Prayer Topics for the week commencing 24th May 2020

There are many things we can be praying for. The items in this post are drawn from some of the Prayer cycles we are involved with.
Pray for those known who suffer in body, mind, spirit or estate.

We are encouraged to pray this each day from Ascension until Pentecost
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low:
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Collect for this week
Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.


From Durham Diocese

Sunday 24th
Seventh Sunday after Easter. (Sunday after Ascension Day)
– Dean & Chapter of Durham – The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, Revd Canons Prof Simon Oliver, Charlie Allen, Michael Hampel, Michael Everitt, Lay Canons: Simon Wood, Mrs Cathy Barnes, Mr Andrew Thurston, Chapter Clerk and CO Amanda Anderson, College of Canons & Minor Canons
– For those living and working in Care Homes who are vulnerable
Monday 25th
The Venerable Bede, Monk, Scholar, Historian 735
Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne 709
– High Spen St Patrick and Rowlands Gill St Barnabas: Vacant, Reader in Training: Bill Arkless, APA’s: Mrs Wendy Broderick, Ms Linda Matthews
– Durham Lesotho Link: Revs Rob and Margaret Bianchi
– For Coroners and Funeral Directors
Tuesday 26th
Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
John Calvin, Reformer, 1564
Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595
– Whickham St Mary the Virgin, Rector: Rev Barry Abbott, Reader: Mrs Jill Abbott, APA: Mrs Carole Dixon, Mrs Joan Smith
– Whickham Parochial CE Primary School, Head Teacher: Mr s Rachel Walton
– An increase in vocations to ministry from the City of Gateshead
– The Homeless and those who work to address homelessness at this time
– Those who have lost hope and for whom life seems very bleak
Wednesday 27th
– Blaydon St Cuthbert and Swalwell Holy Trinity, Vacant, SSM Associate Minister: Rev Lorna Gardner
– The Cathedral as staff seek to provide worship and ministry at this time.
– National and Local government, all community leaders and their decisions
Thursday 28th
Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury,
Scholar, 1089
– Greenside St John and Crawcrook Church of the Holy Spirit, Vicar; Rev Tom Brazier, Reader in Training: Michael Hendry
– For those who usually work at the Cathedral in all aspects of its life
– Those who work and receive care in Hospices and Hospitals
Friday 29th
– Winlaton St Paul, Rector: PiC: Revd Alison Stewart Smith, Reader: Brian Davy
– For all Diocesan administrative and ministry support staff
– Regional Officer for North East Churches Acting Together: Rev Joanne Thorns
– Those working to combat modern day slavery
Saturday 30th
Josephine Butler, Social Reformer 1906
Joan of Arc, Visionary 1431
Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933
– The Revd Mark Mawhinney, currently Curate at Seaham and Dawdon, has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of South Shields St Hilda with St Thomas and South Westoe St Michael & All Angels. He is to be licensed today by video conference. Please pray for him and the parish.
– Diocesan Leader of Youth Mission and Ministry: Andy Harris and Children’s Ministry Advisor: Sharon Pritchard
– Those living in poverty, or under oppression, who cannot provide for family

From Jarrow Deanery

South Westoe St Michael and All Angels BeneficeFrom June: Father Mark Mawhinney CW: Michael Baxter CW: Mary ThompsonGiving thanks for retired priests who have covered our services during the long vacancy, and for Father Mark Mawhinney as he prepares to join us from 30th May.Deanery Synod: (Deanery Secretary, Deanery Treasurer, Clergy & Lay Members) For the Deanery churches working together, particularly in ministry with young people, and for the implementation of the Deanery Plan

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
Wellands Drive
Hillside Drive

Secretary of State for the Home Office
Pray for immigration, counter-terrorism, police and fire service

Malawi, Zambia

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday 24th May
Pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world
For the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops
For members of the Anglican Consultative Council
For the Secretary General, Josiah Idowu-Fearon,
For the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York

Monday 25th
Nasir (South Sudan) Simon Lual Bang Jal
Agra (North India) Prem Prakash Habil
Indianapolis (The Episcopal Church) Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

Tuesday 26th
Natal (Southern Africa) Dino Gabriel
Aguata (Nigeria) Samuel C. Ezeofor

Wednesday 27th
National Indigenous Archbishop (Canada) Mark Lawrence MacDonald
Ahoada (Nigeria) Clement Ekpeye

Thursday 28th
Navajoland Area Mission
(The Episcopal Church) David Bailey
Aipo Rongo (Papua New Guinea) Nathan Ingen
Ajayi Crowther (Nigeria) Olugbenga Oduntan

Friday 29th
(Nigeria) David Obiosa
Akobo (South Sudan) John Jock Chol

Saturday 30th
(Uganda) Alphonse Watho-kudi
Akoko (Nigeria) Gabriel Akinbiyi
Akoko Edo (Nigeria) Jolly Oyekpen
Iowa (The Episcopal Church) Alan Scarfe

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf.