Prayer Diary September 2019

'I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.'
Philippians 1:3-5

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

Monday 2   Oxford Link Diocese of Nandyal, India: For Bishop Pushpa and the clergy as they minister to congregations throughout the diocese. For the students in diocesan schools and training programmes.

Tuesday 3   Great Missenden with Ballinger and Little Hampden: Rosie Harper, Elizabeth Lowson, Katherine Shuster. For the appointment of a new Office Manager. For the development of all age 'Family Praise'. Great Missenden School.

Wednesday 4   Hawridge with Cholesbury and St Leonards: David Burgess. For David, who is on sick leave. For the schools in the benefice as they return after the summer break. Hawridge and Cholesbury School.

Thursday 5   Ellesborough, The Kimbles and Stoke Mandeville: Estelle Fourie. Give thanks for the appointment of Revd Janet Wales as part-time Interim Minister. Pray that under her leadership the benefice will be united to strive willingly to build God's kingdom. Pray that God would teach these churches to open eyes, ears and arms to the need around them, and guide their feet to follow the path they need to take to glorify his name. Great Kimble School.

Friday 6   The Lee: David Burgess. For a strong support network for all families and individuals, particularly during difficult times. For parents to have the chance to come into church for a school Harvest service. Lee Common School.

Monday 9   Wendover and Halton: Sally Moring, Ian Sansbury, David Blackmore, Sally Prendergast, Rebecca Murgatroyd. For the growing ministry team enabling the development of the Mission Action Plan. For the future of the benefice area (including HS2 plans and the closure of RAF Halton) and how the churches might respond to that. Wendover School.

Monday 9   September. For the development of a pilgrim pathway initiative in the benefice. St Peter's Primary School, St Christopher's School.

Tuesday 10   Prestwood and Great Hampden: Deiniol Kearley-Heywood, Nigel Spoor, Kevin Lovell, Fran McLean. Give thanks for connections being made with families in the parish at Holy Trinity, Prestwood by the Families and Children Worker, and for her work with clubs in local schools. Pray that outreach and mission in the parish would develop and include those with mental health needs and others on the margins. For the 2020 Vision Project launched at Great Hampden, which will enable the church building to be improved to provide a more welcoming space for worshippers.

Wednesday 11   Little Missenden: John Simpson, Marian Dickinson. Little Missenden School.

Thursday 12   Witney Deanery: Bill Down, Toby Wright, Tessa Kuin Lawton, Simon Kirby, Kirsty Morgan, David Eaton, Mandy Studley. For the Personal Discipleship Plans as they are explored across the deanery. For the new incumbents at Burford and Carterton with Brize Norton; for the Spirit to help them discern God's desire.

Friday 13   Witney: Toby Wright, Vanessa Whiffin, Ross Meikle, Hugh White, Joanna Collicutt, Mark Thomas, Sally Wright, Joy Hance, Richard Young. For wisdom and discernment as these congregations continue to reach out to those beyond their churches. For growth in faith, in numbers, and for renewal through the gift of the Spirit. St Mary's Infant School, The Batt Primary School, Hailey Primary School, St Kenelm's Primary School.

Saturday 14   Bampton with Clanfield: Janice Collier, Tessa Kuin Lawton. For church finances and the Giving in Grace campaign running across all five churches during September. Bampton Primary School, Clanfield Primary School, Aston and Cote Primary School.

Monday 16   Aston Clinton with Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp: Sally Bottomer, Alison Roberts, Jane Nash. For the newly formed ministry team. For the launch of the benefice website.

Tuesday 17   Burford with Fulbrook and Taynton, Asthall with Swinbrook and Widford: Tom Putt, Oliver Strange, Cedric Reavley, Roy Tarbox, John Leach, Jo Vickers. Give thanks for the unity of the benefice through the interregnum and pray for an increasing unity of mind and purpose. Give thanks for the great growth in Swinbrook Church. Pray for help as the church prayerfully considers how to sustain that growth in the future.

Wednesday 18   Cogges and South Leigh: Simon Kirby, Andy McCulloch, Nick Pike, Ian Smith, Sam Tippetts, Lisa Bryan, Ben Osman, Rachel Hodson. Pray that the benefice will be able to appoint an Associate Vicar. For wisdom in knowing how to be involved in the new housing development in the parish. The Blake Primary School.

Thursday 19   North Leigh: Margaret Dixon, Nick Pike, Betty Harvey. For the new pastoral team of visitors. For the development plans for widening the community link worker role. North Leigh Primary School. Bishop Colin confirming at Steeple Barton.

Friday 20   Lower Windrush: For the churchwardens, PCC members and all in the benefice as they work towards the appointment of a new Rector. Pray that God will encourage the person who is going to guide them in the next stage of their pilgrim journey. Standlake Primary School, Stanton Harcourt Primary School.

Saturday 21   Ducklington with Hardwick: Paul Boddam-Whetham, Ian Paul, David Adams. For the encouragement of the fellowship to move away from the shallows and respond to the challenge to 'go deep'. Pray that the churches can build bridges within the village community to meet the needs of the lonely and the stressed through communal action. Ducklington Primary School.

Monday 23   Brize Norton and Carterton: Drew Tweedy, Billie Tweedy, Ian Howard, Lyndsay Baker, Stephen Bessent. Give thanks for all who have guided the benefice through its vacancy. For the new ministry team and for autumn decisions about outreach projects. St John the Evangelist Primary School. Bishop Colin confirming at Blewbury.

Tuesday 24   Sonning Deanery: Richard Lamey, John Smith, Bridget Crossley. For the recently approved Deanery Plan to be an encouragement to mission and mutual flourishing and support, and for those parishes which feel as if they are weak or struggling to see themselves as places of encounter and possibility, of adventure and excitement, of grace and of blessing.

Wednesday 25   Wokingham: David Hodgson, Hannah Higginson, Colin James, John Boylan. For the mission to the new housing developments and for Revd Hannah Higginson as she moves into one of these new communities. For plans to reorder the church to provide flexible and up-to-date spaces accessible for community engagement and changing worship needs. All Saints Primary School.

Thursday 26   St Paul, Wokingham: Richard Lamey, Patrick Mukholi, Judi Hattaway. For Tithings, the new pastoral care groups at St Paul's, to open new possibilities for friendship and support across the generations. For the things each church learnt through the Partnership for Missional Church process to become more and more embedded in their life together as they strive to become the church God is calling them to be. St Paul's Junior School.

Friday 27   St Sebastian, Wokingham: Andrew Marsden, David Hare, Russell Shipton, Rachel Jeremiah, Martin Vogel, Amy Vogel. For 'The Base', an alternative service for families that runs in the church hall at the same time as the main morning service in the church. For new families that attend The Base to grow in faith and commitment to Christ. For God to provide the finances for all that the church wants to do in mission to the local community. St Sebastian's Primary School.

Saturday 28   Sonning: Jamie Taylor, Kate Toogood, Bob Peters, Christopher West. For STAY (St Andrew's Youth) open access youth club, now in its sixth month and thriving. For Rendezvous pensioners' lunch club, now in its 12th month and also thriving. Sonning Primary School.

Monday 30   Finchampstead and California: Julie Ramsbottom, Gemma Wilkinson, John Edwards, Julian McAllen, Tonia Elliott, Samantha Khan, Kate Meads. For the completion of the purchase from the MoD of St Eligius. For the progress of plans to re-orientate the parish centre at St Mary and St John's to serve the Gorse Ride estate better.

Our Bishops on Sundays

Sunday 15   Bishop Colin confirming in Bicester; Bishop Alan confirming in Aylesbury Deanery.