Monthly Prayers for January

Please join us in spirit if you are unable to come to Katherine House on Friday 28th at 11am for our Monthly Prayers.

Our prayers for this monthly are below and compiled by our volunteer Margaret Macartney.


Opening Prayer

Lord, I so wish to prepare well for this time.

I so want to make all of me ready and attentive and available to you.

Please help me to clarify and purify my intentions.

I have so many contradictory desires.

I know if I give you my heart, whatever I do will follow my new heart.

In all I am today, my encounter, reflections, frustrations, and failings

And especially in this time of prayer, in all of this I place my life in your hands.

Lord, I am yours. Make of me what you will. Amen.  (Sacred Space)

Silent Reflection                                                                                   2 mins

Scripture: Hebrews 10:32 – 39

Remember all the sufferings that you had to meet after you received the light, in earlier days; sometimes by being yourselves publicly exposed to insults and violence, and sometimes as associates of others who were treated in the same way. For you not only shared in the sufferings of those who were in prison, but you happily accepted being stripped of your belongings, knowing that you owned something that was better and lasting. Be as confident now, then, since the reward is so great. You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.

          Only a little while now, a very little while, and the one that is

          Coming will have come; he will not delay. The righteous man will

          Live by faith, but if he draws back, my soul will take no pleasure in him

You and I are not the sort of people who draw back and are lost by it; we are the sort who keep faithful  until our souls are saved.

REFLECTION                              SHARING               CAFOD INTENTIONS

  1. Sudan           2. Haiti                  3. People; Projects; Campaigns

4. Other (as the Spirit moves)

Gospel: Mark 4: 26 – 34

This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man throws seed on the land. Night and day, while he sleeps, when he is awake, the seed is sprouting and growing; how, he does not know. Of its own accord the land produces first the shoot, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come’.

He also said, ‘What can we say the kingdom of God is like? What parable can we find for it? It is like a mustard seed which at the time of its sowing in the soil is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest shrub of them  all and puts out big branches so that the birds of the air can shelter in its shade.’

Using many parables like these, he spoke the word to them, so far as they were capable of understanding it. He would not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything to his disciples when they were alone.

Reflection                        Sharing                            Intercession (Personal)

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Closing Prayer

Turn us round again, we pray,

 By your Holy Spirit, active within us and among us.

Show us how to be open again

to your faithfulness and to your freedom,

That we may live new lives and be again,

Bearers of the seeds of the Kingdom of Jesus. Amen.

 (John Harvey. Eggs & Ashes)

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