Tranent Parish Church • Scottish Charity No. SC017423

One of the most important things a Christian can do is pray.

It doesn't have to be something that is complicated and difficult and it is something we can do anywhere at any time.

We have a prayer request box in the Gathering Area in the church building and our prayer group usually meets at 8am on Saturday mornings there.  Anyone is welcome to come along.

We also have an online Zoom prayer meeting, usually on the last Wednesday evening of each month at 7.30pm.

If you have any prayer requests or would like more information about our prayer groups, simply send an email to

Prayer Bulletin

Prayer Bulletin – November 2023

1st  On All Saints Day when we remember the Christians who have lived before us, we pray that people of all ages will discover the light and life that is found in Jesus.

2nd  Pray for our Lord to guide Katherine in all she does this month and to give her times of rest and relaxation amid all the busyness.

3rd  Christian Blind Mission do amazing work in many countries to prevent and cure blindness.  Give thanks for their work and for the medical assistance available in Scotland to help with maintaining our eyesight.

4th  Lothian and Borders Presbytery meets today in Innerleithen. Give thanks for the new Presbytery and pray that God may guide its work and witness.  

Also pray for God to receive all the prayers offered at the weekly prayer meeting this morning.

5th  May all barriers be removed from people attending church today.  May Katherine be inspired by the Holy Spirit in her preparations and leading of our service.

Today is the International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.  We pray for an end to the persecution of Christians in the world.

6th  Pray for the Bible study on equality, diversity and inclusion which continues this evening.  Thank God for the gift of the Bible and may we all spend time in the Word learning more about God.

7th We pray for God to lead our elders as they meet this evening.  They need our prayers and support as they oversee crucial matters for our congregation.  In particular we ask for a new Safeguarding Coordinator to come forward.

8th Pray that all our Christmas outreach events will go well and that many people who are not yet Christians will attend and consider what they have heard and that in time they will come to faith in Christ.

9th  Please pray for encouragement and perseverance for the work of our church in local schools.  May young minds and hearts be open to the stories of our God's love and care and may many find a spiritual home in our church.

10th  At 2.30pm today the Tranent Care Home service will be held.  We ask that this service will hearten those who live in this home together with the staff.

11th Today is Remembrance Day and we pray for peace in our world, especially in Ukraine and Israel/Gaza.

The church litter pick takes place this morning and we pray that the actions of those taking part will show that our church is active in caring for our town.

12th We pray for all Remembrance Services that are held today, including that those at the War Memorials in Tranent and Elphinstone and the service in our church.  We give thanks for the sacrifice of all of those in wars and we pray for many more in our nation to become aware of and believe in the ultimate sacrifice that was made by our Lord Jesus at Calvary.

13th  Please pray for Shirley Billes as she works to lead and direct our youth and family work.  Pray that God will give her wisdom and insight, that she will patiently persevere and that she will be at peace as the work unfolds in Tranent and Elphinstone. Pray for more youth to engage with Shirley, to be impacted by Jesus and to seek God, coming into a living relationship with Him.

14th  The Guild is an integral part of our church and we pray for good fellowship this afternoon as Katherine speaks.  We ask our Lord to call others to join our Guild.

We pray for lots of laughter and joyful conversations at Open House this morning.

15th   We pray for the family and friends of Reverend David Torrance, together with his congregation at Ormiston and Pencaitland Parish Churches, as they come to terms with his passing.  May they be comforted by knowing he is with his Lord in Heaven where there is no more pain or suffering.

16th Give thanks for and pray for the J Club leaders and helpers as they teach the children and share their faith with them.  May the children who attend our church and those outside of the church community know the un-surpassing love of God, that He is faithful to His children and that He will not forsake them wherever they are and whatever their situation in life is.

17th  We give thanks for the work of our Eco Congregation Group and may they continue to help us to care for our planet especially given the huge concerns over the damage that has been done to Earth.

18th   We pray for our weekly prayer meeting today.  Let us all continue to pray to our Lord and spend time listening to what He may be saying to us.

We give thanks for all those who made Souper Sunday possible last month.  It is wonderful that we raised funds for the Church of Scotland's HIV programme whilst enjoying time together with food.

19th  May we all enjoy attending church and grow in our faith as we pray, sing and listen to Bible readings and the sermon from Katherine.  The time of fellowship is also valuable and we give thanks for all who assist with the teas and coffees after the service.

20th  Pray for all Scripture Union groups, Christian Union groups and other Bible Study/prayer groups in schools and colleges, that they would be powerful times of experiencing the presence and love of God and that they would grow in numbers and influence.

21st  May God bless our Open House every Tuesday.  Ask for God to strengthen all those who make it possible and may many more in Tranent find out about, attend and enjoy this time of friendship and fellowship.

22nd  May our persecuted brother and sisters in Christ feel the peace of our Saviour in real and tangible ways as they endure difficult times and even death.  Ask God to change the hearts and minds of those who mistreat Christians and stir up hatred.

23rd  Pray for those behind the scenes, those who carry out services to make our life at Tranent Parish Church smoother, enabling us to pull together. To name some is to miss out many but please pray for those who serve on the rotas including serving tea/coffee and collecting and banking the offerings.

24th Tonight a team of Street Pastors will take to the streets of Edinburgh to show God's love and compassion.  Please pray that they will be led to the right parts of the city and will also be given the rights words to help those in need.  Also pray that they will have committed hearts, strong bodies, great team unity and safety from harm.

25th  Give thanks that all over the nation there is a growing awareness that a key part of seeing God's kingdom come is to spend time in prayer and intercession before the throne of grace, mercy and judgement.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will 'fan the flames' of a fresh move of prayer in and for Scotland, that existing prayer groups will see attendances and the fervency and intensity of prayer rising.  

26th  May we continue to meet together with joy and thanksgiving each Sunday.  We ask for Katherine's words to encourage and convict us.

We pray for joy at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Tranent and may the singing of carols by Tranent Churches Together speak to many of the real reason for the season.

27th   Many families in our local area are struggling in the current economic condition and we pray for a change in circumstances.  May those in power make wise decisions with compassion and care for those who need assistance.

28th  Tonight at the Guild the guest is Russell McLarty who will speak about our eco plans and the Fair Trade stall.  May it be an evening of joy and encouragement.  Throughout Scotland may Guild groups grow and continue to support their members.

29th   Please pray that God will continue to provide resources to those who have a passion to see more people reading God's Holy Word. Give thanks to God for the organisations, such as Wycliffe Bible Translators and Biblica, which translate the Bible into other languages so people can read it in their own language.  Also ask that God will speak into the hearts and minds of those people who receive the translated Scriptures and that they will be saved.

30th  We pray that the Origin Christmas concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow next week will be joyful celebrations.  Ask God to help all using their God given musical abilities to encourage Christians and spread the Good News to those who do not yet accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.