Prayers

BIBLE READINGS AND PRAYER TOPICS – October 2017

PRAYERS

Below are the Bible readings we will be following in worship at Trumpington Street during October. 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 October:

(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.)

1st October: Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32, Psalm 25: 1-9, Philemon 2: 1-13, Matthew 21: 23-32

8th October: Isaiah 5: 1-7, Psalm 80: 7-15, Philemon 3: 4b-9, Matthew 21: 33-46

15th October: Isaiah 25: 1-9, Psalm 23, Philemon 4: 1-9, Matthew 22: 1-14

22nd October: Isaiah 45: 1-7, Psalm 96: 1-13, I Thessalonians 1: 1-10, Matthew 22: 15-22

29th October: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18, Psalm 1, I Thessalonians 2: 1-8, Matthew 22: 34-46

 

DAY TOPIC (CHR = Cherry Hinton Road; TS = Trumpington Street)
1st 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.
2nd Pray for the Young Adults’ Group that meets most Monday nights and for all students, under- and post-graduate, who worship with us as the academic year begins.
3rd Remember the Worship Planning Group, as it meets and all who plan and lead our worship.
4th Pray for the Elders, meeting this evening, for the inspiration of the Spirit and her wisdom as they make decisions together.
5th Pray for our Junior Church: for leaders and helpers and those who benefit from their commitment.
6th Pray for regular users of our premises, especially for the Centre for Global Equality in our John Williams Room.
7th Remember the Eastern Synod’s ‘Faith in Action’ group meeting today and pray for the range of social concerns to which they seek to respond.
8th 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.  Remember our joint Harvest Service and lunch with our friends from St Columba’s.
9th Pray for Chris Wright, our Church Secretary and Penny Flynn and Owen Saxton, Elders’ secretaries.
10th 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.
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 the Ferried Friends and the Singing House Group as they meet.  Remember also the joint prayers at Emmanuel today.
13th Pray for the Governors of Westminster College, meeting today.  Remember also the staff and all those training for ministry.
14th Pray for John Proctor, speaking at the East Midlands Synod in Nottingham
15th Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over).
16th Remember the Cambridge Area Partnership, meeting at Emmanuel TS.  Give thanks for the support provided by our Pastoral Advocates, David Lloyd, Deborah McVey and Catherine Ball and for Alison Jiggins, in her role as Ministry and Missions Advocate
17th Pray for the Tuesday Fellowship at CHR, its members, and especially for Julia and Ray Stone who lead it.
18th Pray for all those in our congregation who have served the world church, as those who have been involved with CWM meet for their annual gathering at Islington URC.  Remember also those who have been attending the ‘Churches Together in England’ Reformation conference.
19th 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.
20th Pray for the congregations of Duxford URC and Whittlesford URC, as we seek to work more closely.
21st Pray for Street Pastors patrolling on Friday and Saturday nights. Pray for Chair Dorothy Peyton-Jones, for Co-ordinator Mark Strivens and Administrator Eileen Hori. Pray too for the Safe Refuge, ‘Nightlite’ located at St Columba’s on Saturday nights.
22nd Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over). Pray for guidance and discernment as we gather to make decisions in Church Meeting.
23rd 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 cleaners Juri and Mindy. Pray for Rachel 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
24th Pray for our neighbours at Little St Mary’s and their vicar Fr Robert Mackley.
25th Pray for our new Time for God worker, Michael Birke, as he begins his time with us and is finding his feet.
26th Pray for the congregation at St Columba’s: for the minister, Nigel Uden, director of music, Ian de Massini, and the elders; and pray for the two churches seeking to grow closer together.
27th 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.
28th Pray for the chaplaincy team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital led by Revd Dr Derek Fraser and including URC chaplain, Revd Deborah McVey. Pray for the people involved in setting up the new Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy.
29th Pray for those taking services on Sunday (see over).  Pray for those who lead churches in the centre of Cambridge.
30th 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.
31st Give thanks for all those who have spread the word on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg.  Remember those attending the commemorations in Westminster Abbey and elsewhere.