Prayer & Meditation

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The Gospel message is about the promise of new  life. 
In the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ 
we find forgiveness for the past,
help and guidance for the present,
and hope for the future

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You are invited to our Bow Road Zoom prayer room with fellowship and sharing every Monday at 7pm.  (except Bank holidays and school-term breaks)  Join others from the Circuit for morning prayer at 0800 on Saturdays and Tuesday

Contact Lucia for Zoom invitation

Join us for prayer

Chair of Methodist Church (London District) offers a weekly prayer 
Further Prayers offered by the Methodist Church


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 Originally published in 1989, The New Zealand Prayer Book (created by the Anglican Church in Aotearoa) was re-published in a new version by Harper Collins in 1997. This prayer book was celebrated by clergy and lay people alike for the way it combined the traditional Anglican prayers and forms of worship with the rich earth-based spirituality of the Maori and other Pacific Island cultures. It is eloquent in its wonderful simplicity and diversity, and is worthy addition to anyone’s book of prayers.


THE LORD’S PRAYER: MAORI & POLYNESIA 

Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo through the universe;
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world;
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings;
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever.
Amen.

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Here's a challenge to make and use a prayer journal

Prayer journals or diaries can help us reflect on God speaking to us through our everyday experiences. It is somewhere where we can write or draw anything we want to say to God, and anything we see, or hear or notice from God.


Use paper to make a booklet, and then personalise the cover in a way that is meaningful or inspiring to you. Try to make an entry in your journal each day. At the end of the week, look back over your entries and try to identify what (or if) God is saying to you.



A prayer before worship

God who is love,
I have come to worship you.
Help me to remember that you are always with me.
May I pray to you in faith,
sing your praise with gratitude,
and listen to your word with eagerness;
through Christ our Lord.
Amen



  What to pray for?

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In your prayers remember;
People who are in need
People who are ill
Your community
Your work, home, school or college
People who have lost hope
That we may respect the created world
Your church

  

       Lord God, in your kindness, watch over refugees and victims of war, those separated from their loved ones, young people who are lost, worried about school work and exams, and those who have run away from home.  May we always show your kindness to strangers and to all in need. Amen

         

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  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer



A familiar Psalm

While I'm in the charge of the Lord, I'll have all I need.  I'll have somewhere to sleep 
and something to eat.  I'll have fresh water to drink.  I'll feel at peace.
I'll take the right road for His sake.  Even when I'm in apparent danger, I know I'll be all right, 
because You are with me.  You'll look after me.  I won't feel small or self-conscious.  
You'll give me all good things - and go on giving all my life long.


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Amanda Gorman and The Hill We Climb from the American presidential inauguration

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The Methodist Covenant

I am no longer my own but yours.
Your will, not mine,
be done in all things,
wherever you may place me,
in all that I do
and in all that I may endure;
when there is work for me
and when there is none;
when I am troubled and
when I am at peace.
Your will be done when I am valued
and when I am disregarded;
when I find fulfilment and
when it is lacking;
when I have all things, and
when I have nothing.
I willingly offer all I have
and am to serve you,
as and where you choose.
Glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours.
May it be so forever.
Let this covenant now made on earth
be fulfilled in heaven

Amen

Rev'd John Wesley


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The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.  As far as we are able, with God’s help;

Worship
We will pray daily.
We will worship with others regularly.
We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world.

Learning and Caring

We will care for ourselves and those around us.

We will learn more about our faith.
We will practise hospitality and generosity.

Service

We will help people in our communities and beyond.
We will care for creation and all God’s gifts.
We will challenge injustice.

Evangelism

We will speak of the love of God.
We will live in a way that draws others to Jesus.
We will share our faith with others.

May we be a blessing within and beyond God’s Church, for the transformation of the world.

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Commitment

Lord, you gave me all I have: the people, the talents, the interests and abilities. 
Who knows what I might find I am able to do? 
Help me to use my gifts of speech to support those who are vulnerable. 
May I use my communication skills to give good news. 
Make me generous with my possessions, 
that I may value them less than the friendship and company of those around me. 
Most of all, Lord, help me to use my time wisely
and to share it fruitfully with those who need it. 
Amen


Heavenly One, you are beyond all knowledge and yet known to us.
You are outside our experience and yet deep within us.
We commit ourselves anew to follow your will and to work towards your purposes
that all the world might be transformed for the benefit of all creation.
Fill us with hope, we pray,
in Jesus’ name.
Amen

(Immerse Community, Kidsgrove)


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Talking about God:


We're shy about talking to others about God.  We'd more readily recommend our local Indian restaurant than a personal relationship with a risen Saviour.  Our world is screaming out for a hefty helping of real hope and it seems all we offer is the usual comfort food.

What are you doing to help the disciples of tomorrow?  It's a path that will cost us much; we may have to endure pain and sorrow along the way, but we owe it to God.  The same God who loved each of us so much that he sent Jesus to win for us the salvation we could never win for ourselves.  So go and talk about God, and help others find the faith we hold so dear. Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)


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 Jesus said: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it.  Love your neighbour as yourself.

The first commandment remains no less challenging today than it was for those who heard Jesus speak those words nearly 2000 years ago.  To love the Lord like that - how does it work in practice?  It has to mean leading God-centred rather than self-centred lives.  It means putting faith before fortune, faith before pleasure, and maintaining a personal relationship with God through Jesus.  It means following Jesus' example in our dealings with others and upholding Kingdom values in a society that sometimes can feel quite hostile to those with religious conviction.

Who is our neighbour?  Jesus didn't just mean those who live beside us.  He meant everyone.  The second commandment is tough because it demands that we love the unlovable.  It demands we pay attention and be gracious to those who don't count amongst our friends, and that's not easy.

If we all strove to keep those two commandments, what a different place the world would be.  It is however, a glimpse of our future.  A glimpse of the time when God's Kingdom will be fully established.
Joanne Mead (Enfield Circuit) (abridged)

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The Methodist Conference believes that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world.  The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. ...  Believing that racism is a denial of the Gospel and that to stay silent when others are abused is to collude with those who seek to promote hatred and division, the Methodist Conference calls on the Methodist people to challenge racism and discrimination....

(extract)  The Methodist Conference is the annual gathering of elected ministers and lay people that agrees policy for the Methodist Church in Britain



Forgive us when we walk past and don't offer help.
Forgive us when we get it wrong. 
We don't want to overcome our hidden doubts and prejudices
in order to be alongside those who are different from ourselves.
Give us strength to be a voice crying for justice and peace.

footprintsHelp us to step into another person's shoes,
or if they have no shoes
then not to be afraid to take off our own,
peel off our preconceptions and assumptions,

uncurl and spread out our toes, and
tread in their footprints.
Amen





This video, produced by the Church of the Latter Day Saints, illustrates very clearly how Peter felt called to accept Others - "Gentiles" - with whom, under Jewish law, he was forbidden to mix.  Delivered in the English of the King James 17th Century translation, it appears a bit Shakespearean.  It makes clear what a revolutionary move it was, though. The story can be found in Acts, for a modern rendering.





When worried or troubled

Lord, you are the Light of the world

Shine into our understanding.

Lord, you are the Good Shepherd
Enfold us in your love.

Lord, you are the Way,the Truth and the Life
Guide us along our earthly path.

We believe you are close to us
and know us better than we know ourselves.

When we are anxious and uncertain
Give us peace of mind and heart.

Keep us safe in your love now
and beyond the gate of death.
Amen



Ecclesiasticus 43.  Read at the Funeral of HRH Prince Philip
(From the Apocrypha – sacred writing not included in the Protestant Bible)

Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness.

It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out.
By his command he sends the driving snow and speeds the lightnings of his judgement.
Therefore the storehouses are opened, and the clouds fly out like birds.
In his majesty he gives the clouds their strength, and the hailstones are broken in pieces.
The voice of his thunder rebukes the earth; when he appears, the mountains shake.
At his will the south wind blows; so do the storm from the north and the whirlwind.
He scatters the snow like birds flying down, and its descent is like locusts alighting.
The eye is dazzled by the beauty of its whiteness, and the mind is amazed as it falls.
He pours frost over the earth like salt, and icicles form like pointed thorns.
The cold north wind blows, and ice freezes on the water;
it settles on every pool of water, and the water puts it on like a breastplate.
He consumes the mountains and burns up the wilderness, and withers the tender grass like fire.
A mist quickly heals all things; the falling dew gives refreshment from the heat.
By his plan he stilled the deep and planted islands in it.

Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers, and we marvel at what we hear.
In it are strange and marvellous creatures, all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters.
Because of him each of his messengers succeeds, and by his word all things hold together.
We could say more but could never say enough; let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’
Where can we find the strength to praise him? For he is greater than all his works.
Awesome is the Lord and very great, and marvellous is his power.
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can, for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength, and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough.
Who has seen him and can describe him? Or who can extol him as he is?
For the Lord has made all things, and to the godly he has given wisdom.

Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers, and we marvel at what we hear.
Many things greater than these lie hidden, for I have seen but few of his works.



Northumbria Community  
Celtic Daily Prayer Daily Meditations

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Compiled by Rev'd John Hayes

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