Prayer Diary August 2021

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Psalm 145:18

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

Monday 2   Oxford link Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, Southern Africa: For plans for a youth exchange visit in 2022.

Tuesday 3   Reading Holy Trinity: Pray that we would soon have a priest of our own. For our work to restore our church for the benefit of the local community.

Wednesday 4   Reading St Giles: David Harris, Tomas Krejci. Give thanks for weekly meetings able to continue via Zoom and pray for God's guidance moving forward.

Thursday 5   Reading St John the Evangelist: Claire Alcock, Christine Bainbridge, Mark Laynesmith, Hamish Bruce, Jeremy Thake, Richard Croft. For guidance as we explore a Christian Basics course. For guidance as we pray about our witness to the people in the new housing in our parish. St John's CE Primary School

Friday 6   Southlake St James: Laurence Smith, Peter Clarke, David Fulford, Linda Galpin. Give thanks to God for his provision and love over these difficult 18 months. For the Holy Spirit to inspire us as we consider a new vision for the future of outreach at St James'.

Saturday 7   Tilehurst St Catherine and Calcot St Birinus: Gill Rowell, Phil Price, Michael Heather, Tony Bartlett. For our open-air services, taking place throughout August, that they would be an encouragement and inspiration to the church and the local community. For our Green Team as we do what we can to promote more awareness in response to Climate Change and pursue becoming a silver A Rocha Eco Church.

Monday 9   Woodley St John the Evangelist: Eddie Marquez, Susie Templeton. For our newly appointed Children and Families Worker, Dawn, starting in September. Pray for her as she prepares to join us, for creativity, courage and compassion, and the beginning of a fruitful ministry. For our church community as we lift restrictions - that fear and anxiety would not overwhelm us, and we would move forwards in unity towards God. Woodley CE Primary School

Tuesday 10   Reading St Matthew: Pads Dolphin, Lynn Everett. That our ‘Rebuilding' ministry will see a vast majority of the congregation return to the church building. Our belief is that this is a ‘Kairos' moment to draw unchurched people to Christ; pray that this would bear fruit.

Wednesday 11   Earley Trinity: Jonathan Salmon. For plans for our continued regathering following the pandemic restrictions and for developing our ministry plans as we move towards autumn.

Thursday 12   Woodley Emmanuel: Sean Riordan, Susan Walters, Laurie-Ann Price. For the opening of our new Neighbourhood Centre; that it will be a blessing to our community. For our All Age August - that we will enjoy some intergenerational fun and worship.

Friday 13   Reading Deaf Church: Ken Dyson. For our congregation as we navigate through the pandemic restrictions.

Saturday 14   Henley Deanery: Robert Thewsey, Heather Llewellyn, Judith Hogg. For a building of bridges between all our church communities in the deanery so that we can hear God's voice and join in joyfully with what he is already achieving here.

Monday 16   Rotherfield Peppard, Kidmore End and Sonning Common: James Stickings, Sheila Walker. For trust in Christ in continuing uncertain times. For discernment about how best to reach out to people in our local communities. Kidmore End CE Primary School, Peppard CE Primary School

Tuesday 17   Goring and Streatley with South Stoke: Benjamin Philips, Jo Allen, Liz Dowding, Wendy Middleton, Judith Aguda, Judith Hogg. Give thanks for being able to see each other's faces to see smiles and hear unmasked voices, and to worship God together in harmony. For refreshing of weary souls (especially head teachers and all leaders) and for any who are fearful, for recovery of gifts and skills that have rusted. For discernment about where God is calling us to be and what to do to be his faithful witnesses this autumn. Goring CE Primary School, Streatley CE Primary School

Wednesday 18   Langtree: Kevin Davies, John Blair, James Leach, Linda Smith, Angela Linton, Brian Turner, Peter Ferguson, Mary Daniels. For the ministry team, many of whom will be taking well overdue leave in August. For all the PCCs of the team, many of whom are actively considering how they may adapt their buildings to become more community orientated and internet-ready. Checkendon CE Primary School, Stoke Row CE Primary School

Thursday 19   Henley-on-Thames Holy Trinity: Duncan Carter, Samuel Brewster, Michael Forsdike, Peter Greenman. For guidance in gently recovering from the pandemic restrictions and taking everyone with us. For continued building of Trinity at 4, our afternoon family congregation. Trinity CE Primary School

Friday 20   Shiplake with Dunsden and Harpsden: Robert Thewsey, Sarah Nesbitt, Pam Gordon, Michael Forrer, Michael Seymour-Jones. Give thanks for the ministries of Michael Forrer and Michael Seymour-Jones over the years and pray that God will continue to bless them as they stand down from active ministry. For our schools, Shiplake CE Primary School, Gillotts Secondary School and Shiplake College, as they work out what school will look like when they come back in the autumn term; pray that the staff will return refreshed and renewed.

Saturday 21   Nuffield: Mark Ainsworth. For funding for the proposed work on the church building.

Monday 23   Nettlebed with Bix, Highmoor, Pishill and Rotherfield Greys: Mark Ainsworth. Pray that we establish a pattern of services that will incorporate our successful Zoom service. For the ongoing work to rebuild the life and ministry of Nettlebed parish church.

Tuesday 24   Henley-on-Thames with Remenham: Jeremy Tayler, Romey Poston. For the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit as we both recover aspects of church life that have long been on hold, and seek new ways of proclaiming and showing God's love in our parishes.

Wednesday 25   Oxford Deanery: Anthony Buckley, Prudence Dailey, Richard Doney, Alan McCullough. For restoration, renewal and refreshment as we prepare for the autumn. For the parishes awaiting new clergy.

Thursday 26   Oxford St Aldate: Stephen Foster, Simon Ponsonby, Will Stuart-Lee, Mark Brickman, Daniel Hames, Lena Harris, Ellie Clear. For those re-entering church, and for the ministry team supporting this transition. For wisdom in lifting restrictions safely. For our youth and students who have had a particularly difficult time with their studies this year, for connection and fruitful relationships coming out of lockdown.

Friday 27   Oxford St Andrew: Daniel Heyward, Elizabeth Pitkethly, Paul White, Judy Harvey, Thomas Howell, James Dwyer, Tom Murray, David Wright, Ryan Torrie, Lesley Dentry. For the children and young people in the church and community as groups recommence in the new school year. For the ministry and mission happening on the nearby Cutteslowe estate - for the church as it meets in a new venue and the ongoing relationships in the local community forged through the food larder.

Saturday 28   Oxford St Ebbe with Holy Trinity and St Peter le Bailey: Vaughan Roberts, Joel Knight, Pete Wilkinson, Glenn Nesbitt, James Poole, Rupert Garnett, Al Horn, Paul Bolton, Ben Vane, Ian Fry, Sam Gillespie. For everyone in our congregations as we regather, especially for people on the fringes who we haven't seen much over the pandemic. For the CAP debt centre connected to our church, which is in touch with many people who need its help.

Monday 30   Oxford St Giles and St Philip and St James with St Margaret: Daniel Walters, Anne Holmes, Bernard Silverman, David Longrigg, Eva Walters, Tricia Brant. For St Giles' Project 900 campaign and St Margaret's development project, that both will allow us to be more open, and of more service, to our communities. For our new vicar, preparing to take up the role in the autumn. SS Philip and James' CE Primary School

Tuesday 31   Oxford St Mary the Virgin with St Cross with St Peter in the East: William Lamb, Susannah Reide, Alan Ramsey, Sarah Mortimer. For Hannah Cartwright as she prepares to join the team in September and for Charlotte Bannister-Parker as she returns from her secondment at the cathedral.

Prayer on Sundays

Sunday 1   For all postholders in our churches, for rest and refreshment this month.

Sunday 8   For Stephen Pullin, Archdeacon of Berkshire, and Liz Jackson, Associate Archdeacon.

Sunday 15   For Guy Elsmore, Archdeacon of Buckingham, and Christopher Bull, Associate Archdeacon.

Sunday 22   For Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester, and David Tyler, Associate Archdeacon.

Sunday 29   For Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon of Oxford.