Prayer & Reflection

 

Prayer and reflection play an important part in the life of every Christian and in the life of this church, so that, as well as prayer on Sunday mornings as an integral part of the church service, there are other times set aside during the week to acknowledge that God is present and to bring our concerns to him.

People who would like to come and sit quietly in the church are welcome to do so whenever it is open.  At the moment this is only when there is an activity in the hall (check ‘Whats On‘) or whenever the ‘Church Open’ board is displayed outside the door.

But prayer is not the only ‘quiet time’ we set aside. It becomes part of the whole of life, a continuous dialogue between God and ourselves, through all that we do and think ad say; a growing awareness of the loving presence of God who travels with us and never leaves us.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Thursday Prayers & Breakfast – 7.30am every Thursday

This small ecumenical group was founded around 20 years ago with the object of praying for the world. This has developed into using both prayers and silence to realise that God’s love and concern encircles us, our families, and our community as well as reaching into every corner of the world.
The group meets in church at 7.30am for half an hour of prayer led by a member of the group. At 8am breakfast is served in the church hall for those who can stay.

Sunday Meditation & Breakfast – 8am, 1st Sunday of the month

Once a month a group led by one of our regular members.

PHB_2014_order_form imageURC prayer handbook 2014

‘Opening doors’

The URC produce an excellent prayer handbook every year with readings and prayers for each week. It is A5 in size and spiral bound, making it easy to use.
The Prayer Handbook has been published every year for well over thirty years. Its collection of unique prayers and meditations has attracted a wide and dedicated readership within the United Reformed Church and elsewhere. It will appeal to individual Christians wishing to follow a contemporary weekly prayer life and those churches wanting to bring the modern world into their worship. ISBN: 0-85346-296-8
£6.00 Order by signing the list in our hall or Download an Order Form from URC website

 

Prayer for the reader

O God, give me a spirit of expectancy, an enquiring mind and a heart attuned to your presence.  Let me find today a new word of life, whether that be a word of comfort, challenge or surprise. And give me the courage to put your word of life into action. Amen

Prayer for Today

Standing in the shower today
I took a breath
And thought
It is just this that means I am alive.
As I move from sleeping to waking I pray that
My actions will be thoughtful not mindless;
Helpful not hindrances;
Kindly not hurtful;
And that I will be able to use well these few hours, today.

Focus for Reflection

Persevere in prayer, with mind awake and a thankful heart. Colossians 4:2

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