Church of England Birmingham ..... Praying Together - October 2020

Join in with our prayers below and click on links to see video or audio that has been sent from all people across the diocese.

We also have a print out version, click here.

Thursday 1 October

Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533

During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month which aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people throughout the world.

Ever Loving God, great is your faithfulness. We thank you for the witness and contributions of diverse people of colour throughout history. Instil in us, as you did in them, your grace that moves us beyond separation towards the possibility of reconciliation in you. 

We pray for racial justice
We pray for an equitable society
We pray for a church that reflects the vision of the heavenly kingdom were every tribe and tongue can worship you inspired by Spirit and the truth that there is no division in Christ. Amen

Friday 2 October

People from across the parishes of St Mary's and St Anne's have been joining in with Pavement Prayers this summer, with a different invitation to be creative each week. Sara, St Mary, Moseley, invites us to pray: Lord, we give thanks for the expressions of prayer shared with members of the community, and continue to pray for those who come through our gates. Amen

Saturday 3 October

George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958

Sharon, St Philip's Cathedral, invites us to pray for our communities: Most loving and all powerful God, You sent your son Jesus Christ so we that could be reconciled to you and to one another, enable us by your Holy Spirit to be able to see those who are most in need, help us to look beyond our most immediate needs to those of others, and so, by showing your love, work to your glory, now and forever. Amen

Sunday 4 October

Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226

Today is World Animal Day. Psalm 147:9 tells us that God is concerned for all His creation, including the animals He created.  Lord, May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. We especially thank you for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life. Their presence very often helps us get through trying times. Amen

Monday 5 October

Today is World Teachers’ Day and celebrates with the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”. Lord,  the COVID pandemic has significantly added to the challenges faced by already over-extended education systems throughout the world. Help us to celebrate the teaching profession, take stock of achievements, and draw attention to the voices of teachers, who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind. Amen

Tuesday 6 October

William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Reformation Martyr, 1536

Sarah Smith, Diocesan Director of Education invites us to pray for children and families in year 6 as they make their choices for Secondary schools. We pray, Lord, that you will reassure them that whichever school they will attend, you are with them. Amen

Wednesday 7 October

The Jesse Tree Stay and Play, Perry Barr, invite us to pray with them: Dear Lord in Heaven, we ask for your Grace as we reopen our Stay and Play. We ask for patience with new guidelines. For the safety of all involved. And for all the people who will attend and for those who are still unable to come back to us. In Your Mercy, Hear Our Prayer. And let our cry come unto thee. Amen

Thursday 8 October

Join in making October 'Unblocktober' and help save our sewers and seas: Lord, help us all to reduce the amount of plastic entering our oceans and rivers. Help us make small changes to our habits and the way we dispose of certain everyday items in order to make big changes to the environment. And may we continue these habits in the future. Amen  

Friday 9 October

Denys, Bishop of Paris, and his Companions, Martyrs, c.250

Revd Denise Jones, invites us to pray: Father God we give you thanks for the Chaplaincy work of the Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital. We give thanks for the leadership of the Revd Paul Nash our Chaplaincy Manager & Spiritual Care lead and for the rich and diverse spiritual and religious care of our multi-faith chaplaincy team. We pray for all our patients, chaplains, staff and volunteers and ask that you will pour your blessings upon the work that our chaplaincy teams are called to do. We especially pray for those who have lost babies during pregnancy or close to birth and as we share together in ‘Baby Loss Awareness’ week this month 9th-15th October we pray for your comfort, your hope and your peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Saturday 10 October

Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644

Today is World Mental Health Day: 
Loving God,
you are merciful and forgiving.
Grant that those who are suffering the hurts of the past
may experience your generous love.
Heal their memories, comfort them,
and send them all from here
renewed and hopeful;
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 11 October

Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675

Chris Chalmers, Holy Cross, Billesley Common, invites us to give thanks for our access to clean fresh water and all that it enables us to do. Lord, help us not to take fresh water for granted. May we be challenged to support those working on projects to bring clean water to those whos water is limited or has been contaminated. Amen

Monday 12 October

Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709

From Revd Rob Fieldson: “Please join us in praying for creative support for our ministry to children and young families. We are trying many initiatives, and have just restarted our church plant in a Covid-secure way. Lord, we pray for opportunities to engage in Gospel conversations with children and young people.”

Tuesday 13 October

Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066

Revd Denise Jones invites us to pray with the chaplaincy team of Birmingham Women’s & Children’s NHS Foundation Trust: O God, giver of all comfort, look down on all who have known the joy of new life within and the desolation of losing that life. Restore them to health in body and spirit and renew in them hope, faith and love. Amen

Wednesday 14 October

Remember that God hears every prayer - no prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value. Today we all join together in lifting up our voices to pray for those things on each of our hearts...

Thursday 15 October

Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582

Sophie, our young person, invites us to pray with a beautiful drawing:

Mighty God,
Thank you for creating the stars, planets and galaxies.
Thank you for making me. Amen

Friday 16 October

Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, and Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, Reformation Martyrs, 1555

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my Soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my Soul to take.


Saturday 17 October

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty:
Lord, help us to recognize that all people must seek to come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future.


Sunday 18 October

Luke the Evangelist

We join with The Christian fellowship at New Oscott Village. In this retirement Village the average age here is 80, and many residents are unable to go out to church: Lord, our worship brings peace and hope and an assurance that we are not alone. The Lord is our shield and our rock, challenging us to a new understanding of love for our neighbours.

Monday 19 October

Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India and Persia, 1812

Martin, St Matthew's, Smethwick has written this poem to inspire prayer about treasured family time:

It may be just a day out,
In a beautiful place,
With fun and games to grace,
But family around, a gift from our Lord,
through all the laughter, hear HIS call,
He is always there, for one and all. 

It may be a holiday or few days break,
With precious time together, to remember –
those minutes and hours, so good to keep,
remain in your heart and soul, so deep.
A mortal present from the One above,
An earthly token of His eternal Love.

Tuesday 20 October

A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wednesday 21 October

Collect of the day:
O God, forasmuch as without you
we are not able to please you;
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit
may in all things direct and rule our hearts;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Thursday 22 October

Standing at the top of the Lickey Hills looking over Birmingham was peaceful and relaxing. Lord please help us to stop what we are doing and take some deep breaths, take in the sights and the sounds around us. We live in a beautiful world and we need to look after it. 

Friday 23 October

Join Sharon, St Philip's Cathedral, praying with Psalm 139 vs 23-24
Loving and most merciful God. You who know me from the inside out.
Search me Lord, that I might know you and that you might highlight anything within that hinders me from seeing you as you are.
Try me Lord, so that my ways and observance of you may be truly fitting to your majesty.
Lead me Lord, into your ways of truth that I may glorify and praise your name. Amen

Saturday 24 October

Jeremy Allcock, St Martin in-the-Bull-Ring, invites us to pray: Lord, by your Spirit, encourage us in our hearts and minds to remember those who are isolated and lonely; those who feel bereft and friendless; those who may consider themselves unloved and unlovable. May the example of your grace inspire us to reach out to show the same friendship and love we receive from You. Amen

Sunday 25 October

Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287

The Jesse Tree Stay and Play, Perry Barr, invite us to give thanks: Lord, you support us in ways we don't always expect, lending us hands and time and understanding. Some support You bring in ways we have never had before. Despite the difficulties, Lord, you show us the way. Thanks be to God.

Monday 26 October

Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899

Ways to pray: we can use our hand as a model, our fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for ...

Thumb: This is the strongest: We give thanks for all the strong things in life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain us.
Index finger: This is the pointing finger: We pray for all those people and things in our life who guide and help us, like friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services.
Middle finger: This is the tallest finger: We pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
Ring finger: This is the weakest finger, it can’t do much by itself. We remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
Little finger: This is the smallest and the last finger: We remember and pray for ourselves.

Tuesday 27 October

Thank you God for the world so sweet,
Thank you God for the food we eat,
Thank you, God for the birds that sing,
Thank you, God, for everything!

Wednesday 28 October

Simon and Jude, Apostles

Join us in prayer as we give thanks for a new day:

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God, 
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever. Amen

Thursday 29 October

James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885

Steve Bavington invites us to pray for ChaplaincyPlus as they enter a new season and introduce their ‘City Wellbeing Initiative’ (CWI) to support employee wellbeing. Lord, we recognise we are completely dependent on you to open doors ahead of us. Help ChaplaincyPlus to shape this work, and be with us, Lord in all our places of work. Amen 

Friday 30 October

Sovereign Lord, 
Guide us out of our human tendency to see and treat others differently
Protect us from the inclinations to favour and esteem
Alert us to the contribution of those who are normally overlooked and the vastness of your riches in them. 
And finally, inspire us by the contradictions of your kingdom where the last and the least are the first, highly esteemed by you. Amen

Saturday 31 October

Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546

Lighten our darkness, Lord, we pray,
and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,
for the love of your only Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.