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DAILY PRAYER

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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.

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Hands in prayer.

CAROLLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 14th

This reading; The Gospel of Mark chapter 6 verses 14-29 has one lesson I’d like to illustrate here today. Herodias , Herod’s daughter, puts herself out for others, and makes decisions to please others, without really thinking through the consequences, or making up her own mind. That’s easy to fall in to when we are young, and as we mature, it’s good to realise that if we are ‘people pleasers’ we reflect and make sure that we have good values and a right view of the world.

Holy Spirit, guide us into right thoughts and actions, and bring wise people around us to lead and advise us in all parts of life.

Blue bacground with white lights streaking accross it in swirls.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 13th

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.'

(Psalm 34: Verse 18)

Bless the peacemakers
working in conditions
that are often hazardous.

Bless the politicians
whether good or bad
for decisions affecting all of us.

Bless our words and actions
as we carry your light
into places shrouded in darkness.

A explosion of sunlight into the darkness of outer space with the twinkling of the stars.

HUGH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 12th

Its very difficult to get away from sport at the moment. Our televisions and newspapers are filled with it. It's that time of year with the annual rituals of Ascot, Henley and Wimbledon. This year is exceptional due to the European Football Championships and the Olympic Games in Paris to follow as well. A veritable feast for lovers of sport you'll agree.  I can't help thinking about the players whether in football teams or solo jockeys or tennis players it is a personal challenge for them. They strive to succeed in their sport to advance their careers and please their fans. It can't be easy living in the pressures of the limelight. Yet consider the single tennis players, have you noticed how hard they compete with their opponents, sometimes in obvious pain or emotional discomfort? At the end of the match, win or lose they stride to the net to exchange words, even hugs. So what is going on here? Well they share something special they now how hard it is to stand alone and do battle coming through win or lose to continue their careers and please their fans. Such shared experiences can produce deep friendships. Leaders too, in all walks of life, face similar challenges. They are the people who are supposed to have the answer or know what to do when problems arise. Leadership can be a very lonely place good friends and supporters are vital to most.

Shiloette of a man standing on a hilside against the sunset -  Lord, we pray for those who lead us, be generous with your Spirit to them and may they enjoy the friendship and support they need to continue in your service and that of those they serve. In Christ's name Amen.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 11th

Make us ever eager, O Lord, to share the good things that you have given us.  Grant us such a measure of your spirit that we may find more joy in giving than in getting.  Make us ready to give cheerfully without grudging, secretly without praise, and in sincerity without looking for gratitude. (John Hunter)

A beggar sitting next to some railings on a snow filled pavement recieving a gift from a young woman.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 10th

Imagine what we would be capable of doing if we all offered our everyday, our every effort, to do some good work. Can we imagine a better world, a more peaceful world where the weak will not be taken advantage of, the helpless not oppressed, the sick not abandoned. In this world, children will thrive, children can be the best that they want to be. We need to be mindful and give freely of what we have to share. It simply may be spending a few moments with someone who needs a bit of attention and care. Or perhaps it is taking the time to help someone with something. 

Lord, as we begin each day, give us strength to serve others. Remind us that every person created in your image deserves to be treated with love and respect. Help us to see the needs of those around us and be willing to help in any way we can. 

A feild of buttercups in the bright sunlit sky, with words asking - When was the last time you did good to somebody in need?

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 9th

Many children will be completing their studies and preparing to move on to other activities. At a time of such challenge and uncertainty many of our children may be struggling with decisions about their future.

 

Lord, we ask You to encourage those children who are struggling with their studies. Strengthen their minds. Help their teachers and parents know how to help them learn. Show them your love and their worth.Amen

blue and yellow textured grass - water pattern

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 8th

Yesterday we took our regular monthly Cafe Church out on the harbour side to celebrate Mauritania Day. In addition to wonderful music from the Bedlington Salvation Army Band we had readings written by the poet Malcolm Guite and this scripture from Psalm 107.

 

Our prayer today is for all who go down to the sea in ships and for their safety, and for the wonders of the deep, I am told there was a minke whale off our coast yesterday!

We pray for support to each other, and for time to build each other up in encouragement, in skills and in community spirit. God bless us all.

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CAROLLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 7th

Are you a local person, who has always lived in the Amble area? In Mark’s Gospel chapter 6 verses 1 to 13 we read that Jesus had been away teaching people about God’s love, and then came back to his home town, without finding much appreciation there! Interestingly Jesus’ power was restricted by his old neighbour’s cynicism and unbelief. We all need support and encouragement in our home town and when we travel far away.

We pray for support to and from each other, and for taking time to build each other up in encouragement, in skills and in community spirit. God bless us all.

A related short Video Reflection called "What is Community?" can be found on our YouTube Channel

A colage painting of Amble by the sea. Marina, waves, war memorial, flowers and river coquet.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 6th

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear. He burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46 verses 9 -10

 

Circle O God, those who work for peace,
Encircle them with your presence
Keep wisdom within, keep folly out
Keep strength within, keep weariness out
Keep hope within, keep darkness out.

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MARGARET'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 5th

Lord God, all wise, all merciful, hear us as we pray for those who bear the responsibility of leadership among the nations of the world. Give them in all their deliberations wisdom to know your will, regard for your laws, and respect for human rights, that they may seek to lead all people in the paths of truth, freedom and peace for the glory of your name,through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

Beautiful irridecent greens behind a black grid.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 4th

No one pretends …..

Saint Paul wrote, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.”(1 Timothy Chapter 2. Verses 1-2)

Today we have the chance to vote for our leaders. Unlike St Paul and his generation who could ‘only’ pray. Voting is a privilege and a responsibility not found in every country. It was hard won. It could be lost! St Augustine once said, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you”. We must pray and also play our part. Churchill said in 1947, “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”

We must use our vote. Then we must accept the result and continue to pray and work for a just, fair and mutually generous society which cares for people and planet.

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MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 3rd

Today is the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle.  Thomas was not a gullible fool who simply accepted what the others told him concerning Jesus’ resurrection. He was adamant that without evidence he would not believe so he questioned. Have you ever been the one in the group to speak up? The one to question or disagree with what was said? We can throw the term “peer pressure” around without thinking much about it, but there can be a pressure as people keep talking and you slowly realise that they all agree with each other–and you disagree with them. A pressure. Thomas knew that without evidence he would not believe. The Christian faith is not based on irrational wish-fulfilment, but on eyewitness evidence to hard facts. We call Thomas ‘doubting’ and easily forget that he was also honest, acknowledging his hesitation and reluctance to believe. Because of this, Jesus was able to address him and to respond with equal honesty. 

We thank God for St. Thomas, the one disciple who had the courage to say what everyone else was thinking but didn't dare say, the courage to ask the awkward questions. Help us to respond to questions with honesty and openness even under pressure.

the word courage typed on a piece of torn paper lying on a wooden floor.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 2nd

Psalm 19
'The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.'

Open our eyes, Lord
as we walk through this world
feel the wind and sunshine
see the majesty of creation unfolding before our eyes
Help us to see you in the warmth of the sun's embrace
the gentle breeze swept in by incoming tide
the rhythm of seasons
of new birth
death and recreation
All these speak so clearly of your love Amen

A view of a valley looking up the hill to the cloud filled  sky

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

July 1st

At St Cuthbert’s Church yesterday Revd. Peter spoke about interruptions. He played a recording that he made recently on a visit to Ukraine of the air raid siren going off in the middle of the night. He asked us how we deal with interruptions and concluded by suggesting using them as a 'Call to prayer'.

Lord, when our plans are interrupted and don't go as we had hoped, may we turn to you and ask for your guidance, for your will to be done and for patience as we wait for a new outcome. Amen

muted colours of blue purple orange, all going in a line from top to bottom

CAROLLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 30th

Mark Chapter 5: Verses 21-43

Can you multitask? Doing that with many distractions, and a lot on his mind is just what Jesus managed many times in his ministry, without any errors, of course. Mark’s Gospel chapter 5 verses 21 – 43 tells of a very busy day in Jesus’ ministry. Different needs present themselves, and Jesus spends time with each person as if they were the only person present, fulfilling their needs for healing.

We pray Lord, for the ability to focus on those you bring into our presence, to help others. Keep distractions at bay so we can live full lives of service.

a lilac rectangle with purple circles inside each other.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 29th

Today we conclude our Lord's Prayer for times of war.  


Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Let us not seek revenge, but reconciliation;

Let us not delight in victory, but in justice;

Let us not give ourselves up to pride, but to prayer;

 

Lead us not into temptation.

Be present to all thy children ravaged by war:

Be present to those who are killing and to those who are being killed;

Be present to the loved ones of those who are killing

and to the loved ones of those who are being killed;

 

Deliver us from evil.

Subdue our selfish desires to possess and to dominate,

and forbid us arrogance in victory;

 

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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ROBERT'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 28th

In June 2016 Jo Cox was murdered on her way to an advice surgery in her Constituency. In October 2021 David Amess was attacked and killed during an advice surgery. As we enter the last week of the General Election campaign, we should remember how precious and fragile our democracy is and that good men and women face formidable challenges in their work as Members of Parliament. The words of Jo Cox in her first speech as an MP ring true and should be a guide during the election campaign and beyond, whatever the result.

 

We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us…

 

Jo Cox MP, House of Commons, June 3rd, 2015.

 

May that be true – and help us to make it so.

a knotted rope  in front of blurred grass.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 27th

Prayer for the candidates

It’s only a week until the general election. Amidst all the noise and speculation we must not forget to pray for the candidates, remembering that those who offer themselves for public office seek to serve their country and their constituency and at the same time open themselves to relentless public scrutiny. We thank God that men and women are still prepared to do this in this age of weariness and cynicism. May God bless them.

So we pray for all who are seeking to represent us as members of parliament. May they have vision to perceive and understand the issues of our time. May they have courage to hold on to what they believe to be right and integrity in their words and motives. May their actions and works always promote the welfare and peace of all.

Photo Unsplash.

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MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 26th

In Matthew Chapter 7: Verses 15-20 Jesus calls on people to watch out for those who would teach things contrary to the truth. This is a call and a responsibility that must be heard for the sake of those who would be led astray. How practical are Jesus’ words! The world is awash with words -- such as what I am writing now -- and we need some way of knowing how to discern the true and good from the false. Whether the speaker is a broadcaster or a bishop, a politician or a policeman, the only safe criterion is the advice Jesus gives: you will know them by their fruits, by the way they live.

Dear Lord, you always taught the truth, let integrity rule our actions and our words. Protect us from people, ideas, even fantasies, that promise what they cannot deliver. May we recognise the wolves in sheep’s clothing that come in many disguises. May we know the fruits of lives that demonstrate goodness and truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 25th

Today is Global Beatles Day. As a child of the 60s I grew up with the Beatles and their music relishing the sheer skill and exurberance this group showed.

'All You Need is Love' is a song written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on the BBC produced program, Our World, the very first ever live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries via satellite  and watched by 400 million, the program was broadcast on June 25, 1967.

 

There's nothin' you can know that isn't known
Nothin' you can see that isn't shown
There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

These lyrics still resonate today.

Bless us with Love, O Merciful God;
That we may Love as you Love!
That we may show patience, tolerance,
Kindness, caring and love to all! Amen

Adark red heart oin a blood red sky.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 24th

Yesterday Lee, who is the Dean of Newcastle Cathedral,  came to take our service at St Cuthbert’s Church and preached an excellent sermon. Our reading told of Jesus stilling the storm. Lee reminded us that as we move forward Jesus is “in the boat with us “, so whatever happens we are safe. He quoted “it will be alright in the end and if it isn’t alright it isn’t the end.” Life has its storms for all of us, so we remember that Jesus is in the boat with us.

Lord Jesus Christ who stilled the storm on the lake, be with us in the boat of our lives. Remind us of your presence when things are rough and take us through to peaceful waters. Amen. 

Best wishes

large waves crashing over the pier in Amble. A very stormy image.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 23rd

So much of our lives we make risky decisions and take difficult actions. Even when we do not choose change, change happens around us. Thinking of our health, the cost of living, ecological, political and organisational influences, there are few certainties. This life can be described as a journey through the storm. Where do we find times of calm?

 

Mark describes the calm with Jesus in the storm in chapter 4 verses 35-41. In this reading even the real wind and sea obey Jesus and find stillness and calm.

 

Help us to remember to call on you, Jesus, in our lives when we seek stillness and calm.

aan autumn leaf flooating in a pool of pebbles.  It is partly submerged by a large pebble.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 22nd

We turn again this Saturday to the prayer that our Lord himself taught us when we find ourselves in times of trouble so,

“Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Help us to protect and to provide for all who are hungry and homeless, especially those who are deprived of food and shelter, family and friends, by the tragedy of war;

“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Forgive us for neglecting to “seek peace and pursue it,” and finding ourselves in each new crisis, more ready to make war than to make peace. 

 

“We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves”;

autumn coloured leaf pattern with a black outline of praying hands

LINDA'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 21st

Yesterday marked the Summer Solstice, when we have the longest daylight hours. 

We all experience days that seem to drag on and be never ending. These can often be the most trying with many hurdles and difficulties to overcome. It's at these times that we need to find the resolve to carry on. 

 

Loving heavenly father, be strength in times of need. 

 

Amen 

sunset over a marina of boats with the sea in the background.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 20th

June 20th marks World Refugee Day. It is celebrated each year with a specific theme that focuses on an aspect of the refugee crisis. The theme this year is “Hope Away from Home: A World Where Refugees Are Always Included.” This theme emphasises the importance of inclusion and support for refugees, ensuring that they are welcomed and integrated into communities, allowing them to rebuild their lives with hope and dignity. Let’s remember and consider the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. 

 

We pray for all who have been forced to leave their homes to make long journeys to safety. We pray for all who spend all they have and risk their lives to flee. May we listen to their stories and respond with love and kindness.

Shilohette of people walking along carrying their belongings against a sunset sky with birds overhead

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 19th

The Measure you give 

We are reminded that this is ‘Refugee’ week. We sometimes muddle up refugees with immigrants. We all have views about immigration- for better or for worse! But let’s remember that many if not most would-be immigrants are refugees, fleeing danger. We seem to like to hear tough talk from our politicians, and there is a case to be made in stopping the gangs who charge extortionate amounts for the dangerous crossing of the  Channel.  But …….  Jesus once said “give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke  chapter 6 verse 38) How might these words speak to us about our attitude to refugees? 

Here is part of a prayer from Pope Francis. 

 

In caring for refugees may we seek a world where none are forced to leave their home and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace.

Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centeredness.

people at a busy train staion in India

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 18th

This past weekend we remembered especially the presence of our fathers in our lives and pray for those who struggle to look after their families.

Our Father in heaven,

we pray today for the many fathers around the world

who are struggling to provide for their families:

those who despair about finding safe shelter,

who watch in anguish as their children starve,

who desperately search for adequate medical care,

or safety from violence that surrounds them.

 

Be with these fathers this day.

Strengthen and encourage them as they seek to care for their families.

Grant them grace and courage in the midst of impossible circumstances,

and bless them with hope as they look toward the future.  Amen. 

The prayer on a blue background - Our Father in heaven,  we pray today for the many fathers around the world  who are struggling to provide for their families:  those who despair about finding safe shelter,  who watch in anguish as their children starve,  who desperately search for adequate medical care,  or safety from violence that surrounds them.    Be with these fathers this day.  Strengthen and encourage them as they seek to care for their families.  Grant them grace and courage in the midst of impossible circumstances,  and bless them with hope as they look toward the future.  Amen. 

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 17th

I was preaching on Sunday on Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed which grows into a big shrub. It seemed to resonate with lots of people and I got lots of additional comments. Jesus says in Mark chapter 4 Verse 30 to 32 that God’s kingdom is like a tiny seed that grows to a very big plant. I have always imagined a “proper “tree with a trunk but by the wonders of Google I find that the picture on our prayer today is actually what Jesus had in mind. Someone called it a “weedy bush”. It grows each year, from a tiny seed, big enough to offer shelter. So I said that our community of faith is much more like a weedy bush than a posh proper tree, and that is a plus because as you know weeds are vigorous and keep on coming back. May we as communities of faith be like that mustard plant.

Lord, as this weedy bush of mustard grows from a tiny seed , may we, as your community of faith, grow to shelter those who need comfort, protection and care in the stresses and strains of life. In the name of Jesus who told the mustard seed story and loves each weedy bush

community. Amen.

A mustard seed bush. On a snady ground with blue sky.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 16th

As we get older we usually discover more about the world. Things are often more complicated and intricate than we realise. Jesus used simple examples – parables - to describe the Kingdom of Heaven, and the Gospels record many of those. In this week’s reading Mark chapter 4 verses 26-34 Jesus we have 2 examples, both using agricultural examples. But still, we cannot grasp the complex and deep truths glimpsed there. How wonderful.

Thank you, God that you promise us Your Kingdom here on earth and in Heaven. Help us strive to bring it closer to everyone, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name and through listening to his teaching.

Thank you, God that you promise us Your Kingdom here on earth and in Heaven. Help us strive to bring it closer to everyone, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name and through listening to his teaching.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 15th

We often turn to the prayer that our Lord himself taught us when we find ourselves in times of trouble so...

Our Father, who art in heaven,

slow to anger, and of great mercy, lover of all peoples of the earth,

 

Hallowed be thy Name.

Remind us that "all the nations are as nothing before thee,"

their governments but a shadow of passing age;

 

Thy kingdom come

Grant to thy children throughout the world,

and especially to the leaders of the nations,

the gift of prayerful thought and thoughtful prayer;

that following the example of our Lord,

we may discern what is right, and do it; Amen

The world glowing blue in black space

HUGH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 14th

Fortunately, despite the roar of the media blasting us with political campaigning and all sorts of bad news from at home and around the world we are free to continue to live our everyday lives supporting the activities of our families and community. We may not be able to change the world but we can encourage peoples' ambitions, sympathise with those who are grieving, befriend those who are lonely and yes, find some time and energy for some fun. All those little things which make our lives and those of others pleasant and worthwhile.

 

Lord, may we see you in all the small things we do and thank you for our experiences. In Christ's name. Amen

Photograph P. Horseman.

a dragon fly on a blade of grass over a faded blue background.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 13th

Wisdom and innocence.

We have just returned from spending time with our family in Ukraine. Life was unexpectedly ‘normal’ in the sense that people were getting on with their lives despite the situation. In central Ukraine, where we were, the big issue was the regular scheduled electricity power cuts. Less predictable were the air alert sirens which sounded sometimes two or three times a day, often in the middle of the night. They would sound every time something was detected in the airspace of Ukraine that shouldn’t be there. Every time they sounded was a reminder to be alert. You get used to them in the end, but not entirely. 

Here in the UK we are not directly or immediately affected by this war. We don’t hear air alert sirens. There are many, however, who believe that we are under electronic cyber attack, and subject to false information on the internet and perhaps elsewhere. Many suspect that ‘Russian Intelligence’ is behind this. So we need to be alert, especially, when we read, see, or hear news about our upcoming election. Jesus told his disciples, that in their fight against evil they should be as wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Whatever we hear or read, then, we need to recall the alert siren - there may be something in our ‘information space’ which shouldn’t be there.

 A sunrise over the sea. Pray for wisdom, truth and peace in our hearts, in our nation and throughout the world.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 12th

Never doubt what a small group of thoughtful, committed folk can make to communities. Volunteers giving acts of kindness are so often hidden, such as when picking up a lost toy and returning it to its owner or offering to get an item from the top shelf at the supermarket for someone. There are so many organisations too who rely on volunteers. Such kind acts align with Jesus’ values. God knows that when we are moved to act out of compassion or empathy, we demonstrate his love. Jesus came to show us how to live and share that love.

Thank you, Lord, for volunteers who serve and give of themselves in so many ways. Bless those who do good extending a hand to help others and, in doing so, are serving you.

Picture of a voluntee, in a pink Tshirt with rainbow coloured sleeves, wearing a baseball cap.  Taking a picture of other volunteers.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 11th

Climate change and the resulting climate emergency affects all of us, but it’s those living in extreme poverty who are both the first and hardest hit. In recent years we’ve seen searing temperatures in Bangladesh and some countries in West Africadroughts in Colombia, and extreme flooding in Kenya.

Without urgent action, the World Bank estimates that climate change could push an additional 132 million people into poverty by 2030.

With a recent UN climate change report signalling a “code red for humanity,” we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to act.

Loving Lord, your word reminds us how much you value and love children. We pray for the climate crisis and the devastating impact on children’s lives and future generations.We thank you for young people and their passion and conviction to care for and protect your world for the common good. We pray that their actions and words will be taken seriously.We ask that as adults, we’ll strive to protect the world that they will grow up in. 

A butterfly on a hand.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 10th

Today we pray for safe travel for all.

Lord God, our prayer today is for all who travel, for whatever reason. For those who travel by road, by sea and by air. For those who drive, that they will be responsible for their own safety and the safety of others. For children and young people learning to travel in safety. Guide, God and protect. Amen.

A rainbow over a street of houses.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 9th

In election time you hear of families divided, voting for different parties. Families sometimes do not understand what each other stands for, and Jesus’ family was no exception. They heard what he was doing, as told by Mark’s Gospel chapter 3 verses 20-35, and came to try and take him home, but when the Holy Spirit is truly with a person, they are doing God’s will.

Holy Spirit, unite and inspire us as Jesus’ living family now to work for the Kingdom here on earth, for peace and justice.

Small hope pictures on the 'Coat of Hopes'.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 8th

Many struggle to see God when faced with natural disaster or the cruelty of other human beings. But God is always there in the hands of those who offer help and sustainance - whether offered by those of faith or no faith, for all love has its source in him.

God of wholeness, God of Grace,
to you we bring our thanks and praise.
To a world that searches
you are a lamp that shines,
to a world that is hungry
you are food that sustains,
to a world that suffers
you are hope of release,
to a world that’s broken
you are one who restores,
to a world full of hate
you are love that forgives,
to a world that denies
you are truth that endures.
To you we bring our thanks and praise,
God of wholeness, God of Grace.

God of wholeness, God of Grace, to you we bring our thanks and praise. To a world that searches you are a lamp that shines, to a world that is hungry you are food that sustains, to a world that suffers you are hope of release, to a world that’s broken you are one who restores, to a world full of hate you are love that forgives, to a world that denies you are truth that endures. To you we bring our thanks and praise, God of wholeness, God of Grace.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 7th

As we approach the General Election with all the complexity and choices it brings, the words of this hymn written in the 1960’s are perhaps appropriate. We ask the God of all the nations to look upon us at this difficult time. I thought one of my freehand knots was a fitting image for the complexity of what we face. 

Lord, for our land, in this generation, spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth, and care; for young and old, for Commonwealth and nation, Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

Lord, for our land, in this generation, spirits oppressed by pleasure, wealth, and care; for young and old, for Commonwealth and nation, Lord of our land, be pleased to hear our prayer.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 6th

D-Day and Today

Today, 6 June, we remember the D Day landings of 1944 which, eighty years ago, began the liberation of Europe from nazi tyranny. Many gave their lives so that we might live in freedom, but the battle against tyranny has not ended. We have just returned from Ukraine and are especially mindful of the men and women who every day fight to liberate the parts of their country occupied by Russian Imperialist forces, and protect the freedom of their fellow citizens, and, some would say, the rest of Europe. 

 

Remember and pray for all those who have in the past, and continue today, to give their lives to defend peoples and nations from tyranny. 

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MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 5th

June 5th every year is World Environment Day. It’s aimed at raising awareness, encouraging action to protect the environment. The theme this year is land restoration, desertification and drought resilience. Restoring land can reverse the tide of land degradation, drought and desertification. It can boost livelihoods, lower poverty and builds resilience to extreme weather, increasing carbon storage and slowing climate change. The environment is no one's property to destroy. It's everyone's responsibility to protect, not just on one day! 

 

God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved, open our eyes that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet, through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name.

 God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved, open our eyes that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet, through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 4th

How often in our busy 21st century lifestyle do we feel we want to be somewhere ‘far from the madding crowd’? Each one of us needs a place to which we can retreat to recharge our spiritual batteries, where we can stop and listen and spend time with the One who knows us best – God our Creator.

Lord, as the sunrise colours the sky,
from palest hue to dazzling gold,
help us to reflect your glory in our lives
that others may be drawn to the light of Christ.

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PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

June 3rd

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

These words from the Old Testament part of the Bible called Proverbs are as true now as they were millennia ago. A kind word costs us nothing but its value to the person on the receiving end can be very precious. It can be a word of praise, a word of appreciation or just saying “It is nice to see you, how are you?” There are people who hardly ever get spoken to and if we were just to stop and speak to them as we pass it would make a tremendous difference to them.

An old hymn includes the words 'If I can help somebody, as I pass along, If I can cheer somebody, with a word or song,… Then my living shall not be in vain.'

Lord, give to me today, a word of kindness that I may pass it on to someone who needs to be encouraged, helped or lifted up.

Lord, give to me today, a word of kindness that I may pass it on to someone who needs to be encouraged, helped or lifted up. a picture of a dove covered in kind words.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 25th

We need to pray at this time that we should learn the ways of peace and urge our leaders to seek conflict resolution.

“Let us pray with one heart and one soul – Lord come to our aid,

Grant us peace, teach us peace, guide our steps in the way of peace.

Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say:

Never again war. ' Lord Hear Us.” Amen

“Let us pray with one heart and one soul – Lord come to our aid,  Grant us peace, teach us peace, guide our steps in the way of peace.  Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say:  Never again war. ' Lord Hear Us.” Amen

LINDA'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 24th

I enjoy watching the programmes from the Chelsea flower show and was particularly taken by the Bowel Research UK Microbiome Garden. It is very much a wild meadow style garden, very different from the neat ordered gardens we tend to create. Even so, it provides many benefits to our health. I often recall a story told to me some years ago. A vicar was walking around a village where he came upon a parishoner who had been working on a previously 'neglected' garden. "My goodness " he observed," you and the good Lord are making a fine effort in that garden." To which the parishioner replied, " Ey, you should have seen the mess of it when the good Lord had it to himself."
Perhaps we shouldn't try to tidy-up/formalise what occurs naturally.

Loving heavenly father, help us to see the beauty and the benefits in the chaos that might surround us.  Amen

Find out more:  Microbiome Garden

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 23rd

He did not say …

'Thou shalt not be tempested.'

'Thou shalt not be travailed.'

'Thou shalt not be dis-eased.'

He said...

'Thou shalt not be overcome.'

Julian of Norwich

Peter's Thursday Thought this week comes from Ukraine together with his picture of Lviv.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 22nd

Goodbyes can be emotional, painful. On Ascension Day, Jesus and His friends  say goodbye, and there is that sense of ‘what happens now?’ Facing the unknown can be lonely. Jesus offers them hope that he will be with them. ‘Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of time.’ His friends can have the courage of Jesus continuing presence, without feeling the need to cling on to it. We, who wonder about how to keep going can cling to that promise of Jesus, ‘Behold, I am with you’. From now on a new kind of presence is born through the Holy Spirit. 

 

 May we live each day, Lord Jesus, knowing that your presence is with us. Thank you for the gift of life and the power released in us through your Holy Spirit. Give us wisdom so that we may focus on what it is that You are calling us to do, today and always. Amen

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 21st

We are approaching the start of the very busy summer season here in Amble with our annual Puffin Festival starting this Saturday. This will be followed by other festivals thoughout the next few months when we are able to welcome many visitors to our town.

Let your light shine here Father 
so we can feel safe and at home 
in this place 
in this company of people. 
May it be a place of openness and sharing.

We pray for everyone’s safety
Friendship with others
To have fun
For good weather
We pray for where we are and the people we will meet today. 
We pray that barriers will be broken down. 
And that we can make real connection with one another. Amen

Let your light shine here Father  so we can feel safe and at home  in this place  in this company of people.  May it be a place of openness and sharing.  We pray for everyone’s safety Friendship with others To have fun For good weather We pray for where we are and the people we will meet today.  We pray that barriers will be broken down.  And that we can make real connection with one another. Amen

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 20th

At St Cuthbert's we have just had our annual church meeting. This was a time to thank members for all they had done during the year, to thank God for his faithfulness and to look forward. The bible describes the Christians like this: " you are the body of Christ and individually members of it." Each brings our different gifts to work together for the good of all. This hymn sums it up very well. It is our prayer for each other today. And it can be your prayer where ever you are.

Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

Two hands, of older men, reaching out and holding each other.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 19th

Here comes the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth! So much needed in our world, as ever. St John records Jesus telling us that when the Spirit of Truth comes, the Spirit will guide us into all truth. (John chapter 16.) Although Christians long to be with Jesus, we also long to enjoy our life, under the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Help us Lord to follow your ways under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so that we and everyone can live full and worthwhile lives.

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 18th

God of all peoples and nations,
Who created all things alive and breathing,
United and whole,
Show us the way of peace that is your overwhelming presence.
We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia, Israel and Gaza.
Every child and every adult.

Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression
And fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace.
Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour,
And a passion for justice to prevail
and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace.
Creator of all hear our prayer Amen

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HUGH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 17th

Last Thursday we celebrated Ascension Day. In Tissington in the Derbyshire Dales Ascension Day marks the beginning of their Well Dressing season. The origins of Well Dressing are obscure, they may be pagan, associated with the Black Death or the severe drought of 1615 when the Wells continued to provide water. What is sure is that the tradition represents a thanksgiving for deliverance from the Plague or drought. Pagan or not, today the tradition is very much a Christian festival with each Well receiving a blessing by an ecumenical group of ministers. The designs are spectacular with seeds, twigs, petals, leaves and flowers etc. being used to create vivid pictures inspired by films, cartoons or biblical themes. Each Well is decorated differently and new designs are created every year. The floral decoration of the Wells is a community activity and involves people who create and realise the designs and a small team of strong men, usually, who transport the heavy boards and erect them on site. Each Well has its own team and Tissington has six Wells so many people in the village are involved each year.

 

Lord help us to respect those many things we take for granted and be generous in our thanks and praise of Your providence. In Jesus' name Amen.

Lord help us to respect those many things we take for granted and be generous in our thanks and praise of Your providence. In Jesus' name Amen.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 16th

God’s soul is the wind,

rustling plants, and leaves,

the dew dancing on the grass,

the rainy breezes making everything grow.

Just like this, the kindness of a person flows ...

(Hildegard of Bingen, quoted in Celtic daily prayer.)

 

Image: UnSplash: Eugene Golovesoy.

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PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 15th

Prayer for midweek .

Pause and take time to come closer to the presence of God who is always there.

Into your presence I come, Lord, a few moments of quietness, closeness in a busy world that demands my attention. Breathe on me now that I might know your power to see this day through.   Amen.

Prayer ©John Birch •www.faithandworship.com

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An old Abby window in Amble looking onto the new appartments at Coble Quay.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 14th

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy Chapter 2: Verses 1-3

Throughout the Bible we’re commanded to pray for those in leadership. No matter what your local election result is, take a moment to pray for the newly elected councillors, mayors and police and crime commissioners.

Father God, we lift our newly elected councillors, mayors and police and crime commissioners to you. We ask that you fill each member with wisdom as they seek to represent their constituents. Equip them with the knowledge the need and help them govern with unity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

​Father God, we lift our newly elected councillors, mayors and police and crime commissioners to you. We ask that you fill each member with wisdom as they seek to represent their constituents. Equip them with the knowledge the need and help them govern with unity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

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