Prayer Diary

Praying for those around the world

The monthly prayer diary for Tipton St John and Venn Ottery

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Prayers for April

Sharing God’s love with our community

“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit” Jude 20

This month please pray for the residents of Tipton Main Street, Chrystel Close and Barton Paddocks.

We give thanks to God for our organist Rita who has retired after more than 50 years’ service. We pray God’s continued blessing on her just as we have been blessed by her talents. We pray for those helping lead our music going forward, including Malcolm Hamilton and Becky Williamson, that they too may help inspire our worship.

In preparation for our Annual Church Meeting please join in praying this prayer that Mark has written for us: Lord, you have raised up apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, to equip your people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. In your church today, raise up men and women of faith to be churchwardens, safeguarding represent-atives and other PCC officers, that we may be built up in Christ. Amen.

7th April – On this year’s World Health Day we pray that access to health services would be available to all – currently 4.5 billion people lack this basic human right. Ask God to bless the work of the World Health Organization as they seek equality of access for everyone.

Heavenly Father, we look on helpless as we see the crippling starvation being visited upon the people of Gaza. Have mercy upon them. Grant success to the aid agencies struggling to get food and water to where it is so desperately needed, and bless the peacemakers seeking to deliver a ceasefire.

Until 14th April – We pray for the children and staff of our village school as they enjoy their Easter holiday – may they be refreshed by the time away. We also pray for all young people at school, college and university busy preparing forexams in the summer term. May God help them and their families to cope with the stress that this brings.

15th April – Annual Church MeetingFaithful God, we give you thanks as we look back on all we’ve been able to do as a church in 2023. Bless all those elected to serve the parish for the coming year with strength to serve you faithfully and wisdom to know your will for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ, understood people’s fear and pain before they spoke of them, we pray for thosewho are suffering in body, mind, heart or spirit; surround the frightened with your tenderness; give strength to those in pain; hold the weak in your arms of love, and give hope and patience to those who are recovering. We continue to pray especially at this time for Alan and Lizzi, that God would provide a suitable nursing home closer to Tipton. In the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Spirit we pray.

21st April – Loving Lord, we give you thanks for the success of our Café Church services. Bless the many who help prepare and run them and answer our prayer that more young families may be drawn to them. Grant us wisdom as we seek to share the message of the gospel in an engaging, new way.

23rd April – St George’s DayGod of hosts, who so kindled the flame of love in the heart of your servant George that he bore witness to the risen Lord by his life and by his death: give us the same faith and power of love
that we who rejoice in his triumphs may come to share with him the fullness of the resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, we bring before you today our Royal Family, in particular King Charles and the Princess of Wales as they each undergo cancer treat-ment. We hold before you too at this time all who have been diagnosed with cancer along with the many who are facing the uncertainty of waiting for an assessment. May they know your love for them – bring your healing we pray.

24th-30th April – This year World Immunisation Week celebrates 50 years of the Essential Programme on Immunization. We give thanks for the development of effective vaccines that have helped consign some deadly diseases to history but continue to pray for advances that will help eliminate persistent infections and counter new health threats.

28th April – As the Diocese celebrates EcoChurch today pray that God may show us how we can play our part in saving our planet.

“Time spent in prayer is never wasted.” Francis Fenelon