Pray Without Ceasing

October 23rd

This week, please remember:

  • Men, women and children caught up in the battle for Mosul, fleeing their homes in fear for their lives and the agencies trying to care for the huge number who have been displaced by the fighting
  • The people of Aleppo, praying for an end to the bombardment of civilians, hospitals and aid convoys and remembering that ‘every life is valued by God and that the slaughter must end now.’ (joint statement released this week by The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, the Church of Scotland, Quakers in Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church )
  • To give thanks for the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago by Boko Haram, and to pray for the nearly 200 who are still unaccounted for as well as the families and communities from whom they were taken.
  • To pray for the people of the United States in the run up to their presidential election
  • To pray for all those within our church family who are suffering from, or recovering from health problems, especially those who have been in hospital and thinking particularly of Chris McPhillips, Dorothy Potts, Genevieve Bronsema, Alistair MacDonald, Enid Proud, Seana Sommerville, Nancy Smith.
  • To pray for all those who work with and pray for and lead and teach our young people.  Give thanks for the work being done with young people on these premises thinking particularly of the prayers written this week by the Beavers along with Jackie and placed in our prayer corner.
  • To give thanks for the beauty of the autumn as the trees turn to gold and fire, and the darkening of the evenings reminds us that God loves those in the autumn of their lives with the same passion as he does the young and that ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven’. (Ecclesiastes Ch 3 vs 1)

October 16th

This week, please remember:

  • To give thanks for the work of the Mustard Tree Trust reaching out to young people and children locally, thinking particularly of their monthly combined youth event, ‘Liquid’ which our 13+ will be attending this evening.
  • To pray for the Methodist Council as it meets this week, praying for its officers and members and for a time of renewal, commitment and courage as it receives and embraces the business, vision and insights brought to its agenda.
  • To pray for this country as a United Kingdom as it struggles to make sense of its future path, remembering those who are trying to work out the best way to manage our exit from the European Union and those who feel alienated by the prospect.
  • To pray for the people of Haiti and for the work being done there by All We Can together with many other aid agencies.  Remember particularly our mission partners with the Eglise Méthodiste d’Haïti, John & Sharon Harbottle, as they struggle to pick up the pieces of their work in  community health and Christian education.
  • To pray for all those who wake up afraid of what the day will bring. Whether the cause be abuse, poverty, war, slavery, health problems, loneliness - pray that God will grant them the assurance that nothing “in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).  Pray too that we will remember that we are the hands by which God shows that love in the world.

Without your presence, O Lord, we can do nothing, yet filled with your Spirit we can bring forth the fruits of love and peace.  To you therefore we fly for refuge and to you we surrender ourselves.  Your promises we trust and in your word we hope; for you we wait, the same Lord Jesus, yesterday, today and forever.  Amen

William Wilberforce

October 9th

This week, please remember:

  • Events taking place throughout the country as part of the Week of Action on Climate Change ( particularly in the light of this week’s decision to allow fracking in Lancashire and thinking especially of the Coffee Morning here on Thursday.
  • The peoples of the Caribbean and the South Eastern USA suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew and those of Northern Asia who are similarly affected by Super-typhoon Chaba, the fourth to hit the area in the last few weeks.
  • To pray for all those who struggle with mental illness, sometimes for a short period, sometimes throughout their lives, and their families, and to give thanks for those who work to help them.  On World Mental Health Day on Oct 16th, pray especially for those who provide ‘psychological first aid’ in times of crisis, many of whom are not trained health workers. Remember too the work being done by the Memory Café taking place twice monthly at MMC
  • To give thanks for the ministers, supernumerary ministers, and lay preachers working within SENEA to lead and care for the churches and people in Northumberland.
  • To pray for all those within our church family who are unwell or are recovering from illness, those with long-standing conditions, those who mourn, and for those who care for them.  We remember particularly Christine Nuttall, Seana Somerville, Alistair MacDonald, Ann Colclough, Enid Proud, Nancy Smith, Evelyn Winton and Chris McPhillips.

    I bring before you Lord God, the troubles and perils
    of peoples and nations,
    the sighing of prisoners and captives,
    the sorrows of the bereaved, the needs of strangers,
    the helplessness of the weak, the misery of the weary,
    the failing powers of the aging.
    Draw near to each one and comfort them.

St Anselm

October 2nd

This week, please remember:

  • As summer ends and autumn colours appear around us, to give thanks to God for the beauty and bounty of his creation remembering that we have a duty to be good stewards of this world and remembering those whose harvest has failed and who are threatened with great hardship in the months to come.
  • To pray for those in our church family who are suffering at the moment, through illness, anxiety or grief.  Help us to listen to you and be open in your guidance as to how best to support and care for all our members so each one feels that he/ she is valued and loved.
  • To give thanks for the time we have spent with our Ugandan friends as they move on to the next part of their tour.
  • As the nights and days grow colder, pray for all those with no roof over their heads: those in refugee camps, on the streets, those left homeless by natural disasters thinking particularly of the more than 2000 in Italy still sleeping in temporary structures after August’s earthquake and the people of Haiti still struggling after their devastating quake in 2010
  • To give thanks for local people giving up their time and effort to raise money over the past week for Christian Aid and Macmillan Cancer Support by holding coffee mornings, bake sales and street collections.
  • To pray for our political leaders during this party conference season.  Pray that kindness, generosity and common sense may prevail bringing healing to parties and a country divided and confused about the best way forward for all of us.  Teach us to understand that someone may disagree with us but yet be our brother and that we can make common cause together for the good of all.

God of many names and lover of all nations, grant us we pray,

Peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our nation,  and peace in our world; the peace of doing your will and the peace of knowing your presence; now and forever.  Amen (George Appleton)

September 25th

This week, please remember:

  • To pray for the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir as they continue to work with and perform for local schools as part of their tour.  Remember particularly Molly who has had to return to Uganda following the death of her mother.
  • To give thanks for the peaceful cooperation of so many countries who have taken part in the Olympic and Paralympic games over the summer helping to show us that courage, generosity, acceptance of difference and the longing for international friendship are not limited to any one race, culture or creed but are to be found in all peoples.
  • To give thanks for all those working for agencies trying to bring aid and medical assistance to communities which have been devastated by war: UNICEF, Médecins San Frontières, UOSSM, the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Tearfund and many others, praying for their safety and remembering particularly the families and friends of those killed in the convoy ambushed in Syria this week and those for whom the aid, now lost, was intended
  • To pray for peace alongside representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism who met this week with Pope Francis in Assisi.

Loving God, you have set us free in Christ Jesus!

As we stand in the liberty wherein you have made us free,

Enable your Church, through prayer and action,

To share this freedom with all who are:

Oppressed by rulers, structures and systems;

Marginalised because of race, gender, sexuality or economic status;

Bound by habits which imprison and degrade;

Silenced because they stand by their faith and for truth,

Until all experience life in all its fullness

And the truth which sets all people free.  Amen

(Olufemi Cole-Njie, day 23of the Methodist Church prayer handbook)

September 18th

This week, please remember:

  • with gratitude the dedicated leadership and quiet loyalty of many to humble tasks vital for the life and witness of our church; and for the many Area and District helpers supporting and encouraging us to be true to our calling to serve our community in the name of Jesus our Lord.
  • to give thanks that the passing into law of the amendment to the Finance Bill will make tax-dodging by many transnational businesses far harder and help all hard-pressed governments especially in developing countries alleviate the dire poverty of millions of their people: success of the Tax Justice campaign by Christian Aid and others can also be achieved when we Speak Up for people affected by Climate Change [see]
  • this World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel praise God for the examples of peace-making work in the Middle East, including aid agencies in the front line in conflicts e.g., in Aleppo and those seeking justice and peace between Israeli and Palestinian residents of the Holy Land [see]
  • to praise God for the work of our Children and Families Development Worker, Jackie and the many ways in which God’s invitation to families within and beyond the Church is being answered, praying especially for more volunteers for this many-faceted work
  • as we give thanks for an abundant harvest this year we pray for rural communities throughout our country where older people often feel isolated and vulnerable lacking community services, young people too poor to afford housing or transport to work, that there may also be a harvest of goodwill and support through lean and lonely times
  • all in need of our personal neighbourly care and concern: Jesus said, "Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brothers and sisters you did it to Me.”

September 11th

This week, please remember:

This week, please remember:

  • our brothers and sisters in the Area’s churches in Newbiggin, Ashington, Stakeford and Blyth praising God for their witness in their communities through worship, friendship and service, and for their leaders and ministers Revds Jim Magee and Ann Shepherdson
  • with thanksgiving how richly God has blessed our land this year with an abundant harvest; pray that those other countries suffering drought or adverse weather, that their people may get enough food from neighbours or relief to help them through famine and seed to sow next year. Pray too for the work of AllWeCan (MRDF), Christian Aid and other development agencies
  • as we prepare to welcome The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, we pray for their safe travel and vibrant witness among us to the joy of the Lord; pray for Uganda and our partners at Kamuzinda Victory Christian Church
  • To pray for those who mourn remembering all those who have sought help from our church this week and thinking particularly of Jackie Tallon and the family following Phillip’s death.
  • this Education Sunday, our young people beginning the new academic year in our schools and universities and especially those starting higher education and vocational training away from home: may they and their many fellow students from overseas soon make new Christian friends in student and church fellowships
  • we give thanks for the support by the British Methodist Church of education and training in other countries especially though the Scholarship and Leadership Training (SALT) Programme which funds men and women to study advanced or post-graduate courses in a cross-cultural setting; courses are currently running in Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria and Hong Kong
  • to give thanks for the persistence of peace-makers trying to bring an end to the terrible strife in Syria: may they believe in God’s power to reconcile seemingly implacable enemies and so save suffering people from fear, famine and violent death in their beloved besieged cities and towns.

September 4th

This week, please remember:

  • as we enter a new Methodist year, let us praise God for the opportunities we have to make Jesus known in our families, to our neighbours and to be ourselves visible evidence of his kingdom of justice, love and peace in our community, praying:
    Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • with deep gratitude the freedoms we share:
    Loving God, remind us to pause when our freedoms come in the form of another’s chains;
    our freedom to shop when we choose means another cannot spend time with family;
    our freedom to buy inexpensive clothes means another cannot earn enough to eat;
    our freedom to use cheap fuel means another suffers the consequences of climate change.
    Freedom is indivisible. Unless all are free, we all are diminished,
    because you created each one of us in your image.
    Liberating God, we know that sharing your freedoms may come at a cost.
    Help us to bear that cost joyfully, in the knowledge that we are doing your will. Amen
    [Rachel Lampard, Methodist Vice-president, in Freedoms to Share, our Prayer Handbook 2016-2017 Day 1]
  • refugees from war, famine and oppression:
    God, creator of all, we pray
    for people who are displaced, may they find a safe refuge;
    for people who have lost control of their lives, may they know a sure foundation;
    for people who live in fear, may they be given a strong fortress;
    for people who are disillusioned, may they have hope in a future.
    Loving father in times of crisis, sorrow and uncertainty we ask that you draw near. Amen.
    [Claire Welch - ALL WE CAN, and see METHODIST RECORDER 2 September 2016]

August 28th

Pray without Ceasing

This week, please remember:

  • to give thanks for our prison chaplains Revd Kevin Ridd and his colleagues, for faithful volunteer visitors and Prison Fellowship members leading Services, Bible studies and Restorative Justice (Sycamore Tree) courses; pray too for the Howard League for Prison Reform campaigning to reduce prison populations and change prisons
  • to pray for the afflicted people of Aleppo, victims of super-power and tribal fighting over Syria; and that our Government may be persuaded to cease sales of arms to Saudi Arabia who uses them (£3.3billion worth since last March) to bomb civilians in Yemen’s towns and cities, hospitals and schools [see]
  • to continue in prayer for sick and frail friends notably Jack and Mary Eastland, Alan Todd, Chris McPhillips, Keith Marshal, Enid Proud, John Rea and Phil Tallon and those who care for them in hospital or at home
  • to praise God for holidays, for refreshment and recreation; time to delight in the beauty of our own or other countries; opportunities to meet strangers, make new friendships and share the love of God
  • to pray for communities devastated by natural disasters (the earthquake in Italy) and man-made scourges (arson causing forest fires in Madeira, California and the Amazon basin), severe drought in Southern Africa and severe flooding of coasts and islands aggravated by climate change: all these in our beautiful planet home God gave us to care for and enjoy

    Dear Lord, please wrap your warm, loving arms around our world.
    Please protect the people in the world who are suffering great loss and grief.
    Please keep all your children safe and protected from wars, famines, natural disasters and plagues.
    Please help the world look for the good, and banish bad and evil.
    May they not give up hope; in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

[Erin Finch, Year 6, Methodist Primary School, Wigan]

August 21st

This week, please remember:

  • to praise God for our fellowship in worship and witness with St George’s URC and for what all Morpeth churches can do together to show Christ’s love in our community
  • to give thanks and pray for our hospital chaplains Dave Rogers at Wansbeck General and Revd Martyn Skinner at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Centre, Cramlington and their colleagues in this greatly valued ministry
  • giving thanks for the invaluable work of food banks, we pray for the development of partnerships with debt- and money-management charities offering professional counselling services to people seeking the “first-aid” offered by the food banks
  • ministers and their families moving this month into new circuit appointments, manses and communities; giving thanks for their dedication and for welcoming congregations and neighbours
  • that our few ministers, preachers and leaders in our churches need our constant support in prayer and practical sharing in their ministries on behalf of the whole people of God and the communities we serve (using the Preaching Plan to bring them to God by name)
  • praise God for the lively churches across the world with whom we are in partnership (see daily prayers with them in the Methodist Prayer Handbook - New Handbook 2016-2017 now on sale £3.50)
  • to give thanks for Drop-In Lunches, Friendship Club and Toddlers and Parents continuing to meet through the summer, giving thanks too for our church’s open door and those who welcome all who come in
  • Christians being persecuted and suffering violence in many Middle Eastern countries - praying for all working to promote mutual respect and trust between those of differing faiths in there and also here in UK, especially Christians Aware [see ] who believe Peace is born of Love, Love is born of understanding, Understanding is born of Listening, Listening leads to Justice and Peace.

August 14th

This week, please remember:

  • to give praise for the achievements of our young people in their GCSE, AS and A Level exams; may they go forward with confidence into the new academic year, “growing up” like Jesus “in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people” - their parents, teachers, and friends
  • our Christian brothers and sisters in Uganda and in nations all across tropical Africa seeking to spread the good news of Jesus in their communities through health care, social development and education, as do our friends at Kamuzinda and The Molly and Paul Foundation Schools and Villages from whom we shall shortly welcome the Pearl of Africa Choir
  • to give thanks for our Area, District and Connexional Stationing Officers seeking a minister for appointment to serve here at Morpeth and Pegswood; and praying for Revd and Mrs Gary Ridley as they move this week into the Oldham and Saddleworth Circuit in Lancashire
  • thanking God that, being “members one of another” [Romans 12.5] in Christ and so of each other’s churches, it’s our privilege to pray for our Christian friends at Alnmouth, Amble, Hauxley, Broomhill, Widdrington and Pegswood, for their leaders and ministers as they do for us: helped by the Preaching Plan week by week
  • to pray for an end to the agony of the citizens of Aleppo, of Southern Sudan and Yemen where frightful atrocities are inflicted on civilians and their defenders alike; giving thanks to God for the few courageous, compassionate relief and medical workers remaining with their people to bring succour and comfort
  • to give thanks for the improved health of Genevieve Bronsema , Dennis Carss, Marion Easton, Enid Proud, and Judy Whitehouse and continue in prayer for Jack and Mary Eastland, Alan Todd, Chris McPhillips, Keith Marshal and Phil Tallon and those who care for them

August 7th

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. (Luke 1.52-53)

Lord, in a world where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, we know that your kingdom is not being fulfilled. Renew us, inspire us, teach us how to live out our calling. We will seek out those laid low by greed and capitalism, and we will lift them before you. We will fill the hungry with good things and help those with money and resources to use them for the good of all.

Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise. (Luke 3.11)

Lord, in a world where tax havens are seen as legitimate and where millions go hungry and have restricted health care and education, we long to build communities where resources are shared. Help us to make sure that food banks and clothes banks, that credit unions and local exchange and change projects are places that empower and build up resistance to oppression. Help those with money and gifts to share them wisely and generously.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. (Luke 4.18-19)

Lord, if our church services and our prayers are not about bringing good news to the poor, then let us repent and start over. Jesus begins his ministry with the call to be a people of faith who bring joy and freedom to those who need it most. Let our faith and our churches be led by the same spirit. Amen . [from Sparkle - update from Church Action on Poverty July 2016]


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