Prayer Diary June 2020
'God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.'
Pray to the Father through the Son in the power of the Spirit for:
Monday 1 Oxford link dioceses - Mother's Union, Nigeria: For the Mothers' Union in the Dioceses of Ahoada and Warri, especially the Rt Revd Clement Ekpeye, Mrs Edna Ekpeye, the Rt Revd Christian Esezi Ide and Mrs Patience Esezi Ide. We ask God to protect, guide and bless each member and their leaders as they seek to serve their dioceses.
Tuesday 2 Ironstone: Giles Dessain, Lindy Bridgeman.
Wednesday 3 Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington: Dale Gingrich, Jocelyn Merris. For the health and well-being of all those in our parishes. Pray that we may be granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit, inspiring, enlightening and enabling us to join in the work God is already doing as we address the challenges of the present whilst looking to build a future full of contemplative, compassionate and courageous ministry and mission for the sake of the world.
Thursday 4 Shires' Edge: Hilary Campbell. For the five parishes as we continue to value the caring that is part of each community; for Cropredy School as it enters a new stage of being there for the community; for the church community to continue to find ways of being together apart - for all ages.
Friday 5 St Paul, Banbury: Dan McGowan, Jake Eggertsen, Susan Johnston, Jeannette Law, Annabelle Coombs. For our staff team, soon to be joined by a new curate, Steve Short, to lean on the Lord as they seek to steer St Paul's during the pandemic. For Christianity Explored (running in May and June on Zoom); this course looks at key truths of the Lord Jesus and is led by Dan McGowan and Steve Short.
Saturday 6 Deddington with Barford, Clifton and Hempton: Annie Goldthorp, Paula Smith, Christopher Hall and Christine Turner. For the COVID-19 response team - all Zone Captains and volunteers across the whole benefice who are doing their best to help members of our communities in this current situation. Also for our Curate, Paula Smith, as she comes to the end of her curacy and seeks to find a new post.
Monday 8 Adderbury: Liz Simpson
Tuesday 9 Bodicote: Sarah Sharp, Elizabeth Smith, Brian Gardner, Graham Osgood, James Johnson. For the staff, pupils and governors of our primary schools: Bishop Loveday, Longford Park and The Grange. For our businesses suffering financial challenges at this time especially Bodicote Hairdressers, The Plough, The Horse and Jockey and The Chatsworth.
Wednesday 10 St Francis, Banbury: Chris Gaynor, Richard Cook, Lynda Spokes. For strength and stamina for those who are still isolating in their homes. Give thanks for the people who have stepped in to run the food bank during this crisis.
Thursday 11 St Leonard, Banbury: Sue Burchell. For the local schools, St Leonard's and Dashwood, the children and staff. For the local care home residents and staff.
Friday 12 Milton Keynes Deanery: Tim Norwood, Sharon Grenham-Thompson, Paul Oxley, David Thom, Janet Nelsey, Linda Kirk, Steve Snook. For the continued development and funding of the Pray MK project, helping people across the city to deepen their spiritual life, pray for one another, and for Milton Keynes to become 'A City Alive to God'. For the listening, discerning and planning process as we move forward with the diocesan intention to celebrate and bless Milton Keynes.
Saturday 13 Bletchley: David McDougall, Paul Pavlou, Peter Landry, Ben Thorpe, Hannah Akibo-Betts, David McDougall, Andrew Walmsley, Jacqui Butcher, Darrel Hofland, Rebekah Taylor, Maryann Brooks. For our community as we try to serve them online and through food supplies/pastoral support. For us as we continue to move forwards with church planting and stepping into new seasons of ministry post CV-19.
Monday 15 Wolverton: Gill Barrow-Jones, Hilary Webb, Marian Balance, Celia Donald, Peter Ballentine. For those who usually access our building for Food Bank, Saturday Breakfast or Winter Night Shelter - that in these uncertain economic times they would continue to access the support and help they need. Pray that as we emerge into a post coronavirus world of worship, we might be blessed to see where God is leading us and guiding us and we might continue to build God's Kingdom in Wolverton and Milton Keynes.
Tuesday 16 Woughton: Ian Herbert, Paul Norris, Mike Davidge, Nicola Videmaire, and Charmaine Howard. For all who live and work in the Woughton parish, for those who are fearful, or in the midst of grief, or lonely, for the sick and those who have lost their jobs. We hold before God all who work at Milton Keynes University Hospital; we pray, peace, strength, and protection upon the nurses, doctors, porters, cleaners, catering staff, consultants, ambulance drivers, paramedics and all who assist in the running of the hospital. For the Church, even though our buildings are closed; that we remain that beacon of hope.
Wednesday 17 Watling Valley: Sharon Grenham-Thompson, Mike Morris, Adedayo Adebiyi, Phyllis Bunnett, Barry Lotz, Richard Thompson, Liz Breuilly, Phil Winn, Peter Sharrocks, Liz Morris, Anne Walton, Steve Morley, Mandy Morley, Sheila Wilson, David Thom, Rhoda Thomson, Mike Geaney, Colin Best, Sue Best, Paul Randall, Alison Drury. For members of our parish undertaking training or selection for various forms of ministry, that they might find God's way ahead for them and be fruitful in their endeavours. For ongoing discussions about how we move forward as a parish, especially obtaining Charitable Incorporated Organisation status, harnessing our greater online presence, and serving our communities.
Thursday 18 Stantonbury and Willen: Paul Smith, Sam Muthuveloe, Helen Rouse, Margaret Moakes, Chuks Iwuagwu, Neil Popham, John Beazley, Steve Barnes, Wendy Carey, Peter Green, Susan Jackson, Judy Rose, Colin Taylor, Patricia Collins, Rob Coles. Thank God for online shared worship and a growing sense of fellowship across the benefice in the lockdown period. For the future of our Local Ecumenical Partnership as we move to adopting Charitable Incorporated Organisation as our new constitution.
Friday 19 Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes: Ernesto Lozada-Uzuriaga, George Mwaura. For our international community and their families all over the world. For our finances.
Saturday 20 Water Eaton: Catherine Butt, Steve Hallett, Gill Bradley. For residents of the Lakes estate as the regeneration plans proceed. For the whole church as we seek to 'have fun, make friends and grow disciples of Jesus'.
Monday 22 Fenny Stratford: Victor Bullock, John Hibbard, Ian Thomas. Pray that the Lord bless the work of our parish visitors in their ministry of outreach. Also that the Lord deepen the spiritual life of our parish community, that we may be drawn closer to him and his will for us.
Tuesday 23 Stony Stratford with Calverton: Ross Northing, Tunji Adebiyi, Sister Dr Janet Northing (Church Army). For fidelity to our calling to share in the continuing mission of Christ the Redeemer. For all involved in physical and spiritual care for the sick, vulnerable and isolated during this time of uncertainty.
Wednesday 24 Walton: Matt Trendall, Keith Straughan, Ruth Maxey and Ruth Gookey. For all those connecting with our online church services and groups, that God would keep meeting with each person and drawing them to himself. For the Lord to lead us in new ways of mission and community, both in this season and beyond.
Thursday 25 Claydon Deanery: David Meakin, Jacqueline Dove, Ron Aspinall, Robert Cronk. For all who are contributing to ministry across the deanery during the COVID-19 outbreak. For all who will have to decide how to make decisions about keeping our churches as safe places once we are allowed to re-open.
Friday 26 Schorne: David Meakin, Steve Flashman, Petra Elsmore, Jacqueline Dove, Janet Bayly, Alison May, Jane Vowles. For Caroline Wainman and her husband, Chris, as they prepare with their family to move to Waddesdon. For wisdom in knowing how we can best meet the needs of our communities both during 'lock down' and as the restrictions begin to be eased.
Saturday 27 The Claydons and Swan: Rickey Simpson-Gray, Angela Mann, David Hiscock. For the wellbeing of our village residents during this uncertain time of the pandemic; for discernment to be Christ-like in ministry as we build new engagement opportunities.
Monday 29 Winslow with Great Horwood and Addington: Andrew Lightbown, Mark Nelson, Didier Jaquet. For the St Laurence Food Cupboard - a genuine community collaboration managed by the church, currently serving over 30 families on a weekly basis. For the Winslow Mental Health Partnership which is being launched as a charity and is a collaboration between the church and Lions and Rotary Clubs.
Tuesday 30 Reading Deanery: Graeme Fancourt, David Walker, Peter Day, Liz Ratcliffe, Mark Hinckley, Joan Walker, Mark Burton. For all of those risking so much to serve the most vulnerable people in Reading during the lockdown, that the Church might learn from them; that the Church may emerge from this lockdown less fearful for what we think we have lost, and more hopeful for who we might be as we live more closely with the one who calls us.
Our Bishops on Sundays
Sunday 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.
Sunday 14 For those making decisions affecting the future of our Diocese and the national church; that they would be inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Sunday 21 For our brothers and sisters around the world facing persecution; that as we join them in prayer the kingdom of God breaks through into their situations.
Sunday 28 For those on the margins of our communities, as we remember Jesus reaching out to them.
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