Pray Without Ceasing
- 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.
January 29th 2017
This week, please pray
- For forgiveness for times when we have done things which are wrong with the best of intentions, acknowledging that the end cannot justify the means if the means itself is evil, and remembering that a fair and just and humane society can only be built using methods which are themselves fair and just and humane
- With thanksgiving for the time spent by our church family in reflection last Sunday and for God’s help and guidance as we try to move forward into the kind of community we wish to be: caring for each other, supporting those who need help, reaching out to those who don’t know God and committing ourselves to ‘make Christ visible in the world’.
- For refugees sleeping rough in winter weather, remembering particularly those on the streets in Serbia (where temperatures have been as low as -12°C, even during the day) who are too afraid to accept offers of places in asylum centres and thinking especially of the children amongst them.
- For the work of the West End Refugee Service, giving thanks for the volunteers who support it and praying that they will find a solution to their funding crisis (details on noticeboard in Coffee Lounge)
- For all those who work in our prisons in difficult, often dangerous, situations - prison officers, medical/counselling staff, chaplaincy staff, teachers - all who try to help offenders rehabilitate, giving thanks for their courage and commitment and remembering particularly staff in HMP Northumberland. Pray that together we may build a society where all people feel valued and included - and where we will find it unnecessary to imprison so many of our populace.
January 22nd 2017
This week, please pray
- For a peaceful solution to the crisis in The Gambia as Senegalese troops enter the country to enforce the transfer of power to President Barrow and the removal of Yahya Jammeh
- Remembering that, whilst democracy may not be perfect, it is better than all the other solutions, give thanks for the peaceful transfer of power in the United States and pray for wisdom and guidance for the new administration there
- For those known to us who are ill or unhappy and who are finding life a struggle at the moment
- With thanksgiving, for those working in very cold, difficult conditions to try to rescue survivors and recover the bodies of those who have perished in the combination of earthquake, avalanche and landslide in Abruzzo this week. Pray too for the victims and their families.
- For this church as it thinks about its way forward, striving to ‘Make Christ Visible in the World’ and to serve this community
- On Homeless Sunday as we remember all those who, like the Son of Man, have no place to lay their heads (Mat 8:20), be they refugees, those in financial crisis, those who struggle with mental illness, those fleeing from abuse at home - with many churches across the country, we pray:
Loving God, in your house there is room for everyone. Help us as we strive for a world where everyone has a home that truly meets their needs. Give us the grace to welcome strangers and refugees.
Give us the insight to see where inequality hurts. Fill us with courage to do our part.
Save us from being overwhelmed by the scale of the housing crisis, and show us, O Lord, where to begin. Amen
January 15th 2017
This week, please pray
- For all those across the country who have been adversely affected by the weather, those whose homes have been damaged or who have had power cut off. Think particularly of elderly and disabled people, many of whom are confined to their homes when snow is on the ground.
- With thanksgiving for the joy which, in spite of its accompanying problems, the snow brings to children (and adults too) with snowmen and sledging and snowball fights
- For the work of churches within SENEA, thinking this week particularly of Bedlington Trinity and Blyth United Reformed Church led by Revd Greg Thompson, and of Blyth Central and Cowpen and their minister, Revd Ann Shepherdson
- For those within our church family who are unwell or recovering from illness.
- For the peoples of the United States as a new President is inaugurated on Saturday 20th January. Pray for wisdom, compassion and tolerance for Donald Trump, his Vice-President, Mike Pence, and for all of the new team coming into office with them.
- As we begin the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity we give thanks, in this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, for the justification of humanity through grace alone and repent of the deep divisions afflicting the universal church in its ministry of reconciliation:
Grant, O God that, as there is but one Spirit, one Lord, one faith and one hope of our calling; so your church, being one body, may draw all nations to the one baptism as children of the one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all, now and evermore. Amen (Methodist Recorder, P10, based on Ephesian 4: 4-6)
January 8th 2017
As we begin a New Year, please pray:
- Giving thanks for God’s promise of a new beginning for each of us fulfilled in the gift of salvation through Jesus.
- For wisdom for all those in positions of power in the governance of our country: members of the Westminster Parliament and of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies. Pray that decisions affecting the future of each country within the United Kingdom will be made with humility, prayer and concern for the long term, common good and not merely for short term gain and prestige for those who make those decisions
- For ministers within SENEA that they may have the health and strength, both physical and spiritual, which they need to guide and lead the churches within the area into the future in both traditional, ‘inherited’ ways and in ‘new ways of being church’, so that more people may come to know the love and forgiveness of God
- For all those working with young people: teachers; leaders of Scout, Guide and Brigade organizations; Junior Church leaders; sports group trainers; volunteers running Duke of Edinburgh schemes; foster parents and those caring for ‘looked after’ children; people running after school clubs - all those working to help our young people grow into the responsible, independent, caring adults of tomorrow
- For all those for whom the beginning of a New Year may not bring any relief from fear or pain or sadness: those in mourning; those who are sick in mind or body; refugees from war, poverty or persecution; those with no home to call their own; those living on the breadline trying to choose between heating their homes or feeding their children. Pray that as individuals and as a society we may not stop working to relieve such suffering.
December 25th - Christmas Day
This Christmas, please pray:
- With penitence for the evil being done in the world, much of it in the name of religion, idealism, freedom - but in reality for the human flaws of greed, hatred, fear, intolerance and the lust for power
- With compassion for those for whom Christmas will be a dark and fearful time this year thinking especially of those in war torn Syria, Yemen, East Chad, Iraq, Afghanistan
- With friendship for those who are remembering loved ones lost recently or longer ago and are feeling lonely and bereft, pushed aside from celebrations which seem to have little to do with them
- With practical help for those who are cold and roofless this Christmas and who are dependent on the help of food banks and refugee assistance for their next meal
- With admiration and support for those who are working on the front line of all these situations as God’s hands in the world to comfort and heal and feed and clothe and love as the hands of Jesus did 2000 years ago and remembering, with humility, that we are God’s hands in our own neighbourhoods
- With joy and wonder and thanksgiving for God’s gift of his Son to us and the depth of the love for us which brought him to us:
“Our God contracted to a span,
Incomprehensibly made Man”
In this Advent Season,
Lord, we light Advent candles and Christmas lights but, as we look out from our decorated, cheerful streets, we see darkness in so many places around this world. We need the light of your presence in so many places and situations:
- In Aleppo where atrocities are being committed by both sides on civilians, men, women and children caught in the middle without food, without water, without medicine, Lord, bring the light of your hope
- In Yemen where millions have been displaced by fighting and millions more don’t know where their next meal will come from, Lord, bring the light of your peace
- In Africa, where drought has resulted in famine in many places (and where we remember particularly our friends in Uganda), Lord, bring the light of your Living Water
- In our church family where many face the darkness of bereavement and illness, Lord, bring the light of your Comforter
- In our divided society where people can be abused and hated for their colour, creed, sexuality, gender, disability or difference, show us the light of your image shining in every human person
Lord, while we see the darkness all around and many fight to combat it, from governments, through Aid Agencies, Charities down to individuals, teach us to rejoice that
“ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
John’s Gospel vs 1 -5
In this Advent Season please pray:
- For those of our church family facing difficult times through illness and bereavement remembering particularly Chris McPhillips, Mary Kendall, Alex Robinson, Maureen Robson, Caroline Weldon and Tom Smith.
- Giving thanks for scientists and doctors working patiently, year on year, in research into possible treatments and cures for conditions which can blight the lives of many people, remembering particularly the work of Cancer Research, Action Research for Children, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
- For our sister churches in SENEA, thinking particularly this week of churches in Alnwick and Amble under the guidance of Revd Lynda Coulthard, and of Bedlington Colliery whose minister, Revd Adel Moorhouse is currently unwell.
- With thanksgiving for the overwhelming outpouring of donations for refugees coming into the local area. Pray that the families who have already arrived, and those who are soon to join them, will find that this is a place where they will feel welcomed and safe, and where they can make new friends who will help them to rebuild their lives in peace.
- In spite of the commercial hype and secular schmaltz which surrounds us, seemingly inescapably, give thanks that the “count down to Christmas” affords us an opportunity to talk about our faith to many who might not listen at any other time of year and ask that we may have the confidence to speak out when we can.
- Give thanks too for those working to make sure that children hear about Jesus as well as Santa: our Junior Church leaders; Jackie Laidlaw (and helpers) working with our Uniformed Groups and with local schools.