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 July 2020          

28 Tue for migrants making dangerous sea journeys

29 Martha & Mary of Bethany, that homes are places of love, care and welcome

30 Thu Silas, Companion of St Paul, for the Revd Graham Willey

31 Fri Ignatius of Loyola, Priest & Religious, for those seeking a COVID-19 Vaccine

Prayer Diary for August 2020    

1 Sat for Robert Nellist, our Treasurer & Diocesan PVG Officer 

2 TRINITY 8, for the poorest people unable to escape from the ravages of COVID-19 

3 Mon, for the fellowship of HT Tots Café 

4 Tue John Vianney, (Cure d’Ars 1859), for Revd Christoph Wutscher, our Rector

5 Wed Oswald of Northumbria, 642, for wise governance out of ‘lockdown’ 

6 Thu Transfiguration of Our Lord, for our Altar Servers: Jim, Brian, Mike & Suzanne 

7 Fri Boisil of Melrose c 642, for therapists, hospitality staff, Taxi & Bus Drivers 

8 Sat Dominic, Priest & Friar, for those teaching & studying at this difficult time 

9 TRINITY 9 for pupils & teachers returning to school this week 

10 Mon Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr,258, that generous giving to charities is sustained

 11 Tue Clare of Assisi, Religious, 1253, for the Revd Val Nellist 

12 Wed Blane, Missionary, c 590 for Libby, Liza & Ann and all who produce HT Magazine 

13 Thu Jeremy Taylor, Bishop 1667, for Music Director Alistair Warwick, Choir & Music Group 

14 Fri Maximilian Kolbe, Priest & Martyr 1940, for those seeking a vaccine against COVID- 19 

15 Sat Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord, for the Mothers Union 

16 TRINITY 10 for those providing ‘home’ (including family members) and ‘residential’ care 

17 Mon for Rachel Campbell, Vestry Secretary & Alt Lay Rep & HT Vestry Members 

18 Tue “Black Lives Matter”, that true messages are not hi-jacked and distorted by extremists 

19 Wed, for Police Officers and families 

20 Thu William & Catherine Booth, for the Salvation Army & Food Bank in Stirling 

21 Fri for Helen Kemp, Safeguarding and PVG Coordinator at Holy Trinity 

22 Sat that hidden domestic abuse is exposed and for refuges for victims 

23 TRINITY 11 for the recovery of those who have lost livelihoods and businesses 

24 Mon Bartholomew, Apostle, for Ian our Bishop 

25 Tue Ebba of Coldingham, Abbess 683, for Cathy Johnston our Lay Representative 

26 Wed for care and healing of those of all ages who have mental illness 

27 Thu Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387, for HT Kidz & leaders Sarah, Gen & Alistair 

28 Fri Augustine of Hippo, Bishop & Teacher 430, for relief for those suffering in Yemen 

29 Sat Beheading of John the Baptist, for awareness of the great harm of rash words

 30 TRINITY 12 for Strathcarron Hospice & all providing and receiving palliative care 

31 Mon Aidan of Lindisfarne, Bishop,651, for the Revd Graham Willey 

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

July

29th Martha & Mary of Bethany. Jesus was the welcome guest into the

home they shared with their brother Lazarus. Martha is presented as

over-concerned with details of good housekeeping in contrast to her sister

Mary who listens attentively to the words of Jesus. The gentle words of rebuke

from Jesus should not be over -exaggerated into a condemnation, as the be built

upon to form a sharp contrast between the ways of life exemplified by the two

sisters.

August

4 th John Vianney 1786-1859 . He was ordained in 1815 and served all his ministry as the parish priest of Ars in France. During this time his spiritual counsel was sought from around the world. He is patron saint of parish priests. 

10th Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr, 258. His sign is a gridiron to show how he may have died. Along with St Stephen he is the patron saint of Deacons. One of his tasks was almsgiving and he is pictured with a money purse. 

14th Maximilian Kolbe, Priest & Martyr 1940. Christian martyrdom is not of the past, but every day, men, women and even young children die because of their faith in Jesus Christ, most only known to God. In 1940 this Franciscan friar had been imprisoned in Auschwitz and sentenced to death for helping Jewish refugees. One of his fellow prisoners awaiting execution was married with a family and Maximilian volunteered to die in his place. 

20th William & Catherine Booth They started a Christian Mission in Whitechapel in 1865 which at first faced considerable opposition, but as the ideals of the Salvation Army became known, so it became loved and respected. They wanted to get rid of squalor and poverty and show how faith in God could change their whole outlook on life. Today across the world their distinct uniform is seen and respected. 

29th Beheading of John the Baptist. John is the man who prepared the way for Jesus and his message. The account of his death is well documented in the Gospels and by Josephus, the Jewish historian who gives the place of John’s execution as Machaerus, the fortress- palace close to the Dead Sea. Herod had him beheaded since he feared insurrection if his popularity got a firm hold. Herod was so impressed by the dancing of Salome that he made a rash and very public promise before the guests at a banquet to present the girl any gift she desired. After consulting her mother, she requested the head of John the Baptist on a dish.