Pray for our parish every day 

Each month we produce a prayer diary for the parish, covering some of the many aspects of our common life together. Please join with us in praying for Bromsgrove and for all seeking to bring Christ's light and love to our communities. Thank you.

Bromsgrove Parish Prayer Diary for June

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46.
Wednesday 1stJune - Dodford
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it
Thursday 2nd June Clergy
Pray for our clergy as they discuss the problems and opportunities that exist within our parish, and we pray for David and Liz’s safe return from New Zealand
Friday 3rd June– Queens Jubilee
We give thanks for the years of service Her Majesty has given to the nation and commonwealth, and we pray that all of the celebrations planned to mark this special landmark will be joyous occasions blessed with fine weather
Saturday 4th June – Café Church St. Godwalds
Please pray for this valuable outreach initiative which takes place on the first Saturday of every month
Sunday 5th June – Pentecost Sunday
Joy of Heaven, we are so blessed that You came to dwell in each of us on Pentecost, when Your church was born. Surely, through Your Spirit, we have died to sin and are alive to holiness. May we serve You faithfully, in praise, prayer, and loving service to others, as we are changed from glory to glory.
Monday 6th June -St Godwald’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it. 
Tuesday 7thJune - All Saints
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it, and we pray for wisdom at tonight’s DC
Wednesday 8th June - Refugees
Lord, we pray at this particularly stressful time for all of those forced to leave their homes and places of safety to travel to lands that are alien with totally different cultures.  We are thinking especially of people forced to leave Ukraine, Afghanistan and the Yemen among others
Thursday 9th June– Church Wardens
Please remember our Church Wardens as they give their time willingly and unselfishly and sometimes do not always get the gratitude their service deserves.
Friday 10th June Bromsgrove
We pray for a sense of peace and community within all areas of this town that we all love so much and have pride in.
Saturday 11th June - Food banks
An increasing number of people have come to rely on these establishments as we have had to come to terms with the period of austerity that the country has had to live through.  Please ensure these priceless community assets continue to receive the support that is vital to the work they do.  We also give thanks for those who have been moved by the plight of people struggling and have contributed financially or by providing items of food.
Sunday 12th June– Trinity Sunday
One God, have mercy on us. Father, from whom are all things, Son, through whom are all things, Holy Spirit, in whom are all things, have mercy on us.
Monday 13th June – Pharmacies/Doctor’s surgeries
We thank you, Lord, for all the people working on the front line in pharmacies and surgeries.   We pray for their safety as they serve others and for their anxious families at home.  We pray that the people who visit these places seeking help will be responsible and avoid putting these dedicated people at risk.  May their religious faith sustain and inspire them?
Tuesday 14th June – Catshill Connect
Please pray for this new undertaking which will take place 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month designed to provide a cup of tea and a chat to those of us who do not see and socialise with as many people as they would like
Wednesday 15th June – Christ Church Catshill
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it.
Thursday 16th June– Care Homes
There are a few care homes throughout the parish for which we would ask you that you wrap your arms around.  Enable the carers in those places to have sufficient protection to be able to provide the level of care that is needed to ensure the residents maintain a level of physical and emotional wellbeing. We give thanks that people living in these homes are now allowed to see one of their loved ones.
Friday 17th June - Parish Administrators
We give thanks for the appointment of Lauren Jones and Irene Caswell-Berwick as our Parish Administrators and pray that they will feel welcomed and valued during their time with us
Saturday 18th June– Farmers
We give thanks for those who continue to work tirelessly to produce food that makes its way onto our supermarket shelves.  Once again this is a group of people who we have tended to take for granted because somehow the food we eat continues to arrive on our table.  Once we are through this time of struggle lets ensure that we place buying from our own farmers ours, and this country’s priority.  Please ensure that there are sufficient hands to pick all the produce that needs to be harvested.
Sunday 19th June– Finances
Over the coming indefinite period money will continue to be an issue. On a personal level jobs will be lost. incomes will be lost or at best reduced.  Churches and the Diocese of Worcester will not be immune to this, and we pray that severe hardship in all areas can be avoided.
Monday 20th June -Local Hospitals
For the sacrifice and work undertaken by Nursing staff, paramedics, porters, cleaners, catering staff.  Keep them safe and make sure they have all the protective equipment they need and give thanks that they are working to keep us all safe.  Now that the number of Covid related patients is decreasing we pray that you will be with them as they cope with the high number of procedures that have built up.
Tuesday 21st June– High Street shops bars restaurants and cafes
For so long we have taken for granted our ability to shop, eat and drink where we like at almost any time we want.  These establishments have faced unprecedented strains on their ability to survive this storm.  Perhaps we can take this time to appreciate what we have, cherish it, and invest our money in these businesses to help in their recovery.  We give thanks for a loosening of the restrictions around these businesses, and we pray for their survival and growth
Wednesday 22nd June–- Baptisms
As with weddings rules covering baptisms have now relaxed and we pray for all families who are preparing for baptisms in the coming weeks
Thursday 23rd June-Weddings
The time is approaching where couples will be looking to cement their union in the sanctity of marriage.  We pray for all ceremonies and for calm and peaceful preparations
Friday 24th June– Those who keep our community functioning.
We ask God to bless all those who must work at this time for the good of the whole community.  Especially we remember those who deliver milk or post and those who collect our rubbish and our recycling materials.   We remember the lorry drivers and van drivers who keep our supermarkets and homes stocked with essential goods. May they realise how we value their work. Thank you for those who have continued to work to stock supermarket shelves, serve on deli counters, work on the tills, and generally help around the stores.  Without their selfless attitude and commitment to turning up to work in conditions that see them exposed to the Corona Virus to a greater degree than any of us, except for the NHS, we would not have the ability to feed ourselves and our families.
Saturday 25th June – Listening Service Monitoring Group
We pray for the valuable work that is being done with the teenagers of the Parish.
Sunday 26th June– – St John’s and St Andrew’s
We give thanks for this building and the church family that inhabits it
Monday 27th June – LLM’s and ALM’s
We give thanks and ask your prayers for these groups of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
Tuesday 28th June – Those living alone.
Lord we think today and pray for those people who have had to self-isolate and who hunger for the touch of a hand or to see a friendly face in their homes.  We pray that there will be people who will give some solace by making a phone call or some form of social media to let them know they have not been forgotten.  Thank you for the kind generous souls who have volunteered to shop for essential food items.  We give thanks for the loosening of restrictions which mean that more people can receive the reassurance that only a hug from a loved one can give
Wednesday 29th June -  Retired clergy
We give thanks and ask your prayers for this group of people who provide a valuable and often unsung ministry to the parish
Thursday 30th June – Curate retreat
Please pray for Calum Burke, Shaun Armstrong, Melissa Beynon, Fraser Oates, and our own Richard Sandland, all to be ordained priest on 2 July, on pre-ordination retreat.


David Ford, 25/04/2020