The book of Acts and the epistles tell us that encouragement was a major theme in the early Church. Today, we still all need encouragement, whether we are feeling confident or inadequate, inspired or confused, certain or uncertain, happy or sad and so that is the theme for our prayer table during the month of May.
Lord, come paint a rainbow bright of hope within my soul
Take the greys of weariness and inject new hues of gold.
Scarlet streaks of passion that make me come alive
Rich and royal threads that weave your kingdom through my life.
Clean away the dust of disappointment from my heart
Replace faded tones of failure, polish me up real smart.
Bright and dancing, sun streaked light that shines upon my face
Pure and radiant tones of white that radiate your grace.
(Prayer by Living Prayers)
‘He is risen, He is risen indeed!’
The sorrow of Good Friday has passed, the joy of Easter has come. Had Jesus died and not risen again, He would have merely been another man, another teacher. The resurrection confirms that Jesus was the Son of God. Through Him death has been conquered. Love has triumphed, given us hope and the promise of eternal life for all who believe.
Our prayer table this month is centred on Lent, which is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending the day before Easter Sunday. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of self-examination and reflection during which we should focus on our relationship with God. It is a tie for us to think about the choices we have to make in our daily lives and to reflect on the choices Jesus made while being tempted by Satan in the desert. We should lift our eyes to the cross, remembering what Christ endured on it at Calvary for us. Lent reminds us that we need to respond to the love of God shown in Jesus.
On 14 February, tokens of love are sent and exchanged.
However, we often forget that we each receive the greatest love each and every day - the love of God our Father, which is immeasurable and selfless.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
At the beginning of a new year, when many look to make resolutions about their lives, the Prayer Group has chosen the theme of 'New Beginnings' as the theme for the prayer table.
There you will find prayers to help you reflect on letting go of things from the past which should be left in the past and some to help you look forward to the future with hope, joy and the love of Christ.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new"
2 Corinthians 5:17
We can, and should, all pray alone but it is also biblical that we should pray together in groups. It is the privilege of a small, but dedicated, group of people here at Kilsyth Burns & Old Parish Church to fulfil that purpose by praying for our church family, our town and our world and giving thanksgiving and praise to God.
Please feel free to join the group any time. We meet in the church each Sunday from 10.15-10.30am. A warm welcome awaits you any week you would like to attend. Prayer requests, which will be treated confidentially, can be placed in either the box at the prayer table or the one in the vestibule.
There is a prayer table which is changed monthly. Many have found the prayers on it are helpful, either to their present situation, or as a starter for their own prayer lives. Also on the table are prayer request cards that can be completed and put in a locked box. All requests are treated confidentially by the group members.
During His earthly ministry, Jesus led a busy life but he always made prayer a priority. We hope and pray that others will feel drawn to join us on a Sunday morning.
For further information, why not contact us.