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.
Due to the present Covid restrictions, the Prayer Group is communicating via telephone on a Thursday at 7.05pm. If you would like to join us, either to say a prayer or just listen, then please call 0333 2666999 and type in pin no 838144 when asked. Prayer requests, which are treated confidentially, can be sent to Sandra Farrington. If you do not have her phone number, it can be obtained from Janette McFarlane, Session Clerk.
Loving God, creator of all times and places, we thank you for the gift of summertime, the days of light, warmth and leisure.
Thank you for the beauty that surrounds us everywhere we look. As we open our eyes and ears to the landscape of nature and people, open our hearts to receive all as a gift and let all the gifts we enjoy this summer deepen our awareness of your love so that we may share this with others and enjoy a summertime of re-creation.
The swan family at Auchinstarry Quarry, taken 31 May 2021.
For sight to see beyond the here and now,
For faith transcending, bittered why and how
For ears to hear the song of hope ring out
Above the present dirge of fear and doubt.
For wisdom of the heart to know the sun
Will rise again when this dark day is done.
By Helen Lowrie Marshall
Loving Father, we give You thanks for the progressng vaccination programme here in Britain leading to less cases of Coronovirus and subsequently fewer deaths. Comfort those throughout the world who are still ill and struggling from this virus. We especially remember the people of India. Heal and comfort them while protecting and strengthening the health professionals on the front line.
Lord of all time, You reveal to us our fragility,
You uncover in us our treachery.
Renew us and restore us to walk with You to
Golgotha and keep watch by Your side
until that Easter moment of triumph when
You will overcome our despair and turn the groaning of Your Church into a steadfast love, that we may leave what is past in peace and embrace the future in hope.
Easter Sunday: The Lord is Risen; He is risen indeed!
For every disappointment,
For every broken heart,
For everyone in darkness,
For every wounded person,
For every tired mind,
For hopeless situations,
For everyone who's desperate,
For everyone who's lost,
For everyone who's fearful,
For every painful question,
For everyone's regrets,
For every cry of "Why God",
The cross still stands.
The cross still towers.
His blood still cleanses.
Eternally the same.
And I bow down,
Lord I run, to the cross again,
I bow down, I bow down.
By David Hind
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege to carry
everything to God inprayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.
Lord Jesus, dearest friend, I come within the loving shelter of your arms, while just like a child, I tell You now of all my concerns, great and small. I believe you will hear me and answer as I trust in You and allow You to comfort me. Amen
Almighty God, in this month of a new year, fill us with winds of renewal and direction.
We don't know what lies ahead in the months to come, indeed what tomorrow will bring; but help us to remember whether we are joyful or in our darkest hour that You are with us and will never forsake us.
May we faithfully worship and serve You in the year ahead.