Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

Prayer and Prayer Diary

There's so much about our church that we can pray for. Please build these suggestions into your own prayers, day by day.

Prayer Diary for June 2021


29 Tue Peter & Paul, Apostles, for our Bishop Ian & all the College of Bishops

30 Wed for Helen Kemp, HT Safeguarding & PVG Officer

Prayer Diary for July 2021

1 Thu Serf, Bishop, 500, Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector

2 Fri Cathy Johnston, our Lay Representative

3 Sat Thomas, Apostle, for those in India recovering from Covid

4 PENTECOST 6 for all those re-building their lives and livelihoods

5 Mon for those who work in ‘hospitality’

6 Tue Palladius, Bishop, c450, for perseverance despite setbacks

7 Wed for those who clean our church building

8 Thu for our Director of Music Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group

9 Fri for the Revd Val Nellist

10 Sat for Mary Kenyon & Flower Arrangers

11 PENTECOST 12 for those elected to Boards & Committees post General Synod

12    Mon Drostan of Deer, Abbot, c600, for the Revd Graham Willey

13 Tues for CHAS and all hospices for children

14 Wed for Rachel Campbell, Secretary & Vestry Members

15 Thu Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer

16 Fri for patients & staff attending A & E department at FVRH

17 Sat Jane Haining, missionary, 1944, for a strong faith in dark times

18 PENTECOST 8, that locally we seek how to fulfil ‘The St Andrew Declaration’

19 Mon for the fellowship of the Tiny Tots Café

20 Tue Helen Kemp, HT Safeguarding & PVG Officer

21 Wed William Wilberforce, 1833, for those working to end all slavery

22 Thu Mary Magdalene, for mental health & wellbeing of all ages

23 Fri for our Muslim friends & neighbours

24 Sat for the victims of domestic assault and abuse

25 PENTECOST 9 for Police Officers in Forth Valley & their families

26 Mon James, Apostle & Martyr, for Ian our Bishop

27 Tue John Comper, 1903, for our Altar Servers, Brian, Mike & Suzanne

28 Wedthat there are no hindrances to vaccines reaching worldwide.

29 Thu Martha, Mary & Lazarus of Bethany, for Home fellowship Groups

30 Fri Silas, Companion of St Paul, for the Stirling Street Pastors

31 Sat Ignatius Loyola, Priest & Religious, for the Order of Society of Jesus



Saints and Heroes inspiring our prayers in July

3rd Thomas the Apostle has the unfortunate label “Doubting”, because he

did not readily accept the Risen Jesus because he was absent when he

appeared to the others. To show that doubts can change into strengths,

after Pentecost the tradition is that he travelled as far as SW India

preaching the Gospel of the Resurrection.

6th Palladius, Bishop, c450. Pope Celestine sent him on a mission to

Ireland,a generation before Patrick, which ended in failure. He is

remembered for perseverance in the face of much discouragement.

12th Drostan of Deer, Abbot, c600. After education on Iona by Columba

with the community, he lived as a hermit in Glen Esk in Angus

before becoming the first Abbot at Deer in Aberdeenshire.

17th Jane Haining, 1944. At the General Synod this year her name was

added to the Calendar of Saints and Heroes. She was a C of S missionary

in Budapest caring for Jewish children. When war broke out she refused

the option of retuning to Scotland and chose to remain with the children.

“If the children need me in the days of sunshine, how much more do they

need me in the days of darkness” She was transported with the children

and died in Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp on 17 August 1944 .

21st William Wilberforce, Social Reformer 1833. He was a member of the

“Clapham Sect”, so called because most of them worshipped in this district

of London. He believed that God loved all people equally and that this

should influence our laws. He became MP for Hull and as a

Parliamentarian used his position to bring about the abolition of the slave

trade in this country. He did not bring this about alone but with the

assistance of others. Suggested Reading: ‘Burying the Chains, by Adam

Hochschild. Nor did he ‘abolish slavery’ as this evil is still present in

different forms in the world including UK.

26th James, Apostle & Martyr. As one of Jesus’ closest friends he witnessed

two events which must have strengthened his faith: The Transfiguration of

Jesus and the raising of Jairus’ daughter.

Prayer Diary for August 2021

1 PENTECOST 10 for residents and staff in Care Homes in and around Stirling

2 Mon for the Revd Chrstoph Wutscher, our Rector

3 Tue for those leaving prison this morning after serving a sentence

4 Wed for Helen Kemp, HT Safeguarding & PVG Officer

5 Thu Oswald of Northumbria, Martyr 642, for good political leadership

6 FRI TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD, for my local GP Practice

7 Sat Boisil of Melrose, for the Revd Graham Willey

8 PENTECOST 11, how shall HT respond to ‘Action plan on Climate Change’?

9 Mon John Mason Neale, priest, 1866, for those who write hymns for today

10 Tue Lawrence, deacon & Martyr, for ‘Christians Against Poverty’

11 Wed Clare of Assisi, religious, 1253, for the Revd Val Nellist

12 Thu Blane, missionary, c590, for Altar Servers, Brian, Mike & Suzanne

13 Fri Florence Nightingale,1910, for those called to be and training as nurses

14 Sat Maximilian Kolbe, priest & martyr 1940, ‘O Jesus I have promised…’

15 PENTECOST 12, for the Magazine Team & that HT is kept int he public eye

16 Mon Mary The Virgin, for the Forth Valley Branch of MU

17 Tue for Rachel Campbell, Secretary & Vestry Members

18 Wed, for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer

19 Thu, for our Director of Music Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group

20 Fri Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot, 1153, for present day devotional writers

21 Sat, for St Saviour’s B of A re-opening after renovations and Covid closure

22 PENTECOST 13 for the victims of scams and fraud

23 Mon for the continuing valuable fellowship of the ‘Tiny Tots Café’

24 Tue Bartholomew, Apostle, for Ian our Bishop

25 Wed Ebba of Coldingham, abbess, 683, for Cathy Johnston, our Lay Rep

26 Thu for those starting a prison sentence this evening

27 Fri Monica 387, Alistair, Sarah, Gen, Youth & Children’s ministries

28 Sat Augustine of Hippo, bishop 430, for Christians in N Africa

29 PENTECOST 14 for those who teach and those who learn

30 Mon Beheading of John the Baptist, to guard against making rash promises

31 Tue Aidan of Lindisfarne, bishop, 651, that I consider making a ‘retreat’


Saints and Heroes inspiring our prayers in August

5th Oswald of Northumbria, Martyr & King 642. After a defeat he was exiled to

Iona where he became a Christian. Some years later when the king who had

defeated him had died Oswald wanted Northumbria to be Christian and sought

help from the monks of Iona to evangelise. Aidan led the mission and many

turned from paganism to Christ. But after only eight years Oswald was killed. It

was not long before people built a shrine to him and he was acknowledged as a

martyr.

9th John Mason Neale, priest, 1866. An author and hymn writer his ministry was

dogged with ill-health. From 1846 until his death he was Warden of Sackville

College, East Grinstead in Sussex. As well as his literary activities he founded

the Sisterhood of St Margaret in 1854 for the education of girls and care of the

sick, which despite early violent opposition, even rioting, from extreme

Protestants developed into one of the leading Anglican religious communities. He

excelled as a hymn writer such as ‘O happy band of pilgrims’ and he inspired

‘Hymns Ancient & Modern’ He knew over twenty languages and made translations

from Latin and Greek as well as being the author of numerous books for children.

13th Florence Nightingale, 1910. Although brought up to be an educated young

lady, and so able to avoid the horrors and sufferings in the world, both near and

far, this is not what she chose. She knew that God had called her and after a few

years realised what it was. She trained as a nurse and took a group of other

nurses to care for the soldiers sick and wounded in the Crimean War. The

conditions were terrible. The reports she compiled, her ideas and her drive did

much to improve the conditions for the soldiers. This was just the start of

providing all round higher standards in hospitals and creating awareness that

nursing is a skilled, highly trained, respected profession.

31st Aidan of Lindisfarne, bishop, 651. Originally he came from Iona but when he

was asked to evangelise Northumbria by King Oswald he moved as Bishop

to Lindisfarne (Holy Island), one of the Farne Islands off the Northumbrian coast.



Prayer anthology

A selection of our favourite prayers, to help you express your feelings to God and to draw comfort and support from Him.

Saints and Heroes