St John the Baptist Church, Carhampton, Somerset.

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Prayer Diary

December 2020

“Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.”

Tuesday 1st Pray for those who live, work or worship in the Parishes of Carhampton and Blue Anchor

Wednesday 2nd May those who use the Advent Reflections find them helpful at this special time

Thursday 3rd Give thanks for our NHS and pray for all who work in it

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy, and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure for the coronavirus. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday 4th Pray for our Care Homes—the carers, the residents, and their families, especially those coping with visiting restrictions

Saturday 5th Give thanks for the West Somerset Food Cupboard and pray for those who need its support

SUNDAY 6th Pray for those who live, work or worship in the Parishes of Withycombe and Rodhuish

Monday 7th Give thanks for our Churchwardens and PCC members

Tuesday 8th Give thanks for our Queen and pray for our Prime Minister and Government especially as they deal with the coronavirus, leaving the EU, global warming etc

Wednesday 9th Pray for our Schools, Colleges and Universities

Thursday 10th Pray for those who have lost their jobs or businesses due to the pandemic and are desperately anxious about their financial situation

Friday 11th Help us all to use the earth’s resources wisely

Saturday 12th Pray for those who mourn that they may feel the Lord’s arms enfolding and upholding them

SUNDAY 13th Give thanks for Caroline and Margaret and all who care for our pastoral needs and lead our worship

Monday 14th Pray for all world leaders, remembering especially the people of the USA that they may have a smooth and peaceful transition of leadership

Tuesday 15th Give thanks for Tracey, our Benefice Administrator

Wednesday 16th Pray for those who live, work or worship in the Parish of Dunster

Thursday 17th Give thanks for our post men and women, refuse collectors, delivery people, those who work in the retail trade and all key workers

Friday 18th Pray for those who are not well in body, mind, or spirit

God of compassion be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saturday 19th Pray for the survival of our local shops and businesses

SUNDAY 20th Give thanks for our Organists and Bell Ringers

Monday 21st Thomas the Apostle—Pray for refugees, the homeless and those struggling financially

Tuesday 22nd Pray for those who will find Christmas a sad time

Wednesday 23rd Pray for those who live, work or worship in the Parishes of Timberscombe and Wootton Courtenay

Thursday 24th Christmas Eve—Remember those who will be working over Christmas and those who will be alone

Friday 25th Christmas Day — “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us”

Saturday 26th Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr—Pray for those persecuted for their faith and for those who suffer from abuse, injustice, and oppression

SUNDAY 27th May we all grow together in unity as a Benefice

Monday 28th The Holy Innocents—Pray for children and young people everywhere, especially those who are in danger or places of conflict

Tuesday 29th Give thanks for all involved in the Emergency Services, RNLI, and Coastguard services

Wednesday 30th Give thanks for our families and friends

Thursday 31st As this year draws to a close, we give thanks for those who have helped us to cope with the difficulties of the past year and pray for God to sustain us as we journey through the year ahead