Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

From Audrey D…

Last Friday a group of ladies from our Circuit had planned to go to Minsteracres to join and share fellowship with like minded ladies from the Darlington District.

Our facilitator was to have been Jan Sutch Pickard, a storyteller who worked for the Iona Community. Of course this did not happen and we all know why.

Jan has sent to prayers which I would like to share and so I attach them here.

Many thanks
Love and prayers

Sent to June by Jan Such Pickard for Darlington District MWiB  to share

From Corrymeela  Community – sent by Yvonne Naylor
Prayers during the Coronavirus pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or paying their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close
Remember those who have no such options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear threatens to grip our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, 
Let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.

From Alex: –
God of the good news that spreads faster than fear,
God of the courage that comes from the heart:
Be with us as anxieties rise 
and with us as uncertainty grows.
Be with us when children ask difficult questions,
And with us when parents seem farther away.
Remind us that to be a community does not always mean
to be physically present beside those we know well.
It also can mean being spiritually present
with those who feel very alone;
and that you as our God, the God made flesh, 
are also the God who calls us from the tumult
and tells us to be still
and to know 
that you are God
with us. 

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