NEW YEAR - The Opening Door
This day is a new day that has never been before.
This year is a New Year, the opening door.
Enter Lord Christ - we have joy in your coming.
you have given us life; and we welcome Your coming.
I turn now to face you, I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord; be blessing my eyes.
may all my eye looks on be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones be blessed in your sight.
You have given us life and we welcome your coming.
Be with us Lord, we have joy, we have joy.
This year is a new year, the opening door.
Be with us Lord, we have joy we have joy.
taken from Celtic Daily Prayer - the prayer book of the Northumbria Community
There is a prayer group that meets at the Mint every Wednesday at 9.45am for 30 minutes; even if you cannot join with them at that time, why not spend those few minutes where you are praying for those named on our Sunday service sheet, for the life of our church and issues of concern
Elizabeth Webb - Prayer Co-ordinator
Prayer Initiative Update
The Prayer boxes have been used by ten people this month; some requests have been personal and some more general for specific circumstances. All have been included in Wednesday morning prayers and where asked for, at Sunday worship. Last Sunday one box was brought forward with the offering of money as a symbol of bringing our prayers to God.
The Wednesday prayer group is small, but the silence is appreciated by those who come. We continue to meet in the space at the top of the stairs by the Rowe hall. It is a light and warm area and we can look out to the world through the large windows. It feels the right place to be at the moment until we outgrow it! We meet for just 30 minutes and then go for the coffee morning for conversation and fellowship. Do come and join us if it is a convenient time for you.
The Prayer Chain has not got going yet, as it needs a few more names of people who would like to be part of it. This may be something you could do if you are on your own, not able to get out easily and join in church activites. You only need a telephone and a few minutes to hold a name up before God in prayer. Please let me know if this is a ministry in which you feel God is calling you to be involved.
How do we pray for one another within the church family and beyond? One idea that someone has shared with me is to send a short text message to the mobile of a friend about whom you are particularly concerned simply saying that you are thinking and praying for them. Peter and I pray regularly for our family members by giving each of our children a specific day on which to remember them. You may have other ways to hold people up before the Lord in thanks giving and intercession. Please share these with me so that we can all learn from each other.