Pray for the media

Sunday 8th May 2016

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Join with churches and Christians across the UK in praying for the media on Sunday 8th May 2016!

This year we especially want to pray for media professionals to be empowered to tell the whole story – the negative as well as the positive, the wrongs and the rights, the truth and the redemption. Here are the 3 things we are praying for:

  • increased opportunities to celebrate empathy, truth and justice in the media and for lives to be changed.
  • enhanced respect and mutual understanding between Christian and non-Christian media professionals.
  • effective discipleship of young Christians who are looking to build a career in, or will be working with, the media.

Here are the 3 groups of people we are praying for:

  • Christian and non-Christian Media professionals (eg print and radio journalists, tv and film producers, directors, editors and writers, advertising and communication specialists)
  • Churches supporting and interacting with the media
  • Christian groups supporting those who work in and with the media

There are 3 very simple ways you can get involved in the Day of Prayer:

  • Help us spread the word on social media. In particular, sign up now for our social media thunderclap on the 8th May, which automatically sends a message to all of your and our followers on the 8th May announcing that we are praying for the media.
  • Post your prayers on the prayer wall
  • Join the CMN Pray4Media group on the Instapray app to send in your prayer requests and pray for others on the Day of Prayer for the Media and all year round.
  • While you are thinking of about your prayer, be encouraged by this one from Rev Peter Crumpler for you:

    Loving Lord, Living Word,
    Fill our words with wisdom,
    Our keystrokes with grace.
    May we pursue truth with diligence,
    Seeking out the voices that need to be heard.
    Grant us persistence to overcome obstacles,
    And patience when deadlines loom.
    Help us when pressures mount and time is short
    Always to communicate with integrity and compassion.
    In the Name of the Living God.
    Amen.

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    Prayers for 2016

    Words are all around us;
    we are flooded by words;
    Streams of images weaving bonds of tears, fear, and death.

    In the face of an economy-driven media empire,
    We give thanks for journalists, reporters, bloggers, writers and photographers,
    who seek social justice over profit,
    who are guided by empathy rather than sensationalism,
    who speak the truth in love and compassion.

    We pray for those,
    who are victims of censorship and oppression.
    May their silent witness, speak louder than any propaganda.

    We remember those,
    who have been kidnapped, or injured, or lost their lives.

    We remember those
    who have spoken up against injustice
    and lifted up voices of peace and reconciliation.

    God in your Mercy, hear our prayer.
    Rev Karin Achtelstetter
    General Secretary, World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)

    Prayers for 2015

    Communicating God, our father and our mother, through your word creation came into being.

    We affirm that all who craft words, sounds and images to promote justice, to defend dignity, and to celebrate beauty and truth are part of your eternal creative process.

    Teach us that every human being is made in your image and to respect people’s dignity;
    Teach us to listen to those who only have a whisper, a breath, and protect us from those who try to control our thoughts and speech;
    Teach us to see, feel, taste, and smell the injustices in this world and protect us from cynicism, sensationalism, and lies;
    Teach us to uncover the beauty of the hope, love, and renewal that blossom in the debris of conflict, greed and exploitation;
    Teach us to heal ourselves in the face of experiencing trauma that damages something within us;
    Teach us to share the stories of those who gave us the privilege of becoming part of their lives;
    Teach us to turn our weapons of word and image into the ploughshares of peace and reconciliation.

    God in your Mercy, hear our prayer.

    Amen

    Revd Dr Karin Achtelstetter - General Secretary of the World Association for Christian Communication

    God of all time and all places, of all people and nations, God who spoke to all humanity in the life of Jesus, we pray today for those who speak and communicate by the media. We give thanks for all who report, evaluate, interview, challenge and investigate on our behalf; for correspondents, photographers, technicians and engineers. Especially this year we remember those who travel into areas of conflict and danger on our behalf, and those who, in bringing us news have been killed by bomb or bullet. We give thanks for their bravey and professionalism.
    We pray that the information which they relay to us will increase our understanding, that understanding will increase our compassion, and that compassion will move us to action so that the God of all time and all peoples may be seen and known in every human situation and will speak humanity into ever closer community.

    Amen

    Revd Kenneth Howcroft & Mrs Gill Dascombe – President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference

    Thank you - Father, thank you for the calling you have placed on the lives of many Christians to serve you in the media across all of its expressions.

    Light - In a world of so many words and so little charity, let them be effective followers of you, shining as a light, in what are at times dark places.

    Encouragement - May they know your encouragement as they work in an arena that can be discouraging and challenging to their faith.

    Skills - Develop the skills of their trade, so that they will be known for the quality of their work.

    Protection - As they face the challenge of their work, may they know your protection and may they be hallmarked by integrity.

    Help - Thank you, Father, that you promise never to leave us on our own, so please send the Holy Spirit afresh to those who are your followers working in the media. May they know you as their counsellor, their friend, the one who stands alongside them.

    In Jesus’ name we pray

    Amen.

    Steve Clifford - General Director of the Evangelical Alliance

    Sovereign, revealing, Lord, we thank you for the power for good of words and of images, and we lament the ways they are used for evil purposes.

    As we cry to you for truth, grace and justice in places of suffering, locally and globally, we ask that you grant that people of goodwill in the media may love truth, mercy, and justice. And we especially ask that you would so infuse those who love Christ with your Spirit that their words and images may effect positive transformation in all the places where they are seen and heard. Grant them great grace to use the power of their profession for your glory and the good of a needy world.

    In Jesus' name.

    Amen.

    Bishop Ephraim Tendero, General Secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance

    Almighty God
    In an age dominated by misleading images and deceptive words, we pray for all with responsibility for what we see, hear and read.
    By your Spirit, the Messenger of Truth, we pray for honesty, accuracy and clarity in all that is published or broadcast
    Through your Son, the Lord of compassion, we pray for care, sensitivity and humility towards the vulnerable under the spotlight
    Trusting in the Heavenly Father, the God of Justice, we pray that through the media, the voiceless might find a voice, the powerless a defence, the hopeless a direction.
    Above all, may the gospel of Christ's grace shape a new generation of communicators so that you may be glorified for your truth, love and justice.
    We pray these things in the precious name of the Lord Jesus Christ
    Amen.

    Mark Meynell - Writer, Speaker and Ministry Trainer

    Lord Jesus Christ, you speak and bring all that is seen and unseen into being:
    we give you thanks for the gift of the media to reach the far flung places of the earth with messages of hope and life.
    We give you thanks for those who risk their security and even their lives to expose injustice and to bring news of hope.
    May they strive to be the bearers of good news that all people may come to know the abundant life for which we have been created; and yet more wonderfully redeemed in Jesus Christ.
    We offer our prayer in your name,
    in the power of the Holy Spirit
    for the glory of the Father.
    Amen.

    The Most Revd Dr John Sentamu - Archbishop of York

    God who spoke the world into being and communicates with us still today;
    We give you thanks for writers, producers, broadcasters and journalists, and all who work in the media. We thank you for their creative skills and technical abilities, and their persistence in seeking after truth.
    We ask that they may have wisdom, integrity, insight and judgement in their work.
    May they be a voice for the powerless, a challenge to the powerful; bringers of knowledge and clarity to an uncertain and confused world.
    Help them to reach for the highest professional standards, especially when budgets are stretched, time is tight, and competition increasing.
    May they resist the temptation to follow the consensus, jump to easy conclusions, pander to prejudice or cut corners.
    Help us, who read, watch, listen and contribute to the media, to play our part by being wise and discerning, so that truth and beauty will be the hallmarks of our media.
    We offer these prayers in the Name of the One who brought the Good News, declared himself as the Truth, and gave Himself for a world in need.
    Amen.

    Revd Peter Crumpler - Curate at St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge

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Why pray for the media?

As Christians, we want to affirm the media’s vital role in our society. At its best the media

  • gives a voice to the voiceless
  • holds the powerful to account
  • highlights unjust practices
  • calls for justice
  • keeps people informed
  • brings us strong opinions to challenge our own
  • tells stories to entertain us.

We support the highest standards in the media.
We want to give our backing to the vast majority of people working in the media as they strive for integrity and truth.

We believe that working in the media is an honourable profession.
We want to encourage Christians and other people of faith and goodwill to consider it as a calling. We want to support all those working in and with the media in our churches, including; church leaders and communications officers who help to portray and interpret the Church’s role in our society.

We want to see a thriving media
From national newspapers to community radio, from websites to specialist publications, from TV networks to blogs, all have a valuable role to play. Churches are parts of international and national networks – so a thriving global and national media matters to us. We want to know about our world, its celebrations, its problems and its joys, and we need a thriving media to help us engage with it.

We want to engage positively with the media
Churches are communities of believers rooted in local areas. So the local and regional media matter to us – they are vital parts of our communities, and help to hold those communities together.

In difficult economic and social times, we need a strong and courageous international, national and local media, working to the highest ethical standards.

We want to play our part in ensuring that we have a thriving media, committed to truth, and in affirming – and challenging – those who work within it.

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How to pray for the media

The media play a key role in our international, national and local networks and communities. We need to pray for them regularly, relevantly and with knowledge of the issues they are facing.

There are 3 very simple ways you can get involved in the Day of Prayer:

  • Help us spread the word on social media. In particular, sign up now for our social media thunderclap on the 8th May, which automatically sends a message to all of your and our followers on the 8th May announcing that we are praying for the media.
  • Post your prayers on the prayer wall
  • Join the CMN Pray4Media group on the Instapray app to send in your prayer requests and pray for others on the Day of Prayer for the Media and all year round.
  • Also, why not...

    • Include the media in your regular prayers for the world, country or local community. Specifically name your key local media when you pray for your area.
    • Include the media in your prayer diary listings.
    • Encourage people who work in or with the media in your church to talk about the pressures they face, and pray about the issues raised.
    • Get to know the staff of your local newspaper or radio station. Ask them to suggest how you might pray for them – they may be surprised to be asked!
    • Use newspaper and website headlines and photographs as visual aids for prayer. Pray for the people who produced the reports – sometimes at great risk to themselves.

    We hope that hundreds of churches across the UK will take time on Sunday 8th May 2016 to pray for the media. But there’s much more you could do. Here are some ideas.

    • Let the local newspapers, radio and other media (e.g. news blogsites) know that you will praying for them on the day. Consider sending them a news release telling them what you’re doing – they may tell their readers, listeners etc.
    • Ask them what they would you to pray for them – and be ready to use those topics on the day.
    • Invite a local newspaper editor or station manager to speak at your church on that day or at a midweek event near to it. Or arrange a special Churches Together or ministers’ event with the local media invited to talk about their role in the community.
    • Ask people who work in the media in your congregation to take part in a service, to speak about how their faith impacts their work and the challenges they face.
    • Get young people in the church involved, talking about how they engage with the media, and how they see the media as a potential career.

    One of the best ways to affirm the importance of the media in your community is to engage with them regularly. Keep them informed of what your church is doing locally, and how you are serving your area. We have provided links to some resources that will help you with this.

    Give someone in your church the role of liaising with the local media, and getting to know them - as an active voluntary community group, you have lots to offer. Be inventive - the church rep that took cream cakes into the local newsroom made a lasting impact!

    Make sure the media know who to contact in your church when they need a view on a local issue. Be proactive in offering news and views.

    Consider supporting campaigns launched by the media, and helping to raise funds for charities they are backing.

    Do give the media, local and national, feedback – positive or negative – about what they broadcast, print or publish online. Make use of email, text, Twitter. Most would be grateful to get your ideas about how they are doing, and to hear from readers, listeners and viewers.

    Some resources to help

    Websites

    The website Get Your Church Noticed is full of practical ideas and suggestions to help churches to think about communication. It includes a section on liaison with the media.
    www.getyourchurchnoticed.com

    Books

    100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed by Neil Pugmire has now been fully revised and updated. It is published by Church House Publishing and available here.

    Who Needs Words? by Richard Littledale is a Christian Communication Handbook. It is published by Saint Andrew Press and is available here.

    Christians and the Media: a theology for confident engagement by Christopher Landau is available from Grove Books here.

    Online Mission and Ministry – a theological and practical guide by Pam Smith. It is published by SPCK and available here.

    Training

    The Church of England Communications Office runs training courses for churches of all denominations. You can find details at www.churchcommstraining.org or call 0207 898 1465.



    Much of the material for the Day of Prayer for the Media, was contributed by Revd Peter Crumpler. Peter was Director of Communications for the CofE’s Archbishops’ Council and is now Curate at St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge, near St Albans, Herts.

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Prayer by Graham |

Dear Father God
I plead the Blood of YESHUA over all those who work in the media.
I pray Father God that you expose and remove all corruption out of the media.
I pray for more Christians to work in the media.
In the NAME OF YESHUA I ask

Prayer by keijo leppioja |

Help and pray yu too for me in my the fight against false doctrine here who not confess Jesus blood in salvation,but use own victims to save a lot place of Scandinavien,thanks for helping,bless,keijo sweden

Prayer by Rosie Webb |

I'm a Christian feeling called to enter the movie industry as a writer but I have problems with Aspergers, anxiety and just sitting down and writing. I know what God wants me to write, but it just won't come out. Please pray for me as I write daily and that I will overcome the things holding me back.

Prayer by Nick White |

A prayer request for a Christian media worker who doesn't often ask for prayer. Thanks if you pray.

Prayer by David Giles |

Father God,
I pray for all Christians who choose to share their faith through social media. May your Holy Spirit inspire their words, and help them to communicate creatively and effectively, with grace and understanding. I pray for initiatives like Digital Saints, TGI Monday, One Army Live and Thy Will Be Done which seek to use social media and video to engage people, fulfil the Great Commission in the digital space and disciple Christians around the world.

Prayer by Sheila Johnson |

Lord, bless everyone who works in the media, be it in newspapers, broadcasting -radio or television - or on social media. Give them a voice for good and not evil. Help them to serve you always. Amen

Prayer by Jenny Lee |

Dear Lord

I pray especially for those individuals and organisations in supporting roles. Thank you for granting them favour and the gift of perseverance. Infuse them with Your wisdom, strategies and direction and reward them with Your loving kindness.

In Jesus Name
Amen

Prayer by Shelagh Godwin |

Heavenly Father, I pray for integrity and honesty in the media, and a desire to expose evil and corruption and a desire to speak the truth. In Jesus's name, Amen

Prayer by Christopher Norris |

Dear Lord,

Thank you for guiding me so far along the path of developing THE ICELANDERS COMETH crowdfunding project to raise money for UK libraries to buy books by Icelandic authors in English as part of the Jolabokaflod Book Campaign.

Thank you for opening doors for the project being endorsed by people like Melvyn Bragg and organisations like the Icelandic Literarature Center, the Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, and the Embassy of Iceland in the UK.

Encourage people in the Church and Media Network - and elsewhere in the Christian and secular media marketplaces - to come forward with projects and plans that they would like me to publicise via digital media. Grant them the resources to contribute financially for rewards to THE ICELANDERS COMETH. Guide me to promote these contributors' projects and plans to optimum effect, to help these people to reach goals and targets within your will for them.

Help the money raised be seen as an offering of thanks for your abundant love and encouragement and grant that THE ICELANDERS COMETH helps to build communities and inspire new readers.

In Jesus' name.

Amen.

Prayer by Bob Chambers |

Dear Lord, we thank you for the gift of communication - the ability to connect with one another in so many different ways, for the tools and technology available to us today, and for those who use media creatively and constructively in communities right across the globe.

Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the example and teaching of your Son Jesus Christ - who modeled and instructed us about the importance of living in right relationship with you and with one another, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to both throughout His life and ministry, with a message of restoration and transformation.

We pray that by the power of your Holy Spirit those working in the media would know how best to use the remarkable opportunities they have - to serve you faithfully and bear witness to your name, to harness the power of media for good, with a Christ-like love for their neighbours, for your glory.

In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen.

Prayer by Christopher Power |

I have been acting for many years and have had the privilege of brilliant roles in films, TV and theatre. Please pray that I will continue to be blessed with work. I am at present doing a Shakespeare Season and will play King Duncan/Murderer in Macbeth and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Lastly my autobiography Breaking Free from the Street to the Stage is becoming a feature film called Free To Be. We have come a long way and have a great team. We are at the moment applying for funds so as to hopefully move into production. Please pray those funds will come in soon. Amen

Prayer by Valerie Hallard |

Lord, protect with your Holy Spirit all journalists and photo-journalists who take personal risks to expose cruelty, corruption & injustice in all its forms: coporate, national and international. Assure them of their calling and your love. Amen.

Prayer by Josephine Wilson |

Father, please help each one of us to know compassion and loving kindness and to acknowledge truth, clarifying our perception. May we keep in mind that perfect love casts out fear and I ask that You will use the media to give hope, calm and strength to all who need this in our troubled times. May souls be fed. In the name of Jesus I ask this. Amen.

Prayer by Duncan Williams |

Seek out then nurture grace and harmony between religions and communities. Use the powerful healing potential of media to educate and unite. Special thoughts and good wishes go to HoonaLondon.com - a non radical, non political Muslim community newspaper and to its founders Celine and husband Daoud Al-Ghuti. May you continue your work with goodwill and purpose. Let Christian and Muslim groups work together for peace.

Prayer by Gini Carlin |

Lord,
For those of us you have called to be Forces Broadcasters, I pray your love, protection and divine intervention in everything we do. Thank you for the opportunity to work with fine men and women who sere their country every day. Lord me always be a shining light of truth for you in everything I do, even when its hard to be holy, Amen

Prayer by Joshva Raja John Christopher |

Triune God, We thank you for listening to our heart and communicating with us all the time. May those who genuinely work in the field of communication cherish in their work. They shall work towards justice and peace of all beings. May their work protect people's loves and environment. As you have communicated and still communicate your love in our midst, May our actions, words and life continue to communicate your generous love to all around us. We also pray that those who try to manipulate and abuse communication and media for their selfish and discriminative purposes, may be directed towards your mercy, love and grave and their actions shall be changed towards kindness and just life. In Jesus' name we pray. Say Amen.

Prayer by Peter Newman |

Sovereign God, bless all those who work to report the news and share the stories of all that is happening in this world. Encourage and support them. Give us hearts to respond to what they reveal in love and compassion, taking action where we can to help those in need. In the name of our Lord, Amen

Prayer by Russ Bravo |

Lord
Help us to listen well
To write powerfully
To communicate truthfully
And to walk humbly
In the footsteps of Jesus
Amen

Prayer by Eileen Campbell-Reed |

Sophia~Christ, who gives voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless and healing to the hurting, we seek your vibrant presence today.

May your voice, and power and healing infuse all our work across every means of communication in our hands. And deliver us from overpowering, drowning out, and harming others. Give us courage to inhabit your good news of God's love and peace.

Amen.

Prayer by Katie Harrison |

Father, we thank you for this beautiful world, with all its colour and variety. We pray that you will help us to stand against the evil that is present in so many places and to be part of your mission to bring the Kingdom to earth.

We pray that you will help us find the stories that bring to light the needs of a hurting world and the hope that is possible.

Help us to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and to hear your voice guide us towards the opportunities, stories and issues that need to be made known.

We thank you for our freedom in the UK to ask questions and to tell stories and we pray for this to be possible in every country in the world, so we can properly hold to account those in power and take part in the decisions which affect people's lives.

We pray for those in every country who are often left behind economically, socially and democratically, and we ask that you would give us opportunities to help their voices to be heard.

We are so grateful for all your goodness, mercy and love. Help us to carry your Spirit with us into every interview, meeting and conversation.

Prayer by Rev Paul Hills |

Loving Father, God of all truth, we thank you for our media. Thank you for its ability to challenge, warn, educate and entertain. Thank you for the creativity at its heart. Grant to all all who work in the media a passion for all that is true and compassion for all in need. Keep safe those working in dangerous places and may the work of all add to the sum of human wholeness. We ask this through Him who is the way, the truth and the life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer by Richard Littledale |

Lord,
We are glad to be creatures of many dimensions - bathing in colours, surfing on sounds and tasting the smell of the ocean.
We thank you for the role the media plays in lifting our spirits and stretching our minds.
Bless them all, Lord - scriptwriters and sound technicians, presenters and cameramen, journalists, make-up artists and boom operators.
Bless them all, and give them daily a sense of excitement, privilege and hope that they should be let loose in the playground of the mind.
Keep them from harm of every kind within and without. Feed their imaginations with the popping candy of wonder at your world, and guard their spirits we pray.
Amen

Prayer by Gavin Drake |

Please pray for mental and creative strength for journalists and others who work in the media.

And pray too for those working in the world's trouble-zones as they act as the eyes and ears of the world: that they would be protected in the work that they do; and that we would not take their work for granted, but that it would spur us to action to do what we can to work for peace and justice.

Prayer by Andy Frost |

Father,
We thank you for the media and the opportunities it creates. We thank you for the Christians who work in that world day in day out, striving to live lives of integrity and humility.

We pray that you would continue to move powerfully in the media.
May the story tellers and the poets reflect your redemptive story.
May the journalists and the bloggers write with a passion for justice, seeking truth rather than just headlines.
May the producers and the directors create content that help us all discover more of what it means to be fully human - made in Gods image.

In the name of Jesus!
Amen

Prayer by Andy Frost |

Father,
We thank you for the media and the opportunities it creates. We thank you for the Christians who work in that world day in day out, striving to live lives of integrity and humility.

We pray that you would continue to move powerfully in the media.
May the story tellers and the poets reflect your redemptive story.
May the journalists and the bloggers write with a passion for justice, seeking truth rather than just headlines.
May the producers and the directors create content that help us all discover more of what it means to be fully human - made in Gods image.

In the name of Jesus!
Amen

Prayer by Justin Brierley |

God who call us to live the life of Christ in the world today, may we resist being confirmed to the pattern of this world and find our minds transformed by the renewing power of your Holy Spirit.

Prayer by ICF-Faith on Monday Morning |

Prayer for those in the Media from ICF website:

All seeing and all knowing God, we live in a world where news and information surrounds us at every turn; at the touch of a button; the flick of a switch; a click of our mouse. It is through news reports that nations have been moved to bring relief to the suffering, and yet the evening bulletins can also often sicken, as they confront us with the worst of human behaviour. So we pray for those who work in the media; where they are exposed to danger, may they know Your protection; when uncovering reality that repulses, may they find strength; when seeking truth that others strive to keep hidden, may they find resolve. Help us Oh God to share and receive information responsibly, that we may seek fact and not simply sensation; and not numbed by our 24 hour news culture, to the realities behind the bulletins. Through Jesus Christ our Lord AMEN

Prayer by Elizabeth |

Father, forgive us when we do things that dishonour you. Give us creativity and strength to do things that bring you honour. Lord, give wisdom and courage to media proprietors and shareholders to put truth, service and democracy above profit. Lord, give readers, listeners and advertisers the understanding and ability to support the media you wish to thrive. Amen

Prayer by Kirsty |

Heavenly Father
Fill us all with the fruits of the Spirit.
Clothe us in the armour of God.
Especially today as I've unintentially upset someone via Facebook!
Forgive us our transgressions & humble us.
Amen

Prayer by Nick White |

Hello, I work as a freelance journalist and writer in the UK. You have no idea how much I would appreciate any prayers you can spare for me. Thanks :-)

Prayer by Aran Woodfin |

Lord, arm us with
the truth of good journalism,
the imagination of great writers, performers and presenters
and the reality of the wonder of your world and your people,
So that we may offer hugs.

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