that they will continue to
be able to meet all the needs that come their way.
SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY
Hundreds of houses are being built at Greenlaw Mill, near the north end
of Penicuik. Let’s pray that the local church(es) will find ways
of making good contact with the people who are moving in.
use as many of these suggestions as you can, and please let me know if
there is anyone or anything you would like to see included in future
- 14 January 2019