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Ottery St Mary Parish Church Prayer Diary
October 2018

1 October 2018 The FFFocus Gin Tour is today. Pray for fun and friendship for all the FFFocus ladies. Pray for all who join in church activities and organisations whether church based or community based.
2 October 2018 Thank you, Lord, for the gift of time. For those long, endless, summer days playing as children. Those dreaded, painful, awkward, or difficult times anticipated; that still pass by, in time, often with less tribulation than we expected.
3 October 2018 Pray for the Friends of Ottery St. Mary Parish Church whose committee meets this evening. Pray for all those individuals and groups that are involved in the smooth running of our church services.
4 October 2018 Pray for the church choir practising tonight. Give thanks for our choir leader, Judith Reynolds and our long serving brilliant organist, Michael Farley.
5 October 2018 Pray for Steve, Cathy and their family.
6 October 2018 Pray for our church wardens, Jules Corkhill, Michael Farley and their assistants.
7 October 2018 Harvest Festival and Gift Day. Pray that gifts may be given with generosity and received with thanksgiving including those gifts given by God. Pray for the sung Parish Eucharist at 9-30 and celebration of Harvest.
8 October 2018 Messy Church is on this afternoon. Give thanks for the many helpers, parents, and carers. May everyone, adults and children alike, have a great time.
9 October 2018 Pray for coffee and chat in the Dorset Aisle this morning. May all who come feel welcomed and enjoy friendship and fun. Give thanks for Fiona and Grenville and their deputies who organise this event.
10 October 2018 Pray for people in Nursing and Residential Care Homes; for residents and their families and for all staff.
11 October 2018 The Healing Group meet this afternoon. Pray for healing and wholeness for all who are suffering in any way, in body, mind or spirit.
12 October 2018 Ottery St. Mary is growing fast with new houses being built. Pray for our town and its outlying villages; for town councillors and all those running local shops and businesses.
13 October 2018 “Yesterday is but a memory, and tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived makes every yesterday a memory of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.” (Sanskrit poem abr.)
14 October 2018 Pray for the Explore Service held at 11-15 this morning. Pray for Kay Ammon working in Kenya and her daughter Jessica and our continued support for them.
15 October 2018 Give thanks for God’s creation; the beautiful East Devon countryside. Give thanks for the opportunities we’ve had, maybe will have, to visit other beautiful parts of this country and the world.
16 October 2018 The Exeter Chamber Choir perform tonight in our church. Give thanks for the music in our church and for the many talented musicians we have in our midst.
17 October 2018 Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11 v 28) We give thanks for all our church wardens throughout the Team as the Otter Vale Team wardens meet today. Pray for wise decisions and understanding.
18 October 2018 Pray for the unemployed, those in prison, people struggling with debt, having financial problems and /or are homeless.
19 October 2018 Pray for all who enter our church building; may they, in some way, be touched by Your presence – Your Love.
20 October 2018 “All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice;…..come ye before Him and rejoice.” William Kethe. Thank God that He loves us all.
21 October 2018 Pray for Evensong being held this evening at 6-30.
Pray for our Prime Minister, the government, the Cabinet, and the Opposition. Pray for wise decisions and actions.
22 October 2018 Start of half term holiday. Rest for teachers, other school staff and students. Pray for all who work or study in our schools.
23 October 2018 The Standing Committee meet this evening. Pray for insightful deliberations from this committee and the PCC.
24 October 2018 “Be still for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.” (David J Evans)
25 October 2018 Pray for those who suffer from mental illness. Lord, give them hope in their despair.
26 October 2018 Pray for those who are alone and lonely and/or struggling with mobility, memory, sight and/or hearing. Dear Lord, give them a sense of Your presence; Your unconditional love.
27 October 2018 Pray for all involved in sporting activities; for participation that keeps us fit and healthy whatever the level.
28 October 2018 Pray for the All Sorts service being held this morning at 10-30. Pray for the country, people, and economy of Venezuela that is suffering from runaway inflation.
29 October 2018 “Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways.” John Greenleaf Whittier. Pray for world leaders and the U.N.
30 October 2018 We thank You, Lord, for all the blessings you have given us. May we find stillness in our souls, enquiry in our minds and openness in our hearts.
31 October 2018 Pray for peace in the world through negotiation, talking, compromise, social justice, forgiveness, compassion and love.