Church of England Birmingham ..... Praying Together - February 2024

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Thursday 1 February

Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525

Creator God, 
you made us all in your image:
may we discern you in all that we see,
and serve you in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday 2 February

Today the CofE celebrates Candlemas and The Presentation of Christ in the Temple,

Almighty and ever-living God,
clothed in majesty,
whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple,
in substance of our flesh:
grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts,
by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saturday 3 February

Anskar, Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary in Denmark and Sweden, 865
World Interfaith Harmony Week,

Creative God, we thank you for the amazing diversity of your creation.
So much life, expressed in different forms, living in a huge variety of ways.
We thank you that this diversity is expressed in human life,
people all made in your image, yet living, believing and hoping in different ways.
In the richness of your creative diversity, we give thanks for faith communities
who gather together to express shared beliefs that may be both similar and different to our own.

Sunday 4 February

Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189

Olwyn Powell invites us to pray,

Lord, we continue to remember before you all those who are in the public eye, for good or ill.
we pray that all may be treated equally and that those under public pressure may recognise their need and come to you in prayer.

Monday 5 February

Amanda Featherstone, St Mary, Wythall, invites us to pray,

Father, we pray for the new Sunday monthly gathering ‘Family @ 4’.
For all the families who attend to meet with Jesus and grow in faith,
we ask that they deeply experience your love and give thanks for their fellowship.

Tuesday 6 February

The Martyrs of Japan, 1597

The PMO team invites us to pray, 

Loving Lord, we pray for Children and Family Missioner Enablers (CFME’s) projects currently across our five Deaneries and that they will recruit and develop volunteers for the exciting work that they are doing. We pray for your calling on people to step forward to help with these projects.

Wednesday 7 February

Almighty God, we pray for the recruitment of the Area Dean for Yardley & Solihull,
to continue to support the development and growth of this Deanery.
Embue this process with your wisdom and the inspiration of your Holy Spirit.

Thursday 8 February

Lord, you are ever watchful
and bless us with your gifts;
as you provide for all our needs,
so help us to build only what pleases you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday 9 February

The CofEB Racial Justice Board invites us to pray,

Father, as the West Midlands dioceses come together for a new partnership and collaboration on racial justice,
we pray for the first stages happening early 2024, as we recruit the regional team.

Saturday 10 February

Scholastica, sister of Benedict, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543
The start of the school half terms - A prayer for children

Loving God, your Son told his disciples to become like little children.
Lead us to work for the welfare and protection of all young people.
May we respect their dignity that they may flourish in life,
following the example of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 11 February

Amanda Featherstone, St Mary, Wythall, invites us to pray,

Father, we give thanks that many families are coming along to our services each week.
We lift up to you ‘Family @ 4’ at St Mary, Wythall, and seek your blessing on all such gatherings.

Monday 12 February

Prayer today is inspired by Philippians 2:3,

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.”

Tuesday 13 February

Today is Shrove Tuesday,

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation
for it is from your goodness that we have this day to celebrate
on the threshold of the Season of Lent.
Tomorrow we will fast.
Tonight we feast.
We thank you for the abundance of gifts you shower upon us.

Wednesday 14 February

Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 and 885
Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269

John Nightingale invites us to pray this Ash Wednesday, which falls on Valentine’s Day.

Lord Jesus, we thank you for your love for us, even unto death.
We pray that in the turbulence of global heating we may show our love for you
by helping and empowering those who are victims of the climate catastrophe.

Thursday 15 February

Sigfrid, Bishop, Apostle of Sweden, 1045
Thomas Bray, Priest, Founder of the SPCK and the SPG, 1730
Today is International Childhood Cancer day,

The CofE invites us to pray,

Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people’s fear and pain before they spoke of them,
we pray for those in hospital;
surround the frightened with your tenderness;
give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience
to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Friday 16 February

Prayer today, we join the CofE Lent campaign #Watchandpray, inspired by Matthew 26:36-46, 

“Stay here with me... Watch and pray.” 

This Lent we are encouraged to wait expectantly for God to meet us and sustain us through the storms and trials we all face .

Saturday 17 February

Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977

God, may Your light guide my day, and your spirit bring me peace.

Sunday 18 February

The Collect of the day,

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,
and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:
give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;
and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save;
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.

Monday 19 February

Todays prayer is inspired by Genesis 1:16-18,

“God made the two great lights -
the greater light to rule the day
and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,
to rule over the day and over the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
And God saw that it was good.”

Tuesday 20 February

Today is World Day of Social Justice,

Jesus, you invite us all into the fullness of life.
May we support one another to flourish in body, mind and spirit.
May we be one as members of Your Body.
You invite us to share in your ministry of love and true compassion.
May we be empowered by your Spirit to reach out to all people in need.
May we build communities of welcome and inclusion.

Wednesday 21 February

Verve poetry festival: A poetry and spoken word festival based in the heart of Birmingham,

Today prayer is inspired by the priest and poet George Herbert who wrote;

“A man that looks on glass,
on it may stay his eye;
or if he pleaseth, through it pass, and then the heaven espy.”

Thursday 22 February

Today is Girl Guides, ‘Thinking Day.’

This year “World Thinking Day will embrace the theme of Our World, Our Thriving Future”.

Lord, on Girl Guide Thinking Day
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.
May we tread gently on our common home, that we may care more deeply for your Earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Friday 23 February

Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155

Loving and compassionate God,
help us to see hope in the most desperate situations.
Help us to uphold the value of others in our words and actions.
Help us to see the potential you see in each of your children.
Help us to know and to respond to your guiding hand in our lives.

Saturday 24 February

Lord God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ - to be our saviour so that we can be closer to you.

Sunday 25 February

The Collect of the day

O God,
you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Monday 26 February

Almighty God, we pray for the Installation service for the 10th Bishop of Birmingham.
Inspire and guide all those who are working to create and offer this act of worship.
Bless the singers, the liturgists, the ministers, the participants and congregation, with a sense of your living presence.
May your Holy Spirit dwell amongst us,
as with sure knowledge of your joy, grace and love,
we welcome Bishop Michael and the beginning of his new ministry.

Tuesday 27 February

George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633

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 28 February

Almighty God,
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly 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.

Thursday 29 February

Almighty and ever living God,
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you and those who need what we have to give.

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