Prayer

Pray Without Ceasing

March 17th

This week please pray

  • For the people of New Zealand, particularly in Christchurch, following the horrific shootings at two mosques there. Pray for all who have been killed or injured and for all those who lost family, friends and loved ones in the events and also for the emergency services dealing with the events. Pray that we may learn that, whatever our differences of faith or culture, hatred and violence is not the way forward and that we may all be able to live together with mutual understanding and respect.
  • Pray for our politicians and leaders trying to find a way through the political chaos surrounding our departure from the EU.  Pray that they will be able to work together, rather than simply trying to score points off each other, to find a solution which is good for this country and for our friends in Europe.  Pray too for all those private individuals and businesses who are living with great uncertainty about what the future may hold for them as a result  of this mess.
  • Pray for all those who mourn, this week remembering the Weighall family following Mike’s unexpected death.
  • Pray for our minister, Antony, as he starts his three month sabbatical, that he may find renewal and refreshment after a difficult few years.
  • As we rejoice in the courage and missionary enterprise of St Patrick (17th March), pray for the Irish people both in the communities of their homeland and in the communities across the world where they live, work, and contribute to their adopted countries. 
    “Let us arise today, O God, with your strength to pilot us; your might to uphold us, your wisdom to guide us, your eye to look upon us, your ear to hear us, your word to speak to us, your shield to protect us and your hosts to be around us; through Christ the Lord.  Amen.” (St Patrick, fifth century)

March 10th

“We make a living by wat we get,

but we make a life by what we give”

(Winston Churchill)

O Lord, help us in this season of Lent to search our hearts and lives, that we may be what we profess to be, that will bring honour to our blessed Lord and Saviour.

We thank you for helping us to find out what we are good at, what we believe in and what gifts and skills we possess.  Father God, keep us ever open to your voice, calling us to serve you and when we are discouraged and we cannot see the way ahead, give us the courage to press on.

Lord God, we pray for people from our own church family: those who are unwell, anxious or in any kind of need, those who need your comfort and support.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: we commend to you those families who are caught up in the rising incidents of knife crime.  We pray for those who are grieving, those who have lost a son or a daughter.  We pray for our leaders who are trying to find a solution to this difficult problem.

We pray for our church family in Morpeth.  For the young families and all those who work with them in their various activities.  We thank you for all those who commit themselves to this care and education of young children.  We pray for young people working for professional examinations and those preparing to enter the workplace and follow their chosen careers.

We thank you for all those who are part of the fellowship of the church, whatever their age.  May they find a welcoming atmosphere as we worship together.

March 3rd

Almighty Father, gracious and holy Lord,

We ask in our earnest prayers today, that we should seek to hear your word, to listen to your voice as we consider so many troubling matters.

We ask that we should never be complacent in our expectation that matters should continue in the way we expect, or take for granted all the rights, privileges and advantages that have been fought for and achieved  through the struggle, sacrifice, hardship and principles of those who have gone before us and those who are still striving for a fair, just, tolerant society.

We know that our way of life is being threatened by many adverse influences and that, in many places, reasoned discussion and debate are being subverted, and long held views of decency, morality, Christian principles and beliefs, your words of love and concern for others are mocked or set aside as being of little value in today’s society.  

So many are bewildered and afraid by divisions that have become so apparent recently, and that the bitter hostilities that are evident may be softened and opened to reasoned consideration and a true capacity to listen and to compromise.

Lord, our leaders have been given great responsibilities by their communities; we pray that they will give the time, and be given the wisdom, to make these decisions with unselfish motives.  We know that it is hard to change one’s mind, that there is always pride and self interest to face and overcome.  Father, we desperately need your words of guidance heard and felt in the hearts of all who are in the privileged position of having power and influence over people’s lives.

Renew in us, and all those with these responsibilities the strength, enlightenment and courage to seek and to follow your ways of righteousness.

Oh Lord, hear our prayers.  Soften our hearts and help us to listen to your word.

Amen.

February 24th

Lord God

It is a great joy to belong to your church family throughout the world it gives a great sense of belonging. We give thanks for the World Day of Prayer being held this week. During the 24hrs of 1st March people will be meeting together to share in this special service in all corners of the world, taking part in a theme which is prepared each year by a different country. We feel at one with your believing people everywhere. You unite us in a special bond of love, care and compassion for all.

Help us Lord to live by those ideals as we lead our everyday life. We thank you for the example we are given in the life of Jesus our Lord, how he lived among ordinary people, dealing with the same problems and situations that we face day by day Forgive us when we fall short of those ideals, please keep us ever faithful to you.

We pray for anyone we know who are struggling at this time, those who are ill, those who are distressed, those who are missing a loved one. Please let them know your healing power, your strength and peace, which will enable them to cope each day.

We pray for the political situation in this country when so many in positions of power seem unable to work together for the good of all. Help them to sort out their differences in a rational and sensible way.

We pray for those facing unemployment when large firms decide to locate to other countries, sometimes whole families are affected by those decisions. So many people uncertain of the future unable to plan a way forward to provide for their family.

We pray for our Ecumenical Area thinking especially of Bedlington Colliery & North Broomhill and we thank you for Ministers, Preachers &Worship Leaders conducting services this Sunday. We thank you for their faithfulness & commitment as they lead us in worship each week.

We rejoice in the opportunity to meet together to worship you as we are refreshed & uplifted in your grace & truth.

February 17th

This week, please pray

  • For all those trying to find a path through Brexit, both here and in Europe, thinking particularly of firms trying to make plans to export goods in an uncertain future, and of workers worried about their jobs.
  • For all those who mourn, thinking particularly of Elizabeth Murphy and her family following the loss of her son, Tim, and of the Matthews family following the death of Jean’s sister-in-law.
  • For those we know who are unwell, or recovering from illness, thinking especially of Geoff Smith, Deirdre Wilson, and of Sheila Sim who is back in hospital.
  • For the work of the South East Northumberland Area, giving thanks for the church families in Alnmouth and Amble with their minister, Lynda Coulthard, and at Ashington Trinity with their minister, Marie Atwood
  • For young people who are vulnerable to information they find online and their families who try to protect them, thinking particularly this week of the family of Molly Russell, and of Shamima Begum, groomed and radicalised as a 15 year old child and now, as a problematic adult, hoping to return to the UK, and to the family who love her, together with her unborn child.  Pray too that we may find a way to control the sites which provide such dangerous influences which is still compatible with freedom of speech.
  • With thanksgiving for those who work in all weathers to maintain our infrastructure: those who mend roads - or clear them of snow or fallen trees, repair power lines, fix burst water mains, maintain telephone masts.  Largely unseen, often maligned (nobody likes roadworks and delays) but whose work is essential to our way of life.

February 10th

Receive O Lord everyone who seeks to love you , everyone who seeks to praise you & everyone who seeks to serve you.
It is well into the month of February& our thoughts are turning to Spring and, whatever the weather, it is impossible to resist the charm of the snowdrops and their resilience as they push their heads through the snow.

We thank you Lord God for the example of those who inspire us, not only well known people but those who are close to us.


We thank you for the nudges we get to try new skills & ideas so that we can serve you better


Dear Lord when we are discouraged & we cannot see the way ahead, give us the courage to press on.


We pray for those who find themselves without a home, often through no fault of their own. Night after night of exposure to the elements and interrupted sleep.

We beseech you on behalf of a world that has been fragmented & broken by greed, selfishness, hatred & violence. Sovereign God we seek mercy & healing restoration & hope for our troubled world. Help us to reach out to people in these situations.

We were faced with the tragedy of four young children who were killed in a house fire in the middle of the night in Stafford. A fifth child & their parents escaped from a first floor window. We pray that they might find help & support through this dreadful ordeal.

Open our eyes to see the plight of the hungry
Open our ears to hear the cries of the distressed
Open our hands to give where help is needed
Open our hearts to love as you first loved us
Working secretly, slowly and unseen.
Lord hear us, in Jesus’ name.  Amen

February 3rd

This week please pray

  • For all those involved in the Brexit negotiations, government and opposition parties, as well as our friends in Europe.  Pray too, for those who are worried about their businesses, or about their right to stay and work in the UK, as the country faces a most uncertain future.
  • As climate change makes extreme weather events more common, pray for all those who suffer their effects, thinking particularly this week of all those affected by the astonishingly cold weather produced in America by the polar vortex.  Think particularly of those without shelter or unable to afford to heat their homes adequately.  Pray too for emergency workers trying to keep people safe in these very dangerous conditions.
  • For the people of Venezuela as the political and economic situation there becomes ever more critical.  Pray that a peaceful, just solution may be found to the uncertainty there before there is any more violence.
  • For the work of Christians Against Poverty which provides a lifeline to people struggling with debt and poverty throughout the UK. (www.capuk.org).  Give thanks for those who work for and with the organisation.
  • With thanksgiving for all those who work in our hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and pharmacies, remembering admin and those working in housekeeping and catering areas as well as medical and therapy staff.
  • For all those known to us who are in need through illness, bereavement, employment worries or family difficulties, that they may know that God is with them, in the midst of their troubles.  Teach us to recognise what we can do to be God’s hands on earth to help our neighbours.

January 20th

Lord God,

We thank – you for your unfailing love, support & guidance through your Holy Spirit, you bring us together as members of your Church Family in Worship &Praise

At the beginning of this week of Prayer for Christian Unity we thank-you for your church worldwide.  Although we differ in some of our traditions & practises, we are united in our belief in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We pray for  your faithful people of  different countries & races who seek to serve you in whatever circumstances they find themselves.  We think particularly of Coptic Christians in Egypt who suffer from persecution & violence, and pray that you will give them courage & strength to survive the hardship of these times

In our local situation help us to work together in different ways to bring your love and compassion to our communities.  Help us to find an understanding of each other and a willingness to work together in our South Northumberland. Ecumenical Area. Thank-you for the witness of your people in Seghill & Trinity Church Bedlington

We pray for those in authority who make decisions which affect us all grappling with extremely complex issues, thinking especially at this time of Politicians , Councillors, others in public life, give them wisdom to make the right choices, and not be overcome with selfishness and pride.

We pray for those who have been victims of tragedy, those caught up in the gas blast last weekend in Paris and those effected by the Avalanches in the Austrian alps due to extreme weather conditions.  We pray particularly for families who have lost loved ones. Lord give them your strength and comfort

We pray for Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe, the British/Iranian lady accused of spying in Iran, whose family are devastated that she remains in prison and is resorting to hunger strike in desperation. We pray that a way may be found to help this family

We think of those we know who are ill or housebound, lonely or depressed, those who find this time of year dismal and difficult.  Lord, as we seek to serve you day by day help us to bring your hope and joy to others

January 13th

This week, please pray

  • For the Stationing Committee matching group as it continues to serve the missional and pastoral ministries of  presbyters and circuits across the Connexion.  Give thanks for all those who are willing to move themselves and their families to minister to our church families and follow where God leads them.
  • For politicians of all parties and opinions as they strive to find a way forward through the Brexit process, thinking particularly of the crucial vote on Tuesday.  Pray that those involved my think more of the future of our country and its friends than of their own positions, prejudices and ambitions.
  • For the people of Yemen suffering in their ongoing civil war.  Pray particularly for the endurance of the fragile ceasefire around the port of Hudaydah allowing desperately needed aid to come in to the country.
  • For all those starting this new year without employment, or with the worry of redundancy over their heads.  Think particularly of workers at Jaguar land Rover and at Ford facing an uncertain future.  Pray too for those who, whilst in work, are on limited hours or low wages and who struggle to make ends meet.
  • For all those who mourn, thinking particularly of the Matthews family following Alan’s funeral on Friday.
  • For those whom we know who are unwell, waiting or recovering from surgery, or awaiting the results of tests.  Give thanks that David Brough is home and recovering and pray too for Jenny, the leader of one of the children’s groups which meet here every week, who is seriously ill in hospital
  • With thanksgiving for the grace of God which always allows us to make a new beginning, however much we have messed up and for our Covenant service which enables us to renew our journey with him and redouble our commitment to follow him.

January 6th 2019

We thank you, Lord God, for this time of year when we sang those tuneful carols with families and friends, for giving and receiving those special presents, so lovingly thought about, and for all the ways of saying “Christ is born”.  May Christ be among us as real, as close, as warm, as at that first Christmas: with Mary, may we open our hearts and lives to the prompting of God.  Save us from a faith so shallow that, like our coloured lights and Christmas tree, we put it away fro yet another year.

The wise men had the wisdom to follow a star which led them to Christ.  We pray that the rulers of the world may work and struggle together for the good of humankind.

The wise men had the wisdom that revealed the glory of God.  We pray that the rulers of the world may have a vision of goodness and truth, and strenuously seek the best for all their people.

In our prayers we bring before you, the three people who were attacked over the weekend in Victoria Station, Manchester, and are suffering from serious injury.  We pray for all the victims of the growing threat of knife crime in our cities, that the authorities may find a way to deal effectively with it.

We pray for the family of Alan Matthews who died on Boxing Day.  We remember Jean, Colin, Diana and Bethany.  Give them, O Lord, strength and comfort at this very sad time.

We pray for all families who have known sadness over the holiday period through serious illness, times of anxiety and worry.  Let them know and experience your loving care.  For those who care for them, give them the courage and ability to cope with the extra demands made upon them.

We remember the different churches in the Ecumenical Area.  They need our prayers and support.  This week, we pray for Ashington and Stakeford and we thank them for their witness and faithfulness.

 

 

 

 

 

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