St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Cheam
St Andrew’s Cheam
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St Andrew’s prayer diary

About the prayer diary

But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Isaiah 40:31 GNT

Sheila May

This diary has been created by Sheila May to help us focus our prayers on matters that mean a lot to us.

When we bring our prayers to God, can we really think about and maybe find out information from the internet or publications so we are more informed and can pray more powerfully? Think about the subject of the day and try to relate personally with it: is there something we should be doing, or is it something you want to find out about? Try speaking to others at St Andrew’s as we all have different knowledge to share.

Today, Sunday 22 October 2017, please pray for:
Political leaders in Parliament and at local level: may they lead with wisdom and compassion.

And in the days to come please pray for ...

Global influencers
Mon 23 Oct Scripture Union bringing the Bible to young people and children.
Tue 24 Oct The Bible Society.
Wed 25 Oct Premier Christian Radio and other Christian radio stations around the world.
Thu 26 Oct Fairtrade and Traidcraft helping farmers in developing countries.
Fri 27 Oct Refugees.
Sat 28 Oct Stop the traffik.
Charities and schools
Sun 29 Oct Tearfund, a Christian charity which is passionate about ending poverty.
Mon 30 Oct Sutton Community Works: churches working together in Sutton to run many community projects such as he Foodbank, Street Pastors, Sutton Seniors and, currently being set up, Linking Lives befriending the elderly.
Tue 31 Oct Mission Aviation Fellowship using planes to support the work of other charities to reach isolated places.
Wed 1 Nov Sutton Schoolswork staff Sarah Webb director, Cat Hubbard for secondary schools and Sarah Morton for primary schools. They are teaching students an understanding of the Christian faith and supporting their spiritual, social and moral development.
Thu 2 Nov Bibi Nédellec working in Africa doing Bible translating and running various education programmes with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Fri 3 Nov The Ushindi schools as they continue their work expanding their schools in Arua, Uganda.
Sat 4 Nov The Sailors' Society.
St Andrew’s and God’s children
Sun 5 Nov Discerning God’s plan for us as a church and individually.
Mon 6 Nov Bible study groups learning about God
Tue 7 Nov Prayer groups communicating with God.
Wed 8 Nov Fellowship groups supporting each other in their faith and wellbeing.
Thu 9 Nov Junior church leaders and Sutton Schools workers teaching children about God.
Fri 10 Nov Outreach to our community through Sutton Community Works.
Sat 11 Nov Our new Interim Moderator, Revd Martin Ferris, as he guides our church.
The Armed Forces
Sun 12 Nov Remembrance Day as we remember those in the armed forces past and present who died or were injured and their families.
Mon 13 Nov The Royal British Legion in its present day work in supporting service men and women and their families.
Tue 14 Nov Present armed forces working at home and abroad in war zones or in humanitarian deployment, away from homes for long periods.
Wed 15 Nov Help for Heroes and others charities helping injured veterans.
Thu 16 Nov Blesma charity enabling limbless veterans to lead independent fulfilling lives.
Fri 17 Nov Combat Stress - a charity supporting service personnel with mental health issues.
Sat 18 Nov Those working for peace in places such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Our staff and office bearers
Sun 19 Nov Our elders and pastoral visitors and Jenni Dickinson, our pastoral coordinator.
Mon 20 Nov Our Church Secretary, Management Committee and treasurer, Alan Walls.
Tue 21 Nov Our stewards and welcoming team.
Wed 22 Nov Our church staff, Stephen Riley, Christy Perry and Katharyne Crosse.
Thu 23 Nov Our flower ministry as a reflection of God’s Creation
Fri 24 Nov Our organist, Aelred Smuland, the choir and the worship band. Sharing music as a part of God’s creativity.
Sat 25 Nov Our all-age service leaders.
Refugees
Sun 26 Nov UNHCR UN refugee agency, saving lives, Protecting rights and building a better future for refugees.
Mon 27 Nov Amnesty International; of the top 10 countries hosting refugees Turkey is the only European country listed. Others include Ethiopia, Kenya, Chad and Uganda.
Tue 28 Nov UNICEF, which sets up children and family centres across Europe to provide safe areas for refugees.
Wed 29 Nov Refugee Council UK supports refugees and asylum seekers.
Thu 30 Nov Syria, which remains a country with enormous numbers of refugees.
Fri 1 Dec Iraq, which has over 3 million displaced people within the country needing shelter and food.
Sat 2 Dec South Sudan, where since 2013 four million have fled their homes with two million in neighbouring countries.
The Lord’s prayer
Sun 3 Dec Our Father: thank you that you are a loving father who knows us intimately and watched over us.
Mon 4 Dec Who art in heaven: The almighty, creator God of the whole universe who we cannot know fully till we die.
Tue 5 Dec Your will be done: may we listen carefully to discern you plan for our lives.
Wed 6 Dec Give us this day our daily bread: may we rely on you to gives us what we need day by day and not worry for the future.
Thu 7 Dec May we forgive others: completely and willingly.
Fri 8 Dec Lead us not into temptation: allow trials to strengthen us but pray temptation not greater can we can stand with God’s help.
Sat 9 Dec For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory: do not seek praise from people; only God, his opinion in everything matters.
Our church and its mission
Sun 10 Dec Southern Synod Officers.
Mon 11 Dec The United Reformed Church.
Tue 12 Dec Scripture Union, bringing the Bible to young people and children.
Wed 13 Dec The Bible Society.
Thu 14 Dec Premier Christian Radio and other Christian radio stations around the world.
Fri 15 Dec Fairtrade, which gives farmers fair prices for their produce.
Sat 16 Dec Traidcraft, which buys and sells fairly traded goods, runs development projects, and campaigns for trade justice.
Homelessness
Sun 17 Dec Change Please, which is a charity empowering homeless communities by training them to become baristas to serve coffee and earn the London living wage. The average Londoner buys 2 cups of coffee a day!
Mon 18 Dec Centre Point charity supports more than 9200 homeless 16-25 year olds in a year into homes and jobs.
Tue 19 Dec Shelter gives advice, support and legal services to those in bad housing or homeless. They fundraise through their shops on many high streets.
Wed 20 Dec Emmaus UK supports people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work and a stable home for as long as they need it.
Thu 21 Dec St Mungo’s has 17 outreach teams across London and the South looking for the homeless and helping them off the streets and into accommodation.
Fri 22 Dec Crisis UK, which helps get people out of homelessness and campaigns for the changes needed to solve it altogether.
Sat 23 Dec ShelterBox, which started in 2000. 85 million people worldwide are homeless due to natural disasters and conflict. This charity has helped 1 million with emergency shelter and tools to rebuild their lives.
Christmas and charities
Sun 24 Dec Tearfund, tackling poverty. Its call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Mon 25 Dec We thank God for the precious gift of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Tue 26 Dec Mission Aviation Fellowship, which has over 130 planes with which to support agencies reach out of the way places, eg in Liberia, a very wet country with swamps, a 3 day journey can be done in 2 hours by plane.
Wed 27 Dec Water Aid, delivering clean water, sanitation and hygiene to those most in need.
Thu 28 Dec Christian Solidarity Worldwide working for religious freedom through advocacy and human right in such places as Nigeria, Cuba, Pakistan and China.
Fri 29 Dec The Ushindi schools in Uganda.
Sat 30 Dec Bibi Nédellec, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in francophone Africa.
General concerns
Sun 31 Dec Abbeyfield homes for residents, staff and volunteers.
Mon 1 Jan Local nursing homes Willow Lodge and Eothen, for staff and residents.
Tue 2 Jan Housebound members of the congregation and anyone you know who is ill.
Wed 3 Jan Our chapel, open weekdays for public use; may the local community feel welcome to come in
Thu 4 Jan Personal and church renewal and growth.
Fri 5 Jan The persecuted church worldwide.
Sat 6 Jan World leaders and those in power to make good and humane judgements.

Scripture quotations marked GNT are from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version - Second Edition.
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.