Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing

August 2nd 2015

This week please remember:

  • churches in rural areas who work tirelessly to strengthen their communities, encourage good neighbourliness, care for the vulnerable, support local businesses and enrich cultural life; pray that their year may be crowned by a rich harvest and many happy local shows and festivals
  • those among our friends suffering illness or undergoing surgery, that they may be healed and blessed, among them Genevieve and Rosalind, giving thanks for the skills and care of medical teams in hospital and community
  • our partners at Kamuzinda Christian Victory Church, Uganda, reaching out to their community and seeking to provide buildings and equipment for Christian education for all ages
  • Christians in great danger of their lives, persecuted and driven from their homes, in many countries in North Africa and the Middle East and seeking refuge in Europe; praying for their persecutors possessed by bigotry and lust for power and for host nations (like ours) to offer a safe haven and hope for the future
  • the on-going dialogue and debate between Government and Churches’ and their agencies over the changes in welfare provision that threaten the solvency of the poorest families, praying that none may suffer unjustly or denied compassion and help
  • to give thanks for the generosity of God’s provision for all His creatures, and to pray that there may be no let up in the national and international aim to phase out the use of fossil fuels and to harness clean, alternative sources of energy
  • with thanksgiving all who befriend sufferers from Alzheimer’s and their families, who work in the Wansbeck Food Bank, who serve as prison or hospital visitors, as members of the chaplaincy team for our Care and Nursing Homes, or in Red Cross detachments and other voluntary services

July 26th 2015

This week please remember:

  • at the beginning of school holidays, to give thanks for all the good work by teachers and pupils alike through the year; pray that the vacation may be refreshing and formative for all the young people and for wisdom and guidance for those for are moving on
  • friends who are ill and in need of healing and support at home - Rosalind Phillipson, Gwen Charlton, Keith Marshall, Chris McPhillips
  • to give thanks for the joy of the gospel preached at special services last weekend at Blyth Central by the President of Conference, and at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle at the Thanksgiving and Farewell Service for our retiring Chairman, Revd Leo Osborn and Mrs Charlotte Osborn
  • to praise God for the life and work of our sister churches at Blyth (Central and URC) and Cramlington (Doxford Place, Welcome and Harwood Court), for their leaders and ministers, Revds Ann Shepherdson and Adele Moorhouse, and for the eight supernumerary ministers still active in our Area, leading worship and preaching the Word of life
  • our Holiday Club this week and 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
  • on the 70th anniversaries of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, to pray that this may never happen again; giving thanks for campaigners for nuclear disarmament, the abolition of all nuclear and biological weapons and who work for world-wide peace and prosperity
  • 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.

July 12th 2015

This week please remember:

  • to give thanks for Morpeth’s “unsung heroes”, honoured at the Lord Lieutenant’s Garden Party, and for all who quietly, effectively enrich our community through charities and other voluntary service
  • that the provisions of the last week’s budget will cause real hardship to thousands of people; pray that in the Budget Debate our MPs see clearly how cuts to tax credits and other benefits will hurt all the poorest families, increase the pressure upon food banks and multiply homelessness (visit http://church-poverty.org.uk and http://www,csan.org.uk)
  • to give thanks for the opportunities for refreshment taken by our ministers - Revd Gary in his sabbatical study leave, and Revds Lynda and Nina “exchanging pulpits” in Canada and Amble and for the new insights and blessings they will bring to us all
  • friends in need of healing and comfort in illness or bereavement: Mary Coates, Una Jenkinson, Keith Marshall and the family of Peter Gardner who died last Monday
  • the families and friends in shocked grief over of the hundreds of people killed recently in terrorist atrocities in Tunisia, Kuwait, Nigeria, and the thousands fleeing from areas of brutal conflict or oppression in Syria, Yemen, Burma and many countries in Africa
  • to praise God for the leadership and pastoral care of our District for 13 years of Revd Leo Osborn and to ask God’s blessing on Leo and Charlotte as they enter a new phase in their lives of ministry and service
  • to praise God for the anticipated visit of The Pearl of Africa Choir, their arrangements and safe travel, for host families, schools and churches preparing to welcome them and for heroic fund-raisers
  • as next weekend we welcome the new President of Conference, Revd Steve Wild, we can all share his joy in bringing the Good News to all we meet.

July 5th 2015

This week please remember:

  • with sorrow past deficiencies in our Church’s safeguarding of children and vulnerable people, with thanksgiving for much greater awareness in this field and determination to prevent all kinds of abuses; praying for the Creating Safer Space Foundation Course [Doxford Place Church, Cramlington, Monday 13th July, 10 am - 12 noon] open to all, that we may learn how to watch over one another in love
  • the families of those murdered in Tunisia, Kuwait and France last week at the hands of worshippers of the devil - “children of the devil,” Jesus called them ,“who was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies”, reminding us that we must engage in spiritual warfare against all that is evil - in ourselves or in others - not being afraid to cry “How long, O Lord?”: The Lord hears our prayer….
  • with thanksgiving the generous hospitality to refugees from persecution, oppression or poverty shown by other nations much less well off than we are - Italy, Greece, Spain - praying that we too may see Jesus in them, “a stranger and you took me in” (Matthew 25.35ff)
  • the thousands out of work through ill-health or disability and their families suffering anxiety and hardship because of the benefits sanctions system, praying that our Government may quickly set up an independent review of this patently unjust system [see http://action.church-poverty.org.uk]
  • dear friends who have recently lost loved ones, including Lorna Leithead whose Dad died after a long battle with cancer: remembering too those in hospital or recuperating from surgery or investigations - Genevieve, Fred Whewell, Enid Proud’s son Keith
  • with joy our unity in the Body of Christ with all who follow Him of whatever Christian denomination, and the particular gift of connectedness Methodism at its best brings to the universal Church.

June 28th

This week please remember:

  • how blessed we have been in our Church Anniversary to hear again the preaching of God’s Word through “Mr Wesley” and Revd Jeff Thomas, giving thanks for all who made it a memorable celebration, nourishing our “inner man” in more ways than one!
  • to keep praying for all the young people, and their families, who experienced God’s presence and call at LifePath Brinkburn and at Messy Church last week
  • dear friends laid aside in illness or in recovery from surgery, especially giving thanks for God’s healing hand upon Genevieve, Maureen Robson, Fred Whewell, Chris McPhillips, Tom Gordon, and Debbie’s Mum, Brenda
  • our brothers and sisters in our nearby Area churches in Newbiggin, Ashington, Stakeford and Bedlington, their leaders and ministers - Revds Jim McGee and Heegon Moon - and their faithful witness in their communities
  • the continuing struggle to restore towns and cities devastated by the earthquakes in Nepal and the tireless work of government and voluntary agencies, churches and NGOs to bring healing and hope to traumatised communities and thousands of bereaved families
  • to rejoice with the Harbour family in the completion of legal adoption of Janette and Mike’s two little children; praying that all incomplete families called to foster or adopt homeless children may persevere in hope and love
  • all who today (Sunday) are being ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Methodist Church in Britain, praising God for their calling; giving thanks too for the leadership of former President of Conference Revd Ken Howarth and Vice-President Gill Dascombe and for their successors Revd Steve Wild and Mrs Jill Barber [featured in the METHODIST RECORDER 19/06/2015]

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. (St Francis of Assisi)

June 21st

This week please remember:

  • as Methodist Conference 2015 opens in Southport, to give thanks for evidence that those in working parties, committees and consultations first seek God’s guidance through His Word; may we too through prayer, in every aspect of our congregational life and work, listen, learn and do what our Lord commands with faith, hope, love and joy
  • Worship Leaders and Preachers embarking of the new training course, giving thanks for all who support them as tutors, mentors and faithful praying friends. Pray too for the Methodist Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network offering every one of us opportunities to find and develop our gifts as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ and spreaders of God’s love for all
  • dear friends who are ill at home or anticipating hospital admission, especially Genevieve undergoing surgery tomorrow (Monday) and Fred Whewell, praying that every step of the way they may find God’s healing hand working through nurses, doctors, carers, families and friends, giving them courage, confidence and comfort
  • our Christian brothers and sisters in Uganda and all across tropical Africa seeking to spread the good news of Jesus, the Prince of Peace to communities violently harassed by competing political parties (as in South Sudan) or terrorised by extremist religious movements (as in Nigeria, Mali, Somalia and Kenya)
  • to praise God for our young folk - 13+, Scouts and BB - and for all who encourage them to bring their faith, gifts and energy to the life of the Church; and for all the inspiration, fellowship and resources available to them across the Methodist Connexion through 3Generate (visit www.methodist.org.uk/mission/3generate)
  • that in the violent turmoil of the Middle East the oppression of the Palestinian people continues; pray for Jewish and Christian Israelis who working patiently for justice, equity and peace in the face of militant Israeli nationalism (Zionism).

June 14th

This week please remember:

* with thanksgiving the growing compassionate work of Methodist Homes (MHA), asking for God’s blessing on all who live and serve in Homes across the country, in particular our friends at Harwood Court, Cramlington

* to continue to pray for great blessing upon LifePath 2015 at Brinkburn Priory this week, that it may be a life-changing experience for the 120 children from 16 schools who will be attending each day

* volunteers participating in Sycamore Tree - Restorative Justice programmes - for prisoners and their victims, at HMP Northumberland and others prisons;(visit www.prisonfellowship.org.uk/what-we-do/sycamore tree) and also with rehabilitation and prevention of re-offending initiatives for discharged men e.g., Junction 42 in Newcastle

* every refugee child, woman and man whose plight we witness daily, praying for an end to the violence, terror, oppression and humiliation from which they flee and that peace and justice may bring them the freedoms God desires for all his children

* the victims of abuse, whose great hurt has been disclosed through the Stacey report to Methodist Conference, many suffering over many years from sexual, psychological and emotional wounding by some church leaders in positions of trust and responsibility; praying that our vigilance and safeguarding measures may effectively protect all vulnerable people from such abusers (see separate Notice)

* over our Anniversary season, may we give thanks for our traditions but, as Margaret Sawyer (past Secretary of Women’s Network) advises: Not all traditions are worthy of a long life. Some can strangle faithful lives and others nurture them. Take a long look at some of the traditions that you are aware of in your situation and let your heart respond to them…….feel their importance to you or not, and consider how you might continue to live with or without them.

June 7th

This week please remember:

  • to praise God for those who, for the sake of God’s kingdom, get out of their comfort zone to befriend and help needy people - neighbours across the street or around the world
  • Mike Hawksworth, previous mission partner in Nepal, who has undertaken to return to assist with his expertise in disaster relief the stricken people of Nepal [see this week’s letter from Malcolm and Cati Ramsay (Prayer Handbook Day 18) our present partners in Nepal - copies in the foyer]
  • volunteers at the Wansbeck Food Bank getting alongside families in financial need, often due to low wages or delay or non-payment of their legitimate benefits
  • Dr Jenny Longbottom, recently mission partner in Solomon Islands, who returned there last week in answer to call from the United Church of the Solomon Islands as no other doctor could take on the vital medical work there: husband Dr Graham to follow later (Prayer Handbook Day 24)
  • street pastors in our towns and cities offering a better way of life to those caught up in binge-drinking and risky relationships
  • Dr John and Mrs Sharon Harbottle, home on leave after two exhausting but rewarding years in earthquake-stricken Haiti, rebuilding the medical and educational work of the Methodist Church there (Prayer Handbook Day 13)
  • young Christians standing up for those picked on by school bullies

    Living God, as you sent your Son into a world of need, willing to sacrifice himself for others, show us how to serve people today; not just people like ourselves, not just in familiar places, but where we are needed most. Make us willing to go into strange and risky places, for we will find you there before us. Amen
    Anne Brown, Chair of Essex and Hertfordshire Methodist District.

 

 

 

 

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