Methodist Prayer Handbook

A World Transformed

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2018/2019

Please order from Methodist Publishing here: www.methodistpublishing.org.uk

The Handbook is arranged as a monthly cycle. You can use the book as a focus for your daily prayer and start the cycle again at the beginning of each month, or just dip in.

You could add your own notes in the margins to remind you of things you would like to pray for on particular days.

On the Lectionary pages in the centre of the handbook, suggested readings, hymns and psalms for each day of the year tie in with our online resource
A Word in Time.

If you are leading a group or praying on your own you might find it helpful to select just a few of the prayers for the day. You might also want to add prayers for the people listed at the side of the page.

There are general prayers at the beginning of the handbook that you can pick and choose according to your needs or you can just dip in at any page and see what you can find.

However you choose to use the Handbook you know that this is a resource shared by our Methodist sisters and brothers all around Britain and the world.

Methodist Prayer Handbook 2019/2020

Responding to the Gospel

Considerations for submitting prayers and images for use in the 2019/2020 Methodist Prayer Handbook

Deadline for submission: 11 January 2019

Please send to contributions to: prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk.

The theme for the forthcoming Handbook is inspired by Our Calling and will be ‘responding to the gospel’.

The phrase is drawn from Our Calling, which reads: “The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.” 

It will explore how we are called to respond to the gospel by demonstrating God’s love, grace and generosity. Our response should involve action as well as prayer and although it may be challenging we will be strengthened when we work in partnership with followers of Christ locally, nationally and internationally.

The ‘gospel’ is understood in its broadest sense and includes the whole arc of the biblical narrative and beyond. It includes for example, the themes of creation, the fall, covenants, captivity, freedom, wilderness, prophetic call and witness, the incarnation, the ministry and teaching of Christ, the passion and crucifixion of Christ, the resurrection and ascension of Christ, Pentecost, and the mission of the church.

Guidelines for submitting prayers

Prayers must not exceed 120 words. They should be relevant for use from September 2019 to August 2020. Shorter prayers and prayers for specific themes or countries are more likely to be used.

When submitting prayers, please give your postal address (so that you can be sent a complimentary copy if your prayer is used), your full name and how you would like to be described (e.g. Jane Jones, local preacher, Townton).

Please do not submit more than three prayers (the editor uses a maximum of two per author and it pains her to have to bin the rest!).

Please consider that prayers for or from a particular country should include information on specific needs or projects that users of the Handbook can pray for and must be relevant for use from September 2019 to August 2020.

All prayers must be your copyright. They can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your prayer will become the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes. Extracts from the Prayer Handbook are used under 'Prayer for the Day' on the Methodist Church website and also in Prayer Focus, the Prayer Handbook of the Methodist Church in Ireland. By submitting a prayer, it is assumed that you agree to these additional uses. If you do not wish to have your prayers used in these ways, please let the editor know.

If you use words from another source within your prayer, please indicate that you have done so and give the source, even if it is out of copyright: plagiarism is theft.

Please note that not all prayers submitted can be included in the Prayer Handbook and many will need editing more or less, depending on how they fit on the page and relate to other prayers in the Handbook.

Please email prayers to prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk by 11 January 2019. If you do not have internet access you can post prayers to: Prayer Handbook Editor, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR.

Guidelines for submitting photos

Please also submit photographs that will help to bring our theme to life. Please provide a caption so that the editor knows what the photo is and where it was taken. Please note that if your photograph is used it may be given a different caption in order to fit our theme.

We only accept photos that are emailed to us at prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk. We no longer accept prints in the post.

Please email photos by 11 January 2019.

All photos must be sent as digital high-resolution files (min 300dpi at print size and ideally JPEG files). If your email gives you the option of sending a photo in a different size please choose ‘original size’ (or the biggest file size). If your email account will not allow you to send large files please use https://wetransfer.com/ to send them (it’s free and easy).

Photographs must be your own copyright. If you take a photograph of a piece of artwork (e.g. painting, sculpture) and that work is in copyright you must also send the artist’s written permission for their artwork to be used in the Prayer Handbook.

The images can have been used or published elsewhere, provided you have permission to reproduce them. Unless you indicate otherwise, your photo will be the copyright of Methodist Church Purposes.

Images are often reproduced very small so they must be bold images that will work well at a small size (i.e. no group shots).

If you have any queries, please contact the editor (email prayerhandbook@methodistchurch.org.uk).


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