Prayer

We encourage everyone to develop an intentional and life‑giving routine of prayer, and to become involved in the prayer life of the Benefice. We support this by organising prayer events: quiet days, prayer days, a week of guided prayer, individual guidance on prayer, teaching on public and private prayer, and opportunities to pray regularly with and for others. There is a strong home‑group tradition within the Benefice, with meetings throughout the week for Bible study and prayer. The healing ministry plays an important part in the life of all three churches, with special services each month and regular times of prayer.

 

Click here for Archbishop Justin Welby's lecture on 'The risk of prayer', focusing on the renewal of prayer and why we should pray.

Ignatian Prayer

Be still and know that I am God
(Psalm 46.10)

 

St George’s Church welcomes you to their contemplative prayer sessions, a gentle introduction to some of the prayer encouragements shared by St Ignatius of Loyola.


Ignatius lived in the 16th century and, after a major injury in war, had a life transformation in being drawn into the knowledge and awareness of the love of God. Thereafter he committed his life to encouraging others to find their way to be open to the grace of God, through ways of praying and through drawing near to the life of Jesus in every detail.


In this series we explore different ways of praying, taking space and time to draw alongside Jesus. These prayer times are open to everyone who desires to receive from God through prayer. The work of prayer is not our striving but God’s grace, so we come together, wherever we feel we are with God, to be open and to ask for His grace.


The series takes place monthly on Saturdays from 9.30am to 10.30am starting in December 2018. Please contact the Benefice Administrator for further details.

Prayers of the Month

Jesus, born a refugee,

Come among us.

Jesus, friend of the poor,

Come among us.

Jesus, lover of the outcast,

Come among us.

Christ, food for the hungry,

Come among us.

Christ, health of the sick,

Come among us.

Christ, saviour of the world,

Come among us.

Jesus, bringer of good news,

Come among us.

Jesus, hope of us all,

Come among us.

 

David Adam, The Celtic Resource Book, Church House Publishing, 1998

 

Loving and faithful God,

You have entrusted your Son

to a world that rejected you,

giving humankind a second chance.

At this festive season, help us to

seize the time

to give a second chance

to family relationships;

to help for neighbours;

to global awareness;

and above all, Lord,

to our relationship with you,

through our Emmanuel,

born this day.

Amen.

 

Rupert Bristow, 999 prayers, Kevin Mayhew, 2015

 

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