Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing

15th September

  • For the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir as they embark on their series of fundraising concerts around the UK.  Give thanks for the people who support them, in Uganda, and here in Britain. Gives thanks too for the joy they bring to all who hear them sing.
  • For our country and its leaders as the chaos in our political situation continues. Pray for cooperation, common sense and goodwill on all sides.  Pray too for our friends in Europe who are also worried about the consequences of Brexit.
  • For refugees and asylum seekers everywhere seeking to find places of safety and make new lives for themselves and their families, sometimes taking terrible risks to find that new start.  Think particularly of those trying to cross the channel in small boats amidst rough seas and busy shipping lanes.
  • For those seeking to protect the Amazon rain forest against fire and deforestation.  Give thanks for the agreement reached this month amongst Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring
  • For all those within our church family who are unwell, or recovering from illness, thinking particularly of Mike Donaldson, Pat Folkard, Sheila Clinton, Win Morris, Maryan Duckworth, Seana Sommerville and Enid Proud.
  • Giving thanks for those who care for us: family and friends - those who know all our funny little ways and love us anyway, giving us hugs when we need them, the occasional kick up the backside, and truth when we need that.  Pray that we never take them for granted.

8th September

  • Dear Lord, you have come to us in your living and in your loving, in your  death and resurrection. You have called us to a new dignity of service. By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, open our minds to more and more of your truth and our hearts and hands to more and more of the needs of your world.
  • We pray for people and countries where there is injustice and where they are chained by oppression. We pray for societies where possessions are put first, where children are abused and where there is violence on our streets. We pray for politicians who might get their priorities right, that principles might come before ambition, where suffering people and starving people might be seriously considered by those who exercise power.
  • We pray for those who are ill. People we know well and those we know only by name as well as members of our own family. We pray for the disabled and those who seek understanding. We bring before you those who are distressed and anxious as well as the bereaved, the hurt and the   afraid. Help us to focus on the successes in our communities not just   our failures. Help us to realise there are more good people in our world   than there are people who would do us harm. Those whose lives have been touched by the Lord Jesus and those who bring disharmony and   heart break. We pray for those who seek life in all its fullness, those   who seek salvation, those longing for the good life, those seeking and   longing for meaning and a sense of purpose and those longing to know   God.
  • We ask that you will pour out your Holy Spirit on your Church, as you did upon the Apostles at Pentecost so that we may be more like Jesus and serve you in love. We pray for each other asking that you will remain with us and fill us now and always. Fan the flames of enthusiasm to serve you and the blessing of God go with you in peace.

 

  Amen

1st September

This week please pray:

  • For all those involved in running our poor divided United Kingdom, for all those who represent us, of whatever party, at Westminster, in Edinburgh, in Cardiff, and in the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly.  Pray for wisdom, goodwill and a willingness to work together to find a way through the mess we are in.
  • For the people and governments in South America trying to control the devastating fires destroying so much of the rainforest.
  • For the people of Florida and Georgia awaiting the arrival of hurricane Dorian, and for all those suffering from extreme weather events elsewhere in the world. Think particularly of the people of Karachi struggling with the aftermath of the floods caused by the monsoon rains now dealing with the worst infestation of flies they have ever had.
  • For young people returning to school this week after their summer break and for their teachers. 
  • For all those within our church family who are unwell, or recovering from illness thinking particularly of……...

Amen

August 25th

Dear Father,

We pray as your children that you will provide comfort and strength to all those young people who have recently received important exam results and have found disappointment in them.  We all know the pain of disappointment, and that is especially hard for those who have been working hard and have been planning a future that now might be different from what they were hoping.  Help them to hold on to their dreams and to look for different ways of seeing the way forward and to know that there are many good experiences to look forward to, whether those are studies of a different nature or the prospects of employment ahead.

Father, we thank you that so many have achieved the success for which they have worked and were hoping, and that with bright, excited hearts they will look forward to the coming weeks with confidence.  Allay the anxieties of parents who, though proud of their achievements, are concerned that their children will soon be leaving home for new experiences, different accommodation, new studies, new influences.  Lord, we know that generations of parents and children have undergone these situations, but each one is special and we pray that you will uphold and calm them with your presence in their lives and hearts.

Many young people are also looking forward to joining the workforce, facing the many new challenges that this will bring.   Help them to learn the skills needed to be a conscientious, valued employee and we pray that they have sympathetic support from those who are leading or training them, and do this with understanding and integrity.

Education is a priceless gift that so many children and young people have no easy access to.  We think of the wretched and dangerous conditions endured by war or disaster victims and pray that those who strive to teach in dreadful circumstances are supported and strengthened and that leaders recognise and acknowledge the needs of these children to lead them to a better future.

Amen

August 18th

Dear Father,

We pray as your children that you will provide comfort and strength to all those young people who have recently received important exam results and have found disappointment in them.  We all know the pain of disappointment, and that is especially hard for those who have been working hard and have been planning a future that now might be different from what they were hoping.  Help them to hold on to their dreams and to look for different ways of seeing the way forward and to know that there are many good experiences to look forward to, whether those are studies of a different nature or the prospects of employment ahead.

Father, we thank you that so many have achieved the success for which they have worked and were hoping, and that with bright, excited hearts they will look forward to the coming weeks with confidence.  Allay the anxieties of parents who, though proud of their achievements, are concerned that their children will soon be leaving home for new experiences, different accommodation, new studies, new influences.  Lord, we know that generations of parents and children have undergone these situations, but each one is special and we pray that you will uphold and calm them with your presence in their lives and hearts.

Many young people are also looking forward to joining the workforce, facing the many new challenges that this will bring.   Help them to learn the skills needed to be a conscientious, valued employee and we pray that they have sympathetic support from those who are leading or training them, and do this with understanding and integrity.

Education is a priceless gift that so many children and young people have no easy access to.  We think of the wretched and dangerous conditions endured by war or disaster victims and pray that those who strive to teach in dreadful circumstances are supported and strengthened and that leaders recognise and acknowledge the needs of these children to lead them to a better future.

Amen

August 11th

This week please pray

  • For all those who have been affected by extreme weather conditions this week, thinking particularly of the residents of North Yorkshire and of Whaley Bridge. Give thanks for the efforts of the engineers, police, army, and emergency services who have been working to keep them safe, and also for all the friends, relatives and good neighbours who took people in.
  • For all those young people who will be receiving their A level results this week, thinking particularly of our friends up the road at KEVI.  Pray that, whether results are good or bad, they will have the love and support of their families and teachers as they make plans for the future - be that further education or work.
  • For the teenager, Nora Quoirin, missing in Malaysia.  Pray that she will be found safe and pray for her family as they wait desperately for news. Pray too for other families who are frantic because they don’t know where their children are.
  • For farmers, fishermen and manufacturers trying to prepare for the future after Brexit without any clear idea of what that will bring.  Pray for an end to brinksmanship, from whatever group, and for some goodwill and common sense to prevail
  • With thanksgiving for the joy of spending time with  our families and friends, at home or away, savouring each day that God has given us with wonder at the beauty of creation, and the depth of love we share with each other, and which we receive from him.

August 4th

There is a time for work, and a time for rest.

This is a time to pray, and a time to worship God, to come together. This is our time to listen to what God is saying to us, so that we may work for Him and enjoy the life He gives us Let us pray for humankind, as people work to provide for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Let us pray for those who, no matter how hard they work, have too little to live on.  We pray for those who have no work, who feel deprived and so little to hope for. We pray for those who have retired, who seek a new direction for their lives. We pray for those who are just starting work, full of excitement and apprehension.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the carpenter, teacher, healer who is Lord of all. We thank you Lord for the beauty of the earth, for the fellowship we find in the Church in Morpeth, for the people we meet, the atmosphere within our fellowship, the services in which we share. Lord, we pray that, not only by the words we speak, but by the lives we share, we may spread the Gospel of Christ and win others to Him

Gracious Lord, as we try to understand the implications of your will for us, living in your kingdom, so dismiss us with your blessing. Send us out into the community renewed in faith. Uphold us in love and help us to share your love with those we meet and let us live with your blessing.

We ask these prayers in the precious name of Jesus.

AMEN

July 28th

Our prayers this week are expressed in a traditional Celtic manner of encirclement:

Circle us Lord,

Circle our Church with the light of the gospel.

May we understand more of our faith and why we believe it.

May we understand more of our doubt and not be too hard on it.

May we commit ourselves to following you in the small details of our lives; in this particular fellowship and at this particular time.

Circle us, Lord.

Circle our nation with the values of the gospel.

Give to our national institutions – Government, the law, the health service, those in education – give them the values of justice, fair representation, concern for the weak, equal opportunities for all.

And may the sheer generosity of your presence fire our national life with the hope and encouragement we so desperately need.

Circle us, Lord.  Keep hope within, keep despair out……

Circle us, Lord.

Circle our family and friends with the love of the gospel.

Keep them in peace and security.  Guard those of our loved ones who are vulnerable; strengthen those who are struggling; encourage those who are on the brink of something new.

We name these, our special people in our hearts now….

May the deep peace of the Prince of Peace keep them all.

Circle them, Lord.  Keep peace within, keep danger out…..

Circle us, Lord.

Circle the sick and bereaved in your healing presence.

There are some we know who are simply not well; some who are fearful and in pain; some who are on their last journey.

Circle them, Lord.  Our hearts, our homes, our Church, our nation, our world. Circle us and let us never slip outside the enchantment of your grace.    Amen.

July 21st

Lord God,

At the beginning of the long School holiday, we thank you for the opportunities to travel to amazing parts of the world. To learn about other countries & the way of life each community enjoys.

Also, the chance for families to spend some leisure time together, away from the often frantic pace of life at home, where there seems to be so little time to listen to each other to discover the concerns of those nearest to us. Help us Lord to use this valuable time to enjoy each other’s company, so that our relationships are stronger.

Lord, there are some people who find it hard to cope as they have problems of child care during the weeks when parents have to work. We thank you for the Summer camps and organisations which provide facilities and meals for young people.

We pray for families who have to rely on food banks to provide basic sustenance which we take for granted.

It must cause parents great anxiety, when they are unable to provide for the needs of their dependents & have to look to charitable organisations for provisions.

We pray for those young people who are waiting for the results of their GCSE and A level exams, which are so important in deciding which course to follow, on which the decisions of their future careers depend. Lord give them patience to wait for the results of their hard work over the coming weeks. Help them not to be too anxious during this time.

This week Lord we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landings when Neil Armstrong &  Buzz Aldrin were the first men to set foot on the moon. We have been reminded again of the wonder & amazement of such an achievement. We were also reminded of the vastness of your universe and the grandeur of the heavens.

We praise and thank-you Lord that we can know your presence within us and around us in the person of your Holy Spirit keep us Lord on the right track as we seek to show your love and care to those who share our lives.

Lord, in your mercy—hear our prayer

July 14th

This week, please pray

  • For diplomats of all countries as they strive to maintain and improve friendly relationships between countries, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.
  • As we hear news of worsening relations between Iran and many other countries, particularly the UK and the US, and of their growing nuclear programme, pray for peace and sanity in the world, and for a diplomatic solution to the problem.
  • For the people of Hong Kong, their leaders and the leaders of the Chinese government, that a peaceful solution can be found to the growing unrest on that island.
  • For those we know who are unwell, awaiting treatment, or recovering from illness.  Think particularly of Seana Sommerville, Celia Towers, Judith Quenet, Paul Crook.  Give thanks for the excellent recovery being made by Paul Leach who expects to be back with us very soon.
  • As both our main political parties continue to tear themselves apart over Brexit, and as members of the Conservative party vote for a new leader and prime minister, pray for all those involved in governing this country. Pray that kindness, compassion, common sense, honesty, and a desire for the good of all our citizens and the country as a whole will prevail over the anger, pettiness, stubbornness and personal ambition currently being displayed in many quarters.
  • Pray for the work of SENEA and particularly this week for the Revd Marie Attwood and the church family at Ashington Trinity, of Revd Una McLean and the church family at Bedlington Colliery, and of Revd Ann Shepherdson as she takes her sabbatical.

July 7th

We praise you O God, and give thanks that you have called us together in this fellowship and given us your name as Christ’s People to witness that your love embraces all people.

We thank you for those who seek your loving nature in their homes, in their service to the community and in daily lives, in factories, in offices in schools, and in hospitals.

We also pray for those within our fellowship in this church, in worship where we can share our talents, of making music, in singing, in reading and praying, in witnessing, in support of each other and welcoming the stranger, encouraging those who are in distress and especially those who are bereaved.

Lord forgive us as we forgive others.

Help us never to be embittered but always to strive for the best and to see the best in others. May your Holy Spirit fill our lives with the love of Jesus.

Lord,  take our lives and renew us,

Take our worship and make it vital

Take our service and bring it alive with your love Blow Spirit like the wind and make all things new.

You have taught us to faithfully read your Word ( the Holy Bible) that we may faithfully tread in the steps of Jesus.

Once again , O Lord, we are appalled at the tragedy of a young pregnant woman and the death of her premature child. We are concerned that knife crime, particular in the London Area is so prevalent in our modern society. We pray for the family having to deal with the consequences of this horrendous act. Our hearts reach out to them as they come to terms with this tragedy.

Lord God, in coming to us and drawing us into the fellowship of your people, you give us a task to fulfil, a message to fulfil and a love to share.

Lord God surprise us by  answering our prayers.

Go in peace, Walk the new way. Live the new life. And be prepared for God’s surprises.

 

 

 

 

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