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Ottery St Mary Parish Church Prayer Diary

November's Ottery St Mary Parish Church Prayer Diary

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1 November 2017“Jesus confirm my heart’s desire, to work and speak and think for thee; still let me guard the holy fire and still stir up the gift in me.” Hymn 392 v 3, words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788).
2 November 2017We pray for the Syrian family in Ottery and for refugees everywhere.
3 November 2017Lord keep us safe from harm whilst enjoying firework displays and lighting bonfires.
4 November 2017We pray for the safety of all those visiting our town today for Tar Barrels and for the volunteers helping on the church barbecue stall at the East Gate.
5 November 2017In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, we think this week the Pacific Islands: Oceania, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu and give thanks for the strong presence of the church in these nations.
6 November 2017We pray for Kay and Jessica Ammon in Kenya.
7 November 2017Coffee and Chat meet every Tuesday morning in church. Give thanks for the friendship and fellowship to be found at this cheerful gathering.
8 November 2017Organ Exams in church today. We pray for all our church musicians.
9 November 2017We pray for the congregations at St Edward’s Wiggaton and St James and St Anne Alfington.
10 November 2017We pray for Steve and Leisa as we approach a particularly busy time of year for them.
11 November 2017O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, be thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.” Hymn 366. Words by Isaac Watts 1674-1748). We remember those who have died and pray for all who are at risk from war and conflict today. Some of our church choir are singing at Exeter Cathedral today at the RSCM Annual Choral Festival.
12 November 2017We pray particularly for some of the young people who don’t usually come to church who will be taking part in the parade and attending our service of remembrance this morning. In the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle we pray for Australia and New Zealand.
13 November 2017Messy Church. Lord, bless all our church activities involving children.
14 November 2017We pray for the clergy and readers in the Otter Vale Mission Community and
15 November 2017We pray for retired clergy, who are anything but retired!
16 November 2017We pray for the congregation at our mid-week Holy Communion service today in the Lady Chapel.
17 November 2017We pray for our Bishops, Robert, Sarah and Nick.
18 November 2017A group of organists from Torbay are visiting our church today. We pray for our organist Michael and the others who stand in for him from time to time.
19 November 2017This week we pray for East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines.
20 November 2017Help us, Father, so to deal with the things that we possess that they may never possess us. May we so order our lifestyle that we may tread lightly on your earth. May all the good things that you have entrusted to us be used in your service and for the glory of your Kingdom. (A prayer from the Green Christian November diary.)
21 November 2017We pray for our church finances and for Phil, our treasurer, who works so hard on our behalf.
22 November 2017PCC Meeting tonight. Pray for wisdom, helpful discussion and good decision making.
23 November 2017“In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice! Look to God, do not be afraid; lift up your voices; the Lord is near.” Hymn 250, Taizé.
24 November 2017We pray for clergy and lay leaders busy preparing services for Sunday.
25 November 2017We pray for a successful Christmas Bazaar at the Institute today. Give strength and energy to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make it happen.
26 November 2017This week we pray for Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore. Give thanks for the many species of plants and animals that are found in these countries and nowhere else. Pray for Jonathan Greener as he is installed as Dean of Exeter in the Cathedral today.
27 November 2017Christmas Trees arrive in church this morning. Pray for all those preparing to decorate their trees for the Festival and for those who have to clean and tidy the church ready for visitors.
28 November 2017We pray for our church wardens, Jill and Brian and for their deputies, particularly for all the work they do behind the scenes to enable services and church events to run smoothly.
29 November 2017We give thanks for the Friends of our Church and for the Christmas Tree Festival which opens today. May all the visitors receive a warm welcome to our church.
30 November 2017We pray for the Church shop and the vital contribution it makes to church funds. We give thanks for Wendy and all her hard work.