Pray for our parish every day 

Each month we produce a prayer diary for the parish, covering some of the many aspects of our common life together. Please join with us in praying for Bromsgrove and for all seeking to bring Christ's light and love to our communities. Thank you.

Bromsgrove Parish Prayer Diary for July

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46.
 
Wednesday 27th July – Pharmacies/Doctor’s surgeries
We thank you, Lord, for all the people working on the front line in pharmacies and surgeries.   We pray for their safety as they serve others and for their anxious families at home.  We pray that the people who visit these places seeking help will be responsible and avoid putting these dedicated people at risk.  May their religious faith sustain and inspire them?
 
Thursday 28th July – Those living alone.
Lord, we think today and pray for those people who have had to self-isolate and who hunger for the touch of a hand or to see a friendly face in their homes.  We pray that there will be people who will give some solace by making a phone call or some form of social media to let them know they have not been forgotten.  Thank you for the kind generous souls who have volunteered to shop for essential food items.  We give thanks for the loosening of restrictions which mean that more people can receive the reassurance that only a hug from a loved one can give
 
Friday 29th July -  Retired clergy
We give thanks and ask your prayers for this group of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
 
Saturday 30th July – - Parish Administrators
We give thanks for the appointment of Lauren Jones and Irene Caswell-Berwick as our Parish Administrators and pray that they will feel welcomed and valued during their time with us
 
Sunday 31st July - High Street shops bars restaurants and cafes
For so long we have taken for granted our ability to shop, eat and drink where we like at almost any time we want.  These establishments have faced unprecedented strains on their ability to survive this storm.  Perhaps we can take this time to appreciate what we have, cherish it, and invest our money in these businesses to help in their recovery.  We give thanks for a loosening of the restrictions around these businesses, and we pray for their survival and growth
 
 Bromsgrove Parish Prayer Diary for August

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46.
 
Monday 1st August – Lambeth Conference
We pray for wisdom in the once every decade meeting of Anglican bishops to divine a way forward for Gods church.
 
Tuesday 2nd August – Refugees
Lord, we pray at this particularly stressful time for all of those forced to leave their homes and places of safety to travel to lands that are alien with totally different cultures.  We are thinking especially of people forced to leave Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Yemen among others
 
Wednesday 3rd August– St Godwald’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it. 
 
Thursday 4th August - Dodford
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.
 
Friday 5th August – Café Church St. Godwalds
Please pray for this valuable outreach initiative which takes place on the first Saturday of every month
 
Saturday 6th August – Holocaust Memorial Day
Today we remember the 6 million people who were executed in this the worst atrocity within recent memory.  May the world never forget
 
Sunday 7thAugust - All Saints
 
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday 8th August- All Saints DCC
 
We pray for a profitable evening with decisions that are made which will benefit the church and its family.
 
Tuesday 9th August – Mary Sumner Day
Today is the day when the founder of the Mothers Union is honoured.  We give thanks for the good work that is done by the MU and we pray for its future
 
Wednesday 10th August - Bromsgrove
We pray for a sense of peace and community within all areas of this town that we all love so much and have pride in.
 
Thursday 11th August - Food banks
An increasing number of people have come to rely on these establishments as we have had to come to terms with the period of austerity that the country has had to live through.  Please ensure these priceless community assets continue to receive the support that is vital to the work they do.  We also give thanks for those who have been moved by the plight of people struggling and have contributed financially or by providing items of food.
 
Friday 12th August– Parish Administrators
We give thanks for the appointment of Lauren Jones and Irene Caswell-Berwick as our Parish Administrators and pray that they will feel welcomed and valued during their time with us
 
 
Saturday 13th August– Church Wardens
Please remember our Church Wardens as they give their time willingly and unselfishly and sometimes do not always get the gratitude their service deserves.  We give thanks that there is to be a service of recognition at Worcester Cathedral at 7.30
 
Sunday 14th August – Clergy
Pray for our clergy as they discuss the problems and opportunities that exist within our parish.
 
 
Monday 15th August– Christ Church Catshill
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it
 
 
Tuesday 16th August– Care Homes
There are a few care homes throughout the parish for which we would ask you that you wrap your arms around.  Enable the carers in those places to have sufficient protection to be able to provide the level of care that is needed to ensure the residents maintain a level of physical and emotional wellbeing. We give thanks that people living in these homes are now allowed to see one of their loved ones.
 
Wednesday 17th August – LLM’s and ALM’s
We give thanks and ask your prayers for these groups of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish.  We especially give thanks for the service that Tessa has given at All Saints and all over the parish as she delivers her last service
 
Thursday 18th August– Farmers
We give thanks for those who continue to work tirelessly to produce food that makes its way onto our supermarket shelves.  Once again this is a group of people who we have tended to take for granted because somehow the food we eat continues to arrive on our table.  Once we are through this time of struggle lets ensure that we place buying from our own farmers ours, and this country’s priority.  Please ensure that there are sufficient hands to pick all the produce that needs to be harvested.
 
Friday 19th August– Finances
Over the coming indefinite period money will continue to be an issue. On a personal level jobs will be lost. incomes will be lost or at best reduced.  Churches and the Diocese of Worcester will not be immune to this, and we pray that severe hardship in all areas can be avoided.
 
Saturday 20th August -Local Hospitals
For the sacrifice and work undertaken by Nursing staff, paramedics, porters, cleaners, catering staff.  Keep them safe and make sure they have all the protective equipment they need and give thanks that they are working to keep us all safe.  Now that the number of Covid related patients is decreasing we pray that you will be with them as they cope with the high number of procedures that have built up.
 
Sunday 21st August– Weddings
The time is approaching where couples will be looking to cement their union in the sanctity of marriage.  We pray for all ceremonies and for calm and peaceful preparations
 
Monday 22nd August–- Baptisms
 
As with weddings rules covering baptisms have now relaxed and we pray for all families who are preparing for baptisms in the coming weeks
 
Tuesday 23rd August - Catshill Connect
Please pray for this new undertaking which will take place 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month designed to provide a cup of tea and a chat to those of us who do not see and socialise with as many people as they would like
 
 
Wednesday 24th August– Those who keep our community functioning.
 
We ask God to bless all those who must work at this time for the good of the whole community.  Especially we remember those who deliver milk or post and those who collect our rubbish and our recycling materials.   We remember the lorry drivers and van drivers who keep our supermarkets and homes stocked with essential goods. May they realise how we value their work. Thank you for those who have continued to work to stock supermarket shelves, serve on deli counters, work on the tills, and generally help around the stores.  Without their selfless attitude and commitment to turning up to work in conditions that see them exposed to the Corona Virus to a greater degree than any of us, except for the NHS, we would not have the ability to feed ourselves and our families.
 
 
Thursday 25th August – Listening Service Monitoring Group
 
We pray for the valuable work that is being done with the teenagers of the Parish.
 
 
Friday 26th August – St John’s and St Andrew’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it
 
 
 
 
Saturday 27th August – Pharmacies/Doctor’s surgeries
 
We thank you, Lord, for all the people working on the front line in pharmacies and surgeries.   We pray for their safety as they serve others and for their anxious families at home.  We pray that the people who visit these places seeking help will be responsible and avoid putting these dedicated people at risk.  May their religious faith sustain and inspire them?
 
Sunday 28th August – Those living alone.
Lord, we think today and pray for those people who have had to self-isolate and who hunger for the touch of a hand or to see a friendly face in their homes.  We pray that there will be people who will give some solace by making a phone call or some form of social media to let them know they have not been forgotten.  Thank you for the kind generous souls who have volunteered to shop for essential food items.  We give thanks for the loosening of restrictions which mean that more people can receive the reassurance that only a hug from a loved one can give
 
Monday 29th August -  Retired clergy
We give thanks and ask your prayers for this group of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
 
Tuesday 30th August – International Day of the Disappeared
international Day of the Disappeared is held annually on the 30th August and gives the chance for us to recognise the numbers of people missing through conflict, disaster and migration and to show solidarity to their loved ones.
718 missing people have been found with the help of the British Red Cross in the last 3 years alone.
 
Wednesday 31st August - High Street shops bars restaurants and cafes
For so long we have taken for granted our ability to shop, eat and drink where we like at almost any time we want.  These establishments have faced unprecedented strains on their ability to survive this storm.  Perhaps we can take this time to appreciate what we have, cherish it, and invest our money in these businesses to help in their recovery.  We give thanks for a loosening of the restrictions around these businesses, and we pray for their survival and growth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







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David Ford, 25/04/2020