SUNDAY 4th NOVEMBER 2018

Join with churches and Christians
across the UK in praying for the media

Love it or hate it, media plays a vital role in our lives. At its best, media gives a voice to the voiceless, holds the powerful to account, and highlights unjust practices while entertaining us and keeping us informed.

As Christians, we affirm and support the media’s vital role in our society. We promote the highest standards in the media, and give our backing to the vast majority of people working in media as they strive for integrity and truth.

From national newspapers to local radio, from websites to specialist publications, from TV networks to blogs, all have a valuable role to play. A thriving global and national media matters to all of 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.

What We Are Praying For

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  • For honest, reliable and accurate journalism and programming. In a world where there are claims, counter-claims and disagreements, we need people of integrity who are committed to truth and fairness

  • For Christians working in traditional and non-traditional media alike, who care deeply about what is going wrong in society, that they can make content that shines a light on what’s going on.

  • For leadership in newsrooms, production companies and all media workplaces, for people who can change the work culture within the media, and for Christians in all positions to help influence change, to stop the exploitation of younger and particularly female staff.

  • For Christians in media to become more influential, and for effective discipleship of young people

Who We Are
Praying For

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  • Churches supporting and interacting with national and their local media

  • Christian and non-Christian Media professionals (eg print and radio journalists, tv and film producers, directors, editors and writers, advertising and communication specialists)

  • Christian groups supporting those who work in and with the media

  • Students and young people looking into a career in media, looking for support and advice

How You Can Get Involved

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  • Help us spread the word – share this video in your churches ahead of and on Sunday 4th November, in small groups and online.

  • Invite a Christian working in the media industry to share their experiences and prayers to your church or home group on the Day of Prayer, or ask us for someone who could come and share with you.

  • Post your prayers on Twitter and Facebook with the tag #pray4media or share with us by emailing them to prayer@themedianet.org and we'll share with our community


While you are thinking of about your prayer,
be encouraged by these prayers from our friends.

 
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.
— Most Revd and Rt Hon John Sentamu Archbishop of York
Lord Jesus, Pilate once asked you, “What is truth?”

Today we ask the same.

Fake news? Spin? Poetic licence?

Or the desire to reach to the very heart of things:

To inform, teach, reflect, ponder

this messy business of being human.

Guard, guide and protect our journalists.

Make them harbingers of truth.

And for those who know you as their Lord,

heralds of the Gospel of truth.

May your Kingdom come.

Amen.
— The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane - Bishop of Repton and Acting Bishop of Derby, Chair, Sandford St Martin Trust
 
God of grace, news of your Son spread first amongst the villages of the Galilee, was gossiped about in the streets, ruminated about in the places of debate, sometimes with wonder and intrigue, at other times as fake news, and has since spread to every corner of the world.

May your Holy Spirit equip all who work in the media to be seekers after truth, so that our world’s headlines and news feeds may draw nearer to your ways of justice, mercy and humility that we see in Jesus Christ.

Amen.
— The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Dudley
Creator God, your Son told his disciples that the Truth would set them free.
Help us to seek after Truth in all we do.
As communicators, may we pursue Truth with diligence and passion.
As readers, listeners and viewers, may we discern Truth from falsehood, and always seek the good of others.
As followers of Christ, may we grow more into His likeness, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen
— Rev Peter Crumpler, former Director of Communications for the Church of England
We need to pray for the media and those working in the industry. Arguably we need to pray for ourselves as consumers.

In this era of fast-paced consumption, we need to pray that media professionals refuse to sacrifice accuracy for speed – the need to be first – and to carry the message rather than market it.

Collectively we need to be relentless in the search for truth and objectivity.

We need God in this. He’s bigger than us – the ultimate influencer.

Lord, keep us steady; stop us relentlessly career-building and judging ourselves on followers, likes or the numbers in our networks. Help us see the truth and work for its promotion. Forgive us our human self-absorption. Keep at the forefront of our minds the need to understand and respect those we broadcast to and write for. Set us on a path to promote the common good and to help the poor and vulnerable in society.

Amen.
— James Abbott, Digital Manager for the Catholic Bishop’s Conference for England and Wales