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. Please contact the Benefice Administrator for further details.

Prayers of the Month

Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

In life, in death,

in life beyond death,

Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Over powers and principalities,

over all who determine, control,

govern or finance the affairs of humankind,

Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Of the poor, of the broken,

of the sinned against and the sinner,

Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Above the Church,

beyond our most excellent theologies

and in the quiet corners of our hearts,

Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Thanks be to God,

Amen.

 

Published in Stages on the Way, Wild Goose Resource Group, 1998

 

 

God of intervention,

You sent your Son to mediate in the world.

Inspire me to celebrate the fruits of that mediation

by learning your Son’s ways,

by modelling his relationship with you

and with mankind.

Let me appreciate and practise the true mediation

at work in the world, through our hearts.

You met us halfway through your Son.

The least I can do is reach out and grasp his hand.

Amen.

 

Rupert Bristow, Only Connect, Kevin Mayhew, 2009

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