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Ottery St Mary Parish Church Prayer Diary
May 2017

1 May 2017 May Day. Help us to enjoy the wonderful world you have created and to care for our corner of it.
2 May 2017 Thank you for the guidance of our spiritual leaders, especially Steve and his team.
3 May 2017 Thank you for our bible. Remember the work of the Bible Society and bible translators enabling the world to access and understand your teaching.
4 May 2017 On this feast day of the saints and martyrs of the English reformation, we thank you that in Britain to-day we can worship you without fear.
5 May 2017 Luke ch 1 v 5-25. Pray that like Zechariah you will give us a purpose in our lives.
6 May 2017 Luke ch 6. Thinking of our children, keep them safe on their adventures be it scouts, youth club or Ten Tors.
7 May 2017 As we meet for worship, pray for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and for Christians in these countries. Strengthen them in their faith.
8 May 2017 Be with the participants in Messy Church. Pray that the leaders be given wisdom and imagination in their teaching.
9 May 2017 Pray for friendship and that we show Christian love for each other remembering that God's kingdom starts with us. Welcome strangers at the coffee morning.
10 May 2017 Buddha Day. Buddhists like Christians abhor greed, selfishness and hatred. Help us to value everyone whatever their belief.
11 May 2017 Thinking of our community and all our new neighbours in Ottery. Greet everyone with a welcoming smile.
12 May 2017 Help us to see Jesus in every one we meet.
13 May 2017 Be with those who put themselves in danger to help others – fire service, coast guards, armed forces.
14 May 2017 Remember to-day in our worship, the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal, areas of appalling poverty, extreme weather and extraordinary tension.
15 May 2017 Consider the role of carers and volunteers in our community and those coming alongside to help in times of need.
16 May 2017 Make us aware of social problems in our town and willing to step in to assist in any way we can.
17 May 2017 Remember local schools and the education of our children that they may be led to develop their full potential.
18 May 2017 The Mothers Union is central to the church's teaching about the importance of family life. Pray for families.
19 May 2017 Think of Christians Together and the work of food banks, the Salvation Army and soup kitchens.
20 May 2017 A day of relaxation and fun but not for everyone. Remember those at work – the police, the doctors and all those in the medical services, carers and shopworkers.
21 May 2017 In our worship to-day pray for the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros, Madagascar, the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles – holiday islands but consider the effects that tourism has on the islanders.
22 May 2017 As the temperature rises be with our food producers. Thank you for supplying our needs but also help us to protect our world and its resources.
23 May 2017 We think of those in the world who are hungry and pray for good government and a fair share of the world's wealth.
24 May 2017 Remember to-day John and Charles Wesley. Thank you for the gift of music and voices to sing your praise.
25 May 2017 Ascension Day. Matthew ch 26 v 12-17. Help us to fulfil your final great commission to bring your message of love and peace to the doubting hearts of this broken world.
26 May 2017 The day on which John Calvin is remembered . Help us to understand and appreciate our different ways of Christian worship.
27 May 2017 The start of Ramadan. Teach us to value the work and belief of those of other faiths.
28 May 2017 Thinking of vaccination programmes and disease control in Angola and Mozambique. Pray for a good uptake of government initiatives.
29 May 2017 A Bank Holiday. Pray for safety, sensible risks, sunshine and those at work in the hospitality industry.
30 May 2017 We think of prisoners and their families. Help us to dear Lord to help one another and to forgive .
31 May 2017 Be with those who are sick and dying; comfort those who mourn. Grant peace to those with mental illness.