North West Durham Methodist Circuit

Deepening Discipleship, Making More Disciples

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!

Go to this page for previous months' material.


February

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


WELCOME

Welcome to our Circuit Day of Prayer.

There are six prayer stations, each offering a way of praying creatively.

They 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: Entering into stillness, which give some ideas for preparing for prayer.

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.


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PRAYER STATION 1: A PLACE TO BE


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

 

This is the link to their website, if you would like to know more about Sanctuary First.

https://www.sanctuaryfirst.org.uk/

 

The prayer is copied below:

 

Journey Prayer

 

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;  turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

Psalm 17: 6

 

A prayer for setting out on a time of retreat and reflection. Take time to read or speak the words aloud slowly thinking what they mean for you.

 

Father God we come to you

To spend time with you

To praise you

To thank you

To grow closer to you

 

We set aside all that distracts us

We leave our worries in your hands

Give us the strength to leave them there and wait on your solutions

Help us to grow closer to you, to feel, see and hear your presence.

Fill us with your peace and increase our awareness of you in our daily lives

This we pray in Jesus’ name

Amen.


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PRAYER STATION 2: LOVE YOURSELF THROUGH LENT


Together at Home is a website providing free resources for churches during lockdown. This is a link to their website: https://www.tath.co.uk


Acknowledging that Lent can be a challenging season, and even more so this year, they have produced a list of 40 ‘self-care’ ideas. Have a look through the list and see what you could do right now, to ‘give yourself a boost of positivity’.

Lent Self Care


You could print off or save the list, to refer back to during Lent.  They have also included a colouring in sheet version. You might light to print it off and do some colouring in, perhaps using it as a prayer prompt for those you know who could do with a ‘boost of positivity’ today.

Lent Self Care Colouring Sheet


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PRAYER STATION 3: 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 4: PRAYING 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

 

The Methodist Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer. As part of the year of Prayer, there is a weekly Online Prayer Meeting, every Tuesday, at 12.45 pm, held on Zoom and live-streamed to Facebook.

Each week the meeting is led by a different person. The leader is invited to share something of what God is doing in their life.  This is followed by a Bible reading, and a time of prayer. Participants are invited to share in the meeting via the chat function.

The meeting ends with everyone praying the Breakthrough Prayer, and being invited to unmute, to say the ‘Amen’ together.

 

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

 

Each week the leader is asked 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?

 

Spend some time reflecting on how you would answer these questions.

 

For more information about the Year of Prayer, and to register for the weekly prayer meetings, follow this link:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/evangelism-growth/year-of-prayer/


Videos of previous meetings can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/MethodistChurchinBritain/videos/


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PRAYER STATION 5: FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT


Fairtrade fortnight is running this year from 22 February to 7 March. Running alongside Fairtrade Fortnight is an online festival, entitled ‘Choose the World You Want’. This is a free festival of online events and activities to ‘entertain, educate and inspire us all to choose the world we want to see … ‘

The festival includes a ‘Storytelling Tent’ where you can hear ‘voices from the farm’: Fairtrade farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis talk about what it takes to grow so much of the food we all depend on. You’ll hear about their daily challenges – and what being part of Fairtrade means for their families and communities …


Would you rather … have coffee, cocoa or bananas?


Choose one:


Coffee


Cocoa


Bananas


 

Read your chosen story (or simply look at the pictures) and pray for the people, places and situations described.

Prayerfully ponder how you might support Fairtrade.

 

This is the link to the festival home page if you would like to see all that is happening at the Festival.


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PRAYER STATION 6: 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

 

(or see below)


 

Daily Prayer - 2021-02-24


Presence

I pause for a moment
and reflect on God's life-giving presence
in every part of my body, in everything around me,
in the whole of my life.


Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up
with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free
from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.


Consciousness

Knowing that God loves me unconditionally,
I can afford to be honest about how I am.
How has the last day been, and how do I feel now?
I share my feelings openly with the Lord.


The Word of God

Luke 11:29-32

When the crowds were increasing, Jesus began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!"


Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Jonah is the sign of God’s care for all. His call was to go to a far country who did not know him or his God. He is also a sign of God’s care for us individually – his care was for Jonah’s safety. Jonah’s strength was in his trust in God. Prayer is a time of allowing trust in God to grow and become a central part of our being.

Conversation

Your own words, Lord, taught me how to pray.
The beautiful “Our Father”,
contains all I would wish to say.


Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.


 

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THANK YOU

for being part of our Circuit Day of Prayer.

I hope that you have enjoyed engaging with the various prayer activities.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

I am planning more on-line days of prayer in the future.  Watch this space!

If you would like to create an on-line prayer station, or have thoughts or suggestions, please do let me know.

See you next time.

God bless

Anne