Prayer Meetings

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Our next prayer meeting will be held on 11th June at 12.30pm in the Old Session Room just after the Sunday morning service and will be led by Diane and Laura.

Thank you Anne and Dave for leading our previous meeting.

Here's a transcript of our prayer meeting and it's great that we are able to read and reflect on our prayers .

Today our prayer meeting focuses on thankfulness. This follows our sessions to date praying for our Kirk, congregation, community, unity & binding us together. I am sure that you will all agree that these sessions have been an inspiration to us all.

As we noted at previous sessions we all pray in different ways - some of us are comfortable speaking out whilst others like to stay quiet and pray in a peaceful way. This is all absolutely fine - do whatever you feel comfortable with. I know that I have remained quite silent at these meetings to date - something highly unusual for me!!

Today we will have a mixture of prayers. Some to listen to, one to read together and a short time of reflection where we are asking you, if you are comfortable to do so, to say just one or two words about something you would like us all to pray for. A family member, a friend in need, an issue that troubles us, something about our church or the world we live in. No need to construct a grand sentence if you don't want to - anything that pops into your head.

Let’s start with an uplifting hymn about the world around us.

Mission Praise 23: All Things bright & beautiful.

Anne will now lead us in our first prayer.

1. A prayer of thanks.

Thank you God for everything we’ve experience here on earth.

Thank you for protecting us from the moment of our birth and

Thank you for the beauty around us everywhere, the gentle rain and

glistening dew, the sunshine and the air, the joyous gift of feeling the soul’s soft whispering voice that speaks to us from deep within and
makes our heart rejoice

God no words are great enough to thank you for just living and that is why every day is a day for real Thanksgiving.

We pray with thankfulness for the leaders of the Sunday School and other youth Organisations . We want our children to learn of your love and we ask you to bless all those who are giving their time to our young people.
Sometimes they will be disheartened, but keep us faithful in praying and supporting them in every possible way. May they have the joy of seeing 
the children coming to know and love you.

During this prayer feel free to say a few words during the periods of quiet.

We pray for those who are ill or worried about someone they love.

We pray for homes or people that are under real pressure or stress.

We pray for those facing decisions and new challenges.

We pray for those who have lost heart and hope.

We pray for the future of our Kirk

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers and touch these situations with grace and love. In Jesus name, Amen

Let us pray for peace in our lives

Heavenly Father, we come to you today with things on our minds, from our families, from our work. Help us to lay them down and find your perspective and space.

 We seek together a new way of doing things.

We thank you for all that makes life rich and full for us, for the new life made possible for us in Jesus Christ.
We pray for our country: that Christian values will determine our actions and be the inspiration for our leaders.
Help us to be agents of healing where there is division in relationships or in communities.
We pray for people in our communities whose lives are empty. Help us to be channels of your love and compassion.

Help us to know that we are part of your great design for the world, and help us not to lose sight of the fact that each day you have some special task for us to do which helps bring nearer God’s kingdom here on earth.

Father Bless all of us gathered here today.
Each and every one of us is grateful you are in our lives, knowing that you walk beside us every day and knowing that when our human efforts fail we can come to you in prayer and you will always be there for us and solve our problems not always in the way we think they should be solved but in the way that you know is best for us although we may not always see this at the time.
We know you are there in our times of heartache and sorrow and you will support us through these times.
May we remember you in our daily lives and thank you for your love and care.

Let us Pray together reading from the sheet

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending Jesus into our world to be our Saviour.

Thank you that Jesus died for our sins.

Thank you that He rose again and is alive today.

Please forgive me for all that is wrong in my life & thank you for all that is good.

By Your Holy Spirit, come to live within me.

As my Lord and Saviour, help me to follow you.

I pray in Jesus’ name

Hymn: Give thanks with a grateful heart

Lord, you have said: ‘wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there.

We praise and thank you for your presence here and for the opportunity of meeting. May our fellowship have strengthened each one of us in our faith.
Help us to love you as you first loved us and in loving you help us to love our neighbours. May we be ready to serve you in our homes, in our community and in your church.
We ask your blessing on the people we love and the homes we return to, in Jesus name

Thank you all for coming. Next date in about a months time. May we go out into the world with thankfulness for all that we have and all that we can do to make things better.