Day of Prayer for Children – 29 March 2020

The Salvation Army, Prestonpans Corps
Sunday, 29 March 2020

In The Salvation Army, the last Sunday in March is designated International Day of Prayer for Children and Youth. Please join us in worship and prayer for children around the world.

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Song             Tell me the stories of Jesus

Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus. Tell them to me.

First let me hear how the children stood round his knee;
And I shall fancy his blessing resting on me;
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
All in the love-light of Jesus’ face.

Tell me, in accents of wonder, how rolled the sea,
Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee;
And how the Master, ready and kind,
Chided the billows and hushed the wind.

Into the city I’d follow the children’s band,
Waving a branch of the palm tree high in my hand;
One of his heralds, yes, I would sing
Loudest hosannas: Jesus is King!

Show me that scene, in the garden, of bitter pain;
And of the cross where my Saviour for me was slain;
Sad ones or bright ones, so that they be
Stories of Jesus; tell them to me.

William Henry Parker (1845-1929)


Pray the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom,
And the Power and the Glory
For ever and ever.   Amen


Bible Reading   Matthew 18:1-5 The Passion Translation (TPT)

    At that time the disciples came to ask Jesus, “Who is considered to be the greatest in heaven’s kingdom realm?” Jesus called a little one to his side and said to them,  “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm. And if you tenderly care for this little one on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me.


Bible reading             Isaiah 6:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

    Then I heard the Lord saying, “Whom should I send to my people? Who will go to represent us?”

I spoke up and said, “I will be the one. Send me.”



‘Go’ is a great active word that we all like. It means we can do something, we can make progress, we can see things change and hopefully see good things happen. The only trouble for us at the moment, in this time of international crisis, is that we can’t ‘go’ anywhere just now! Even if it was possible to ‘go’, some of us may be at that stage in life where we still couldn’t ‘go’ and do anything that would make a notable difference. So we must be content just to ‘stay’, to be where we are right now. Minimising our movements is the best thing that we can do for the good and health of us all. But whilst we are staying put, we can still ‘go’, in our imaginations in prayer with God, to make a difference in the lives of our loved ones, our neighbours and the world at large.

We have been asked as a Church to pray again this evening at 7pm, just as we did last week. We are being asked to pray each subsequent Sunday at this time. You will find a suggested prayer printed separately that you can use if it helps. Or if you prefer, you can pray in your own words. However you approach it, please pray, because that is work we can ‘go’ and do, which will make a lasting difference.

For our service today, we have been asked to remember and to pray for children, in the light of the particular challenges they and their families’ face just now. This will be a very positive act.

Jesus placed great value on children, and so too should we. The disciples were posturing and positioning themselves in an effort to be singled out as ‘the one’ who would be classified after Jesus as being ‘the greatest’ in the kingdom of heaven. You can almost hear 12 sets of jaws dropping in surprise and disappointment that it wasn’t any of them. Instead, it was a little child, who had no expectation of being ‘the greatest’. Jesus challenged the disciples then, as he challenges us today, that no matter what positions we attain in life, a little child’s position is ‘the greatest’. Jesus wants us to emulate a child’s great sense of wonder and acceptance around the things of God, the humility that they have, and their willingness to be taught.

Sadly too many children in our world are not treated with the love and care that they should be given. Neither are they given educational opportunities or encouraged to discover the God-given talents that they have been gifted with. More gravely, too many children experience abuse in all forms; that should never be. So let us play our part to ‘go’, to help and encourage children, where we have influence, to be the best that they can be; and also to pray for the children in our communities and in our world. Remember Jesus says that in attending to children it is as if we ‘are tenderly caring for [him]’.

I wonder who are the children that you know whom you can pray for?

I wonder what you could do to encourage a child or children you know, in this coming week?

I wonder, in this time of restricted movement, what skill or subject you might choose to have a go at learning this week? Jesus wants us to have that spirit of a child to be willing to learn new things.


Song             What a friend we have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged:
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness:
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge:
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Joseph M Scriven


Dear Lord, we pray for the children in our community now having to do their school work at home. We pray for the parents, already stressed by the situation in our world, by concern for their work, about meeting all the financial responsibilities of the family’s needs, who now have to take on the role of teacher, regardless of their ability to do so. Please may they get the help and the support that they need. We pray for children who are missing school friends and the support of their teachers. Please help and comfort them in these difficult times.

Lord, please hear our prayer for the children who experience abuse instead of care, who are exposed to things they should not know, or who are denied the opportunity of education or a safe and loving home to live and grow up in.

Dear Lord we pray for all children everywhere, that they will be given an opportunity to learn of and grow up in the knowledge and understanding of you. That they may know how precious they are to you. Amen.


Song             I, the Lord of sea and sky

I have heard My people cry;
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save.
I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
I will speak My word to them.
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord.
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go, Lord,
If You lead me;
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain;
I have wept for love of them –
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone;
I will speak My word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them –
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts are satisfied;
I will give My life to them.
Whom shall I send?

Daniel L Schutte
© 1991 Daniel L Schutte and New Dawn Music


Benediction:   May God’s blessing surround you each day

May God’s blessing surround you each day,
as you trust Him and walk in His way.
May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,
go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Cliff Burrows

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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