DAILY PRAYER

WELCOME TO OUR

DAILY PRAYERS

Prayer is something anyone can do. You don’t have to use complicated words or special phrases. You just pray what is in your heart. 

We hope you find our prayers helpful.

YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOR FRIDAY

Every day we share prayers on facebook and our website.  

We would now like to extend this to sharing your prayer requests on Fridays. 

So if anyone would like someone or something prayed for then please let us know. 

Please email our vicar, Rev. John McDermott, at: 

vicar@stcuthbertsonline.com

WELCOME TO OUR

DAILY PRAYERS

Prayer is something anyone can do. You don’t have to use complicated words or special phrases. You just pray what is in your heart. 

We hope you find our prayers helpful.

YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOR FRIDAY

Every day we share prayers on facebook and our website.  

We would now like to extend this to sharing your prayer requests on Fridays. 

So if anyone would like someone or something prayed for then please let us know. 

Please email our vicar, Rev. John McDermott, at: 

vicar@stcuthbertsonline.com

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 15th

Elizabeth's prayer is from The One Loaf, An Everyday Celebration (Joy Mead 2001) and is an old Scottish Verse.

 

Special in the ordinary.

 

Be gentle when you touch bread.

Let it not lie uncared for… unwanted.

So often bread is taken for granted.

There is so much beauty in bread.  

Beauty of sun and soil,

beauty of patient toil.

Winds and rain have caressed it,

Christ so often blessed it.

Be gentle when you touch bread.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 14th

Mark 1.40-end

We have all benefited, by and large, from the application of science. This has become even more obvious over the last year with the development of the COVID vaccine. In the last 100 years or so, many diseases have been brought under control, not least leprosy, which was such a scourge in the past. It is reported that Jesus touched and healed a number of cases of leprosy. We need to realise how physically and socially courageous this was. People were terrified of leprosy. They labelled sufferers as ‘lepers’, called them unclean and banished them from the community. ‘Lepers’ were never to approach ‘healthy’ people. To be touched by or to touch such a person was regarded with horror. But Jesus was full of compassion for these people, who were not only physically suffering but also social outcasts. He saw them not as unclean but as human souls in desperate need. Not ‘lepers’ but individual and unique people who suffered from ‘leprosy’. There is a difference! 

Lord God, through your Holy Spirit, help us to be compassionate as Jesus was. May we not judge or shun or define people by the labels that society gives them. Give us wisdom to clear our prejudices, overcome our fears and open our hearts. We pray for all those who for whatever reason are outcast and marginalised. Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 13th

Jesus always ministered to those in need.

Caring for one another is vital for good health but is quite demanding as Jesus knew.

 

Yet He did have time to take care of himself, keeping his spiritual connection with his Heavenly Father. If Jesus found time to care for his well being, we also need that too. He shows we need times of quiet, alone, reminding us that we don’t have to do it all.  Sometimes circumstances compel us to step back and accept God’s care in those rare moments of quiet.

 

God of the moment

Be in the busy,

caring times, moments of need,

 

God of the moment

be in our solitude,

the time to take stock and be still.

 

God of the moment

be with us, always.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 12th

Today we remember a very special local saint, St Bennet Biscop. He was originally a warrior for the King but became drawn into a life a religious study and giving. He was responsible for establishing the great monasteries at Jarrow and Wearmouth and became the protector and mentor to the Venerable Bede. It is from his influence that the celtic tradition of Christianity was firmly embedded in our communities. Our prayer this morning is written by Rev David Adam, then Vicar of Holy Island.

Circle me, Lord.

Keep protection near and danger afar.

Circle me, Lord.

Keep hope within keep doubt without.

Circle me, Lord.

Keep light near and darkness afar

Circle me, Lord.

Keep peace within keep evil out.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 10th

Baptism of Christ

 

Today we remember Jesus baptised by water and the spirit.

 

Heavenly father, at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your son:

may we recognise him as our Lord

and know ourselves to be your beloved children;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 11th

Our prayers today are for those without whose work we could not live. For those who grow. pick, manufacture, transport and sell our food. We give thanks that these key-workers have kept us supplied with all we need. We pray especially for those whose work is made more difficult by the pandemic and by Brexit. We ask for safety for them as they go about their work. For all who are anxious we pray for God's peace.

 

Lord of all growing things, we bring our prayers

for all those whose work provides us with food.

We pray for farmers, growers, pickers and transporters.

We bless you for the shopworkers and manufacturers.

All good gifts around us are sent from you O Lord.

Thank you. Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 9th

Longing for salvation

 

Today’s prayer was written by Venerable Bede at the end of his Ecclesiastical history of the English people.

 

I pray you merciful Jesus,

that as you have graciously granted me

to drink down sweetly from the Word which tells you,

so will you kindly grant that I may come to length at you,

the fount of all wisdom,

and stand before your face forever.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 7th

The year of the Lord’s favour

Jesus grew up in Nazareth. His mother, Mary, made sure he was well educated in the scriptures. He worked in the family business, possibly carpentry until, aged about thirty, he was baptised by his cousin John, at Bethany on the river Jordan. He then spent forty days in the wilderness thinking and praying about what he was to do and confirming his relationship with God. 

 

St Luke tells us that Jesus then travelled a while, teaching about the kingdom of God and healing the sick, before announcing himself in the synagogue of his home town. (Luke 4.14–22)

 

Taking the words from the prophet Isaiah, Jesus had said 

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

     because he has anointed me

     to bring good news to the poor.

     He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

     and recovery of sight to the blind,

     to let the oppressed go free, 

     to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

 

Not surprisingly the local people were amazed. Wasn’t he Mary’s son they asked? Some listened to him. Others were dismissive. 

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who brought good news to the poor, release to those held captive, recovery of sight to the blind as we pray for the year of the Lord’s favour in our needy world. Amen. 

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 8th

Prayer for Unselfishness

 

This prayer was written by William Blake.

 

Oh Saviour, pour upon me thy spirit of meekness and love,

annihilate the selfhood in me,

be there all my life.

Guide thou my hand which trembles exceedingly

Upon the rock of ages.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 6th

Epiphany

In a waiting world...

Still, the light shines

Still, the light leads wise men

Still, the journey continues

To search and seek a Saviour

The star shows the very place

Where he is to be found

We still seek something, 

 

As the wind and waves roar

Jesus announces...

Take courage, do not be afraid…

Loving God, as we wait, be gracious to us, have mercy upon us and save us.  We come to you as a people seeking. Draw us close that we might reflect your light within this dark world. 

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 5th

Today’s Bible reading is John Chapter 1 verses 43-end, and it is about Our Lord calling his first disciples amongst whom was Philip.

 

Sometimes, when we tell people about Jesus, we are met with cynicism or rudeness or apathy and it can be really discouraging and it can knock our self-confidence. But when it happened to Philip, he didn’t get into some theological debate or anything like that…He just said to Nathanael, “Come and see!” So, when it comes to evangelism, that’s all we need to keep saying: “Come and see!” We don’t need to get involved in heavy theological debates. “Don’t take my word for it. Come and see!” - and let God do the rest.

 

Now, there is a real challenge to us here as a church, because there is a question for us to answer: if people do “Come and see”, what will they find?

 

Will people receive a warm welcome here?

Will they get a sense of God changing lives?

Will they have an experience of worship that gives them access to God?

Will they go away with a sense of excitement that something is happening here?

Is Jesus at the centre of St. Cuthbert's?

If they come and see, will they meet with God?

 

All good questions for us to ponder …

Being a disciple means being found by God.

Being a disciple means telling others about him.

Being a disciple means not losing confidence when the message is not always welcomed.

Fourthly and finally: Being a disciple means receiving peace and blessing from God.

We are surrounded oh God, with people who need to hear the story, people who need to meet the Lord. Make our places of worship, places of hospitality and welcome. Make our words and actions words and action of invitation.  Like Philip let us say ‘Come and see’. God of surprising light, here we are. Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 4th

Children and Young People.

At the start of a new term, and with all that is happening with starting dates for schools and concerns about what is best for our children and young people, we pray for all involved.

Our prayers are for our local schools, Amble First, Amble Links and JCSC; for teachers and staff, for governors, parents and carers and all who make decisions. We pray too for childminders, grandparents and for Brambles Childcare Centre. May each person do what they feel best for those for whom they are responsible. May God keep all safe and enable the young to develop in an atmosphere of love and care.

 

Loving Lord, our prayer today is for all children and young people. Give you wisdom, patience and fortitude to all who teach, nurture and care for them. Bless them all with your peace and hope. In the name of Jesus. Amen

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 3rd

Epiphany Thoughts

 

Today we join the worship of those who brought gold frankincense and myrrh.

 

Creator of the heavens,

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journeys end

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A PRAYER AND THOUGHT 

January 2nd

Peace in the New Year

 

Today we ask for that special peace which alone comes from the Lord.

 

In the year to come, God of all time,

be our help and company.

Hold our hands as we journey onwards

and may you dream of Shalom,

where all will be peace,

be our guiding star.

Amen.

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

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