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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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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.

A tall tree full of leaves in a green feild.  The image is deliberately blurred.

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

Photomontage Amble old and new P. Horseman.

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.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 13th

'Thy kingdom come' is a world wide initiative of prayer. At St Cuthbert's Church and St John the Divine Chevington we are using this as an opportunity to highlight prayer for our new parish priest as our advert is now out. Bookmarks with the whole of this prayer are available in the churches. Please pray with us for the right person to apply.

Grant as grace and go before us, as we seek the Holy Spirit's counsel, as we live in community in this time of waiting, as we prepare for the arrival of a new priest to join us in Amble and Chevington. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant as grace and go before us, as we seek the Holy Spirit's counsel, as we live in community in this time of waiting, as we prepare for the arrival of a new priest to join us in Amble and Chevington. We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 12th

Have you ever been left alone and felt vulnerable? In today’s Gospel reading; John chapter 17, in verse 11 Jesus knows he will be leaving his dear friends, the apostles, and he prays for their protection. There are hints of the Trinity - the working together of Father, Son and Spirit as One.

Jesus, thank you that in heaven you pray for your dear ones who are here on earth, for protection in your name.

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SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 11th

"I shall break the bow and the sword and warfare, and banish them from the country, and I will let them sleep secure."
Hosea Chapter 2: Verse 20

God of peace,

Challenge the weapons of war,

and banish hatred and division,

so that all your people may sleep secure.

God of peace, may your kingdom come.

Amen.

God of peace,  Challenge the weapons of war,  and banish hatred and division,  so that all your people may sleep secure.  God of peace, may your kingdom come.  Amen.

MARGARET'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 10th

We thank you, our Father, for those whose work sustains our nation, and this community in which we live, for all who create the wealth by which we trade, for those who grow and provide our food, or who in industry, commerce and transport bring it to our homes.

We thank you for those who, day and night, maintain the public services, for the police, for those who respond to emergencies, and for all whose work is in health or healing or social care.

Teach us to remember that all our lives depend upon the work of many minds and hands, and we pray that we may live thankfully and in unity as members of one human family, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We thank you, our Father, for those whose work sustains our nation, and this community in which we live, for all who create the wealth by which we trade, for those who grow and provide our food, or who in industry, commerce and transport bring it to our homes. We thank you for those who, day and night, maintain the public services, for the police, for those who respond to emergencies, and for all whose work is in health or healing or social care. Teach us to remember that all our lives depend upon the work of many minds and hands, and we pray that we may live thankfully and in unity as members of one human family, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 9th

Presence

Today the church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus to ‘the right hand of his Father in heaven’. He is taken up ‘in a cloud’. The disciples would see him no more. It was over to them. Saint Luke tells it in story form and there are many paintings taking it all rather literally. Anyway, the disciples are told to go back to Jerusalem and wait because Jesus has promised he would send them his Spirit. And then they would begin their task of proclaiming the kingdom of God. We learn that the disciples did indeed receive a very vivid experience of the Spirit of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, which kept Jesus alive for them and inspired them to share his story and continue his work. They proclaimed and acted out the truth that Jesus had shown them, that God is love and is here for everyone without exception. Anyone who wants. When someone we love dies we often get a very real sense of their presence, at odd unexpected moments. I think this can help us understand how the Spirit of Jesus works.  I believe this is more than wishful thinking, and that this presence is ‘real’ in a way deeper than our minds can comprehend.

May the Spirit of the risen, ascended Jesus live in our hearts and transform our minds, may we know his presence within us to bring us peace, joy and a willingness to serve.

May the Spirit of the risen, ascended Jesus live in our hearts and transform our minds, may we know his presence within us to bring us peace, joy and a willingness to serve.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 8th

Truth is the foundation for a fair and just society. In court, we require witnesses to tell ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’, because only that way can justice be delivered. Pilate asked Jesus, “what is truth?”  Jesus reminds his friends that the Spirit will guide them to the truth.  Why do we trust this message Jesus gave? Well, the Holy Spirit led, reminds and guides us about Jesus. We have this Holy Spirit inside of us helping us to discern the truth of the message about Jesus. Just as Jesus reassured his disciples, He also reassures us. It’s important to live and act in line with our values. Being truthful to yourself matters because it allows us to be honest about yourself to yourself, and to others, and to live a life which reflects that.

Lord, let us be truthful to ourselves and to others. May we embrace each other for our authentic selves. Give us wisdom to know falsehood when we see it. Help us to know the truth and the freedom it brings. Make our lives one of integrity and grace that reflects your Son's glory.  Amen.

Lord, let us be truthful to ourselves and to others. May we embrace each other for our authentic selves. Give us wisdom to know falsehood when we see it. Help us to know the truth and the freedom it brings. Make our lives one of integrity and grace that reflects your Son's glory.  Amen.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 7th

Our congregations at St Cuthbert's Amble, St John’s Chevington and Hauxley Chapel are praying for the priest that God is calling to join us and our friends and neighbours. We would ask all of you to pray for us at this time.

Grant us grace and go before us as we seek your Holy Spirit’s counsel,

As we live in this community during this time,

And as we prepare for the arrival of a new priest to join us in Amble, Chevington and Hauxly. Amen.

Grant us grace and go before us as we seek your Holy Spirit’s counsel,  As we live in this community during this time,  And as we prepare for the arrival of a new priest to join us in Amble, Chevington and Hauxly. Amen.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

May 6th

"There will be wars and rumours of wars."

Today there are 110 armed conflicts throughout our world. Some receive massive media coverage and some are hardly ever mentioned. All impact the lives of our brothers and sisters of the human race. Today our prayer is for just one of these - Sudan, but you might like to find another one you can pray for as well.

Lord, we pray for all those victims of wars that are forgotten by the world and the media. Especially to day we pray for the victims of Sudan and all those whose lives are blighted by that war. 

Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.

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PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 18th

Rain, rain and more rain.

Over the past couple of weeks we have endured extreme rainfall and flooding. We are told that this is most likely exacerbated by climate change which is happening because of the warming of the atmosphere. And in this part of the world the consequence is more rain and wind because warmer air is more unstable and holds more moisture. There is also compelling evidence that human activity has contributed to this warming. Climate change is associated with human suffering and human exploitation. It is caused by the same human selfishness that leads to poverty, hunger, homelessness and war. Pope Francis wrote back in 2015: “So our concern cannot be limited merely to the threat of extreme weather events, but must also extend to the catastrophic consequences of social unrest. Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.”

 

Father God, pour out your spirit of wisdom and help us to protect the world and not prey on it. May we sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Heal the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Amen

Sea and sky at dawn, with a small oil rig on the horison..

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 17th

There are all kinds of fads and fashions to fill a need. But these are temporary and cannot offer any deeper nourishment. Bread is considered a staple food in many cultures, providing energy for daily living. Jesus describes himself as ‘the bread of life’. He gives true purpose, a true reason for living. He is the bread that gives abundant life. The reality is that no matter how much we have only God alone will satisfy hunger and longing. Yes, some things do satisfy to some extent; however, our deepest hunger is for God.

Come give to us, O saving Lord, the bread of life; Jesus, the one who fills us, the one who satisfies us.  Feed us with the knowledge of what it is to lead a fuller life. 

A round crusted loaf of bread dusted in white flour with a cross cut on the top.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 16th

The NHS is a complex system, which can sometimes make it difficult to understand – especially working out who is responsible for what. It’s made up of a wide range of different organisations with different roles, responsibilities and specialities. These organisations provide a variety of services and support to patients and carers. Primary care services provide the first point of contact in the healthcare system, acting as the 'front door' of the NHS. Primary care includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and optometry (eye health) services.

Amble Health Centre is very much at the heart of our community and is undergoing changes. However we might feel about those changes the staff who work in this system require our love and support as they give us their care.

 

Let us pray to God our Father, whose Son came that we may have life. For all those whose vision founded our National Health Service, and for those who serve others in care and compassion. We pray that their work and ministry to the sick may enrich and support the welfare of all. Amen

White NHS logo set into a blue heart

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 15th

There is no other planet. There is no second option. This is the world we have all been given to share. Our prayer today asks that we remember that we are all custodians of our world for the fair sharing for all and to pass it on for future generations. There is enough for all if we share.

 

Lord of all Glory, as children of a shared planet we ask for strength and determination to make sure that the resources of this earth are shared fairly between all.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

The picture shows a sculpture at Lambeth Palace.

Photo by P. Horseman.

A golden globe sitting on a golden hand with a crown of thorns on top.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 14th

In the scripture today, Luke chapter 24: verses 36-48, Jesus appears to the disciples once more, and they thought he might be a ghost. But Jesus is risen from death after his crucifixion. He asks them ‘Have you got anything here to eat?’ I’m thinking today of the thousands of people in our world today who might say ‘no, sorry.’ Even if Jesus was visiting. Hospitality is a strong tradition in many cultures. We would like to offer guests a cup of tea and a biscuit as a minimum.

Jesus we thank you that you proved to the disciples that you were alive, and shared a meal with them. Help us to share what we have with those who have less, so that all might live. Amen

Breaking a newly backed loazf of bread.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 13th

‘He stooped down to me; He heard my cry.’ Psalm 39

When I first read this psalm, what really caught my attention was how David waited and waited, patiently persevering in prayer and how the Lord stoops down to hear him. Perhaps this is a format we can use when we pray particularly for the resolution of conflict in this world of ours. Praise the Lord and thank Him for gifts and blessings already received and then, as we ask for help again, listen with an open ear as we try to discern His plan. God does not require sacrifices from us; He longs for us to listen to Him and willingly obey Him. Only then are we following in the steps of Christ, the most obedient servant of all.

Dear Lord, look with kindness on our broken world in which there is so much conflict.

 May God, our Merciful Father, give wisdom to those who are trying to sustain, protect and build peace through negotiation and diplomacy, Amen.

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HUGH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 12th

Yesterday I found myself at Alnwick Garden admiring the spring cherry blossom. Two acres of delicate cream  petals, truly uplifting. But how fragile this display is. In benign weather the display may last 3 - 4 weeks but just a few heavy showers of rain would dash it all to the ground in a couple of days. So to witness the blossom in early profusion is a privilege. 

 

Lord encourage us to enjoy the simple wonders of your creation and not be afraid to grab such spirit-raising diversions from our daily chores and duties. In Christ's name Amen.

Alnwick garden cherrty blossom trees.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 11th

Peace be with you

 

We read in the gospels that Jesus appeared in physical form to his disciples on a number of occasions after his death. New life had sprung up in him and he wanted this for them too. What God had done for him was now possible for others. They were not expecting it. It’s not something you could make up - and then be persecuted, tortured or even put to death for something you know is not true. What did Jesus say to those astonished and fearful men and women? St Luke tells us: Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ And he says this to them on many other occasions. And remember what the angel Gabriel said to Mary? ‘Do not be afraid Mary for you have found favour with God’. So we pray today that the deep unbreakable peace of new life may be part of our lives and may God’s peace bring new life into this broken and fearful world. 

 

May the peace of the risen Christ bring new life into this broken and fearful world. 

A rainbow behind the trees.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 10th

Love and Light are outpoured by God. John chapter 3 verse 16 reminds us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son”. The story of Easter is not just a time or a day; it is a state of the heart. Recently the clocks went forward one hour to move us into British summertime. Days are beginning to be lighter. Light means that we can live in hope, knowing that we are uniquely loved by God. It is not God who abandons us, do we sometimes put ourselves beyond the reach of his love, which is there and only waiting for us to turn back?

 

Almighty God, thank you for sending your Son into this world. Help us to trust in Jesus Christ alone as saviour, and help us to spread your love in our actions. May we devote our lives to You and rejoice in the promise of a new life.

Almighty God, thank you for sending your Son into this world. Help us to trust in Jesus Christ alone as saviour, and help us to spread your love in our actions. May we devote our lives to You and rejoice in the promise of a new life.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 9th

We often reassure each other by saying, “just trust me.” It’s our way of communicating that we are trustworthy, but it only holds weight if the person saying it has never broken trust with you. If someone is untrustworthy, saying “just trust me” wouldn’t go over well.

Trusting someone or something requires faith. You have faith that they will keep their word. you have faith that they will do what they say.

The Ambler is a free independent community paper for the town of Amble, Their purpose is to keep local people in touch with local events, and to inform and encourage discussion on issues of interest to the community.

They are acknowledged as a popular, trusted and influential community resource, and we were honoured to receive a Commended accolade in the 2023 ICNN Independent Community Newspaper of the Year category. The Ambler was described as a touching and very worthy community initiative. “It’s so good, it’s collectable,” enthused one judge.

You are Father to us all. Please constantly push us out of our dullness of spirit to take active steps to care for our brothers and sisters, to protect them, share with them, welcome them, for the blood of Your son makes us all one family, whatever our origins, or our past.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 8th

As we continue the Easter theme the words of Jesus come to mind. He said “but I came to give life—life in all its fullness. “ There is a great deal of difference between living and existing. Sometimes we speak about quality of life. Someone once said that Christians should be more alive than anyone else. Meaning that the life Christ brings to his followers is exciting, fulfilling and deeply meaningful. This is the case even if circumstances are difficult, impoverished or painful. It is the way we approach life and not its circumstances that makes the difference. Let’s pray today that all may experience this life in all its fullness.

May the life of the Risen Christ be poured out into hearts and minds, so that all may experience “life in all its fullness”.  Amen.

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May the life of the Risen Christ be poured out into hearts and minds, so that all may experience “life in all its fullness”.  Amen.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 7th

Was there a time you went to see a hero of yours in person, maybe a concert or a book reading, a sportsperson or someone you admired? Did they have an impact on part of your life, and influence, inspire, or comfort you? In today’s reading Thomas, one of the apostles, meets Jesus face to face. (John chapter 20 verses 19-31) They have been very close for three years, and Jesus is now risen from death, a horrible, terrible death. Jesus’ body still bears the wounds from the nails and the spear, but is whole; walking, talking, in person. Thomas is so awed by His body; he sees the wounds in person, he sees Jesus, face to face.

Jesus, thank you that you took those wounds to heaven with your resurrected body. All you did for us on the cross, and the comfort and inspiration you give us in this challenging life, is represented by your risen body. Jesus, we long to see you face to face when we die.  Amen

Jesus, thank you that you took those wounds to heaven with your resurrected body. All you did for us on the cross, and the comfort and inspiration you give us in this challenging life, is represented by your risen body. Jesus, we long to see you face to face when we die.  Amen

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 6th

Each day seems to bring more news of the horrors of war around the world.  

We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and we lift to God the horror of the war in Israel and Gaza.

We pray for innocent lives destroyed and lives changed forever by the violence and we share the International Prayer for Peace 


Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth

Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust

Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace

 Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe  

Sunset with a heart cloud.

MARGARET'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 5th

THROUGH THE DAY

As the sun scatters the mist

At the dawning of a new day,

So you calm our fears and anxieties

If we trust you.

You give us strength and courage

To live our daily lives

Knowing you are with us

And we do not walk alone

As the midday sun warms us,

We feel your protecting arms around us

And sense your loving presence.

As the sun sinks in a kaleidoscope of colour

You give us hope and renewal.

Red sunset with silhouette boat masts.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 4th

They cut me down and I leapt up high.

 

Well, that’s Christmas and Easter over for another year! What’s next, some may be asking? Others are breathing a quiet sigh of relief. Yet in the deepest sense Christmas and Easter are never over. Christians see these two feasts as celebrations of a truth that sustains us day by day, that God is with us. God is with us - in life and in death and beyond death. Jesus came into the world to change our minds about God, to break down the dividing walls we have constructed between one another, between ‘us’ and ‘them’, and between us and God. The Easter message is that Jesus leads those who look to him into a whole new world, not just in the future but each and every day. Despite very real evil and suffering, there is the living Christ, who leads us through and beyond. If you have a moment, look up the words of ‘Lord of the dance’. This hymn finishes with these words. “They cut me down And I leapt up high; I am the life That'll never, never die; I'll live in you If you'll live in me - I am the Lord Of the Dance,said he.”

They cut me down And I leapt up high; I am the life That'll never, never die; I'll live in you If you'll live in me - I am the Lord Of the Dance,said he.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 3rd

Some disciples were on the road at a bad time in their lives and in Luke Chapter 24: Verses 13-35 met a stranger who made some sense of their troubles. Jesus made sense by his presence and his word. A good chat can heal a bad day. A good prayer can do the same. This story of shattered hopes and loss of dreams is not familiar at Easter. However, Jesus’ gentle accompaniment and attentive listening enables two downcast disciples to express their story. As recognition dawns, their hearts are ablaze and they realise who was with them all the time.

Jesus, in times of disillusionment and faded dreams you stand at the door of life waiting for us to invite you in. May the experience of your risen presence bring about a real transformation in our lives. Teach us how to listen well, both to your story and and that of others.

Jesus, in times of disillusionment and faded dreams you stand at the door of life waiting for us to invite you in. May the experience of your risen presence bring about a real transformation in our lives. Teach us how to listen well, both to your story and and that of others.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 2nd

Did you know that Easter Sunday and the 50 days following are called Eastertide or Paschaltide in the church calendar? Similar to the weeks of Advent (but sort of in reverse), Easter Sunday is counted as the first Sunday of Eastertide. The Sunday after that is called the second and so on, leading up to Pentecost Sunday (or Whitsuntide). 

Loving God, as we celebrate Easter, renew our faith and refresh our spirits. May the resurrection of Jesus inspire us to live with conviction, share your love with others, and walk in the light of His truth. Grant us the grace to be faithful disciples, reflecting your glory in all we do. Amen.

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PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

April 1st

Yesterday we celebrated the most incredible event in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an event, not just for one day of the year but for all three hundred and sixty six, (this year was a leap year.) It is a message of hope, of light in the darkness. With so many dark places in the world, both personal and national, Jesus brings that hope near to all.

 

Our prayer today is for the light of Christ to shine out. The picture is one of the cards of The Jesus Deck, a set of cards following the life of Christ. It shows the stone about to roll away and revel the empty tomb. The bible verse is From John Chapter 1 verse 5.

May the light of the Risen Christ shine in every dark place in this world.

May the light of the Risen Christ shine in every dark place in this world.

CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 31st

Chocolate, eggs, bunnies, bonnets, biscuits, lamb dinners. School holidays, family visits. At the heart of it all, all the commercial activity, is a Christian festival, perhaps the most important of all; Jesus Christ is risen, alive, with humanity for all time. Full hearts can celebrate without the commercial aspects, which is fitting in such difficult times. Spring helps lift our spirits too, year on year.

 

Jesus Christ, we celebrate that you are alive and walk alongside us through many difficulties and troubles. This is such sweet news, that we use chocolate and flowers to represent our joy. Fill our hearts we pray, now and every day, giving us hope. Amen

Jesus Christ, we celebrate that you are alive and walk alongside us through many difficulties and troubles. This is such sweet news, that we use chocolate and flowers to represent our joy. Fill our hearts we pray, now and every day, giving us hope. Amen

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 30th

We think at this time of preparation to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection of all those who are suffering from the ravages of conflict in their bodies mind and spirit.

O God of all hope and peace, we bring to you the needs of our broken and hurting world.
Our hearts are breaking with images of lives lost and torn apart by grief in Israel and Palestine, Ukraine and Rusia.
We pray for an end to violence and warfare so that the challenging work of rebuilding may begin.
Help us, O Lord, to affirm our common humanity so that in our differences we may build together for justice and peace.
In Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

O God of all hope and peace, we bring to you the needs of our broken and hurting world. Our hearts are breaking with images of lives lost and torn apart by grief in Israel and Palestine, Ukraine and Rusia. We pray for an end to violence and warfare so that the challenging work of rebuilding may begin. Help us, O Lord, to affirm our common humanity so that in our differences we may build together for justice and peace. In Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

FRIDAY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 29th

Good Friday

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Amen.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.  Amen.

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 27th

Betrayal cuts deep, especially from a person we are close to. Jesus knew this full well and was deeply troubled  In his last days he was betrayed by his friends whom he had been with for three years. At times we also have been hurt, disappointed, perhaps betrayed by someone we know.  No matter what we experience in life, Jesus has trod the path before us. He understands and walks with us.  What clouds our thinking and leads us to choices that might end in betrayal? Our struggles and desires within seem not the wise choices God desires. Let not self deceptions keep us from making Jesus and his will the only focus of our lives.

Lord, may you be the focus of our lives. You alone are of the greatest value. Help us not to fall into the temptations that lead to empty promises but to the true promises that come from You. Jesus, help us to trust in you.

Lord, may you be the focus of our lives. You alone are of the greatest value. Help us not to fall into the temptations that lead to empty promises but to the true promises that come from You. Jesus, help us to trust in you.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 28th

Maundy Thursday

Throughout this week before Easter, Holy Week, we are with Jesus as he makes his way to the final confrontation with the religious and political establishment. He knows how it will end. We cannot but salute and admire his courage as he prepares to face the ordeal. Today, Maundy Thursday, we are with him as he joins with his disciples for their last supper together. We see Jesus instituting the sacrament of Holy Communion. We see him washing the feet of his disciples. We see Judas go out into the night. And we leave the story with Jesus in agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane where he makes his final choice. All that Jesus did was in solidarity with humanity yet at the end humanity deserted him. He faced the next day alone. ….. Now, in the Great Mystery, He will take the world's pain and sin and wars and betrayals and hatreds deep into the heart of God from where will come resurrection and new life and hope. 

 

Father God we thank you for Jesus. May his choice and his sacrifice be our healing, our salvation and our inspiration.

Father God we thank you for Jesus. May his choice and his sacrifice be our healing, our salvation and our inspiration.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 26th

I’m approaching Holy Week feeling unprepared, and not just because I have no idea what I’m going to make for Easter lunch. I’m soul-weary after months of winter and darkness and rain and stress.

But perhaps this isn’t such a bad way to enter Holy Week – tired and unprepared, hungry for a new beginning, eager for the light to shine in the darkness. Even if, like me, you feel you haven’t quite lived into the penitential season of Lent, it’s not too late to begin walking toward the resurrection morning

 

Lord God, The message of the cross is difficult to take.
How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?

Yet your word says that Jesus, being God,
Took on human flesh and suffered the worst kind of death.
How can this be?

It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast.
In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief.
That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us. In his name,   Amen.

Lord God, The message of the cross is difficult to take. How can death give way to life? How can weakness be strength?  Yet your word says that Jesus, being God, Took on human flesh and suffered the worst kind of death. How can this be?  It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast. In his name, we ask you to help our unbelief. That we may love you, and walk in the way Jesus taught us. In his name,   Amen.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 25th

The crowds.

The New Testament paints a vivid picture of the last week of Christ’s life on earth before his Resurrection. It tells of crowds on what we now call Palm Sunday, united together in cheering and praising Jesus. At the end of the week it tell of a crowd uniting and calling for his death by the cruelest means possible. Jerusalem at that time was not a very large city so it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that some of the same people were in both crowds. A crowd can have such influence on behavour and attitudes and can be very difficult to stand against. Today we pray for all who in the cause of justice stand out against the crowd.

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CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 24th

Palm Sunday

John Chapter 12: Verses 12,13 tells of Jesus’ last visit to Jerusalem. The link between the palm branches waved to welcome Jesus, and the folded palm leaves in the shape of the cross on which Jesus died, makes a precious living memory. These crosses represent much of the last week of Jesus’ human life on earth. The story, which doesn’t end with death, continues. In St Cuthbert’s, Amble, the events are illustrated, and all are welcome to visit.

God, we thank you for this precious palm cross, a reminder of all that Jesus did for us. We look forward to Easter Day, when we remember that Jesus conquered death, and that He offers us new life. 


Photograph P. Horseman.

​  God, we thank you for this precious palm cross, a reminder of all that Jesus did for us. We look forward to Easter Day, when we remember that Jesus conquered death, and that He offers us new life. 

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 23rd

International humanitarian law – known as the laws of war – establishes what can and cannot be done by parties to an armed conflict. These laws seek to minimize human suffering and protect civilians as well as combatants who are no longer taking part in hostilities, such as prisoners of war. The main treaties of international humanitarian law are the 1949 Geneva Conventions, adopted after the horrors of World War Two, and their additional Protocols.

Even so, many of the gravest human rights violations are committed in war. These include using rape as a weapon of war, recruiting children to serve on the frontlines, launching direct attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure and indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks. Warring parties may also try to weaken communities as retaliation by obstructing humanitarian aid, such as food and medicine, even using starvation as a weapon of war.

 

O God, we pray for all the children in Israel and Gaza, in Ukraine and Russia and in every country of the world.
We pray for Muslims, Jews and Christians that we will draw on the best of our traditions to guide us away from words and acts of division and discrimination so that everyone may be free to live in safety.
Protect the vulnerable, strengthen the fearful and comfort the grieving.  In Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

O God, we pray for all the children in Israel and Gaza, in Ukraine and Russia and in every country of the world. We pray for Muslims, Jews and Christians that we will draw on the best of our traditions to guide us away from words and acts of division and discrimination so that everyone may be free to live in safety. Protect the vulnerable, strengthen the fearful and comfort the grieving.  In Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

FRIDAY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 22nd

In the week when we have celebrated Amble's own Saint, Cuthbert; a prayer in the Celtic tradition, from the collection Carmina Gadelica.  

Thanks to you, O God, that I have risen today, to the rising or life itself; may it be to your own glory.


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​  Thanks to you, O God, that I have risen today, to the rising or life itself; may it be to your own glory.

PETER'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 21st

An Honest Question

Today is United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism. Timely, because lately here in the UK it’s become a bit of a political talking point. Are you racist? It’s really quite difficult to answer that question honestly because it can be so deeply and unconsciously embedded within us. It’s difficult for me to write about, being an ‘Old White Man’. Racism is a term used to describe attitudes, beliefs and practices which discriminate against people of different skin colour or ethnicity. It’s not just about noticing that someone has a different skin colour, that’s a neutral observation in itself - or should be! Racism happens when individuals and groups and peoples are are believed, consciously or unconsciously, to be inferior or superior on the basis of colour or ethnicity and valued and treated accordingly. This pernicious belief resulted in the slave trade and apartheid and much more up to today.  So, whilst, as Christians, indeed as decent human beings, we condemn racism, we need to start by digging deep into ourselves, and unearth our own often unspoken attitudes and beliefs…… And let’s not forget that Jesus was not a blonde haired blue-eyed white man. 

 

We pray for all victims of racial prejudice, discrimination and persecution. May we be aware of our own bias and be strengthened to stand up for racial justice and equality. 

We pray for all victims of racial prejudice, discrimination and persecution. May we be aware of our own bias and be strengthened to stand up for racial justice and equality. 

MARI'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 20th

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition Lent is called 'bright sadness' or 'joyful sorrow.' Lent embraces the darkness of the human condition but also anticipates the marvellous event of Easter. In his classic work, ‘Great Lent’, Fr Alexander Schmemann describes 'Sad brightness' as 'the sadness of exile, of waste I have made of my life; the brightness of God’s presence and forgiveness, the joy of the recovered desire for God, the peace of the recovered home.' That bright sadness opens for us a deeper awareness that we otherwise rarely experience. This Lent and Holy Week, we may have been enabled to see for the first time afresh faces and situations we have known, in some cases for years, yet without really seeing them or knowing them very well at all. Will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.

May our attention to the bright sadness of Lent bring us to the joy of the Resurrection.  May you give us time to pause and open to us space where you truly meet us anew and reveal what is in our hearts. May we be prepared to share that grace and love with others.

May our attention to the bright sadness of Lent bring us to the joy of the Resurrection.  May you give us time to pause and open to us space where you truly meet us anew and reveal what is in our hearts. May we be prepared to share that grace and love with others.

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 19th

We are fast approaching that time of year when the most holy of Christian festivals occurs, Easter, when we rejoice in the resurrection of the Lord. This is a celebration marked by all Christians – together.

On Good Friday, March 29th: Coquet Churches Together come together in a Service of Witness. We  assemble at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church at 10.30am and walk to the Town Square for the service which will start at 10.45am.  Each church takes responsibility for an aspect of the service and during the service all participants turn outwards and face towards the town and its people. Do come and join us.

Hot cross buns and hot drinks will be served at Trinity Methodist following the service.

Dear Lord Jesus, You are our Prince of Peace and You prayed for unity in the body of Christ, that we may be united in love just as You are united with the Father in love. Give Your children the desire to love one another as You have loved us, and let the world know that we are Your disciples by our love for one another. Give us a hunger to live in union with each another, and may we be united as one, in the bond of peace and fellowship, in the Spirit. This we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus, You are our Prince of Peace and You prayed for unity in the body of Christ, that we may be united in love just as You are united with the Father in love. Give Your children the desire to love one another as You have loved us, and let the world know that we are Your disciples by our love for one another. Give us a hunger to live in union with each another, and may we be united as one, in the bond of peace and fellowship, in the Spirit. This we ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

PENNY'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 18th

So many people worldwide seem to have lost hope. Today we pray for all where ever they may be and whatever their issues are, that they will see hope. And as we look at situations near and far remind us that a small actions and attitude can bring about change.

For all who despair in life, we pray - Bring hope. 

Photograph “Puppet” by P. Horseman.

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CAROLYN'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 17th

This day March 17th , is celebrated as St Patrick’s day. A great celebration for the Irish. What is it makes a saint? There are many categories and descriptions. One is clear in the reading from the Bible we will be using at St Cuthbert's church (John Chapter 12: Verses 20-33, someone who is dedicated to bringing people to know Jesus Christ. Philip and Andrew are in this example, in the country where they lived, in those early weeks of what would become Christianity, that is what St Patrick continued centuries later.

Thank you, God, that someone told me about Jesus, though they may not have been recognised as a saint. Help us to find the right way to let others around us know, through our kind actions and prayers. Grow our understanding and faith as only God can do. Amen

Thank you, God, that someone told me about Jesus, though they may not have been recognised as a saint. Help us to find the right way to let others around us know, through our kind actions and prayers. Grow our understanding and faith as only God can do. Amen

SARAH'S PRAYER AND THOUGHT

March 16th

In times of emergencies and disasters, including the ongoing crisis in Gaza and the West Bank, and the war in Ukraine, children bear the heaviest burden. Each child is made in the image of God and deserves dignity, care, and protection. Our hearts should ache, witnessing deteriorating humanitarian conditions in conflict zones, impacting not only the most vulnerable children but also women and men struggling through dire circumstances.

Dear God, we lift the people of Ukraine and Gaza, who have been affected by the ongoing war. We pray for an end to these conflicts that has displaced millions from their homes. May peace prevail in those regions, ending the suffering and allowing families to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Please guide leaders and nations to work toward lasting peace and stability in Ukraine and Gaza and around the world. 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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