Pray Without Ceasing
This week please remember in prayer:
- that The great love of God is revealed in the Son, Who came to this earth to redeem everyone. [Daniel T. Niles, Sri Lanka. HP 45]
- at this time of Remembrance to pray that Governments (of all parties) may repent of their promotion of the commercial arms trade which has fuelled conflict around the world and gives the lie to their pious mantra “Lest we forget”
- Jesus said: No-one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. [John 15.13-14 NRSV]
- the dear newly-wed Drs Becky and Bjorn Mannathukkaren, that they may always know God’s blessing and peace in their life together
- prisoners and staff at HMP Northumberland under new management by Sodexo, giving thanks for chaplains and volunteers bringing them the gospel of transformation through the love of Jesus
- dear friends recovering from or undergoing hospital treatment, among them David Pallett and others known to us; giving thanks for the compassionate care and consummate skill of healers in our Health Services
- the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka, that they may demand justice for the victims of brutal repression by security forces during and since the end of the long civil war. “undermining democracy and eroding the rule of law” [UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navanethem Pillay May, 2013].
- to praise God for the distinctive ministry of women in the Church, commending to Him especially the first women bishops of the Church of South India, of the Church of Ireland and the Church of Wales
- Jesu, Jesu, Fill us with your love, Show us how to serve the neighbours we have from you. [Tom Colvin: Ghanaian song HP 145]
This week please remember in prayer:
- the people of Zimbabwe where hunger is ignored by the ruling party: and the Zimbabwe Victims’ Support Fund taking food, at some risk, to 1000s in poverty in Matabeleland
- people suffering the loneliness or misunderstanding of their depression, mental illness, disability or dementia; and to give thanks that some are helped, by the hospitality of our Church Centre and by CONTACT Morpeth volunteers, to rebuild their confidence and faith
- all engaged in combating people-trafficking, especially of children: in this country alone over 500 children are being abused in domestic or sexual slavery
- to give thanks for courageous rescuers and peacemakers in Syria who try to save lives, shelter and feed refugees and negotiate ways of reconciliation and healing for that stricken people, and that our Government is making a huge contribution to ensure young Syrians can receive or continue vital education to equip them for a better future
- all who need and receive TLC at the end of life - in St. Oswald’s Hospice, in our Hospitals, Nursing and Care Homes and at home by Macmillan, Marie Curie and NHS nursing services; giving thanks for dedicated skills so compassionately offered
We remember before you those affected by Cyclone Phailin in India.
We pray for the 900,000 people who were evacuated,
For the 12 million who are affected in the aftermath, 1 million of whom lost their homes and livelihoods
For the poor and marginalised who are always hardest hit when a disaster like this strikes. Maker of heaven and earth, Be their help.
[Christian Aid and partner agencies in India]
This week - All Saints-tide - in prayer please remember:
- to commend to the God of all comfort those who recently have lost loved ones or who find grief more acute on anniversaries; giving thanks for all saints present and departed whose lives continue to touch ours and whose memories we cherish
- dear friends recovering from or coping with medical problems, surgery and therapies; asking that they and their loved ones may be comforted and strengthened in these trials: among them Alan Sanderson, David Pallett, Bill Robson
- to join in the theme prayer of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea: “God of Life, lead us to justice and peace” within and among Christians as an example and witness to a world weary of injustice, greed and enmity
- we continue to ask God’s blessing on the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir as they visit more churches and communities around the country; and upon our partners in mission the Kamuzinda Victory Church in Uganda faithfully spreading God’s Word in and beyond their congregation
- the 122 Christians killed and 168 injured in the terror bombing on Sunday 22 September of All Saints Church, Peshawar, Pakistan, noting that on the following Sundays many Muslims linked arms to form protective chains around Christian churches in Karachi and Lahore, and that attendances at Christian worship in Pakistan increased: praise God for the courage of all these people of courage and faith
- today, Bible Sunday, we join in this prayer:
- Lord, so shape your people by your word that we will bring life and hope to all around us through Jesus, your living Word. We ask this for your glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. [The Bible Society]
In prayer this week:
- to give thanks and praise for our Harvest Festival - the Supper, the Family Thanksgiving Service, the gifts that were brought and passed on to folks in need, the stunning floral arrangements bedecking the church in celebration of God’s bountiful providence
- today Health Care Sunday, following the feast of St Luke, the “beloved physician” (Friday 18th) we commend to God’s healing power and comfort our friends and many others in sickness, frailty, pain or grief, praying especially for nurses and assistants in our Care Homes, and medical and nursing staff in our Hospitals often working long and unsocial hours
- this is One World Week with the theme: “More than Enough?” and Archbishop Romero’s words: “Aspire not to HAVE more but to BE more”, just as our Lord Jesus Christ aspired not to be equal with God (although he was God) but through his utter self-giving became the Saviour of the world
- to give thanks and pray for our Church Council meeting on Thursday evening, that the guidance of the Holy Spirit may lead to wise, bold decisions for our growth and witness
- give thanks for Christian witness in their communities of our sister churches in Cramlington (Welcome and Doxford Place), Seaton Delaval (Elsdon Avenue) , Seghill and Annitsford and their ministers Revds Moorhouse, Sellers and Tracey and for the privilege of worshipping together with them at Elsdon Avenue this afternoon (4 pm)
- the forthcoming training course for Worship Leaders (in November), that there may be a good response to the call to serve in our churches (MMC included) in this important ministry
the Preachers’ and Worship Leaders’ Study Day on 2nd November to be led by Revd Jeff Thomas: “Nourishing
In prayer this week:
- as we praise God for Harvest blessings, we pray that the fruit of the Spirit may be abundantly evident in our lives, homes, families and neighbourhood: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
- we pray that, following Ofsted’s trenchant criticism of RE in Secondary Schools, the recruitment, training and deployment of RE teachers may become a Government priority; that we Christians may see that God is holding open the door for His Word to reach new generations of our people; and blessing the work of school chaplains and Mustard Tree Trust in many of our First Schools: to Him be the praise and the glory!
- let us keep in loving remembrance friends who are this week undergoing surgery (David Pallett), medical investigations (Mike Gaunt), recovering from serious illness (Bill Robson) and those living with disability and long-term therapy
- we praise God our Creator for the beautiful world in which he has set us and pray that all nations may recognize that our continuing pollution of the atmosphere and oceans threatens catastrophe to all living things including humankind; may God shake us out of our complacency, selfishness and denial of the warning signs
- Dear Lord, we pray for the things we need to come quickly: to the hungry, food; to the weeping, joy; to the thirsty, water; to those living with war, peace; to those in poverty, a truly human life. Give us patience to work for your kingdom. Give us hope, that we may not weary in proclaiming it. Give us vision to see your kingdom around us in the ordinary. Give us light to see the horizon where your kingdom is fully known, in Jesus Christ. Amen.
[Revd Richard Teal, Cumbria, in Methodist Prayer Handbook Day 9]
In prayer this week
- we remember with thanksgiving the lovely Summer we have enjoyed: the sunshine, warmth, colours and light, the times spent outdoors, holidays and outings; and we pray especially for older people facing approaching Winter with apprehension and sadness: the cold, the long nights, slippery pavements, blustery winds: God make us bearers of light and hope to one another and to friend and stranger alike
- Praise God for the ordination of Pastor Daniel as Bishop of Masaka District and ask his blessing upon the work of Kamuzinda Victory Church as it strives to meet the demands of this new office: pray for success in their search for an office in Masaka town and for a motor vehicle to help with overseeing more than 150 churches and for the new radio programme they are developing to help spread the Gospel ever wider.
- we celebrate the realisation of John Wesley’s affirmation that “the world is my parish”, initiated in his lifetime of evangelism and the beginnings 200 years ago of Methodist mission overseas as well as locally and across our nations; and we pray for the enthusiasm that “thinks globally and acts locally” to make known the love of God to everyone around us
- we continue to ask that the violence and brutality of the civil war in Syria may cease, that justice and mercy may prevail and that peace may come to the millions of distressed people
- we praise God for the fellowship and encouragement of Men’s Breakfast weekend away, Women’s Network Day at Newbiggin, Messy Church yesterday at Storey Park - all refreshing and challenging us to introduce others to our Lord and Friend, Jesus
- we ask God’s blessing on our sister churches at Amble, North Broomhill, Widdrington Methodist, Ashington Trinity and Harwood Court MHA, their ministers, leaders and preachers.
This week in prayer please remember:
- Today, Back to Church Sunday, all those who used to come to church but who, for whatever reason have drifted away. May God give them assurance that we would welcome them back and not judge them.
- The people of Kenya coming to terms with the dreadful events at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Pray for peace and unity in that country and comfort those who have lost loved ones remembering to thank God for the courage of those who helped get hostages to safety.
- The people of Pakistan coping with the aftermath both of natural disaster in Balochistan with hundreds dead and homeless following the earthquake there and of man-made disaster with the deaths of 17 people in a bus bombing in Peshawar.
- The residents of Acapulco where 20,00 people are still living in shelters following torrential rain and flooding
- The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir as they leave us to continue their UK tour giving thanks for the blessing of the music and stories they have shared with us
- Members of our church family who are unwell and recovering from recent surgery or illness or who are facing the prospect of surgery in the near future asking for healing for them and strength for those who care for them
- All those involved in the party conferences being held by our political parties that God may give them wisdom, common sense, humility and compassion as they try to work out future policies
This week in prayer please remember:
- today, Peacemaking Sunday, to join in the prayer: “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”. This is “an active prayer – a witness to faith, a cry of hope and a pledge to be disciples for peace together.” May God give courage and grace to all who work for reconciliation and peace in war-torn nations and divided communities.
- with thanksgiving, chaplains ministering to patients, families, carers and staff, valued and sought after by Northumbria Health Care Trust (three chaplaincy vacancies need to be filled) as vital members of the hospitals’ teams and linking with pastoral care in our churches and communities
- several members who are seriously ill (Mike Donaldson. David Pallett, Bill Robson, Alan Sanderson), entreating the Lord for their recovery and comfort for their loved ones
- to give thanks for the work of our Family and Pastoral Committees (the latter meeting on Wednesday evening) advising Church Council on how Our Calling to Christian discipleship, service and witness in our neighbourhood is to be developed under the guidance and grace of the Holy Spirit
- with affection our sister churches here in Morpeth (St George’s), and at Blyth (Central and URC), Newbiggin (St Andrew’s/St Mark’s) and Seghill, and pray for leaders and preachers in all our Area churches who faithfully open up the Word of God and lead His people in worship
- with gratitude all the saints who have gone before us - most recently Audrey Robinson -that their example may inspire us also to follow joyfully in the way of Jesus.
This week in prayer please remember:
- while giving thanks for the super weekend enjoyed by our young 13+ people at Alton Towers, we pray for Lucy and Emma whose father died on Monday, that they and all their family may know the comfort and peace of God in their sorrow and loss; and may He strengthen the bonds of friendship and love among the 13+ group supporting them
- with thanksgiving the Induction to the Parish of Morpeth as Rector of the Revd Simon White, praying that he and Mrs White and their children may already feel at home among us
- praising God for the safe arrival of our young friends, the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, we pray that their joyous singing and personal witness to the love of Christ may touch many hearts and bless all who meet them
- earnestly to continue in prayer for the suffering people of Syria - those who have fled for shelter in neighbouring countries and those who remain amid the carnage of the brutal civil war: “May God convict and redeem all who call for further killing, may the horrors of these days give fresh determination to the peacemakers, and may we see conflict here no more.” [from prayer inspired by Psalm 130]
- to give thanks for the encouraging start to the Sycamore Tree programme on restorative justice for prisoners at HMP Northumberland, Acklington; and to pray for growing trust and fellowship between volunteers an chaplains serving the staff, the prisoner and their families
- friends suffering serious illness or facing surgery (Bill Robson, David Pallett, Mike Donaldson) and those making a good recovery (Maureen Coulson, Colin Colclough), and faithfully supporting elderly friends in our residential homes and at home alone.
Light and Hope the New Methodist Prayer Handbook for 2013-2014, our vital aid to Daily prayer for the Church and the world, is now on sale in the foyer, price £3.30.
This week in prayer please remember:
- our sister churches at Alnmouth, Hauxley, Pegswood St Margaret’s and Widdrington URC asking God’s blessing upon their work and witness in their communities
- to ask that God will confound the obscenity, futility and waste of the international trade in weapons of war and give a voice to all who oppose it especially those protesting this week at the International Arms Fair in London, the so-called Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition, to which even Assad’s Syrian military are invited!
- the new Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network being set up throughout the Methodist Church in Britain to enhance the training of and resources for leaders in every congregation, circuit and District, of preachers and worship leaders, ministers and deacons so that we may truly become “a Discipleship Movement shaped for Mission” in the 21st Century [ see latest News Release: copies in foyer, and METHODIST RECORDER 06/09/2013]
- the pastoral care of our congregation, each one of us in need of each other’s loving care; and, in obedience to our Lord’s command: Love one another as I have loved you, to continue especially to pray for and offer practical kindness to the sick, the grieving, the anxious, the lonesome and the housebound
- as schools, colleges and universities begin a new term, we remember students, teachers and department heads, especially those entering on a new adventure in higher education; we praise God for the Christian foundations of our schools and universities believing that “Reverence for the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 1.7)
As we enter a new Methodist Year, let us with confidence:
- ask for God’s blessing upon our new minister Revd Gary and Mrs Ridley, giving thanks for their coming among us; and praying also for Revd Paul and Mrs Paul Cleever-Thorpe as they enter today into their new sphere of service in Sunderland Circuit
- sharing in the sorrow of Neil and family in the loss of dear Audrey, we praise God for her life of faith, worship and loving service now given its full expression in heaven
- continue to pray for friends who are or have been ill or bereaved and are in need of loving care and encouragement, remembering particularly Paul Crook following the death of his mother
- with the leaders of the Methodist Church in Britain, the Baptist Union and the United Reformed Church pray: “At this time of challenge and uncertainty we pray for the people of Syria, thinking especially of those who have suffered or died as a result of an apparent use of chemical weapons near Damascus. We also pray for wisdom and discernment from political leaders in Britain and other nations. (May they) take time for careful consideration and resist hasty response (remembering that) Syria has experienced a cycle of violence for too long. We pray that our nation’s response will be guided by the desire to achieve peace though working with all regional partners and with the United Nations.” [Free Churches’ statement on the crisis, 28/08/2013]
- praise God for the courage and endurance of Christians in Egypt where many churches and the Bible Society Bookshop have been burned down and lives threatened in the present unrest.