Prayers

BIBLE READINGS AND PRAYER TOPICS – July and August 2017

PRAYERS

Below are the Bible readings we will be following in worship at Trumpington Street during July and August. You are invited to read them before coming to church.

Below the bible readings are local prayer topics for each day of the month, covering church and related matters, and a reminder of regular weekly events that need our prayer support.

Bible readings for July and August:

(Please note that the set psalm is not usually read in church unless stated, but an extract is sometimes used for the Call to Worship.)

2nd July: Jeremiah 28: 5-9, Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18, Romans 6: 12-23, Matthew 10: 40-42

9th July: Zechariah 9: 9-12, Psalm 145: 8-14, Romans 7: 15-25, Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

16th July: Isaiah 55: 10-13, Psalm 65: 1-13, Romans 8: 1-11, Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

23rd July: Wisdom 12: 13, 16-19, Psalm 86: 11-17, Romans 8: 12-25, Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43

30th July: I Kings 3: 5-12, Psalm 119: 129-36, Romans 8: 26-39, Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52

6th August: Isaiah 55: 1-5, Psalm 145: 8-9, 14-21, Romans 9: 1-5, Matthew 14: 13-21

13th August: I Kings 19: 9-18, Psalm 85: 8-13, Romans 10: 5-15, Matthew 14: 22-33

20th August: Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8, Psalm 67, Romans 11: 1-2, 29-32, Matthew 15: 10-28

27th August: Isaiah 51: 1-6, Psalm 138, Romans 12: 1-8, Matthew 16: 13-20

 

DAY TOPIC (CHR = Cherry Hinton Road; TS = Trumpington Street)
1st Pray for our Special Cause (see Newsletter)
2nd Pray for all who gather to worship at Emmanuel TS and CHR; pray that none will be unable to come because of transport difficulties; pray for those who worship at home, unable to come out, that all will be one in the Spirit.  Give thanks for all that Barbara, our Time for God worker, has been able to achieve with us this year as her time with us draws to a close
3rd Pray for the Young Adults’ Group that meets most Monday nights and for all students, under- and post-graduate, who worship with us.
4th Pray for the chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital led by Revd Dr Derek Fraser and including URC chaplain, Revd Deborah McVey. Also, pray for the Chaplaincy to People at Work that operates in the city.
5th Pray for the Elders, meeting this evening, for the inspiration of the Spirit and her wisdom as they make decisions together.
6th Pray for regular users of our premises, especially for the Centre for Global Equality in our John Williams Room.
7th Pray for those on holiday during July and August, that they might find rest and relaxation, and pray for those holidaying in Cambridge at this time. Also pray for those who find the holiday season a particularly lonely or difficult time.
8th Pray for Street Pastors patrolling on Friday and Saturday nights. Pray for Chair Dorothy Peyton-Jones, for Co-ordinator Garry McDermott and Administrator Eileen Hori. Pray too for the Safe Refuge, ‘Nightlite’ located at St Columba’s on Saturday nights.  Remember also John Proctor speaking at the Big Day Out in Southport on 8 July.
9th Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over). Pray for all those who regularly contribute to Sunday worship, such as readers, stewards, flower arrangers, junior church leaders and those on the coffee rota.
10th Pray for the Ferried Friends as they meet for fellowship on 6 July and 10 August
11th Pray for those in ‘pastoral news’ – see Newsletter – and anyone else in either of our congregations whom you might think to pray for.
12th Pray for key people in the running of the church, including Church Centre Manager Ann Auger, Mission Programme Director Maggie Woods, caretaker John Donaldson, and our cleaner David. Pray for Rachel, Evi and the team at Wintercomfort who run its spin-off organisations, Overstream Clean and Food4Food, which provide employment for people who would otherwise be at risk of homelessness.
13th Pray for the congregation at St Columba’s: for the minister, Revd Nigel Uden, director of music, Ian Moore, and the elders; and pray for the two churches seeking to grow closer together.  Remember also the joint prayers at Emmanuel today.
14th Give thanks for Charles Mather, as his period as our Interim Moderator comes to an end.
15th Give thanks as we celebrate the induction of John Bradbury as our new minister.  May the spirit give him wisdom and courage and we continue on our journey together.
16th Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over).  Remember particularly John Proctor, and his involvement with celebrations to mark the fortieth anniversary of CWM.  Remember our CWM partners and all we have learned from each other over the years.  Pray also for the Spirit’s guidance as we gather for Church Meeting.
17th Pray for our Junior Church: for leaders and helpers.
18th Pray for the Tuesday Fellowship at CHR, its members, and especially for Julia and Ray Stone who lead it.
19th Pray for all involved in the pastoral care of the congregation, elders and pastoral assistants, and for us all, that we may love one another as Jesus loves us.
20th Pray for the Knit Café that meets every Thursday. Pray for the wonderful mix of people who come, and pray that it may be a place of welcome.
21st Pray for the congregations of Duxford URC and Whittlesford URC, as we seek to work more closely.
22nd Pray for our neighbours at Little St Mary’s and their vicar Fr Robert Mackley, and for other local churches in our vicinity.
23rd Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over). Pray for the guests who attended the Cambridge Churches’ Homelessness Project during the winter, and for their welfare and safety through the summer months.
24th Pray for the Singing Housegroup, as it meets to share fellowship and prayer.
25th Pray for all those who will be attending the Greenbelt festival from 25th to 28th August, and for all those involved in the URC input there, including John Proctor.
26th Pray for TS musical director Mark Dawes, the choir, for the musical side of our worship. Remember too others of our congregations who play regularly at other churches: Owen Saxton and Evelyn Snelson.
27th Give thanks for David Tatem’s service to the wider URC as he retires as Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith relations.  Remember the staff at Church House, as they hope to move back in after major building work.
28th Pray for the Fair Shares Café; for all who work in it, especially Alison and Katie, for David overseeing volunteers, and for all those who volunteer.
29th Pray for Chris Wright, our Church Secretary and Penny Flynn and Owen Saxton, Elders’ secretaries
30th Pray for those taking services (see over).
31st Pray for those who use our Fair Shares Café, those who visit our exhibitions, and those who walk past the church on a regular basis but have never entered.