North West Durham Methodist Circuit

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Circuit day of prayer online

While we can't meet in person, we can still take time to pray wherever we are! Here you'll find the resources to make your own Day of Prayer: feel free to visit each 'station' all at once or over the course of several days. We'll aim to post new material each month so be sure to check back regularly

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                                August 2021 pdf version

                     August 2021                                         

 

WELCOME

Welcome to our Circuit Day of Prayer.

This month – as we did in July – we are doing things a little differently.

We are revisiting a selection of prayer stations taken from the Days of Prayer held in April, May and June.

You are invited to browse through the stations, and pick those you would either like to revisit, or try for the first time. Some of them will be identical to last time; some will have changed because the material you link to has changed.

The prayer stations are numbered, but, as usual, feel free to visit them in which ever order you prefer. This time there are ten in total.

You are invited to spend as much or as little time at each prayer station as you wish. You can do the ones you choose all in one go, or spread them out over time. Whatever works best for you.

May you be blessed as you spend time with God.

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PRAYER STATION 1: PRAY AS YOU GO

Click the link below and select today’s session which lasts 12 and a half minutes.

https://pray-as-you-go.org

For more information, read the introduction below.

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. It is not a 'Thought for the Day', a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

Our aim is to help you to:

  • become more aware of God's presence in your life
  • listen to and reflect on God's word
  • grow in your relationship with God

The style of prayer is based on Ignatian Spirituality. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.


 

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PRAYER STATION 2: PAYING ATTENTION

Paying Attention

‘For God wishes to be seen, wishes to be sought, wishes to be expected, wishes to be trusted’ (Julian of Norwich).

Here is a short film about attention:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPYdMs97eE

What do we miss, when our mind is occupied elsewhere? God is forever communicating - sometimes we catch what’s being said, sometimes it floats over our head.

Prayer is, essentially, paying attention to God, how God wants to be with me, what God is doing within me, in the people around me and in the world. Sometimes paying attention is easy, when a sunset inspires awe, or we hear good news. Sometimes paying attention is difficult or painful, when we see injustice in the world, or we’re struggling to connect to ourselves or others or God. But for most of us, most of the time we just need to remember to lift our eyes from the everyday, and all the things that absorb us, so that we can notice what God is doing, in us, through us and around us.


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Taken from North West & Mann Learning Network Region, Prayer in Real Life – Special Edition Newsletter, June 2021.


 

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PRAYER STATION 3: PRAYER WALKING

If the weather is looking fine outside, why not head out and spend some time prayer walking around your neighbourhood – or just along your street and back.

Alternatively, you might like to visit Google Maps and prayer walk online, using the ‘street view’ option.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps

If you are not familiar with Googles maps, ‘Street View’ will either be an option to select, or there will be a yellow person - ‘Pegman’ (in the right hand bottom corner of your screen?) - that you drag onto the map to the place you want to be. Street View might take a few moments to load.

You should then be able to view panoramic images of that place.

Once there, play around with the images as you work out how to move along the street.

 

Prayerwalking

If this is something you haven’t done before, Prayer walking simply involves walking around your community, praying for the places and people you see around you.

Someone once described prayer walking as praying 'on site with insight'.

As we walk, we can ask God to open our eyes to see our communities as God sees them.

As we walk, we pray. Our prayers needn’t be complicated.  They can be as simple as: ‘The Lord bless you’ and ‘Your will be done, your kingdom come in this place’.  They can be spoken or silent.

 

For more information, this is a link to the Thy Kingdom Come guide to Prayer Walking

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2019-03/Prayer%20Walking_TKC_Template.pdf

 

If you can’t head outside and can’t access Google Maps, use an ordinary street map, or visualise the places that you would like to prayer for, and, in your mind’s eye, put yourself there and pray.

 

 

 

 


 

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PRAYER STATION 4: PRAY THE DAILY OFFICE

Depending on what time of day it is, use the Morning, Midday, Evening or Compline prayers of the Northumbria Community.

Click the link below and select the prayers you wish to follow.

https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office

 

 

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PRAYER STATION 5: MIRRORS, LIGHTS & PHONES

 

The following are taken from Online Prayer Stations for Instagram Stories, by Russell Martin, Posted on March 22 2020, based on every day items.

If you like these, and would like to see more, these prayer stations can be found here:

https://www.umylead.com/online-prayer-stations-for-instagram-stories

There are ten stations in total. The other every day items used are: Fridge, Sink, Bed, Toilet Paper, Car, Hat & Window.

 

Mirrors

We all have mirrors in our house, maybe several of them.

We use them to get ready: for church, for work, for school, for meeting friends, but also often to critique or judge ourselves.

What if you used your mirror instead as a reminder that God ALWAYS takes care of you.

If you can, take a post-it note or piece of paper and write some words on it that remind you of the ways God takes care of you.

Stick it on or near your mirror.

Each time you see them you can be thankful for the ways in which God takes care of you.

 

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4: 19

 

What words remind you of the ways God takes care of you?

 

 


 

Lights

Look around at the lights and lamps in your home. Some of you like them all on, while some are fine with no lights. But we depend on them. They help us to see, read, move, navigate. Even your smart phone (if you’ve got one) will have a light on it.

Each time you see a light, be called to prayer … of thanksgiving that we serve the light of the world, and a prayer of direction, of how we can be reminded to show everyone that we too can be light to others.

 

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 15: 5

“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13: 7

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 5

 

How can we shine the light of Christ in this dark world?

 

Phones

We’ve all got one. In face yours could be sitting right next to you now.

But how many phone calls have you made this week to check on someone? A friend, a family member, a neighbour?

We might still be more distanced physically, but we are created to be social. To do life together.

Pray for who God might lead you to call. Then do it!

 

“Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel (and talk to) each other with all the wisdom he gives.” Colossians 3: 14 – 16

 

Who is someone you really need to call or reach out to?


 

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PRAYER STATION 6: A METHODIST WAY OF LIFE

A Methodist Way of Life is a way of living. It is how we try to live our lives in response to God’s love, made known to us in Jesus.

A Methodist Way of Life provides a set of commitments and practices that encourage and equip people to better live a Christian life.

Like the early Christians (Acts 2.42-47), we seek to express what it means to follow Jesus in the regular, practical actions of worship, learning and caring, service and evangelism.

In this sense, A Methodist Way of Life is both new and old. It is new, in that Methodists first discussed such a way at the 2018 Conference, although it is based on Our Calling, agreed in 2000. That, in turn, was built on what Methodists have always done, since the days of John Wesley, in trying to follow Jesus and live out the Christian faith – just as those first followers in Acts did.

The commitments of A Methodist Way of Life remind us of, and provide a compass for, Christian living.

The following is a link to a ‘Commitment Card’ listing the set of commitments, and also a series of questions enabling us to reflect on these commitments.

https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/16918/mwol-commitment-card-220420.pdf

 

You are invited to:

follow the link and browse through the list of commitments;

pick one of them, from any of the four sections;

look through the questions, picking the one most relevant for you;

reflect prayerfully on that question;

think of who you might share your thoughts with, when you get the opportunity. Someone who would be happy to share with you their own answer to your chosen question, so that you might encourage each other.


 

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PRAYER STATION 7: NOOMA – NOISE 005

In the NOOMA film Noise, Rob Bell illustrates the importance of finding some peace and quiet in order to hear God. Why is silence so hard to deal with? We’re constantly surrounded with the noise of movies, music, technology, cell phones, and a never-ending barrage of advertisements. If we think that God’s not talking to us, perhaps it’s just that we can’t hear him.

The film lasts for 10 minutes 23 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XFoReR_XBE

 

 

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PRAYER STATION 8: PRAY FOR THE WORLD

24-7 Prayer ‘is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice; a non-stop prayer meeting that has continued for every minute of this century so far’.

For more information, this is the link to their website:

https://www.24-7prayer.com

On the website there are lots of resources for prayer, including helping us pray for the world.

 

Think back over the news items that you have heard/read about over the last day or so.

Make a note of them.

 

Follow the link to a page of resources to help us pray for the world.

https://www.24-7prayer.com/prayfortheworld

 

Scroll down and then select the link for:

5 simple ways to pray for the world.

Read through these 5 ways, holding in prayer the news items you noted down earlier.

 

 


 

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PRAYER STATION 9: WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS: A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD

This is a link to a song of prayer and worship from the Leadership Conference 2021 at Holy Trinity Brompton, home of Alpha.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPlfoAfjY5k

Worship leaders from across continents and across come together to sing this song.

Enjoy!

 

 

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PRAYER STATION 10: BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

The Bible in One Year is a daily Bible reading plan which takes you through the whole Bible in 365 days.

Each day includes passages from the New Testament, the Old Testament and the Psalms or Proverbs, along with a daily commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, leaders of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London and pioneers of Alpha. The Bible in One Year encourages readers to engage more closely with the Bible, to apply its teachings to everyday life and to grow in relationship with Jesus.

The Bible in One Year is a wonderful tool for those who are looking for an easy and accessible way to read and understand the Bible. Each day, readers can follow along by reading the text or listening to the audio commentary and can choose the version that best suits their lifestyle; the Classic version (25 minutes) or a shorter Express version (10 minutes). A Youth version is also available.Join 3 million users worldwide each day in reading the Bible in One Year.

The following link will take you to the Bible in One Year website:

https://bibleinoneyear.org/en/

Click the ‘Start Today’ button.

Select Classic, Youth or Express

Scroll down the page and then select Today’s Reading.

Either:

a) Read all of it.

b) Select one of the readings and focus on that.

c) Ponder what God is saying to you through the reading/s for today.

d) Consider taking up the challenge of reading the Bible in One Year (if you haven’t already!)


 

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THANK YOU

for being part of our Circuit Day of Prayer.

I hope that these prayer stations have been helpful and enabled you to pray.

I am hopeful that we will be able to hold our next Prayer Day in-person. If so, the September Day of Prayer will take place at Consett Methodist Church on Thursday 23 September.

The Day will begin with a short service of Holy Communion at 9.30 am. The church will then be open until 2 pm.

I am looking forward to being able to share with you then.

God bless

Anne

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July 2021

For pdf version click here.

 

WELCOME

Welcome to our Circuit Day of Prayer.

This month – and next – we are doing things a little differently.

So far, we have had six on-line Days of Prayer. This month, and next, we will be revisiting a selection of the prayer stations from our first six Days of Prayer. This month, the selection comes from the January, February and March Days of Prayer.

You are invited to browse through the stations, and pick those you would either like to revisit, or try for the first time. Some of them will be identical; some will have changed because the material you link to has changed.

The prayer stations are numbered, but, as usual, feel free to visit them in which ever order you prefer. This time there are nine in total.

You are invited to spend as much or as little time at each prayer station as you wish. You can do the ones you choose all in one go, or spread them out over time. Whatever works best for you.

May you be blessed as you spend time with God.

 



 

PRAYER STATION 1: A PLACE TO BE/BREATHE

 

Sanctuary First is a pioneering online worshipping community of the Church of Scotland.

The following is a link to a Journey Prayer, part of their resources for ‘Going on retreat’.

The Journey prayer helps us to prepare for going into a quiet time with God.

https://www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk/assets/documents/uploads/journey_prayer_retreat_resource.pdf

 

 

A couple more ideas for preparing for prayer, for becoming still and focussed.

 

·       Close your eyes and listen to your breathing.  The Holy Spirit is called the breath of God.  Invite God to breathe within you.  Spend several minutes just allowing your breathing to slow down as you relax in the presence of God.

 

·       Perhaps you want to develop this by breathing in time with your breathing.  You could try breathing in the love of God and breathing out your worries and concerns.

 

If you would like to reflect a little further about breathing & breath & prayer, watch Rob Bell’s 5 minute Nooma video entitled ‘Breathe’: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-h3c45Hug4

 


 

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PRAYER STATION 2: PRAYER CARDS

 

Below is a link to six prayer cards.

https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/20053/prayercards.pdf

The cards are colour-coded into six styles of praying: Peach -Body; Blue – For Ourselves and Others; Green – Nature; Orange – Contemplate; Dark Green – Craft; Pink – Scripture.

Each card has a ‘prayer prompt’ which you are invited to follow.  For the fifth card, you need a pen/pencil and a piece of paper, (and crayons/felt-tips/coloured pencils/glitter … if you want to get really creative!)

Each activity will take no more than 5 minutes but could be extended for a longer reflection time.

These are taken from a box of prayer cards, produced by The Learning Network in the North West and Mann Methodist region.

Enjoy!


 

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PRAYER STATION 3: JESUS FEEDS 5000 – IGNATIAN MEDITATION

Last Sunday, our Gospel reading, from John’s Gospel, included the story of Jesus feeding the 5000.

We’re now going to explore Mark’s telling of this story.

The link below will take you to the website of Taketime (taketime.org.uk).  Taketime is a series of relaxing guided meditations based on the stories of Jesus and the tradition of St Ignatius.

We have shared together in these meditations in our circuit, and some of us experienced them at the ECG Conference (@ecgconference) in 2019.

Once you have reached the website, you will have a choice of four mediations (5/10/15/20 minutes).  There is an explanation of the difference between the four.

You choose which one/s you would like to do.

https://taketime.org.uk/journey-meditations/18-jesus-feeds-5000


 

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PRAYER STATION 4: THE HILL WE CLIMB

‘The hill we climb’ is the title of the poem that Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, wrote for, and read at, the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President on 20 January 2021.

Copied below is a link to a video clip of Ms Gorman reading the poem (nearly 6 minutes long).

It is a poem, written for the United States, but which has so much to say to each of us.

The poem itself is copied below.

As you watch/read the poem, be aware that you are watching/reading in God’s presence.  Invite God into the moment, and ask the question:

God, what are you saying to me through this poem?

See what words and phrases jump out at you.

Write these words and phrases down.

Try writing a prayer or a poem that included these words and phrases.

Video:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/55745795

Transcript:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/amanda-gorman-poem-biden-inauguration-transcript

 


 

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PRAYER STATION 5: PEACE AND TRANQUILITY

Spend as much time as you like with these images and accompanying Bible verses.

Breathe in peace and tranquillity.  Breathe out your cares and stresses.

 

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PRAYER STATION 6: PRAYING THE BREAKTHROUGH PRAYER

Spend some time praying the Breakthrough Prayer, pausing after each line, to reflect on its meaning for you, and for your church, and for our circuit.

The Breakthrough Prayer

A prayer for God to break through in the life of our churches:

God of love, God for all,

your purposes are more beautiful than we can possibly imagine.

Fill us with your Holy Spirit.

Help us let go of all that holds us back.

Open our lives and our churches to new seasons of humility and faith, of change and growth.

Shake us up with the Good News of Jesus and show us the way.

Amen

 

Prayerfully ponder your responses to the following questions:

Where do you think God is working in your life?

Where do you think that God might be challenging you in your life right now?


 

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PRAYER STATION 7: RESET THE DEBT

Reset the Debt is a campaign launched by the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland, Church Action on Poverty, the Methodist Church, and the United Reformed Church, working with Jubilee Debt Campaign.

An estimated six million people in the UK have fallen behind on one or more household bills as a result of Covid-19, with the biggest increases in debt amongst the poorest households.

People who were previously able to keep their head above water are now in severe difficulty. Others, who had been just staying afloat, now face being overwhelmed by circumstances entirely beyond their control.

The campaign proposes that the Chancellor creates a Jubilee Fund. This would provide grants to pay off and cancel unavoidable debt accrued by households during the lockdown period, giving them a more stable platform from which to face the future.

You are invited to spend some moments praying for all those who are in debt.

Forgive us our debts

Forgive us our debts, we pray
As we forgive our debtors.

We all have debts, Lord
We owe so much to so many:
For love and nurture
Education and encouragement
Shelter and hospitality.

And from you,
The health that has sustained us
The bounty of the earth
The love that frees us.

As we acknowledge what we have received,
Let us also be ready to give
And to forgive.

We pray for those who are burdened by unavoidable debts
And pray that we who know our indebtedness
May act so that all can experience release and freedom.
For your promise is life in all its fullness.

We pray in the name of Jesus
Amen

For more information about the campaign and how to take part, do visit their website:

https://resetthedebt.uk

 


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PRAYER STATION 8: SACRED SPACE

Sacred Space is a ministry of the Irish Jesuits. It is a website where you are invited to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, praying with the help of scripture and on-screen guidance.

 

The following link will take you to the Sacred Space homepage and I invite you to click on: ‘BEGIN THE PRAYER’ and select today. You will then be guided through the prayers and scripture passage for today.

 

When you reach the screen headed ‘Conversation’, imagine you see Jesus sitting close to you and share with him your thoughts on the scripture passage.

 

https://www.sacredspace.ie


PRAYER STATION 9: PHYSICAL PRAYER

God cares for us as whole people, and the Bible asks us to bring our physical selves to God. We suffer from a lack of the physical at the moment, unable to meet in the same room, unable to shake hands or hug our friends.

This is a prayer that encourages us to pray in a physical way, using our hands and bodies.

Of course, we are all different when it comes to mobility, so I encourage you to engage with this to the extent that you can. Feel free to substitute a movement for something that works for you.

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Let’s start by grasping our hands into fists in front of us. Think about what is distracting you right now - concerns you have, items on your to-do list, deeper worries about the future. Whatever you come with today, imagine that you hold them in your hands.

Feel the tension of holding on to all these things and the effort needed to keep your hands in fists.

In 1 Peter 5:7, we read:“Cast all your anxiety on God because God cares for you.”

Let’s softly open our hands and let go of our anxiety, allow God to carry our burdens today, because God cares for you.

Next, spread out your hands wide in front of you.

Psalm 143:6 says: “I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.”

Out hands are so empty, so full of need! Like the parched land cries out, we cry out: Oh Lord, we are thirsty, we are needy! Come and rain down on us, fill us today with all that we need.

Now, if possible, move so your feet are touching the ground. Imagine that this is your root, receiving the life-giving love of Christ. As you read this famous verse from Ephesians 3, use your arms to show how immense Christ’s love is for us.

“I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the love of Christ.”

Now, church, you in whom the Lord dwells, let’s raise our arms in praise to God to end.

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.
(Psalm 134:1-2)

 

Prayer by Sara Hargreaves, (https://www.engageworship.org/ideas/physical-prayer-for-zoom)


 

 

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THANK YOU

for being part of our Circuit Day of Prayer.

I hope that these prayer stations have been helpful and enabled you to pray.

Looking forward to sharing with you next time, on Thursday 26 August 2021.

From September, I am hoping that we can resume our in-person Days of Prayers. If so, the September Day of Prayer will be at Consett Methodist Church on Thursday 23 September. Hopefully I will see you there!

God bless

Anne

Go to this page for previous months' material.


June

For a PDF file with all of the following, click here.


WELCOME

Welcome to our Circuit Day of Prayer.

Our Day of Prayer is made up of six prayer stations, each offering a different way of praying creatively.

The prayer stations are numbered, but feel free to visit them in which ever order you prefer.  You may however find it useful to start with Prayer Station 1: Paying Attention.

You are invited to spend as much or as little time at each prayer station as you wish.

You can choose to visit them all in one, or to spread them out over time.  Whatever works best for you.

 

“Walking with God down the avenue of prayer we acquire something of God’s likeness, and unconsciously we become witnesses to others of God’s beauty and God’s grace.” E M Bounds.


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PRAYER STATION 1: PAYING ATTENTION

Paying Attention

‘For God wishes to be seen, wishes to be sought, wishes to be expected, wishes to be trusted’ (Julian of Norwich).

Here is a short film about attention:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpPYdMs97eE

What do we miss, when our mind is occupied elsewhere? God is forever communicating - sometimes we catch what’s being said, sometimes it floats over our head.

Prayer is, essentially, paying attention to God, how God wants to be with me, what God is doing within me, in the people around me and in the world. Sometimes paying attention is easy, when a sunset inspires awe, or we hear good news. Sometimes paying attention is difficult or painful, when we see injustice in the world, or we’re struggling to connect to ourselves or others or God. But for most of us, most of the time we just need to remember to lift our eyes from the everyday, and all the things that absorb us, so that we can notice what God is doing, in us, through us and around us.


Taken from North West  Mann Learning Network Region, Prayer in Real Life  Special Edition Newsletter, June 2021.

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PRAYER STATION 2: MIRRORS, LIGHTS & PHONES

 

The following are taken from Online Prayer Stations for Instagram Stories, by Russell Martin, Posted on March 22 2020, based on every day items.

If you like these, and would like to see more, these prayer stations can be found here:

https://www.umylead.com/online-prayer-stations-for-instagram-stories

There are ten stations in total. The other every day items used are: Fridge, Sink, Bed, Toilet Paper, Car, Hat & Window.

 

Mirrors

We all have mirrors in our house, maybe several of them.

We use them to get ready: for church, for work, for school, for meeting friends, but also often to critique or judge ourselves.

What if you used your mirror instead as a reminder that God ALWAYS takes care of you.

If you can, take a post-it note or piece of paper and write some words on it that remind you of the ways God takes care of you.

Stick it on or near your mirror.

Each time you see them you can be thankful for the ways in which God takes care of you.

 

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4: 19

 

What words remind you of the ways God takes care of you?

 

 

Lights

Look around at the lights and lamps in your home. Some of you like them all on, while some are fine with no lights. But we depend on them. They help us to see, read, move, navigate. Even your smart phone (if you’ve got one) will have a light on it.

Each time you see a light, be called to prayer … of thanksgiving that we serve the light of the world, and a prayer of direction, of how we can be reminded to show everyone that we too can be light to others.

 

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 15: 5

“For so the Lord has commanded us, saying: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” Acts 13: 7

“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 5

 

How can we shine the light of Christ in this dark world?

 

Phones

We’ve all got one. In face yours could be sitting right next to you now.

But how many phone calls have you made this week to check on someone? A friend, a family member, a neighbour?

We might still be more distanced physically, but we are created to be social. To do life together.

Pray for who God might lead you to call. Then do it!

 

“Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel (and talk to) each other with all the wisdom he gives.” Colossians 3: 14 – 16

 

Who is someone you really need to call or reach out to?

 



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PRAYER STATION 3: WALKING WITH MICAH

The Methodist Church has recently launched:

Walking with Micah: Methodist Principles for Social Justice

This is a two-year project to help the Methodist Church in Britain focus on our principles and priorities for justice and through that increase our ability to seek God’s justice, as a Church and in our own Christian lives.

This project will involve

  • Drawing on our Methodist heritage of challenging injustice and learning from the insights and challenges of others within and beyond the Christian faith.
  • Consulting widely within the Methodist Church and listening to what matters to Methodist people at this time.
  • Working with others to resource individuals, churches and leaders, to speak and act for justice both individually and in the name of the Methodist Church in Britain.

 

The project was launched on Sunday 13 June with a lecture by the Rt Hon Gordon Brown entitled Justice and Hope.

You can watch the video of the lecture (1 hour 22 minutes) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTB2wLO4k1w

 

To find out more about the project you can watch the following video:

‘Walking with Micah’ (3 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki77_pKLwQo&t=15s

 

and visit the following page on the Methodist Church Website:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/walking-with-micah/

 

From ‘A Methodist Way of Life’:

Commitment: We will challenge injustice.

Questions for reflection:

What issues of injustice are you currently concerned about?

What are you doing in response?



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PRAYER STATION 4: BIBLE IN ONE YEAR

The Bible in One Year is a daily Bible reading plan which takes you through the whole Bible in 365 days.

Each day includes passages from the New Testament, the Old Testament and the Psalms or Proverbs, along with a daily commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, leaders of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London and pioneers of Alpha. The Bible in One Year encourages readers to engage more closely with the Bible, to apply its teachings to everyday life and to grow in relationship with Jesus.

The Bible in One Year is a wonderful tool for those who have just finished Alpha or are looking for an easy and accessible way to read and understand the Bible. Each day, readers can follow along by reading the text or listening to the audio commentary and can choose the version that best suits their lifestyle; the Classic version (25 minutes) or a shorter Express version (10 minutes). A Youth version is also available.Join 3 million users worldwide each day in reading the Bible in One Year.

 

The following link will take you to the Bible in One Year website:

https://bibleinoneyear.org/en/

Click the ‘Start Today’ button.

Select Classic, Youth or Express

Scroll down the page and then select Today’s Reading.

 

Either:

a) Read all of it.

b) Select one of the readings and focus on that.

c) Ponder what God is saying to you through the reading/s for today.

d) Consider taking up the challenge of reading the Bible in One Year (if you haven’t already!)



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PRAYER STATION 5: PRAYING FOR THE PANDEMIC

 

Video Prayer

The following is a link to a special prayer following the recent .extension of lockdown restrictions. The prayer is from Jude Levermore, Head of Mission at the Methodist Church in Britain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUv-ZTZSK4

 

This is the transcript of the prayer:

Freedom is coming …

Dear Lord, I was so looking forward to the day they were calling Freedom day.

And now it’s postponed. I’m thinking of all those whose plans are more complicated, and whose lives are impacted, those on furlough dreaming of going back, those who long to dance at their wedding, those who live in fear of a third wave. Lord help me to remember that my freedom is tied up only in You, that you are the God who sets me free. Help me to choose again that sort of freedom.  Help us to remember the promise that those who hope in the Lord will renew our strength. They we will soar on wings like eagles; run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint. Lord, give us freedom in you, and strength to wait patiently until the current restrictions end and we can your praises again, with our voices and our lives- like you made us to. Amen.

 

Intercessions

Let us pray to God,
who alone makes us dwell in safety:

For all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For those who are guiding our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

For the vulnerable and the fearful,
for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
Lord, hear us,
Lord, graciously hear us.

We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

 

 

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

 

 

Write or draw or doodle your own prayer for the pandemic.


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PRAYER STATION 6: PARTY TIME!

 

Read the following two stories:

If any of you has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, what will you do? Won’t you leave the ninety-nine in the field and go look for the lost sheep until you find it? And when you find it, you will be so glad that you will put it on your shoulder and carry it home. Then you will call in your friends and neighbours and say, “Let’s celebrate! I’ve found my lost sheep.

What will a woman do if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them? Won’t she light a lamp, sweep the floor, and look carefully until she finds it? Then she will call in her friends and neighbours and say, “Let’s celebrate! I’ve found the coin I lost.

 

Two wonderful stories of celebrations.

 

Next year, the The UK will celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch from Thursday, 2nd June 2022 to Sunday, 5th June 2022.

 

The following comes from HOPE Together:

Churches are in an ideal place to bring communities together for national celebrations. We have the tables, chairs, crockery and PA systems – and we love making cakes!

And that’s not all. We are marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and four day Bank Holiday from 2-5 June 2022 with a host of celebratory activities with our partners the Church of England, the Methodist Church, Biblica and many more. Here’s what’s in the pipeline:

 

a specially commissioned souvenir book

a new anthem to sing

a ’70 Acts of Service’ community challenge

lots of resources for children and schools

 

Our goal is to magnify the Queen’s faith and highlight a sense of community, service and neighbourly love, making it a perfect opportunity to invite the people in your area to the celebrations and a Pentecost service to end the weekend

 

For more information and to receive updates, visit the HOPE Together website:

https://www.hopetogether.org.uk/Groups/363172/Platinum_Jubilee.aspx

 

Planning ahead:

How do you like to celebrate special occasions?

Give thanks for those that come to mind.

How might you celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

with your church?

with your community?

with your neighbours?

 

If you are looking for more inspiration, you might like to visit the following website, which has a similar theme:

https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/blog/the-big-jubilee-lunch

To read about the positive impact that such invents have on communities, click here:

https://relationshipsproject.org/project/biglunch (and scroll down the page).

 

Spend some time looking at your community through God’s eyes. What do you see? What needs are there? How might you respond?

 

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THANK YOU

for being part of our Circuit Day of Prayer.

I hope that these prayer stations have been helpful and enabled you to pray.

If you would like to take part in the planning or the production of one of our online Days of Prayer, do please get in touch. Your contributions would be much appreciated.

Looking forward to sharing with you next time, on Thursday 29 July 2021.

God bless

Anne