Church of England Birmingham ..... Praying Together - November 2023

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Wednesday 1 November

All Saints’ Day

Dear God, thank you for the example of
the Saints. I desire to join with their company
in Heaven, worshipping you forever. Please
help me follow their footsteps, and yours, Jesus
Christ. Please help me to conform myself to
Your image, seeking Your will in all things, as the
Saints did. Please help me to devote myself, and
all that I do, to Your glory, and to the service of
my neighbors.

Thursday 2 November

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

Olwyn Powell invites us to pray,

O Lord, we hear and see the news from
Israel and don’t know what to say, we see the
scenes of violence and don’t know how to
pray; we read of people fighting over the Land
of Israel and know it has been thus for some
years. We cannot bear seeing the violent and
sad happenings. We weep, Lord, at the terrible
damage to innocent people and their deep
sadness in the loss of loved ones. Lord, bless the
world, and hear the cry of our hearts.

Friday 3 November

Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher of the Faith, 1600

We pray for the Revd Emma
Sykes, St Barnabas Erdington,
and the parishes and incumbents of
the Oversight Area: The Revd Canon
Ruth Souter at Christ the King Erdington, The Revd
Stephen Fletcher at St Mark Stockland Green,
All Saints Gravelly Hill and St Chad Erdington,
and The Revd Trevor Meardon at St Mary Pype
Hayes, together with the clergy, readers and
churchwardens of these parishes.

Saturday 4 November

Men's Health Awareness Month (Movember)

Heavenly Father, as we enter Movember, we
lift up those affected by men’s health issues. Grant
strength and healing to those in need, wisdom to
healthcare professionals, and courage to those
struggling with their mental well-being.


Sunday 5 November

The Fourth Sunday before Advent

Tonight is Bonfire Night

Loving God, on this Bonfire Night, we
are thankful for the warmth and the company
of loved ones. We ask for your protection and
guidance as we celebrate and remember the
events of this day.

Monday 6 November

Leonard, Hermit, 6th century

Today’s prayer is inspired by a photo of the Birmingham Christmas Markets

Heavenly father, after the first week of the
Birmingham Christmas Markets we pray for all
those who have attended and plan to attend. We
hope that the festive season brings joy to all those
involved in the markets and that the city stays safe
during this period.

Tuesday 7 November

Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739

Jesus, today is Your day, and I want Your
will to be done. So, in all that happens, hold
my hand, and let’s face it together.

Wednesday 8 November

The Saints and Martyrs of England

"We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.” C.S. Lewis

Gracious Father, today we come before you
as we are; humble and imperfect. We ask that
despite our flaws you forgive us and lead us in
the path of righteousness.

Thursday 9 November

Margery Kempe, Mystic, c.1440

British Pudding Day

Lord, we thank you for the comforting
flavours, and the joy that we can receive from
puddings. Bless those who prepare and enjoy
them, reminding us of life’s simple pleasures and
the richness of your blessings. 

Friday 10 November

Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461

We pray for the Revd Liz Bickley
and the Oversight Area of
St Leonard Dordan, All Saints Grendon
and St Nicholas Baddesley Ensor,
together with the clergy, readers and
churchwardens of these parishes. 

Saturday 11 November

Martin, Bishop of Tours, c.397 

John Nightingale invites us to pray for:

The Brum Climate Justice Coalition
conference tomorrow at the Midlands
Arts Centre which brings together
climate activists, trade unionists
and social justice campaigners,
to work on a just transition at a local
and global level. Pray that they may
they find vision, solidarity and hope.

Sunday 12 November

The Third Sunday before Advent

Remembrance Sunday

Heavenly Father,
on this Remembrance Sunday, we
come before you with hearts full of
gratitude. We are thankful for the
sacrifices made by countless brave
souls who have defended freedom.
We remember their courage, their dedication,
and their unwavering commitment to a world
at peace. We are grateful for the lessons
they teach us about sacrifice, unity, and the
importance of striving for a better world

Monday 13 November

Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836

Lucille Arlidge invites us to pray,

Dear Lord, guide us as we make our pilgrim
journey through life. Help us to stay on the
straight and narrow path and lead us back
when we go astray.

Tuesday 14 November

Samuel Seabury, first Anglican Bishop in North America

Dear God, we pray for those in public
service. Grant them wisdom, strength,
and compassion as they tirelessly serve our
communities. Guide and protect them in their
selfless work.

Wednesday 15 November

Prayer today is inspired by Proverbs 3: 5-6,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.



Thursday 16 November

Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church

Holy God, when the weather turns colder
let us remember our comfort with you and
the warmth your Spirit provides. Lord Jesus, we
ask that you watch over and help those who are
struggling with energy costs and keeping houses
warm this time of year.

Friday 17 November

Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200

We pray for the Revd Julian Sampson,
All Saints, Small Heath, and the parishes
and incumbents of the Oversight Area:
The Revd Alan Thompson at St Mark with
St Saviour, Saltley, The Revd Toby Crowe
at St John the Evangelist, Sparkhill and
Christ Church, Sparkbrook, together with
the clergy, readers and churchwardens of these parishes

Satrurday 18 November

Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231 

LGBT+ Chaplaincy Team invites us to pray,

Almighty God, from whom we all derive our
true being and identity, we pray for the members
of all houses of General Synod as they discern the
Living in Love and Faith process, and the proposed
prayers for the blessing of same sex relationships.
Guide them by your Holy Spirit that they might
discover your will for all your children, each made
in your image and living out the promise of life in all
its fullness. Comfort those for whom the process
is difficult, especially those whose hearts might
be hurt or broken by the outcome. We pray for all
those who yearn for their loving relationships to be
blessed by the church, reassured in the knowledge
that all love comes from you.

Sunday 19 November

The Second Sunday before Advent

Today’s prayer is inspired by Psalm 9:1,
‘I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole
heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.’

Gracious Lord, we are eternally grateful for
every blessing you give us. Instill in us the
confidence and strength to speak out about you
and your grace.

Monday 20 November

Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870

On this Feast Day of St. Edmund, we remember
his unwavering faith and courage. We seek his
intercession for strength in our own lives. May
his example inspire us to stand firm in our faith
and to show compassion to others. In his name, we pray.

Tuesday 21 November

Heavenly Father, we pray for our chaplaincies in
healthcare, university, school, further education,
prison, retail, and businesses. May they bring comfort,
guidance, and support to those they serve. Bless their
work and grant them wisdom and compassion. In your
name, we pray.


Wednesday 22 November

Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230

Collect of the day

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of
eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Thursday 23 November

Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100

God, please enlighten my mind with truth,
inflame my heart with love, inspire my will
with courage, enrich my life with service. Pardon
what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order
what I shall be. 

Friday 24 November

We pray for the Revd Siobhan Bridge,
St Paul, Hamstead and St Bernard’s, Hamstead,
and the parishes and incumbents of the Oversight Area:
The Revd Laura Ward at St John the Evangelist,
Perry Barr, The Revd Trevor Thurston-Smith at
St Matthew, Perry Beeches, together with the
clergy, readers and churchwardens of these parishes.

Saturday 25 November

Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century

Almighty and merciful God, whose Son
became a refugee and had no place to
call his own; look with mercy on those
who today are fleeing from danger, homeless
and hungry. Bless those who work to bring
them relief; inspire generosity and compassion
in all our hearts; and guide the nations of the
world towards that day when all will rejoice
in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 26 November

Christ the King
The Sunday next before Advent

Lucille Arlidge invites us to pray,

Thank you, Lord, for all those who join
us online each week. May your word flow out
to guide them and your call lead them home.

Monday 27 November

Father, as we approach the colder
weather and harsher conditions let us
pray for all those who do not have safe shelter
or warm clothes. We pray that passers by,
strangers, friends and communities all act
in your name and character with generosity
and kindness in helping and aiding those less



Tuesday 28 November

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.

Wednesday 29 November

Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church

John Nightingale invites us to pray for:

Tomorrow, the COP28 Conference begins
in Dubai, Arab Emirates. Let us pray that
businesses, banks and governments responsible
for the production and consumption of energy
may shift finance, personnel, research and
technology away from fossil fuels and into

Thursday 30 November

Andrew the Apostle

Lord, today we pray for the consecration of
our Bishop- Designate, Michael Volland. Inspire
his work and ministry in the Church of England
Birmingham so that he may serve you dutifully
and faithfully. Grant him wisdom and courage
and replenish him with your Spirit and Word.



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