One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Prayer Diary for December

1 Charles de Foucould, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916; World Aids Day

For those with HIV/AIDS and all who care for them.

Mona Street, Montague Street, Moorgate.

2 U.N.International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

For the abolition of all forms of slavery.

Also for Messy Church which meets today.

Murden Way, Muriel Road, Myrtle Grove.

3 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.

Common Worship Year B begins.

That we may cast away the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.

Nelson Road, Nether Street, Newcastle Avenue.

4 John of Damascus, Monk, Teacher of the Faith, c749; Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637.

For those who teach and preach the faith.

Newton Street, Nicholas Road, North Drive.

5 International Volunteer Day

For the selfless dedication of all volunteers.

North Street, Nuart Road, Old Drive.

6 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, teacher of the faith c326

For all children as they look forward to Christmas.

Padge Road, Park Street, Pelham Crescent.

7 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397

For bishops in the church and especially for Paul, Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham and Tony, Bishop of Sherwood and all Assistant Bishops in our diocese.

Peveril Road, Portland Street, Potters Close.

8 The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

For mothers as they prepare for Christmas.

Princess Avenue, Queen’s Drive, Queen’s Road.

9 For fathers as they prepare for Christmas.

Queen’s Road East, Queen’s Road West, Read Avenue.

10 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Human Rights Day

For the forgiveness of our sins.

Rose Grove, Roy Avenue, Rylands Close.

11 For our local schools as they hold their Christingle Service in church this evening.

Rydal Drive, Salisbury Street, Salthouse Court.

12 For all who work in the medical services.

Salthouse Lane, Saxton Close, Scott Avenue.

13 Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304; Samuel Johnson, Moralist,1784

For our neighbours

Sidney Road, Silverwood Road, Simons Court.

14 John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591

For the PCC which meets this evening.

South Road, Station Road, Stoney Street.

15 For Midland Women’s Aid as they support abused women and their children.

Styring Street, Suffolk Avenue, Sycamore Court.

16 For Framework, Hope Nottingham, Emmanuel House and all organisations who care for the homeless.

Tattershall Drive, Technology Drive, Templar Road.

17 THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT O Sapientia!

For courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice and to suffer for the cause of right.

The City, The Poplars, The Square.

18 For SANDS as it supports mothers who have suffered stillbirth or neonatal death and their families.

Thorndyke Close, Thyra Grove, Tracey Close.

19 For the work of Save the Children, the Children’s Society and other organisations who support disadvantaged children.

Trafalgar Road, Trevor Road, Turnpike Lane.

20 For all refugees and migrants and all who support them in any way.

Union Street, Venn Court, Vernon Avenue.

21 For the unemployed.

Victory Road, Villa Street, Waldemar Grove.

22 For all postal workers as they deal with additional letters and parcels at this time of year.

Warwick Avenue, Waterloo Road, Waverley Avenue.

23 For those who are not looking forward to Christmas for whatever reason.

Wensor Avenue, West Crescent, West End.

24 FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT. Christmas Eve

For ourselves that we may be ready to greet the birth of our Saviour.

Westward Avenue, Wharton Crescent, Wilkinson Avenue.

25 CHRISTMAS DAY

That we may be worthy to receive God’s Son into our hearts and lives.

Our parish and all who worship in our church this Christmastide.

26 Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr

For martyrs and all who have given their lives in God’s service

Willoughby Close, Willoughby Street, Wollaton Crescent.

27 John, Apostle and Evangelist

For the gospels that we may read and learn from them

Wollaton Road, Woodside Road, Abbey Drive

28 The Holy Innocents

For children in distress

Abbey Road, Abel Collin Homes, Acaster Close.

29 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170

That we too may be faithful in all we do.

Albert Road, Albion Street, Alexandra Crescent.

30 For our families and friends

Alford Close, Alwyn Court. Anderson Crescent.

31 FIRST SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS

That we may be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

For members of our congregation who live outside the parish.