Prayer Topics for the week commencing 27th 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
God in Trinity,
eternal unity of perfect love:
gather the nations to be one family,
and draw us into your holy life
through the birth of Emmanuel,
our Lord Jesus Christ.

From Durham Diocese

Sunday 27th
First Sunday of Christmas
John, Apostle and Evangelist

– 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
– Retired Clergy and the support they give in ministry in parishes
– The work of aid agencies throughout the world

Monday 28th
The Holy Innocents
– The Mother’s Union: President Kathleen Wilson JP, Chaplain Revd Norma Clee
– Diocesan links; Nordkirche – Germany & Alba Iulia – Romania
– Those who work with vulnerable adults & children and their families

Tuesday 29th
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170
– Ven Libby Wilkinson and the team of Diocesan Support Staff
– Ministry Development Advisor: Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett
– Senior Resource Church Leader: Revd Canon David Tomlinson
– Those during this period unaccustomed to spending time together

Wednesday 30th
– Diocesan Adviser in Pastoral Care and Counselling –
– Growing Faith Lead: Catherine Simpson and Missional Leadership for Growth partner: Phil Togwell
– Those close to death, their families and those who care for them

Thursday 31st
John Wyclif, reformer, 1384
Eve of the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus
– Our Archdeacons: Rick Simpson (Auckland), Bob Cooper (Sunderland) and Libby Wilkinson (Durham)
– Senior Force Chaplain Durham Police: Canon Adrian Gatrill
– Regional Officer for North East Churches Acting Together: Revd Joanne Thorns
– Wise resolutions for 2020

Friday 1st
The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

– Area Dean: Canon Jane Grieve, Lay Chair: Stephen Pickering
– Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Mrs Beth Miller
– The Diocese of Aba – The Church of Nigeria
– The NHS, your doctors practice and local hospital dealing with COVID

Saturday 2nd
Basil the Great 379
Gregory of Nazianzus 389, Bishops, Teachers of the Faith
Seraphim Monk of Sarov, Spiritual Guide 1833, Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, Bishop in South India, Evangelist 1945

– University Hospital of North Durham – Senior Chaplain: Revd Kevin Tromans, (Durham and Darlington), Hospital Chaplains: Revd Peter Webb and Revd Remi Omole (Sunderland), Vacant (Sherburn), Revd Gareth Rowlands and Revd Joan Robinson (Gateshead), Vacant (North Tees and Hartlepool), Revd Jon Goode, Revd Dr Simon Mason (Tyne and Wear), Revd Canon Caroline Worsfold and Revd Pat Bealing (South Tyneside), Canon Colin Jay, Revd Osaro Omobude and Revd Debbie Baker, (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys)
– The Diocese of Aba Ngwa North – The Church of Nigeria

From the Parish Cycle

Those working in Whitburn


Ghana, Nigeria

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Sunday, 27 December 2020
Pray for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement
His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches
Ivan M Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council
Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches

Monday, 28 December 2020
Fond du Lac
(The Episcopal Church) Matthew Alan Gunter
Fort Worth (The Episcopal Church) Scott Mayer

Tuesday, 29 December 2020
(Canada) The Rt Revd David Edwards
Freetown (Sierra Leone) (West Africa) The Rt Revd Thomas Arnold Ikunika Wilson

Wednesday, 30 December 2020
(Rwanda) The Rt Revd Alexis Bilindabagabo
Gambia (West Africa) The Rt Revd James Allen Yaw Odico

Thursday, 31 December 2020
(Rwanda) The Rt Revd Onesphore Rwaje
Gboko (Nigeria) The Rt Revd Emmanuel Nyitsse
(Southern Africa) The Rt Revd Brian Marajh
Georgia (The Episcopal Church) The Rt Revd Scott Benhase

From Friday 1 January 2021 the Anglican Cycle of Prayer is included in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

Churches Together in South Tyneside

This week’s Prayer Points pdf is available here.