Church of England Birmingham ..... Praying Together - October 2022

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.


Saturday 1 October

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

October is Black History Month

Bamidele Sotonwa, Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion and Chair of the Racial Justice Reference Group, invites us to pray,

Heavenly Father,
We thank you once again for the privilege of another Black History Month.
When we celebrate your image and glory in our black brothers and sisters whom you have created.
We remember and celebrate the several black men and women, from generation to generation, through whom the wings of history have been strengthened.
And we ask for the grace to continually value everyone as your creation.
Without seeing anyone as inferior and debased to others.
May we continually think less of ourselves for the benefit of our world and other the people living in it.
Help us to be gracious and generous towards one another.
May the words of our mouths and the perceptions of our hearts, motivate us to create space for healing and reconciliation, and break down walls of discrimination and segregation,
Bringing glory and honour to your name in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sunday 2 October

The Cotteridge church offers a day centre for those who are lonely or need help and support. 

Lord, we thank you for the dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We pray for the local community nearby and hope they reach out to The Cotteridge Church.

Monday 3 October

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

Canon Janet Chapman, Bishop's Adviser on Funeral Ministry, invites us to pray,

A team of clergy and readers recently led the annual "Funeral Ministry" training day for curates and readers. We pray for all involved and especially for those beginning to develop their skills in this increasingly complex area of ministry. May we preach the Christian Hope with conviction as well and giving thanks for the life of the departed and offering comfort to the bereaved.

Tuesday 4 October

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

Lord, thank you for all the animals and pets in your world.
Some animals rely on us, and some of us rely on animals.
Every one created by you is a gift.
Help us to cherish and care for them.

Wednesday 5 October

Denise Jones, St Patrick’s Earlswood, invites us to pray,

We give thanks for the ministry of ‘Lay Holy Communion Ministers' and for those who have recently been licensed at St Patrick’s. We thank you loving Father for the many diverse ministries, within the church, and we pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit we would recognise the gifts that you bestow upon us and actively seek to serve you as the whole body of Christ.

Thursday 6 October

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

Lucille Arlidge, St Matthew with St Chad, Smethwick invites us to pray,

Lord, we ask you to guide us and lead us to the people and places we are to serve in your name.
Pour your spirit upon us that we may ever point to heaven in the name of Jesus.

Friday 7 October

Holy Spirit,
giver of wisdom and love,
You breathe life in us and guide us.
Help us to live according to your vision,
stirring to action the hearts of all -
individuals and families,
communities of faith,
and civil and political leaders.

Saturday 8 October

Lord, bless those who do not have a job to go to,
who are struggling to meet the needs of their daily living expenses,
for whom the day becomes long and arduous.

Sunday 9 October

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

Prayer today is inspired by Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.
“Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”

Monday 10 October

Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644

World Mental Health Day

St Martin's Centre for Health and Healing, in the Bullring, offers free counselling and psychotherapy services for anyone struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges and mental health concerns.

Lord, Thank you for counsellors who listen to people's hearts. Thank you for giving them a heart and gifting for this work, and the ability to really ‘see’ them and stand with them in their pain.

Tuesday 11 October

Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675

We thank you Lord for young people and their passion and conviction to care for and protect your world for the common good. We pray that their actions and words will be valued and taken seriously.

Wednesday 12 October

Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709

Lord, we pray for all the single parents who may be struggling with tiredness, money worries or feeling isolated. Please be with them. They may not know you yet, but they need your love and strength.

Thursday 13 October

Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066

The Collect of the day

Sovereign God,
who set your servant Edward
upon the throne of an earthly kingdom
and inspired him with zeal for the kingdom of heaven:
grant that we may so confess the faith of Christ
by word and deed,
that we may, with all your saints, inherit your eternal glory;
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.

Friday 14 October

Olwyn Powell invites us to pray,

Lord we pray for equity in our country as the Government discusses the Levelling up and Regeneration Bill. We ask for your guidance for all those representing us on Water Orton’s Parish Council especially new members, that their discussions may be meaningful.

Saturday 15 October

Teresa of Avila, Teacher of the Faith, 1582

Prayer today is inspired by this photo below, taken of the beautiful autumn colour at Grove Park, Harborne. 

Thank you Lord for the beauty of Birmingham. May the brilliant colours of the leaves remind us of the wonder of your creation. 

Sunday 16 October

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

Denise Jones, St.Patrick’s Earlswood invites us to pray,

We give thanks to you Lord God that the good people of St Patrick’s are responding to your calling and that we are experiencing a growth in lay ministry and those who are willing to lead Junior Church, be involved with intercessions, reading in church, verging and cleaning.
A real answer to prayer.
Thanks be to God,

Monday 17 October

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107

Tomorrow, 18 Oct, is Anti-Slavery Day

Prayer today is inspirted by 'Letter to a Trafficker', a spoken word piece written by Sarah Turner, Thrive Together Birmingham, which offers an alternative perspective on praying for an end to human trafficking.

This has been developed into a short film, which you can watch on CofEB YouTube chanel

Tuesday 18 October

Luke the Evangelist

The Transforming Church prayer

Sovereign God,in Christ you make all things new.
Clothe us with power from on high,that with generous lives and hearts on fire
we might work with you
to grow your church and transform your world.
To you be glory through Jesus our Lord.

Wednesday 19 October

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

King of glory, we thank you for teaching us to love others regardless of racial differences, economic differences, developmental differences, or any other differences. May Birmingham be known for love and fairness. Eradicate prejudice from our hearts, our words, and our actions.

Thursday 20 October

John Nightingale, St Francis Bournville, invites us to pray,

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awake our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

(From Laudato Si' of Pope Francis)

Friday 21 October

Lucille Arlidge, St Matthew with St Chad, Smethwick invites us to pray,

Thank you, Lord, for giving us the strength to persevere in trust and faith.

Saturday 22 October

Lord we pray for all those in Birmingham who are working in manufacturing, in the service industries and in commerce - they help sustain the quality of life for our society.

Sunday 23 October

One World Week

Creator God,
Thank you for the waters of the earth,
for the life-sustaining rains,
lakes, and deep oceans.
Keep us mindful of how precious these are,
and how vulnerable they are.
Help us to work together for clean water,
and for the sharing of it with those who have need of it today.

Monday 24 October

Dear God, we place those who are sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servants to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us.

Tuesday 25 October

Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.287

Prayer today is inspired by the song
'I'll Find You' by Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly.

You can watch this on YouTube.

Lecrae says,
"Life is a precious gift.
A gift we often take for granted until it is threatened."

Wednesday 26 October

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

God of life,
we praise you for the beauty of creation,
its richness and variety;
yet, through greed and ignorance,
we scar your world with plastic waste
and throw so much away.
Make us more like Jesus,
treading gently on our common home,
and breathe your Spirit on us,
that we may care more deeply for your Earth.

Thursday 27 October

Prayer today is inspired by Psalm 121:1-2, 7-8

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.

Friday 28 October

Simon and Jude, Apostles

John Nightingale, St Francis Bournville, invites us to pray,

God of the poor,
friend of the weak;
give us compassion we pray,
melt our cold hearts,
let tears fall like rain.
Come, change our love
from a spark to a flame.

(God of the Poor by Graham Kendrick)

Saturday 29 October

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

Lord, may your love and compassion flow through us and to those around us in Church of England Birmingham. 

Sunday 30 October

Daylight Saving Time

For this new morning with its light, 
Father, we thank Thee. 
For rest and shelter of the night, 
Father, we thank Thee
For health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee. 

Monday 31 October

Martin Luther, Reformer, 1546

Heavenly Father, we pray for all who work in health care throughout the world. We commend them to you for your protection and support, inspire and sustain them in all that they do.