Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing

August 20th

This week, please pray

  • We pray for the victims of violence, in whatever cause or reason the violence is carried out. In particular we pray for the people of Charlottesville and Barcelona following the deaths and injuries, caused by cars used as weapons. We pray for easing of racial tensions around the world, that peace will come to reign in the hearts of everyone, whatever their skin colour or faith.
  • For those searching for some spirituality in their lives, some meaning other than a material search and individual success. That Morpeth Methodist Church can be a sanctuary for searching people, a place of fellowship that gives meaning to their lives. For the church members, that they may be inspired and strengthened to work for the Kingdom of god here and now.
  • We pray for Rhona, Alison and Caroline as they prepare to sleep out for 24 hours on August 26th/27th to raise money for Changing Lives, a charity that works to support vulnerable people who may be homeless or have addiction problems, in the region. We also pray that they may be blessed by favourable weather.
  • For the congregation of Pegswood church, as they mourn the loss of Alice Swainston. We pray for all those affected by bereavement.
  • We give thanks for the example of St. Francis. Leading us to care for the environment, to work for peace, live in humility, and witness to the love of Jesus.

August 13th

This week please pray

  • As the world moves closer to the edge of a catastrophic confrontation between America and North Korea, pray for wisdom and restraint on both sides. Pray for a diplomatic solution, calmness and an abandonment of unhelpful, inflammatory rhetoric. “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12 v 14
  • Pray for all those who have suffered abuse at the hands of those more powerful than they are, thinking particularly this week of all the young people affected by Operation Sanctuary in Newcastle.  Pray too for the police, social workers, parents and medical staff who try to protect these youngsters and help them put their lives back together.
  • For the friendly competition at the Athletics World Championship in London this week uniting peoples from across the world regardless of religion, colour, race or gender.  Give thanks to God for the wonders of the human body.
  • For all those area experiencing extreme weather conditions at the moment from monsoon flooding in Gujarat, drought in East Africa, forest fires in Portugal and the state of emergency in Northern Italy following hail, thunderstorms and flooding as their heatwave finally broke. Pray for all those working to alleviate the effects of man-made climate change remembering that we are custodians of this planet with an obligation to take care of it.
  • For the church council working party seeking to appoint a new manager for our Centre for the Community.
  • With thanksgiving for the chance to spend holiday time with friends and family even when the summer weather is less than perfect.  Be joyful for rest from labour and give praise for the beauty of creation, at home and abroad.

August 6th

Prayer ideas this week-

  • Give God thanks for the skills and care of staff in this country’s emergency services-  the hospitals, police, fire and rescue. Pray for the staff who often risk their lives to save others, who give care and reassure people in their hour of need. We pray for solutions as these services are overstretched, under-funded and understaffed and yet still give of their utmost to help people in need. 
  • As we shop for, prepare and eat our food each day, may we be thankful. May we pray for all who work as food growers, manufacturers and retailers. May God’s presence grace kitchens, dining rooms, restaurants and coffee shops wherever people gather to eat together.  
  • We give thanks for the schools and support for youngsters given by the Molly and Paul schools foundation in Uganda. Their children’s choir the Pearl of Africa will be here shortly; pray for the children’s well being and enjoyment; for leaders and hosts; for their audiences who will experience song and dance in praise of God.
  • August 6th marks the day an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1947. Let us pray that history does not repeat itself, with increasing tensions between north Korea and the United States of America. Let us be mindful of the people suffering in Syria and people starving in Yemen. We pray for world peace, mediation, reconciliation and harmony between all nations.
  • That God’s kingdom may come with “justice and joy, mercy and grace, challenge and choice, gift and goal”. (words from Singing the Faith 255)
  • For God’s presence to be known, shown or grown in the lives of all we meet, while travelling, shopping, working, visiting this week.

July 30th

This week please pray

  • We pray for the parents and other family of Baby Charlie Gard as they prepare to lose him to the terrible illness he has.   They will miss him terribly and our thoughts are with them as they share their last days with him.
  • So much suffering, so many people in so many countries all suffering from homelessness, illness, starvation, beatings, bombings.  What a way to live!!
  • Hoping that all refugees who come to live in Northumberland will be welcomed and made to feel that they are safe from danger here as so many of them have been stuck in camps for months before being able to move on to safety.
  • Commitment for Life is celebrating 25 years of supporting Global Justice which we as an Area have supported for many years.
  • The Wansbeck Valley Food Bank anticipates being really busy during the school holidays as those families who get free school dinners are having to find extra money.  Please give a little extra if you can.
  • Our Area is welcoming two new ministers in September including our own Antony for Morpeth and Pegswood and Revd Marie Attwood who will be looking after Newbiggin, Ashington and Stakeford.  We wish them a happy and fulfilling time with us.

July 23rd

This week please pray

  • We pray for our new minister, Antony, his wife, Pam, and their family as they arrive soon in Morpeth to take up ministry to Morpeth Methodist church.
  • For the conflict between human needs and desires and the environment. In particular of Madagascar where 40,000 miners have cleared forests in protected areas to mine for sapphires. This activity is destroying the habitat of the already threatened indris lemurs.
  • For families whose children receive free school meals. For 6 weeks during the school holidays we pray that they can cope with the extra pressure this puts on their family resources.
  • For young people in Young Offenders Institutions and those that work there. Reports repeatedly list failings and that both young offenders and staff do not feel safe. We pray for adequate funding for these institutions so that restorative work can take place and the lives of the young people be turned around.
  • We remember in our prayers all the members of Morpeth Methodist church as we look forward to the new Methodist year starting in September, and that we are prepared for the opportunities and challenges that this will present.

July 16th

This week pleas pray

  • With thanksgiving for acts of human kindness, for those who give of themselves without thinking of reward, just because someone needs help and they happen to be there.
  • For those who are lonely whether through bereavement, disability, mental illness, single parenthood, unemployment, being ‘different’ for whatever reason.  Pray that each one may know that he or she is made in the image of God and find acceptance, friendship and love.
  • For parents, doctors and the courts making heart-breaking decisions in horrendous situations.  Pray for wisdom and guidance for all of them and for the peace of God to surround them as they try to do the right thing.
  • As relations between the west and North Korea keep deteriorating, pray for the people of that country, many of whom are facing starvation.  Give thanks for the permission gained by Christian Aid to send 1500 tons of corn across the Chinese border to help people in dire need.
  • We pray for all whose lives
    have been touched by tragedy,
    whether by accident or a deliberate act.
    For those who mourn,
    immerse them in your love and lead them through this darkness
    into your arms, and light.
    For those who comfort,
    be in both the words they use and all that's left unspoken;
    fill each heart with love.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ, whose own suffering brought us life, here and for eternity. Amen
    ©John Birch

July 9th

This week, please pray

  • In the South East Northumberland Ecumenical Area SENEA this week, we pray for the continuing faithful witness and worship and communities of the churches of Ashington Trinity and Stakeford. We pray for current SENEA ministers who are now overseeing more churches- for their continued wellbeing. Giving God thanks for each one of them and his blessing on them by name- Adele Moorhouse, Lynda Coulthard, Greg Thompson, Ann Shepherdson, Ian Farnsworth and John Park. 
  • At the end of each day – walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and blessings. Look at the work you did, the people you talked with, the sights you saw, the things you learned. Allow these things to become prayers of praise and thanks to God.
  • Give God thanks for the many local and national organisations which develop new technologies to supply clean water and safe toilets to villages around the world in need.
  • God created a beautiful world with abundant resources for all to enjoy. In the northern hemisphere, the summer crops and gardens and wild areas are green; in fruit, blossoming, bringing new life; the animals and birds for all to see. Let us find time to smell the roses, take a little time to stop, listen, ponder and watch and then give thanks to God.
  • We remember in prayer those we know whose loved one has died; anyone who waits anxiously for test results or operations; someone who struggles to care for themselves; and people who care round the clock for another. 

July 2nd

This week, please pray

  • For world leaders meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg this week as they focus on the world’s economic problems and, in particular this time, on how to further the aims of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
  • “for those in peril on the sea”- fishermen, sailors in both the merchant navy and in the Royal Navy, all those who work on ferries and cruise ships. Give thanks for volunteers who are prepared to risk their own lives manning lifeboats and for the coastguards who coordinate search and rescue operations around our shores
  • For the people of Yemen facing the world’s worst cholera outbreak exacerbated by severe malnutrition and a war which has left nearly 14.5 million people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.  Pray for peace and cooperation between those fighting and give thanks for the efforts of aid agencies working in the region - Oxfam, The Red Cross, Christian Aid, Muslim Aid amongst others
  • With thanksgiving for authors who bring joy into the lives of children, transporting them to other times and places, enabling them to explore the world, helping them to look at things from a different perspective, feeding their imagination and curiosity, thinking particularly of Michael Bond who died this week.
  • With thanksgiving for the work of our local preachers, men and women, within the local area who give of their time and energy to help bring God’s word to the People called Methodists.  Think particularly of Melody Rodgers, being admitted tonight, and of Seana Sommerville and Clive Kemp who are near the beginning of their training

June 25th

This week, please pray

  • Giving thanks for the ministries of Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard over the past year as President and Vice President of Conference.  Pray for Lorraine Mellor and Jill Baker whose leadership begins as Conference meets from 22nd - 29th June in Birmingham. Pray too for God’s blessing and guidance as Conference meets.
  • For the community who worship at Finsbury Park Mosque and all who have been affected by the attack there this week. Pray for healing between communities fractured by violence and give thanks for all those who try to build bridges and help each other
  • For all those within our church family who are facing illness or who have been in hospital, thinking particularly of John Wilson, George Brigham, John McPhillips
  • For those who are negotiating our exit from the European Union, both from the UK and from the other members of the Union.  Pray that an agreement can be reached which is beneficial and fair to all those involved and which protects both EU citizens living here and our own citizens living abroad.
  • For all those young people who are sitting, or have just sat, exams  which can have a big influence on their futures. Pray that they can deal well with the stress they are under and perform to the best of their abilities.  Give thanks for the teachers and parents who support and encourage them.

June 18th

  • For all those affected by the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire in London this week: those who have been injured or killed; those who have lost friends or family. Remember too, to give thanks for the courage of those who tried to help and our emergency services
  • For all those who mourn, thinking particularly of the family and friends of Alex Robinson
  • As we come to the end of this year’s Carers’ Week, give thanks for all those who look after family members and friends with illnesses / disabilities.  Pray for strength and support for them as many put their own lives on hold to care for a loved one.
  • For all those forming the UK’s newly elected government as the UK faces a difficult period of change.  Pray that they may make difficult decisions with wisdom and compassion, working for the common good and not for personal gain or prestige. Remember particularly people of faith within parliament struggling to remain true to their beliefs whilst working for justice for all people, including those who do not share those beliefs.
  • With thanksgiving for the work going on within the South East Northumbria Ecumenical Area, this week thinking particularly of the church families in Seaton Delaval and Seghill with their minister, Revd Greg Thompson, and of St George’s URC in Morpeth with their minister, Revd Ron Forster
  • For compassion for all those who, through fear of violence, persecution, starvation, war, natural disaster, forced marriage - the reasons seem endless - have had to leave their homes, families or countries and seek refuge elsewhere.  Remember that, even when the headlines disappear, the suffering does not and that
    “Any man's death diminishes me,
    Because I am involved in mankind,
    And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    It tolls for thee.” (John Donne)

June 11th

We pray that the Lord will make us an instrument of his peace.

Where there is hatred, inspired by extremism, fuelled by desire for revenge, encouraged by fear,   

                                …. let us sow love.

Where there is doubt, that goodness will prevail over hate, that light will overcome darkness,                       

   ….faith.

Where there is despair, that peace will return, that lives will not be wasted either perpetrating violence or as victims of violence,                   

 ….hope.

Where there is darkness, as we watch atrocities on the TV news and listen to the analysis and forecasts,                 

 ….light.

Where there is sadness for those killed, injured, psychologically scarred, brainwashed, 

  ….joy.  

We pray that the Spirit will enter our own lives,

our everyday actions,

our interactions with others,

our tone of voice,

as we journey onwards with Jesus.

                         (Adapted from the prayer of St. Francis)

 

June 4th

This year “Thy Kingdom Come” is a worldwide call to prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Pray that more people will come to know Jesus Christ; that people will be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit; and that we will find new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ. Let us pray with others around the world for-

Joy

To those whose faith has grown stale, we pray the joy of freshness. To those separated from family and friends, we pray the joy of reunion. To those who are unemployed, we pray the joy of work. To all people in all places, we pray the joy of knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Amen.

Healing

Gracious God, we entrust to your love those longing to be healed: those in hospital, those at home, those whose addictions plague their life, those whose past still haunts them. Be with them in their pain, their frustration and their fear. Amen.

Forgiveness

God of justice and of mercy, we pray for those whose crimes seem beyond forgiveness: for those who kill, abuse, torture and exploit. Forgive them and us, whenever we hurt others. We ask this in Jesus’ name who called out, ‘Father, forgive them’, even as he died. Amen.

Peace

Light a candle and on pieces of paper write all the places in the world that lie heavily on your heart; the names of those you know who have no peace of mind; families where there is division. Place them around the candle and imagine each one being brought to Jesus and blessed.

Belonging

Gracious God, we pray for those longing to be accepted… longing to be acknowledged… longing to be given a second chance… longing to be loved…  May your kingdom come and transform their longing into joy.  Amen.

Wisdom

God of our universe, as we journey further in space, bless us with knowledge and wisdom, as we pioneer new treatments, develop social media, and live side by side. Bless us that your kingdom may come and your will be done. Amen.

 

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