Prayer Topics for the week commencing 20th December 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.

The Collect for this week
Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 20th
Fourth Sunday of Advent

– Our Bishops – Paul, Sarah, Assistant Bishops: John, Glyn, & David
– Durham Lesotho Link: Revs Rob and Margaret Bianchi
– Those working to reduce the effects of climate change

Monday 21st
Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham, 1889
– Cornforth Holy Trinity and Ferryhill St Luke, Vicar: Revd Gary Norman, SSM Ass Priest: Revd Canon Paul Tyler, Reader: Mr Leslie Lewis, Reader in Training; Mrs Diane Wing, PM: Mrs Kathleen Armstrong
– Northumberland and Tees Valley Industrial Missions and Chaplains
– For churches reaching out to their communities over the Christmas season

Tuesday 22nd
– Kelloe St Helen and Coxhoe St Mary, Minister: Vacant
– Waymark Development and Change Lead: Mr Duncan Podbury
– The Homeless and those who work to address homelessness

Wednesday 23rd
– The new Diocesan Secretary, James Morgan and those who normally work at St Cuthbert’s House
– Parish Giving Champion: Nathan Bruce, and Finance Resources Co-ordinator: Samantha Amsden
– The grieving, those facing a first Christmas without a loved one

Thursday 24th
Christmas Eve
– For all, regular or seasonal, who usually go to worship at Christmas
– For Christmas services in whatever form they can happen
– Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Friday 25th
Christmas Day
– Emmanuel, God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself
– Prison Chaplains, Holme House: Revd Kate Brooke, Revd Sue Bell, Durham: Revd Canon Matthew Tetley, Revd Rebecca Amoroso, Frankland (High Security): Revd Andrew West, Low Newton (Women): Revd Sarah Parkinson
– For those having to work today and their families
– For those isolated and alone.

Saturday 26th
Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr

– Clergy Families
– The Diocesan Deliverance Ministry Team
– All those martyred for their faith especially those living under regimes aggressively hostile to the Christian Faith

From the Parish Cycle

Those living in
The Leas
Range View

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Pray for those in the arts, media and sports

Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 20 December 2020
Pray for mission agencies and their ministry throughout the Anglican Communion, including the Mothers’ Union around the world.

Monday, 21 December 2020
South West Tanganyika
(Tanzania) The Rt Revd Matthew Mhagama
Esan (Nigeria) The Most Revd Friday Imaekhai

Tuesday, 22 December 2020
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Precious Nwala
Etsako (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Jacob Bada

Wednesday, 23 December 2020
(Nigeria) The Rt Revd Innocent Ordu
Exeter (England) The Rt Revd Robert Atwell

Thursday, 24 December 2020
(South Sudan) The Rt Revd John Kereboro Zawo
Faisalabad (Pakistan) The Rt Revd John Samuel
Falkland Islands (Parish of) (Falkland Islands) The Rt Revd Timothy Thornton (Diocesan Bishop)

Friday, 25 December 2020
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem

Saturday, 26 December 2020
Fianarantsoa (Indian Ocean) The Rt Revd Gilbert Rateloson Rakotondravelo
Florida (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd John Howard
False Bay (Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Margaret Brenda Vertue

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.