Prayer
Prayer is a vital part of our Circuit, without it we cannot exist, and we seek to provide many different ways of praying:
  • Resources for personal and corporate prayer
  • A daily Prayer Diary (see below)
  • A monthly prayer resource so that all the circuit can pray at a set time, 9.00am on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Opportunities for praying together as a circuit
  • Opportunities for local churches meeting for prayer
  • Prayer is and will be a part of our regular business meetings

Prayers

Prayer Diary to download

Please feel free to use these prayers at anytime

Prayer for London

Loving Creator God,
In the midst of chaos and uncertainty, grant your peace.
To those injured and frightened by events in London, grant your healing.
To the police, other emergency services, those who work in London, visitors and all members of the public, grant your protection.
May those who are motivated by hate be transformed by love.
May those who care for a broken world be strengthened by love.
May we be guided by your Spirit as we try to find words of comfort
and be guided in our actions by the example of your Son, Jesus Christ,
in whose name we pray.
Amen.
 (Offered by
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster and the London District of the Methodist Church, amended)
A prayer for all those who are being affected by extreme weather events

Great Creator God,

Nature is a powerful force of both creation and destruction
that we can neither control nor tame. 


As the lush lands of the Caribbean and Florida have experienced Irma,
a hurricane of intense strength and size,
and as we still weep with those recently affected
by other extreme weather systems
in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and the United States,
we humbly come to you in prayer for all who are affected
by these raging waters and thrashing winds.

We grieve for the immeasurable losses and chaos that such storms create in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and societies and we seek protection for the most vulnerable. Gather the lost, Great Shepherd, and comfort the afflicted.

We support our partners in ministry who provide continual care and we give thanks for all who are able to offer physical, emotional, and spiritual aid. Gather your students, Great Teacher, and bless all who care for your people and your creation.

We, as a global community, pursue wisdom so that we may better protect each other from the unimaginable powers of nature. Gather us, who are scattered around the world, Great Guardian, as a loving parent comforts and protects their young from the dangers of life.

Amen.
Prayer for Manchester

God of compassion and mercy,
amidst the pain and trauma of this day we turn to you,
for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of our people.
In fear and anxiety, strengthen us.
In despair and pain, comfort us.
In incomprehension and anger, reassure us that your love and life are stronger than the hatred and violence which overshadows our city today.

Console those who carry a burden of loss, injury, or trauma and empower all who support them.
Strengthen all who seek to stand together in peace and unity.
We pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen. 
(Andrew Lunn, Chair of Manchester and Stockport District, and Paul Martin, Chair Bolton and Rochdale District)
Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    for ever.
Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen
The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen
HOW TO PRAY FOR  THOSE IN CRISIS
When crisis strikes, you can be part of a powerful ministry that God uses to bring comfort to people all around the world. The Bible says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16, ESV). If you have a heart to pray, here are some words and thoughts from Scripture that can help you as you intercede for others.

• Bless those who mourn and comfort them. Matthew 5:4
• Turn their mourning to joy; help them rejoice rather than sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13
• Strengthen them with all power, according to Your glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. Colossians 1:11
• Give them strength to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. Matthew 5:44
• Remove any fear of man, who perishes like grass, and give them courage because of Your unfailing presence. Isaiah 51:12; Deuteronomy 31:6
• Revive them as they walk in the midst of trouble; stretch out Your hand against the wrath of their enemies and save them with Your right hand.  Psalm 138:7

 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” —2 CORINTHIANS 1:3, NKJV

• Comfort their hearts and establish them in every good word and work.  2 Thessalonians 2:16–17
• Help them not to be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
• Open their hearts so they will come boldly to Your throne of grace and find mercy and grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16
• Give them a hunger for You so that they will call on Your Name and be saved.  Romans 10:13
• Deliver them from the power of darkness and transfer them into Your Son’s kingdom; redeem them through His blood  and forgive their sins.  Colossians 1:13–14
• When crisis hits close to home, open a door for me to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and help me share it with gentleness, wisdom, and clarity. Colossians 4:3–4; 1 Peter 3:15

DON’T GIVE UP! Keep praying for the region, city, or people that God has put on your heart. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He told the parable of the insistent friend (Luke 11:5–10), to encourage them to persevere in prayer. “Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened”  (v. 10, NKJV).
Prayer Diary
Prayer Diary - 2018/19

Please use the Prayer Diary in your private prayers and also in worship, fellowship, prayer groups ………

We pray for:

Date
1st       the world in which we live, and the many situations we face at this time.
2nd       Brexit, for our Government and the European Union and ask God to guide those in leadership.
3rd       Christians in their daily lives as they witness to God’s love and show care towards the people they meet.
4th      the Methodist Church (Worldwide/the Connexion and also at District level) We pray especially for the President and Vice President of Conference.
 5th      the work of the Trent & Dove Methodist Circuit and especially our Superintendent Minister, Rev. Mike Redshaw.
6th       our Presbyters: Rev. Stella Mills and we pray for the work she does with the Rural & Farming Communities in our area, we welcome and pray for the ministry of Rev. Helen Harrell, and we pray for our Supernumerary Ministers: Rev. Doug Allen, Rev. Ann Bolas, Rev. Derek Morton and Rev. Maurice Whittaker.
7th       our Administrator: Caroline Green, our Family Worker: Susan Laws, and our Christian Schools Worker in Uttoxeter and area: Jordan Lambert and the newly appointed Lay worker in Uttoxeter area.
8th       the Circuit Leadership Team, especially the Circuit Stewards who are finishing in the role, and for the two new Circuit Stewards starting in September.  We give thanks for all the hard work of the Circuit Stewards and ask God to bless them in the many tasks they complete on behalf of the Circuit.
9th       guidance in the use of finances, and also decisions with regards to Church buildings and Manses.
10th     the work with other churches and faith groups in the communities where we live.
11th     the local prisons, for staff, prisoners and chaplains – that Jesus might be known.
12th     our local hospitals, for doctors, nurses and other members of staff and especially the chaplains and chaplaincy team and we pray for patients who receive care at the hospital and in the community.
13th     our local schools, and also the churches involvement in assemblies, lessons etc. and especially the work in schools with “Open the Book”.
14th     the Circuit, as we focus on our vision and our moving forward, following the themes of the book “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”
15th     “Radical hospitality” – that as individuals and churches we can be welcoming and open towards others.
16th     “Passionate worship” – that we can find a new enthusiasm for worshipping God in every situation of our lives.
17th     “Intentional faith development” – that we can keep growing in our faith, studying the Word of God and know Jesus as our best friend and the Holy Spirit within us guiding and inspiring.
18th     “Risk-taking mission and service” – that we can continue to step out of our comfort zone and try new ideas/visions.
19th     “Extravagant generosity” – that we can give generously, trusting in God.
20th     our brothers and sisters at Barton-under-Needwood, Boylestone, Church Broughton and Draycott in the Clay
21st     friends at Etwall, Hatton, Hilton and Short Street
22nd    brothers and sisters at Stanton, Stretton, St. Thomas and Stubwood
23rd     friends at Uttoxeter, Winshill and Woodmill
24th     Local Preachers and Worship Leaders
25th     the work with Children, Young People and families in our Churches: especially for Baby Buddies at Uttoxeter, Stretton Pram Club, Winshill Mini Fun Factory, Little Fingers at St. Thomas and Short Street Toddler Group
26th     the Messy Churches around our Circuit and in this area
27th     Fresh Expressions and new initiatives within our Circuit – our focus on Intentional Faith Development through the monthly Circuit Bible Studies
28th     Let’s Praise, and other groups meeting to offer contemporary worship.
29th     Julian Meetings (contemplative prayer), Rainbow Services, Café Worship, Prayer groups and Bible Study/House Groups within our Churches
30th     Coffee Mornings, Knit and natter groups, and social get-togethers, encouraging others from the community to come along.
31st     We pray that we can listen for God’s voice in the situations we face and that we can be guided in our daily lives.
           
We ask God’s blessing on all that we do in the Name of Jesus. Amen.