After Easter, daily Bible verses and Prayer Points continue on our PrayerMate app.

Sunday 12 April

Today we pray from all those members of St Peter’s congregations who are frontline workers.

When we were thinking about our frontlines in the autumn, we couldn’t know how much they would change, especially for those working in the NHS, in schools and supermarkets.

We will be praying through prayer requests from our frontline workers at our 6PM ZOOM Gathering

Saturday 11 April

22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes. 24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

As we reflect on the cross and the passion of Jesus, praise God and rejoice for his wisdom in Jesus. Praise God that he has provided Jesus for our redemption. Praise him that Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. May he be that to each one of us. Pray for those that currently reject him that they may recognise Jesus as Lord and repent.

Pray for our leadership team; for Edward, James, Alistair and Hayley as they discern God’s direction and lead our Church. Pray for all those involved in our communications; for Liz and Sarah as they adapt to current events. For Hayley, Sarah, Liz and others as we learn new IT skills to put together our services.

As we wait for the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, think back over the last week for all that God has provided and thank him. Pray that many would join in at home with our online service tomorrow. Who could you be inviting to join us? Please share our Facebook page and email our Friday Bulletin to friends. Pray we would be strengthened and encouraged in our faith through his word to us.

Friday 10 April

19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

Praise God for his wonderful provision of Jesus. Jesus is the gate through whom all must enter to receive forgiveness, salvation and life. The gate though whom we ourselves passed. Take this opportunity to reflect on all that God has done for you through the cross. Reflect on the cost to Jesus and the awesome wonder of the extent that God’s love will go to reconcile us to himself. This is the ultimate demonstration of love. All who cry out to the Lord will be heard and will receive salvation. Pray that, individually and corporately, we live a life worthy of Jesus.

Why not take a moment to pray for friends, family and work colleagues who don’t know the Lord that they may enter through the gate. Pray that the Lord would provide many to come on our next “Christianity Explored” Course. Who are the five friends that you are praying to invite?

Thursday 9 April

17 l will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

As we travel with Jesus nearer to the Cross think about what he is about to do for us. The significance of the last supper. The bread and the wine. Through his death we have been brought from darkness into light; from death to life in all it’s abundance. Take a moment to think back to your life before you knew Jesus. Chastening isn’t it. Some of those memories are painful aren’t they but he has not allowed us to die but brought us to life!

What is it about Jesus that brings you joy? Can you see how he has been transforming you and changing you through his love. He is wonderful so praise him!

Wednesday 8 April

15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”

Give thanks for St Peter’s growth and stability at Eastgate and Carlton locations. Give thanks for all our children and young people and those who lead and teach them. Pray that are young people would mature in the love of the Lord.

Think back and reflect on the fun we’ve had as a church family and give thanks for what God has provided: Harvest Bake off, holiday club, November confirmations and Baptisms, Christmas Carol services; Megamakes, Christianity Explored. God has provided so much for us. Praise him!
Pray that we would grow in the Lord’s strength in this time of adversity and he would use us to further his Kingdom to his praise and glory.

Tuesday 7 April

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Whatever our situation and circumstances, we worship a God who knows and cares for us; who hears and responds to our prayers; a God who is with us in every circumstance.

Knowing this, pray that our faith may drive out our fears and anxieties. Let “The Lord is with me” be our testimony and confidence to those we encounter today. Pray for those who are alone and anxious at present. Could you be calling them?

Pray that our country may look to the Lord as our “helper” for protection and guidance through the covid-19 crisis.

Monday 6 April

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1-4

Reflect on the Goodness of the Lord. His unfailing, unchanging, enduring, impartial and redeeming love demonstrated through the gift of Jesus to us. Give thanks for that love. Ask for courage to know and grow in the love of Jesus. The courage to reach out and reciprocate God’s love to others; our neighbours, our colleagues, our families and our friends. Pray we grow in our faithfulness and steadfastness.

Give thanks for our various “houses.” All those in our homes, our church family, our Rooted Groups, our workplaces; that all would know God’s love in Jesus. That we might all hold the Lord in “fearful respect” for the mighty power of his redeeming, resurrection love in Jesus.

Sunday 5 April

Today we pray from all those members of St Peter’s congregations who are frontline workers.

When we were thinking about our frontlines in the autumn, we couldn’t know how much they would change, especially for those working in the NHS, in schools and supermarkets.

We will be praying through prayer requests from our frontline workers at our 6PM ZOOM Gathering

Saturday 4 April

He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Psalm 91:15-16

Thank you Father, that while you do not promise to keep us from trouble, you promise to be with us in trouble. Help us in these uncertain days to look forward to the (eternal) life to come.

Help us to pray for all who are affected by COVID 19, through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery and call upon the Lord of eternity.

Convince us more Lord that neither death nor life, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.

Friday 3 April

“Because he loves me” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name”. Psalm 91:14

Loving Father,

We thank you today for the promises you make to those who set their love on you. We set our eyes on Jesus who sings to us v1 and v2. Thank you that in Christ we know that you have rescued us and that through trouble you will protect us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying, we pray that they may know your comfort and peace.

Help us who acknowledge your name be known in our communities as channels of peace and care.

Fill us with your Spirit and help us cast our anxieties onto God and make him alone our refuge and dwelling place.

Thursday 2 April

If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the Lord, who is my refuge- then no harm will befall you, then no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Psalm 91:9-12

In this season of Lent, we give you thanks Lord Jesus that when tempted in the desert, you made the Most High God your dwelling place and in you was no sin.

We adore and honour you that you relied on every word that came from your Father’s mouth and made him your refuge, even when tempted to do otherwise.

Fill us with your Spirit and help us cast our anxieties onto God and make him alone our refuge and dwelling place.

Wednesday 1 April

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. Psalm 91 verse 5-8

Thank you Father, that you will be with your people in trouble. Thank you Father that though we may die, in Christ we live. Thank you that your perfect love drives our fear.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will convict people of their need for salvation from God. We pray that as presumed foundations are shaken, people would build their house upon the Rock, who is Christ.

We pray for your merciful protection to be upon doctors, nurses and health professionals as they battle against this spreading virus.

Tuesday 31 March

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Psalm 91 verse 3-4

Heavenly Father, we pray as a church that we would find our confidence in you, our Saviour and in your righteousness in Christ. May we grow up today in our knowledge of your faithfulness both to your promises and to all who are in Christ.

Help us to experience more and more of your gentle strength and unbreakable power.
Help us to be faithful today in our protective care to our families, friends and close neighbours.

Monday 30 March

Our prayers this week are based on Psalm 91:1-16

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
Psalm 91 verse 1-2

May we stay this day close to the Lord Jesus Christ and experience the presence of the Almighty with us in the storm.

For all who feel exposed by COVID 19 and its effects, that they may find peace and rest in Christ.

May The Lord Jesus Christ be to each of us not just a refuge, but my refuge, my fortress.

Sunday 29 March

Today we pray from all those members of St Peter’s congregations who are frontline workers.

When we were thinking about our frontlines in the autumn, we couldn’t know how much they would change, especially for those working in the NHS, in schools and supermarkets.

We will be praying through prayer requests from our frontline workers at Power Hour at 11.30 today. Click here to join the Zoom meeting!   

Saturday 28 March

Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures for ever; their horn will be lifted high in honour. Psalm 112 verse 8-9

Thank you Father, for the hope of resurrection that Jesus holds out to those who believe in him. That one day those ‘in Christ’ will look in triumph over their greatest enemy death.

We pray for those in Eastern Africa experiencing a plague of locusts and for our mission partners Anglican International Development working in South Sudan that they would know how best to help those in need.

We pray for your protection of the MAF pilots and engineers so that life saving flights in the developing world will continue to take place.

Friday 27 March

Loving Father, may we have no fear of bad news. May our hearts be steadfast, may we not be shaken by what we hear but rest in your love shown to us in the life, death and resurrection of your Son.

Lord Jesus, help us to trust you each moment of this day, when the day is going well and when day is proving difficult. Thank you for the promise that on the day of judgement those who trust in you will be remembered and live forever in your sight.

We pray for brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time, dear Lord.

Thursday 26 March

Generous Father,

Help us to be generous with our time today, to encourage another person by making contact with them. Help us to lend ourselves to others and be a help to those self isolating at the moment. May those in Rooted groups find ways to carry on meeting online.

Help us to conduct our affairs with justice, may we not so focus on our own needs that we forget the needs of others.

We pray for a spirit of neighbourliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in loneliness befriend one another.

You see all that we do Father, may we live this day in a way that pleases you.

Wednesday 25 March

Thank you Father, for giving us Jesus the light of the world so that even in dark times we have a light to guide us. May we live this day in the light of what Jesus has said and done.

May we show grace to all, compassion to those in need, and live in right relationship with those who we encounter today. May the light of Christ shine ever more brightly in us and through us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights many will be restored to health.

For our government for wisdom to make the right decisions each day this week.

Tuesday 24 March

Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed v2

We pray as a church for our children and young people adjusting to doing school at home. May they grow in mind, body and spirit and grow up to influence this nation for your glory.

Please give their parents deep reserves of love and patience as they lead their families during this crisis. May our families become more and more like Jesus this week.

Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures for ever v3

We pray for those worrying about how this crisis will affect their work and for wisdom in the difficult decisions that lie ahead.

Monday 23 March

May the fear of the Lord, the one in whose hands our eternal destiny lies, drive all others fears from our hearts today: health fears, money fears, hunger fears, fears of isolation, fears for our loved ones.

For all who are affected by coronavirus,through illness or isolation or anxiety, that they may find relief and recovery

For the vulnerable and the fearful,for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace

May we find great delight in the Lord’s commands to turn away from self centredness and trust in his Son as our saviour and friend.

As our normal daily routines change may we establish new patterns of bible reading, prayer and praise.