Thursday, 24 September 2020

NBA Praying Together 27th September 2020

Dear All,

We express our thanks and appreciation to Roger Daniel who has stepped down as our Prayer Co-ordinator. We thank him for his service and support over the past 18 months and wish him well as he serves God in other ways. Please pray for God's guidance as we seek how best to explore this ministry of encouraging one another in prayer.

As we seek God in prayer this weekend let's pray for our land and our world as we move into a new season and time of challenge with the Covid pandemic.

Let's give thanks and praise God for:
  • His faithfulness, love and power
  • the fellowship of His people and support we offer to one another
  • the support and care of so many in society, providing help and comfort to the anxious, grieving and ill.
  • the creative opportunities for friendship, worship and discipleship

Let's pray

  • that we will hear the promises of His Word and seek the guidance of HIs Spirit.
  • for our government, MPs, researchers and specialists that they may act with good wisdom, understanding and compassion
  • for all who are finding life difficult because of the restriction we encounter
  • for all who are suffering and grieving
  • for clear medical breakthroughs to bring help and relief
  • for good international co-operation and especially support for poorer nation

'Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Psalm 43:3-4.

God bless!

John C

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

NBA Prayer Topics 6th September 2020


Give thanks for:

·                The small steps forward, which the church has made in worshiping together in the church building.

·                The way members of the fellowship supported each other in the dark days, and continue to do so in the present.

·                The wonderful truth, that God's faithful love surrounds his people at all times and in all situations.

 

Pray for:

·                Wisdom as we seek to open up different aspects of church life, so that we ensure everyone has support, and are able to engage in some way in the life of the fellowship.

·                The church as it continues to work through the Re:Imagine initiative.

·                Those; in the fellowship who continue to feel isolated and lonely due to their personal experience of lockdown.

·                The surrounding community; that those bonds that were forged in a time of adversity might continue to be strengthened in the present.


Prayer Topics Supplied by Ronnie Wynd: Minister Durham City Baptist Church




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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

NBA Prayers: Sunday 30th August 2020

'By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another.'
The whole world it seems, clamour for a sign. Herod desired to see one, the Pharisees and teachers of the law wanted one, even Jesus's cousin John was eager for one. His case is understandable. He came as a forerunner to Jesus, who according to Simon perception had come to rid Israel of the Roman yoke. Yet here he was, languishing in a damp, dark dungeon. Today little has changed. We are still eager for signs to validate our ministry. Jesus's reply to John is as applicable for us today as it was to John's situation. Understanding our need, Jesus promised that signs would follow us as believers. Yet from his perspective the most important sign of God's activity in the believer's life is our love for others.



We give thanks for;

  •  the fellowship, love and support seen among the ABC family during this difficult time.
  • the coordinated Alnwick town response during lockdown and pray that this care, community cohesion and organisations working together would continue in the town.

Please pray;

  •  for us as we trial offering our most vulnerable members of the church family the opportunity to come together for a prayer based service on a Sunday morning.  
  • that God's presence would be more evident than the risk assessments!
  • for our three missional communities, that we would have wisdom to know when and how we can begin interacting in small groups face to face.
  • for revival to come to Alnwick,  that God would soften people's hearts and that we would see where God is at work being his hands and feet in Northumberland. 


https://www.alnwickbaptist.org.uk/ 



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Thursday, 20 August 2020

NBA Prayers 23rd August 2020


Encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Th. 5:11)
It is easy to overlook the importance of encouraging each other. Whatever other ministries we may possess, we all have the ability to build one another up through the gift of encouragement. A few positive words at the right time can make such a big difference. In our fast paced world it is so easy to overlook the myriad small acts of kindness that people provide for us each day. Let us purpose to give words of encouragement to at least two people daily.


Preston Grange Community Church
Preston Grange Community Centre,
Newington Drive
Preston Grange, North Shields
NE29 9JA 


Give thanks;


  • that Christ is still with us no matter how dark circumstances seem
  • that all things work together for good for those who follow Christ
  • for the surety of our salvation


Please pray;


  • for our members welfare during lockdown 
  • that we may soon be able to return to regular worship
  • that we may still provide an effective and caring ministry to our community

Devotional & Prayer Topics Supplied By Roger M Daniel: NBA Prayer Coordinator    


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Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Prayers For The School Year


Many of us know the story of David Wilkerson and his ministry amongst the New York gangs. 'The  Cross and the Switchblade ' tells of the successful crusade he held at which a number of gang leaders committed their lives to Christ. Not so well known are the personal details surrounding his circumstances at that time.
Shortly before the event, he had been visiting the home of a minister friend. This friend had been backing a car out of the garage, little realising that his infant son had been playing behind the wheels. The results, as you can imagine, were devastating. David thought,
'What terrible sin must my friend have committed for God to allow that?'
David's relationship with God changed as a result. Instead of serving Christ out of love, he began working from a fear of consequences should he displease God.
One night, he returned exhausted from the crusade. Creeping into his infant's nursery, he picked up the sleeping babe. A voice commanded him to drop the child. Instead, he held tighter. Three times the command came and each time he clutched the infant tighter. Finally, in desperation he yelled,
'This is my child and I will never drop my child.'
The reply came, 
'And you are my child. I will never, ever drop you.'
Tears of repentance fell from David's eyes as he realised the significance of this message.
Let me ask, what is it that motivates your ministry? 


Prayers For The School Year

Give thanks for;
  • the students, pupils and teaching staff who are able to return safely to school


Please pray for;
  •  the students who are receiving their final results from secondary school.
  • the pupils returning to school after lockdown
  • teaching and other staff members returning to school after lockdown

Devotional & Prayer Topics Supplied By Roger M Daniel: NBA Prayer Coordinator  


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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

NBA Prayers 9th August 2020

A great number of believers suffer from poor self esteem. Comparing themselves to others, who have glowing testimonies, they argue that God could never use them for their inadequacies. Consolation is found in the fact that they at least do not suffer from pride.
This is far from a realistic image however, and can do great harm, whilst preventing us from reaching our full potential. One of my favourite scenes from Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' is that in which the travellers are in a room packed with wondrous clothing, Dressing themselves in the finery, they admire one another. Due to the fact that there are no mirrors, they are unable to see how wonderful they themselves appear.
We are clothed in Christ and bear his fragrance. We may not recognise this in ourselves, but be assured that when we grasp this fact our communities cannot fail so see the saviour's grace in us.


Give thanks for;

  • our new building and the development of our website
  • the Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map and other resources
  • our leadership team and their initiatives

Please pray;

  • that we may reflect God's love to the people of Gateshead
  • for those people engaged in front line services to our community at this time
  • that we may soon be able to use our new building to its full potential
Prayers and devotional supplied by Roger M Daniel: NBA Prayer Coordinator  



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Monday, 27 July 2020

NBA Prayers: 2nd August 2020

When you meet together, each one has a psalm, a teaching, a revelation (disclosure of special knowledge), a tongue, or an interpretation. Let everything be constructive and edifying and done for the good of all the church.


Those in church leadership are entrusted with a responsibility toward those in their care. It is often this that leads us to assume a greater role than is beneficial to either us or our flock.

In an effort to prevent false teaching, we often stifle participation from our congregation. Our building unintentionally becomes as it were a theatre, our leaders the cast and our flock, the audience. The result all too often is burn out for our leaders and a stifling of gifts within our church.

This is far removed from the church model proposed by St. Paul, in which he envisaged more of a corporate body ministry in which each member contributes according to their particular gift. Let us therefore, seek ways in which to encourage the growth of gifts within our membership and increased participation in our services, whilst ensuring everything is done for edification rather than self glory.
 
Give thanks for;

  • the regular ministry conducted through Zoom
  • the success of our quiz night led by the Rev. Ian Wren
  • the growth in our membership during the past year.

Please pray;

  • for those people whose homes have been deluged by the inclement weather.
  • that the coronavirus will be held in check and that a cure may be found very quickly.
  • for a safe return to corporate worship in the not too distant future,


Prayers supplied by Roger M Daniel: NBA Prayer Coordinator
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