Prayer Diary July 2020

'I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.'
Psalm 130:5

Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:

Wednesday 1   St Matthew, Reading: Pads Dolphin, Lynn Everett, Tracy Watkins. For our ecumenical 'Try Praying' outreach to the community, launched in tandem with opening the church for prayer through the summer. For the online Alpha Course which starts today.

Thursday 2   St James, Southlake: Laurence Smith, Peter Clarke, David Fulford, Linda Galpin, Tony Coulson. For protection and joy for the staff, children and parents of our pre-school in the first weeks of reopening. We give thanks to God for all the ways he has blessed our church community during the pandemic.

Friday 3   Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham: Mike Smith, Andrew Storch, Anthony Wisdom, Anna Clarke, Rachel Ross Smith, Penny Cuthbert, Judith Ryder, Philip Blackburn. For our three churches as we emerge from lockdown and re-establish services in our church buildings; that we might take the best of our online worship and pastoral contacts with new people and welcome them into our fellowship. For our pastoral care, and especially for those who are vulnerable or afraid.

Saturday 4   St Nicolas, Earley: Libby Newman, Emma Major, Daphne Cook, Eleanor Gunbie. For Revd April Beckerleg and the Parish of St Nicolas, as she was licensed on 1 July as incumbent of her first parish, that she may feel welcomed, and in good heart to lead us forward in the next stages of our life together as a worshipping community. For the church as it opens its doors again, that the Holy Spirit encourages, inspires and enables us to maintain the benefits of online worship and to address the undoubted, varied challenges that are the legacy of the pandemic.

Monday 6   St Mark and All Saints, Reading: Jo Williams, Jane Lewis, Sylvia Cummins, Diana Matthews. For the ongoing pastoral care of our congregation, which includes phone calls, shopping etc, whilst our vicar is on adoption leave. Pray that the right decisions may be taken for the parish as the government releases COVID-19 restrictions. - All Saints Infants School, St Mary and All Saints Primary School.

Tuesday 7   Trinity, Earley: Jonathan Salmon, Ann Baker, Sam Ruck, Laura Eades. Pray that we continue to work creatively, courageously and wisely as we shape our new norm, appreciating different needs and opinions. Pray that we continue to develop strong working partnerships with the local churches and together discern and grasp new opportunities for serving the local community.

Tuesday 7   For all our clergy, that they would know the peace of God at this time and be given the resources they need to minister to others; that they would know Christ’s strength in their weakness.

Wednesday 8   St Barnabas, Emmer Green with Caversham Park: Derek Chandler, Margaret Dimmick. For schools, shops and residential care homes in the benefice. For our online presence and physical presence in the area, that both may be Christ-like.

Thursday 9   Loddon Reach: Paul Willis, David Little, Cath Spence, Chris Leslie. As we transition into an uncertain future, pray for insights into God's plan for the benefice. - Grazeley Parochial Primary School, Shinfield St Mary's Junior School.

Friday 10   Christ Church, Reading: Peter Day, John Croton, Nimmi Harlow. For the people and parish of Christ Church, Reading. For staff and children at New Christ Church School.

Saturday 11   Greyfriars, Reading: David Walker, Joy Atkins, John Freeman, Amy Cavender, Heather Harper, Dan Bright, Christopher Greaves, Philip Giddings, Christine Ledger, John Ledger. For wisdom and guidance from God as we seek to adapt our online services over the summer months, praying that we continue to draw in new people to hear the good news of Jesus. For God’s hand over the redevelopment of the Greyfriars site, which begins this month, after 20 years of discerning, praying, planning and waiting!

Monday 13   Holy Trinity, Reading. For our small but loyal congregation. For a priest of our own.

Tuesday 14   St Agnes with St Paul and St Barnabas, Reading: Kirstie Dolphin, Sue Cady, Suzanne Knight, Anika Parker. For a successful planning application for St Paul's redevelopment (the decision is due on 11 September). For Helen and Richard Winter, who start Licensed Lay Minister training in September.

Tuesday 14   For those making decisions affecting the future of our Diocese and the national church; that they would be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday 15   St Giles, Reading: David Harris, Tomas Krejci. Pray that the deepened love and attention people have paid to one another, and to Christ, during this pandemic, will bear its fruit in plenty after the trial has passed. Pray that St Isidore, the Patron Saint of Computers and Zoom technology, might continue to look kindly upon us (-;

Thursday 16   St John the Evangelist, Reading: Claire Alcock, Hamish Bruce, Jeremy Thake, Richard Croft. - St John's Primary School

Friday 17   St Laurence, Reading: Chris Russell, Chris Jones, Joy Hooper. For us to grasp the renewing gift and challenge of this time. For our meaningful connection with young people, who are mostly from non-church backgrounds. For the protection, safety and integration of so many of teenagers who are vulnerable.

Saturday 18   St Luke with St Bartholomew, Reading: Christine Blackman, Francis Jakeman. Give thanks for our Zoom daily prayer. Pray that we would wait prayerfully in our vacancy.

Monday 20   St Peter, Earley: Philip Hobday, Hannah Hobday, Elaine Watts. For us to be a stronger presence in the local community. That we would continue to find ways of drawing fringe families deeper into faith, especially those who attended our new ‘Xplore@4’ service which began in January but then had to stop meeting. - St Peter's CE Voluntary Aided Primary School.

Tuesday 21   St Mary the Virgin, Reading: Graeme Fancourt, Sarah Pullin, Andrew Bond, Judith Sumner, Ann Cogle, Richard Ashfield, Niall Collier. For the current vacancy and work on the parish profile. For those who visit the Minster, now open again.

Tuesday 21   For the elderly and vulnerable in our communities; that through us they would receive God’s love.

Wednesday 22   Växjö link diocese: For those suffering as a result of the pandemic. For vocations to priestly and other ministry in the Diocese. For young adult refugees who have converted to Christianity and are at risk of deportation back to countries where, as converts, they could be killed.

Thursday 23   St Andrew, Caversham: Nigel Jones. Pray that visitors to the church may be encouraged and strengthened. For all the children and students in our parish whose education has been interrupted.

Friday 24   St Catherine, Tilehurst and St Birinus, Calcot: Gill Rowell, Phil Price, Michael Heather, Tony Bartlett. For our online daily services, that they would strengthen and sustain the faith of all those who watch them. For wisdom as we make decisions about the church's mission and ministry, in the light of coronavirus.

Saturday 25   St George and St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst: Adam Carlill, Peter Mayers, Lesley Sutcliffe, Polly Falconer, Peter Grosse and Michael Oke. For the success of St George's bid to be a hub for theology, spirituality and mental health provision. For the development of family worship as we exit lockdown at St Mary Magdalen's.

Monday 27   St Michael, Tilehurst: Liz Ratcliffe, Jennifer Foakes, June Hardcastle, Duncan White, Nigel Hardcastle. For our efforts to continue to minister to our congregation and community despite the restrictions we face. For discernment as we consider new missional initiatives for the future.

Tuesday 28   Emmanuel, Woodley: Sean Riordan, Susie Templeton, Susan Walters, Laurie-Ann Price. For our Neighbourhood Centre building project that is underway. Pray for swift progress, for the remaining fundraising to be successful and for growing community awareness. For us to be able to build on some creative ideas we've been developing for connecting with young families and teenagers in our area under current limitations (for example, the collaborative art project during June of redecorating our old portacabins).

Tuesday 28   For those who are new to faith in the Diocese; that they would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit and we would be open to the Holy Spirit as we support them.

Wednesday 29   St John the Evangelist, Woodley: Eddie Marquez. Give thanks for all the new things that have begun during lockdown, for the unity and love shown. Pray for growth in our work with children and young families. - Woodley Primary School.

Thursday 30   Reading Deaf Church: For our ministry team – Katie Tupling, Chaplain to the deaf and others with disabilities, Vera Hunt, Anna Knaggs, Bruce Armour, Ken Dyson. For a new chairperson for the Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf.

Friday 31   Goring and Streatley with South Stoke: Ben Phillips, Jo Allen, Elizabeth Dowding, Wendy Middleton, Judith Hogg, Judith Aguda. Give thanks for the creative care that has been shown through the church and community. Pray that we may confess our part in societal dis-ease. For refreshing of everyone so we are ready for what autumn and winter bring and the church may emerge more reliant on Jesus and God’s leading and healing. For our new curate, Jo, and her family, and all starting new posts at this strange time. Goring Primary School, Streatley School.