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 May 2020

22 Fri, for those who work in Community Pharmacies

23 Sat William of Perth, 1201, for the Revd Graham Willey

24 EASTER 7, safety &refuge for those at risk of (hidden) domestic abuse

25 Mon Bede of Wearmouth, for those teaching & studying at this difficult time

26 Tue Augustine of Canterbury, to discover new ways to preach the Gospel

27 Wed for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity

28 Thu for Music Director Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group

29 Fri, those who have died and those feeling isolated and in great distress

30 Sat for those with alcohol & drug addictions

31 THE DAY OF PENTECOST those seeking a Vaccine against Covid 19 Virus

Prayer Diary for June 2020

1 Mon Visit of Mary to Elizabeth (trans 31 May), For the fellowship of HT Tots Café    2 Tue for HM Queen Elizabeth on 67th anniversary of her Coronation                          3 Wed Uganda Martyrs, 1886, Janani Luwum, Bishop 1977, for Ugandan victims of Covid 19

4 Thu John XXIII Bishop of Rome, Reformer 1963, for Pope Francis                         

5 Fri Boniface of Mainz, for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector                                  6 Sat for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary & Alt Lay Rep & Vestry Members                                                                                                                                                                    7 TRINITY SUNDAY Thanksgiving for our growing faith, fellowship & outreach              8 Mon St Ephrem, the Syrian, Deacon & Teacher of the Faith 373, for peace in Syria  9 Tue St Columba of Iona, Abbot 597 for the Iona Community & the Revd Val Nellist  10 Wed for patients with Covid 19  & medical & nursing teams caring for them          11 Thu Today is Corpus Christi, and we pray for our Altar Servers: Jim, Brian, Mike & Suzanne

12 Fri St Barnabas, Apostle (trans from 11 June), that we encourage one another      13 Sat  for HT Kidz & leaders Sarah, Gen & Alistair                                                              14 TRINITY 1 for those providing ‘home care’ and ‘residential care’                                15 Mon Evelyn Underhill, devotional writer 1941,  for HT Study Groups                        16 Tue for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer                                      17 Wed, for Cathy Johnston our Lay Representative                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 Thu for Music Director Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group                                  19 Fri for those exposed to Covid 19: NHS & Carers, Bus Drivers, Prison staff, Police Officers 

20 Sat St Fillan, Abbot, c750,  for those caring for  isolated & vulnerable people          21 TRINITY 2 for PM Boris Johnson & FM Nicola Sturgeon & their advisers                                                                                                                                                                          22 Mon St Alban, Martyr, c209, for those with alcohol, drug & gambling addictions  23 Tue for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity 

24 Wed Birth of John the Baptist, for carers & children finding “Stay Home” difficult

25 Thu St Moluag of Lismore, Bishop c592, for the Revd Graham Willey                        26 Fri Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane 1684, for Ian our Bishop                            27 Sat Alexander Jolly, Bishop of Moray 1838, for Bishop Mark & our Primus              28 TRINITY 3, thanksgiving for the rich discovery of other ways of worshipping together                                                                                                                                    29 Mon Ss Peter & Paul, Apostles & Martyrs, that giving to charities is sustained                                                                                                                                                          30 Tue for exposure of domestic abuse and for places of refuge for victims                             

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

1st The Visit of Mary to Elizabeth (trans from 31 May) Mary’s visit brought the comfort and reassurance of physical presence to her cousin, which is a                                              precious need denied to many at this present time.

3rd Charles Lwanga & Companions, 1886 & Janani Luwum, Bishop 1977,  Uganda Martyrs. At the end of the 19thc. many Christian converts were  martyred for speaking out against the corruption of the King Mwanga.   In the 1970’s Archbishop Janani Luwum stood alongside other church  leaders to oppose the cruelties of the Idi regime and he was murdered

4th John XXIII Bishop of Rome, Reformer 1963.  There was surprise in  the  Church (and the world) when in 1962 this elderly Pope called together in a Council of the Church those who expressed ideas that would propose radical changes in Church teaching and practice  (Vatican II). One example  was simplifying orders of worship and using the vernacular not Latin.

5th Boniface of Mainz, Bishop, Missionary & Martyr, 754 He was born and  Baptised in Devon and became a Benedictine monk, refusing to be an Abbot  He accepted a calling as a missionary to Europe where he is known as the  ‘Apostle of Germany’ after founding schools and abbeys. 

8th Ephrem, the Syrian, Deacon & Teacher of the Faith 373. Syrians were  amongst the earliest Christians and we must not forget the prolonged suffering our sisters and brothers, amongst those of different faiths, are  enduring in that place of ongoing devastation and death. As both a practical man and a man of holiness and devotion he would have been a great source of help and comfort.  An example of his devotional writing we still sing as a hymn today “Strengthen for service Lord, the hands that holy things have taken”                                                                                                                                                        12 Fri Barnabas, Apostle (trans from 11 June) We do not know the birth name of this Jewish Christian from Cyprus as this is his nickname which means ‘son of encouragement’. We learn of his generosity and  warm heartedness from Acts and Paul’s Letters. When Paul came to  Jerusalem after his conversion and there was still suspicion of this man they had known as the ruthless persecutor of the Church, it was Barnabas who believed, trusted, welcomed him and introduced him to the Apostles.