22 May 2020
"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation - whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?"
Lord, I see the lighthouse on the hill,
This island out in the sea
it reminds me, Lord, of the call
That You spoke out to me
"I am your salvation, come to Me
Let Me be your Guiding Light
Forever more to roam with Me
Never in the darkness of night
A steady Beam I'll be for you
When you have times of despair
A constant source of Guiding Light,
Never alone, I'll always be there"
Thank you, Lord, for Your Light
That shines on me each day
Now help me to be a light that shines
For others, is what I pray
by Lucy A Cain
"Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand." Isaiah 41:10
Due to the present circumstances, our prayer group obviously can't meet; however we are keeping in touch with one another via e-mail and a telephone conference every Thursday at 6.30pm. If there is anyone or anything that you would like us to specifically pray for, please contact us.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and also in Me." John 14:1
30 March 2020
Coronavirus: Pray for NHS staff and all helping selflessly to care for the ill and those in self isolation. Pray for the police, ambulance and fire services. The bereaved.
Environment: Pray that the improvements we have seen during recent weeks in the environment, such as the healing of the ozone layer and pollution levels, may continue once life returns to normal. May we see clearly from these improvements at this time the damage that we are doing to the world by our usual attitudes and actions.
Mental Health: Pray for those suffering from mental health issues and for all who are finding this an especially difficult time.
Thanks: Give thanks for the simple things in life that we so often take for granted.
An amazingly timed quote. Read the quote first and then read the dates of the author at the end.
‘And the people stayed at home. And read books, and listened and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.’
By Kitty O’Meara, who was born in 1941 in Limerick, Ireland and died 2013 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
23 March 2020
Coronavirus: Those who have lost loved ones; those who are ill with it; NHS staff and all essential workers; scientists searching for a vaccine; those who feel isolated and afraid.
As Easter approaches that people will examine their lives and turn to the cross.
Pray for those known to you who need to know God's love, mercy and strength at this time.
Give thanks that we can trust God in every situation because He loves us and never leaves us.
As requested by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland and other Church leaders, we will each be lighting a candle at 7.00pm on Sunday 22 March as a "visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer." We invite you to join us.
"Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you" 1 Peter 5:7.
Lent Prayer Table
(The cross on the table is made from the trunk of our Chrismon tree}
It seems no time since our prayer table was displaying our Chrismon tree with its various Christian symbols in white and gold, helping us celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Now, we find ourselves in the days of Lent, the days for reflection and preparation for Easter.
There are different ways of preparing ourselves, such as fasting, giving up a luxury or thinking of others. Using Isaiah 58: 6-7 as our scripture verse for the season of Lent, the prayers presently only our table are for the oppressed, homeless and hungry, the voiceless, the poor, those without hope and the environment.
"Remind us often Lord, when we are feeling proud, arrogant, beyond reproach, pleased with ourselves, self-sufficient in our ways, that for such a us and better and worse, you walked a road that took you to a cruel cross and rose again to show us where we might look for rescue, as from this lofty perch we fall."
All the prayers on the table this month are about love and based on 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. Here are a few of them:
Thank you that you are a loving, gracious God.
Thank you that you've offered us forgiveness and the gift of new life in you.
Thank you that your love is perfect, it never fails and that nothing can separate us from your love.
Lord, thank you that your love does not take into account a wrong suffered. Lord help us not to hold grudges, but to choose to forgive, even when it's difficult. Lord thank you that your love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. Lord help us to love your words of truth, may we walk in your freedom and wisdom. Let it be what drives our lives and choices every day.
Lord, thank you that your love is patient. Help us show patience with those around us. Lord, thank you that your love is kind. Help us to extend kindness to others. Lord, thank you that true love is not jealous. Help us cast aside feelings of jealousy or hatred towards others. Lord, thank you that your love does not brag and is not arrogant. Help us not to live with pride or arrogance, but to choose to walk with humility and grace.
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.