Prayers for the World
In the midst of a world where people hunger and thirst
come, worship a God who feeds the hungry.
In the midst of a world where people are abused and oppressed
come, worship a God who calls for compassion and justice.
In the midst of a world filled with wars and rumour of war
come, worship a God who desires nothing less than peace for the world.
In the midst of a world of spiritual emptiness
come, worship a God who gives life meaning.
Come, worship a God whose grace and love know no end.
(from: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, found at churchofscotland.org.uk
A Prayer of The Church
The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Mat 22.15-18, nrsv
We all love praise. None of us are so secure we can live without it. However there are many reasons for offering praise. Someone might praise you because they'd like a compliment from you in return. If you want someone to do an awkward job, first of all tell them how well they'd do it.
Then again, as here, someone might be using flattery to get close to you, in order to betray you – praising you for your wisdom, to lure you into making an ill-judged remark they can then use against you. Jesus, of course, is not fooled.
Rightly speaking, there is only one who deserves praise, and that is God himself. But the most valuable people in church are the encouragers. Today, I attended the funeral Margery, a friend who was my greatest encouragement during my time at Wooler URC, someone whose gift it was to make everyone she knew feel special. Encouragers are those taught by the Spirit to praise other people, genuinely and generously. Their kind words make it a joy to serve. Pray to be an encourager.
Prayers for St Georges
This is half term week, so many normal church activities are taking a break. Pray for all those travelling, holidaying or visiting.
Pray for your minister and others attending St Cuthbert's leaders' meeting on Thursday evening.
Pray for the Teesside churches and the candidate preaching with a view this coming weekend.
Pray especially for the family and friends of Jean Harvey, whose thanksgiving service takes place in our church at 1.45 pm this Friday.
To join us in prayers for individuals please go to our Prayer Board, any requests you may wish to share with us will appear there.