The Methodist Church in Scotland – Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

Praying Through September In Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit

Worship

DateRead, Consider, Pray
1Read:1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 20
Consider:Things change when we pray. What would you like to see change in the world, in the church, in your own life?
Pray:Tell God what you’re thinking, in your own words. Thank Him for listening.
2Read:What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer! (StF 531)

Consider:We are not all the same. We all pray in different ways. – eyes closed – eyes open; sitting quietly – walking ; in the morning – in the evening – ad hoc throughout the day; Every day – now and again. What is the pattern of your prayer life?
Pray:Make a connection with God today. He wants to hear from you. Thank Him for that.
3Read:Hebrews 4: 12 – 16
Consider:What has resonated with you recently, either in the words of a song, a reading from the Bible, something you heard during on-line worship or as you have prayed?
Pray:Use the words of the Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6: 9 – 13) Try saying it slowly and let the words speak to you.
4Read:1 Kings 19: 9 – 13
Consider:When, lately, have you felt close to God or distant from God?
Pray:Tell God about your experience. Give thanks for this time of sharing.
5Read:Psalm 150
Consider:What can you praise God for today? Think of 3 things/ people for which you are grateful?
Pray:Speak out your own words of praise. Give thanks for those who have helped you on your journey of faith.
6Read:Ephesians3: 14 – 21
Consider:The future of our Circuit. Our sisters and brothers in Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley.
Pray:For those involved in the stationing process; for those who are working towards developing a safe strategy for re-opening our buildings; for those who are working towards developing a Mission Plan for the future.
7Read:Psalm 23
Consider:What gifts/skills can you offer to assist in the Mission of the church? How can you support our minister and those in leadership?
Pray:For our minister, Robert; for those who regularly minister to us; for Chris and for Malcolm; for those who preach in our churches.

Learning and caring

DateRead, Consider, Pray
8Read:2 Corinthians 8: 2 – 9
Consider: We receive from the bounty of God’s rich blessings; how can you practice such generosity?
Pray:Give thanks that you are a child of God and have received from his generous hand. Ask him to show you ways of extending generosity to others. ( time; financial help; kindness; a word of encouragement etc.).
9Read:Romans 12: 9 – 13
Consider:Hospitality is more than sharing food. What does it mean to you to enjoy hospitality? If you are able to, invite someone for tea/coffee/chat, remembering to keep social distancing rules. Or perhaps make a phone call to someone you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time.
Pray:For those who live alone; for those who are lonely; for families who remain apart due to ongoing Covid 19 restrictions. Give thanks for those who offer hospitality to you.
10Read:1 Kings 19: 1 – 8
Consider: How are you caring for yourself, body mind and spirit?
Pray:Give thanks for the miracle of life. Simply tell God how you feel today. Tell him about your aches and pains; your hopes and dreams; your fears and intentions; your weaknesses and your perceived strengths. Tell him all about you and draw what you need from his hand.
11Read:Proverbs 1: 1 – 5
Consider:How and what are you learning now? What have you learned about God and about yourself during the months of lockdown?
Pray:Use your favourite hymn or verse/passage of scripture as a prayer today. Give time to waiting and discover a new thing that arises from it.
12Read:Numbers 27: 15 – 17
Consider:How can you support Circuit and Church Leaders in these days of uncertainty and change?
Pray:Pray for Robert and for those who hold responsibilities in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Circuit. Pray for the Circuit Invitations Committee who are preparing the Circuit Profile as we enter the Stationing process.
13Read:Philippians 1: 1 – 11
Consider:What are the benefits of sharing fellowship with one another?
Pray:Pray for members and friends at Barrhead, Girvan and Paisley. Pray for Stewards and those with local responsibilities. Pray for the Mission of the church within these communities.
14Read:Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14
Consider: What would your church/town look like if the Lord breathed out his Spirit in the way he did in Ezekiel’s vision? Can you believe that this could happen in your lifetime?
Pray: For your community; your neighbourhood; your family and friends, for all who yet have to be awakened to the knowledge of God’s love in Jesus.

Service

DateRead, Consider, Pray
15Read:Mark 6: 30 – 37a
Consider:How are you seeking to serve others in your community and beyond? What has helped or hindered you in your service to others?
Pray:Ask God to lead you into ways of serving others in the name of Jesus. You might like to personalise the words from Hebrews 12: 21 as a prayer. Lord, I know that you will equip me with everything good for doing your will and may your Spirit work in me what is pleasing to you, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
16Read:Jeremiah : 2: 7
Consider:How are you caring for God’s creation?
Pray:Give thanks for the wonders of creation; for the changing seasons and the beauty we see throughout the year. Ask God to make you more aware of the world around you.
17Read: 1 Peter 4: 10 – 11
Consider:How are you using your talents and gifts? Could you offer to do more in your local church? Could you be more active in Circuit?
Pray:That God will show you where your talents and gifts could be used to enhance the mission of your church and this circuit; that he will call you to serve where need exists and that all we do will be to his praise and glory.
18Read:Micah 6: 6 – 8
Consider:What issues of injustice are you currently concerned about? What are you doing in response?
Pray:For those issues which concern you; for those in your community who suffer in silence. For example, those who suffer from any kind of abuse, racial prejudice, bullying, poverty.
19Read:Matthew 20: 20 – 28
Consider:Do you consider yourself to be a servant in the Kingdom? How do you view church leadership?
Pray:For Scotland District Synod, meeting on Zoom today; for Rev Mark Slaney our District Chair, for representatives from our circuit.
20Read:Revelation 21: 1 – 7
Consider:“God’s dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them.” What difference has it make to you to know that God is with you day by day? How would you explain what that means to you to someone else?
Pray:Praise God for his presence with you and for his constant love for you. Try offering some words of praise throughout the day.
21Read:Hebrews 10: 23 – 25
Consider:How do you encourage those in your local church? How do you encourage those in leadership?
Pray:For Robert; for those working on a strategy to allow us to reopen our buildings safely; for those working to plan our Mission for re-opening and beyond.

Evangelism

DateRead, Consider, Pray
22Read:Acts 8: 26 - 35
Consider:When was the last time you were able to speak about God? Did you find it easy or difficult?
Pray:Thank God for loving you and for showing you that love in Jesus. Ask him to open a way for you to share this good news with someone you know well.
23Read:Acts 16: 25 – 34
Consider:What opportunities have there been to share your faith since Lockdown began? Did you take those opportunities or leave them for another time?
Pray:For those you know who do not know God’s love is for them; for those who are unaware of the good news; for ways of reaching out, to show that love in practical ways, and courage to tell others about Jesus.
24Read:Luke 19: 1 – 10
Consider:Is there anyone who you might consider inviting to explore the Christian faith?
Pray:For the person you might invite to explore Christian faith. Hold them in prayer regularly.
25Read:Psalm 46
Consider:How many Bibles do you own? Could you give one away? To whom?
Pray:For the opportunity to share a verse of scripture, the words of a hymn or a piece of music which has helped you .
26Read:Luke 15: 25 -27
Consider:What was the first chorus or hymn you learned? Can you still sing it?
Pray:Give thanks for the joy of singing in church, words which carry our theology and music which stirs our hearts and sets our feet tapping.
27Read:2 Timothy 4: 1 - 2
Consider:We all have opinions and can usually express them freely. Are you prepared to speak a word as needed?
Pray:For Robert; for all who preach in our churches. Give thanks that the Word of God is alive and active
28Read:John 14: 12 - 14
Consider:What does it mean when you say or sing the words, “Come Holy Spirit.”
Pray:That the Holy Spirit will guide us in the decisions we make for the future mission of the circuit.
29Read:Joshua 1: 7 - 9
Consider:In re-opening our church buildings many things will need to be different, how do you feel about that?
Pray:Tell God how you feel about worshipping together in church with restrictions in place.
30Read:Psalm 100
Consider:How faithful God has been during Lockdown and throughout your life. Tell someone.
Pray:Thank God today for his goodness and faithfulness and rededicate your life to him.

May we be a blessing within and beyond God’s Church, for the transformation of the world.