Lancashire Methodist District

Prayer 21

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Across the world and across our country there have been calls for prayer. The response I have received these last few days reminds me that when we pray together it feels like something special. In this time of isolation there is no need to be alone because prayer joins us together. It is a reminder of the words of Jesus when two or three are gathered.

 

We are learning to be gathered differently and if that means virtually, watching live streaming, or on Zoom, as many of our District meetings now take place, we can be gathered.

 

I’ve been thinking about how Methodists in Lancashire can pray together and I have a suggestion for you. I invite you to join with me in prayer every night at 9.00pm. Lancashire District’s number is 21. On the 24-hour clock 9.00pm is 2100, so, if you like it is Lancashire’s time! I’d like you to pray for sixteen minutes because the Circuits in the Lancashire District number between 1 and 16.  There are few gaps and I’ll come to that later. I know some people will find that time difficult and it may be a challenge, so you could choose another time, but make it special. It would be great if as many people as possible could join together at 9.00pm every day throughout this time so whilst we may be alone, we are together.

 

My suggestions are we spend a minute praying for each of the Circuits, their staff and churches, schools and projects. There are six numbers and therefore six minutes not allocated to circuits, so I’ve made suggestions for prayer in those minutes.

 

     21:00      The County of Lancashire

     21:01      Burnley and Pendle

     21:02      West Pennine Moors

     21:03      Great Harwood

     21:04      Health Care professionals facing challenges

     21:05      Other emergency services, and military.

     21:06      Schools, teachers and those caring for the vulnerable.

     21:07      National and Local government.

     21:08      Banks and Hesketh Banks

     21:09      Clitheroe

     21:10      Chorley and Leyland

     21:11      Preston Ribble

     21:12      Blackpool

     21:13      Our families and our loved ones

     21:14      South Fylde

     21:15      North Fylde

     21:16      North Lancashire    

 

You might like to end with this prayer.

Gracious loving God,

We thank you that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we who join in prayer are one.

Therefore, with confidence and assurance we can say,

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. AMEN.

 

Paul Davis, Lancashire District Chair
25th March 2020