Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing

April 23rd

is week, please pray

  • We pray for the work of Christian Aid, working with people in South Sudan, campaigning against climate change that threatens the livelihoods of people living in countries such as South Sudan, and their project Gardens do Good encouraging people in this country to grow their own food while helping Christian Aid work with people in other countries grow food for themselves.
  • For those who are working to reduce the stigma of mental health, such as Princes Harry and William, and encouraging particularly young males to share and talk about problems. Suicide remains the largest cause of death in young people (under 35) in the UK.
  • We pray for anyone who has recently started attending church services for the first time, or returned to church after an absence, that they may find spiritual companionship.
  • For the work of the Methodist church in Morpeth and Pegswood as we await the ministry of Rev. Antony Oakley. We pray that church members will resolve to be active to continue the mission of Morpeth Methodist Church, both as inreach to members and outreach to our community.
  • We give thanks that we live in a country where Christians can safely attend church and witness to their Christian experiences. We remember the Coptic church in Egypt and pray that God will be with them as they suffer from attacks such as the Palm Sunday bombings.

April 16th

This Easter, please pray

  • For peace in the world remembering the many, many societies for whom peace seems an empty word as they live amidst violence, war, prejudice, hatred and persecution.  Pray particularly for Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan the Middle East.
  • As we eat chocolate and Sunday dinner and celebrate, remember those who are hungry this Easter - refugees, the homeless, and particularly those affected by the famine in Africa.
  • For those in our church family, or who are known to us, who are unwell, or in hospital, remembering particularly Elsie Gordon 
  • With joy and thanksgiving for the many gifts which are ours this Easter, for those who love us and whom we love, for the beauty of new life in the world around us as spring flowers bloom and birds sing in the hedgerows, for the happiness of children on school holidays and, most of all, for the salvation which is ours through Jesus Christ, our Lord:

Sovereign Lord,
your hand has touched
the dry bones of our faith,
your Word has breathed
new life where there was death,
your spirit raised
us up from where we lay,
your love has brought
us home and to your Cross,
and by your grace
we stand forgiven, free.
Hallelujah!

John C Birch

April 9th

This week, please pray

  • At this time of Lent and Easter, leading to Pentecost- let us hold before God in prayer the life changing message of the gospel for all people. God loves the world and each and every person. Jesus lived a while on earth and lives on in God’s spirit, in the lives of all who seek God and follow God’s call to new living each day. Let us pray that people in this country and around the world will hear about Jesus and come to know and welcome Jesus into their lives.
  • Pray for all families struggling to cope financially, whether in work or not. New government benefit cuts are to limit support for just the first 2 children in a family. These cuts will ignore the needs additional children and are likely to further impoverish those families. Pray for our government- that they make these types of decisions with compassion and wisdom.
  • We pray for all affected by and involved in last week’s attacks on Westminster bridge and the Houses of Parliament. May God bring healing to those hurting in body or mind. May God change the hearts of those who seek to harm and destroy human life for political ends.
  • We pray for urgent assistance for the people of Khan Sheikhoun in the north of Syria; where many have died and many more are affected by deadly airborne chemicals; where medical supplies are very limited. Let us pray also for the people of Columbia where landslides have claimed hundreds of lives and many people are missing. 
  • Let us support in prayer the spiritual growth and mission of all local churches. This week we are asked to pray for the churches and communities of Stakeford and Ashington Trinity and Rev Jim Magee- that together they may respond to Jesus’s call and share his love with all.

April 2nd

This week, please pray

  • For those charged with negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, both in this country and on behalf of the EU.  Pray that there may be goodwill and wisdom on both sides as we strive to find a way forward which can benefit all the people of Europe.
  • With thanksgiving for the many, many people of different nationalities, colours, and religions who stood together on Westminster Bridge this week to show unity in their rejection of terrorism, and give support for all those who were killed and injured.  Give thanks for all those who seek to build bridges and understanding between communities.
  • For the people of Northern Ireland as the parliament there strives to find a way forward after the deadline for forming a new power sharing executive passed.  Give thanks for all those who have worked over the years for peace in that land, remembering particularly all who, like Martin McGuinness, turned from violence, showing all of us that, with God’s help, hearts and minds can be changed
  • Giving thanks for the universal gift of music which can be shared by people of all lands, and particularly for those who work to bring its joy to our young people: music teachers; choir leaders; brass band leaders; parents who sing nursery rhymes to their babies; leaders of pre-school groups such as Jo Jingles and our own Rainbow Rhythms; the Northumberland Music Service
  • For the South East Northumberland Ecumenical Area, thinking this week of all who worship at St George’s URC and  Widdrington URC with their minister, Revd Ron Forster, and of the people of Stakeford with their minister, Revd Jim Magee

March 26th

This week, please pray

  • Pray that God’s Spirit will pour into the lives of all who search for him as Easter approaches. That many will meet with Jesus, who saves and gives new life and hope.
  • Let us give God thanks for the beauty and bounty of the oceans and rivers and for relaxation, recreation and enjoyment they offer. We pray for people worldwide whose livelihoods depend on fishing. We pray that action is taken worldwide to stop pollution of the oceans so that fish and plant life can recover and flourish.
  • Pray for the work of charities such as Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service, who offer support and refuge for adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse. Pray for someone known to us or whom we read about in the news who is struggling right now. Pray that God may heal and keep them safe.
  • We pray for the healing of the nations, their leaders, their people, that God will put a new spirit of peace and goodwill into all hearts. That God will bring peace, understanding and a working together between the nations in these troubled times.
  • We give thanks for all the caring and thoughtful deeds, often unnoticed, by people doing all they can to help others in times of need. We pray that all who care for and support others whether paid or voluntary may be sustained by God’s love and strength.  We pray for people we know who are in hospital, recovering, or coping with long term health problems.

March 19th

This week, please pray;

  • For those suffering ill health that they may feel supported by those around them, particularly Rhona Dunn and Ken Baker in our community.
  • We pray for those attending Lent groups at this time of year, that they may foster greater insight into the working of the spirit in their lives, and obtain fellowship from those in the groups.
  • For the family of Morpeth lady Heather Foggo who died tragically last weekend while taking part in a cross-country race in the Scottish Borders. We think of her husband and children who are having to deal with the unforeseen loss that has changed their lives. We think also of other people who are dealing with bereavement, whether recent or past.
  • We give thanks for the food that we eat, often in abundance. For the farmers, gardeners, transport systems, shops and supermarkets that meet our needs. We pray that an evermore sustainable and fair distribution of food will be developed to continue meeting our needs and those of others.
  • And we also pray for those in Nigeria, Yemen, Sudan and Kenya. Their need for food and disaster relief is great, beyond our comprehension. Let us be compassionate in our wealth and give generously to appeals, and reflect that behind the disaster the causes are often climate change and poverty.

March 12th

This week please pray for

  • The people of East Africa where protracted civil conflicts, entrenched economic crises, droughts and unpredictable rainfall have led to widespread food insecurity.  In particular pray for the work that ‘All We Can’ is doing with its international humanitarian aid partners to respond to the immediate urgent needs of South Sudan.  See Methodist website for details.
  • For the Church Council meeting on Wednesday this week. 
    Pray for guidance in making decisions which will strengthen our church and help us to move forward together.
  • As the SENEA churches pray for US this week let us remember them.
    In particular pray for all those who hold positions on Area Committees and that more people will feel called to put themselves forward to serve in this way. Pray for our Area preachers and Worship leaders.  In particular pray for those who have recently put themselves forward to train as preachers and worship leaders and for those who support them in their training. 
    Pray that others may hear the call to become preachers or worship leaders in our Area.
  • For all members of our church family, particularly any who are unwell or going through difficult times at the moment.  And pray for our pastoral visitors that they may be enabled to provide compassionate support.
  • Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit that we may wisely use this season of Lent:-
    ‘Lord, thank-you for this time of Spiritual renewal:
    We so often complain that we have no time,
    No time to pray
    No time to listen
    We rush about in our busyness complaining that time is against us.
    Lord you have given us forty days of Lent:
    Help us not to waste them’

March 5th

This week, please pray 

        For the many adults and children migrating to Europe; many who are camped at the borders or at point of entry and are

        prevented from travelling on. Pray for a compassionate and

        generous response, that their basic needs this winter may be met, as they wait for decisions to be made.

Along with the SENEA group of churches this week - for the fellowship and witness of Pegswood church; and also for the Alnmouth church and their minister Rev Lynda Coulthard. May God richly bless these two communities, that Jesus may

be encountered.

For prisoners and staff in overcrowded and understaffed

 prisons. For prisoners in their cells rather than attending

rehabilitation, vocational training and education sessions.

May the love of God and light of Jesus shine to transform lives.

For all whom we know who are suffering and struggling with life and health at this time. This week please hold in prayer -Genevieve and her family; and Jean and Mike Gaunt and their family, as Mike’s mum died last week.

That this time of Lent may be a time to reflect on the things of God through the many resources and groups offered.

And perhaps to think about taking on the 40 acts challenge to do Lent generously. Go to https://40acts.org.uk to find out more.

That the next few weeks we might journey on in faith and action with Jesus and so make a difference.

February 26th

  • For the people of East Africa and Yemen facing extreme food shortages and in need of urgent support, following years of drought and unpredictable rainfall and civil conflicts.  Think particularly of South Sudan where famine has been declared.  Give thanks for all those who are working to provide humanitarian assistance. (East Africa Famine Appeal www.allwecan.org.uk/famine)
  • For all those suffering the results of violent and extreme weather across the globe: bush fires in Australia and New Zealand; cyclones in the Pacific regions and hurricanes in the Atlantic causing flooding and damage on opposite sides of the globe; Storm Doris here at home - thinking particularly of those sleeping rough in these extreme conditions.
  • For all those within our church family who are unwell, or recovering from illness - Christine Nuttall, Ron & Win Morris in particular and for those coping with illness in a family member, thinking especially of Mike & Jean Gaunt as they care for Mike’s mother.
  • As we share lunch together today, give thanks for the work of Church Action on Poverty and pray that the people of this bountiful earth may learn to share its  wealth more justly.
  • With thanksgiving for the time which families have spent together over the half term holiday, whether at home or away and for the fresh eyes with which children look at the world reminding us that “nature is never spent;  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things” ( Gerard Manley Hopkins “God’s Grandeur”) and helping to restore our own sense of wonder

February 19th

  • For the people of Syria, less visible on our TV screens as the fighting in Aleppo has subsided, but still suffering as their homes and economy have been destroyed and peace appears fragile.
  • We pray for the Church of England as it wrestles with differing views on same-sex marriage, and for all those who seek to interpret the words of Jesus in our time.
  • For the environment of Morpeth, kingfishers by the river, people enjoying a walk in Carlisle Park, and the occasional sight of a red squirrel in Athey’s Dene. That they may appreciate the wonder of creation and find peace in tranquil surroundings.
  • For the work of churches in SENEA, particularly for Doxford Place, Cramlington and the Rev. Adele Moorhouse.
  • To give thanks for those members of Morpeth Methodist Church that feel called to serve the church in various ways.  Pray that volunteers may be found for positions currently empty and to help with LA services.
  • As Lent approaches, give thanks for the Ecumenical nature of the study groups being arranged and pray that they may help the participants to a deeper understanding of the Gospel and promote a true feeling of brotherhood amongst the different churches in the town.

February 12th 2017

This week please pray:

  • With thanksgiving for the work of the Mighty Oaks group, providing free coffee on Saturday nights, remembering too their need for volunteers and a new van details on sheets in the coffee lounge & on http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-mighty-oaks-van
  • For people who feel they are not wanted anywhere thinking particularly this week of Somalian refugees in the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya giving thanks that the Kenyan High Court has ruled against the forced repatriation of its 260,000 inhabitants to what is still a war zone.  Pray too for peace in Somalia.
  • For all those working within the NHS: doctors, nurses, health assistants, chaplains, cleaners, radiographers, therapists, teachers, maintenance staff, ambulance drivers, administrators - all working to provide health care and support to people who need it regardless of race, religion, gender or wealth.  Give thanks for their dedication and skill and pray for solutions to the funding, staffing ad morale crises hitting large sectors of our health service
  • For members of our church family whose health is a concern thinking particularly of Christine Nuttall, Ron & Win Morris, Seana Sommerville
  • For leaders of countries and governments praying that the wisdom and love of God may guide them in all they do as they tackle almost insurmountable problems to the best of their abilities.  Pray particularly for Theresa May, Donald Trump, Bashar al-Assad, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping & Vladimir Putin
  • On this Racial Injustice Sunday,
    We pray for reconciliation through the work of God’s  Spirit. Wherever there is division and divisiveness between us and others, because of our culture or ethnicity we pray that we may all be led to reconciliation, understanding and  acceptance.

February 5th 2017

This week please pray

  • Giving thanks for the world we live in, for God created abundant plant and animal life on earth to flourish and coexist with humans. Seeing the fascinating lives of animals and birds in the wild or filmed on TV, helps us to sense God’s presence and amazing provision for this planet. We pray for wild animals being sold as pets, for endangered animals and for their habitats under threat.
  • For people struggling with depression, debilitating anxieties and fears which affect their wellbeing, daily lives, their ability to work and cope with life. We give thanks for NHS services, support charities and those families and friends giving support as best they can.
  • Each week we are asked to pray and give thanks for other SENEA churches (south east Northumberland ecumenical area), of which this church is part. Let us pray for those communities and for the people, activities, worship and outreach of those churches.  This week we pray for St Andrew’s and St Mark’s church at Newbiggin and their minister Jim Magee; - and for the Elsdon Avenue  church in Seaton Delaval and their minister Greg Thompson.
  • We pray that the current angry protests against politicians and policies may remain peaceful. That God through his spirit may engender respect, calm and dialogue between people who want to be heard, who feel voiceless and who are discriminated against. We give God thanks for people who speak for peace and speak wisdom in troubled situations around the world.
  • Let us celebrate and give God thanks for the many blessings we often take for granted. That we be mindful of and grateful for his presence in all our lives day by day.

 

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