Prayer and Worship

If you would like to access daily worship content we can suggest the following link:   Daily Prayer


Fran will be saying Northumbrian Morning Prayer regularly, if you would like to do the same click on this link https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/morning-prayer/                                  
You might want to sing along with the peace? https://youtu.be/xxUAeTDW3c0


If you live in an internet free house, or if you just want a change from the screen there is a new opportunity to access  Prayers , Hymns and Info from the C of E. The options are updated every day, fronted by your call being answered by a  recording of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 Daily Hope. 0800 804 8044 (free from landlines and mobs).

The BBC Daily Service is on Radio 4 longwave at 9.45 am.

 On Sundays there is Sunday Worship on Radio 4 at 8.10 am.

 Also on Sunday on BBC 1 TV Songs of Praise at 1.10pm.

 For online worship there (log on to www.churchofengland.org and follow the links), there is the Sunday Service at 9am

If you go on our diocesan website and follow the links there are also lots of worship resources plus a weekly Sunday Reflection by one of our bishops.

Please note that the Orders of Service have now been moved to a separate page.


From the Diocesan Adviser in Counselling and Wellbeing

Diocesan Healing Advisory Group (DHAG) Spring Newsletter - April 2020
 
The transforming power of Jesus in troubled times
 
In recent weeks, we have collectively grown closer to understanding the impact of sickness and suffering in our lives, families and communities.  In addition, we have our own experiences of sickness and sadness other than the tragedy of the Covid-19 virus.  As Christians, we know with assurance that Jesus brings resurrection despite our despair.  It is natural to experience struggle in our human fragility through terrible affliction, and it is important to acknowledge our own grief and pain.
 
When we pray with others, we bring our authentic selves, the strong and fragile, faithful and lacking sides together, fixing our eyes on Jesus who is the name above all names. We are used in our humility by Him for the restoration of health and wholeness.  Paradoxically our human weakness qualifies us to be used as channels for God’s healing.  The cost of coming alongside others can ‘take it out of us’.  We therefore have serious responsibility to look after our health, physically, psychologically and replenish spiritually.
 
It is with focus on Jesus’s power that I bring your attention to the story of the woman who suffered for twelve years with a haemorrhage, exhausted from all hope of healing.  This bleeding caused physical weakness, made her ritually unclean and her life was emptying away from her.  There was no National Health Service in those days, or blood transfusions.  The woman was wanting a cure and had heard about Jesus the miracle worker.   She crept up behind Jesus but dared not touch him because she believed she might make Him unclean.  However, then she does dare to touch the edge of his cloak.  Jesus instantly knew and said, ‘Someone did touch me; I know that power has gone out from me.’   Jesus felt her touch and His healing power flowed into her.  He felt power leave him and yet he also knew well how to resource himself.
 
For those of us who feel called to love through Jesus’s healing ministry, we too may feel energy go out of us as we undertake His work.  It is therefore essential to be able to ‘touch Jesus’ cloak’ ourselves and to know his power will flow into us too, as well as those we pray for.   It is a necessary two-way experience for giver and recipient for ongoing healing and transformation.  In this current world crisis, we are learning that we are all equal, learning about our transgressions and finding ways of helping each other.  Isn’t it unifying that, even though socially distanced, we seem so connected and we all earnestly and desperately seek healing and restoration?  As Christians who seek God’s power to ‘put us right’, ‘touching His cloak’, will aid us to walk with someone else towards their fullness of health.   However, in our willingness to surrender, in the power of His resurrection we offer ourselves in meekness to his mercy and healing.



 Sally Walters, Diocesan Advisor in Counselling and Wellbeing.


Prayer

Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19.
Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
 
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services
as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients,
especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world.
 
Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
 
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease,
and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
 
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen