Church of England Birmingham ..... Praying Together - June 2021

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.

 


 

Tuesday 1 June

Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165

Jill Stolberg, Church School Distinctiveness Adviser, invites us to pray for all staff in schools who are continuing to serve children, young people and their families in constrained circumstances. Pray for their energy levels, their creativity and their patience as they teach without the resources, spaces and relationships that they usually enjoy.


Wednesday 2 June

Lord, I put my family and friends in your hands today.
I can’t control everything that happens to them,
but I can remember to cover them in prayer.
Amen

 

 


Thursday 3 June

The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-7 and 1977

Corpus Christi: Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion

The Collect
Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries
of your body and blood
that we may know within ourselves
and show forth in our lives
the fruits of your redemption;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen


Friday 4 June

Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century

Today prayer is inspired by the song 'The Heart of Worship' by Matt Redman 

I'm coming back to the heart of worship
And it's all about you
It's all about you, Jesus


You can watch this on YouTube


Saturday 5 June

Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Bishop, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754

World Environment Day

Patrick Gerard, Bishop’s Adviser for the Environment, invites us to pray,

Lord, help us to be better stewards of the earth. We pray for the big Climate Sunday service in Glasgow on 5th September and for all Climate Sunday services taking place across Birmingham too. Help us to explore creation care, to pray for the environment and to commit to action. Guide world leaders to take planet saving action at the COP26 conference in Glasgow in November. 


Sunday 6 June

Paul Bracher, St Richard, Lea Hall invites us to give thanks,

More than 10 years ago, following a major arson attack, St Richard`s PCC set itself the task of very significantly redesigning and redeveloping its building in Lea Hall. Little by little, as funding has allowed, the task has been engaged with. On 6th May 2021, the latest round of work was completed and we are now 90% there. We praise God for the funding made available throughout to make all this possible. We also praise God for the patience and resilience of the congregation who have never lost heart or faith despite many dark and uncertain moments.


Monday 7 June

Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945

Today prayer is inspired by 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Tuesday 8 June

Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, Nonjuror, Hymn Writer, 1711

Safe Families invite us to pray,

Lord, we ask for protection and love to cover isolated families in Birmingham,
We give thanks for the resilience of these families,
We give thanks for all children's workers and youth workers,
We give thanks for the huge response from churches to the needs of families at this time,
May we see families go from isolation to community.
Surrounded by the love and support of your people. 
Amen.


Wednesday 9 June

Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597

Father, please visit the homes of my neighbours,
near and far, and fill their home with your love and blessings.
Amen

 


Thursday 10 June

Fr Barrie Scott, St John the Evangelist, invites us to pray for their Youth Club, re-launching this month.

We pray for the leaders and volunteers and all the young people and their families as we continue to share the presence of Christ here in Perry Barr.


Friday 11 June

Barnabas the Apostle

Lord, I put everything in your hands today:
my family and friends, my health, my home, my security, my fears.
You are the only one I trust with all I have and all I am.
Amen


Saturday 12 June

The Queen's birthday

The Queen has two birthdays. Her personal birthday is on 21 April (born 1926). In June each year – usually the second Saturday  -  the Queen has her Official Birthday when the country celebrates her role as Queen of the United Kingdom, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. We give thanks today for her dedication in the role of Head of State, and for the way in which her Christian faith shines through all she is, and does, and says.

Lord, we thank you that through your Holy Spirit you sustain the whole world.
We pray for leaders of every nation, and today especially for Elizabeth our Queen.
We thank you for her steadfast commitment to public duty across so many decades,
and for her Christian witness in her life and work.
Guide her with your wisdom,
and give her strength and insight as she continues to serve you and her people
to the glory of your name.
Amen

You can watch the video on YouTube as The Queen is welcomed aboard Royal Navy flagship in first solo engagement since death of Prince Philip.


Sunday 13 June

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

Lord we thank you for enfolding us during this year of Pandemic. Thank you for your light in times of darkness, your peace in times of chaos and your hope in times of despair.
Amen


Monday 14 June

Richard Baxter, Puritan Divine, 1691

World Blood Donor Day

Blood donation is an amazing gift to people who need it. 

Lord, we pray for people's awareness of the need for safe and reliable supplies of blood and blood products, which is a constant requirement around the world.


Tuesday 15 June

Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941

Dear Lord
Grant me the ability to listen well, to speak kindly and respond gently.
Amen


Wednesday 16 June

Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253

Prayer today is inspired by the words of John Wesley

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.


Thursday 17 June

Samuel and Henrietta Barnett, Social Reformers, 1913 and 1936

Safe Families invites us to pray,

Lord, we give thanks for the opportunity to work with isolated families in Birmingham, through Birmingham Children's trust. Thank you for answering our prayers for volunteers to step forward. We pray you continue to bless the families who step out in faith and the volunteers who are coming alongside them to show love and care in the name of Jesus. 
Amen.


Friday 18 June

Bernard Mizeki, Apostle of the MaShona, Martyr, 1896

Today we remember all the churches in interregnum,

Thank you Heavenly Father for all serving you in these churches, we ask that you would support them as they support their community and minister to them as they minister to others.
Amen


Saturday 19 June

Sundar Singh of India, Sadhu (holy man), Evangelist, Teacher of the Faith, 1929

Thank God in prayer today,
remember that everything in your life is a gift from him. 
Think about what are you grateful for today.

 

 


Sunday 20 June

Father's Day 

Gracious God
Bless fathers and all father figures with such love and faithfulness
that children flourish and grow in integrity and joy.
Bless those who long to be fathers
and those for whom this day is difficult.
We thank you Lord for the love of family and friends.
Amen

 


Monday 21 June

As we move through each phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, we remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives.

Lord, grant us the patience to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. 
Help us to continue to comply with the COVID-Secure measures. 
May we still look out for our friends and neighbours who are still struggling  at this time. 
Lord, bless our local community with your love.
Amen


Tuesday 22 June

Alban, first Martyr of Britain, c.250

Windrush Day

Revd Canon Dr Sharon Prentis, Intercultural Mission Enabler & Dean of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Affairs invites us to pray,

Merciful God,
Creator and lover of Humanity
Thank you for the legacy and ongoing contribution made by those from the Windrush Generation who laid a foundation, not only for their descendants, but in wider society. 
We remember all those who were wrongly detained, deported and denied their legal rights, and particularly those who still seek justice.
We also give thanks for those who strive for equity and inclusion, recognising that all reconciliation is ultimately founded in Christ  
His life, death and resurrection means that all, irrespective of ethnic identity or cultural background are made in God’s image.
Help us to acknowledge your presence in all our encounters, so that in our diversity we can be united through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Christ,
Amen


Wednesday 23 June

Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Angels watch me through the night
and wake me in the morning light
Amen


Thursday 24 June

The Birth of John the Baptist

Today prayer is inspired by the song 'Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me' by CityAlight

To this I hold, my sin has been defeated
Jesus now and ever is my plea
Oh the chains are released, I can sing: I am free!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me

You can watch this on YouTube.


Friday 25 June

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

Lord lead us into new ways of being: as individuals, as communities, as your witnesses in the world. Teach us how to faithfully serve you and one another. Enable us to work with you to turn your creation the right way up. Lord in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Amen


Saturday 26 June

Revd Calvert Prentis, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development invites us to pray,

Loving God we give you thanks for those who will be ordained as Deacons today, praying you will equip them for the ministry you have called them to. We pray for their families and the parishes and churches they will serve.

They are: 
Claire Reid
Charlotte Gibson
Katie Stock
Carol Farrell
Tariro Matsveru
Ian Crockford
Sandra Langston
Emily Robottom Scott
Susan Pearson
Jill MacDonald
Anne Knight
Sam Sieber
Tammy Tearoe
Emily Spencer


Sunday 27 June

Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 444

Revd Calvert Prentis, Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development invites us to pray,

Loving God we give you thanks for those who will be ordained as Priest today, praying you will equip them for the ministry you have called them to. We pray for their families and the parishes and churches they will serve.
They are: 
Jodie Brown
Laura Ward 
Clare Dean
Sara Moore,
Gloria Smith, 
Matt Churchouse
Simon Cocks,
Barbara Hamilton,
Teresa  Moreton
Chris Chalmers


Monday 28 June

Irenæus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher of the Faith, c.200

Jill Stolberg, Church School Distinctiveness Adviser, invites us to pray for secondary school colleagues who are helping to submit appropriate grades in lieu of summer exams. 

Lord, guide them as they consider each young person’s future, and submit grades that reflect their achievement and potential.
Amen


Tuesday 29 June

Peter and Paul, Apostles

Paul Bracher invites us to pray,

Lord Jesus, we praise you for your example in reaching out to everyone, including the poor and marginalised of society. We ask today that you would bless St Richard’s in Lea Hall as they reach out to people in your name, to deepen church partnerships with their community as they minister to those in need.
Amen.


Wednesday 30 June

Dear God
With all my heart I want to thank you for loving me, forgiving me, healing me, and never leaving me.
Amen