Prayer for visitors to our church
Gracious God, bless all those who visit our church.
May it be a place where the sorrowful find comfort and the joyful give thanks.
Where the tempted find strength and the sinner finds forgiveness.
Where the wanderer finds fellowship and the faithful find grace.
Where the disturbed are comforted and the comfortable are disturbed.
PRAYING TOGETHER DAILY THROUGH THE YEAR
OUR RHYTHMS OF PRAYER
Every week, people from our church gather to draw close to God in prayer. There are different kinds of opportunities for prayer together at St Hilda's Church. Here is an example of an average week.
Monday: 9am A handful of people join Paul and Mark, the clergy, for an informal time of prayer for around 45 minutes, which also follows a set order of psalms, prayers, bible reading to join in with and reflect upon.
Tuesday: 9am Join with five or six church members and clergy to follow a Celtic-
Wednesday: 10am Around a dozen or so gather in the chapel for a quiet service of Morning Prayer with some sung hymns or, on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, a service of Holy Communion. Afterwards, stay behind for some refreshments in a friendly atmosphere. The Church stays open all day until 5pm.
Thursday: 9am Informal prayer following a form of Morning Prayer with an opportunity to reflect and pray together for about 45 minutes.
Friday: No set time or place for praying together; but perhaps you can set aside a space at home for silent prayer; or walk around Warley Woods; or use the Prayer Labyrinth in front of the Vicarage.
Saturday: 9am Informal prayer following a form of Morning Prayer with an opportunity to reflect together on bible readings and pray for the world, our church and parish, and one another for about 45 minutes.
RHYTHMS OF PRAYER DURING THE DAY
Prayer is like breathing in and out. It is like a never-
In the Anglican tradition, there are also set prayers which can help at different stages of the day. In the modern day with many of us with access to the internet, it is possible to use your phone or tablet or laptop to follow morning, evening and night prayers with set readings from the bible as well as psalms, special responses and prompts for prayers of intercession for others. Here is a link to an online prayer book produced by the Church of England: www.churchofengland.org/prayer-
THE PARISH OF ST HILDA WARLEY WOODS
Our church is at the heart of a parish containing some 4,100 homes and 10,500 people. It is part of our Anglican way of life that we pray and have particular concern for the people who live and work in this geographical space. This does not mean to say we don't pray for the world beyond this small area, our prayers will of course take us wherever God's loving concern pulls us.
This guide is to help you plot a way of praying for the streets and places in our parish where people gather to live, work and pray. As you pray for these places through the coming months perhaps you can use this simple prayer of blessing from Numbers 6.22-
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
OTHER RHYTHMS OF PRAYING TOGETHER
We will be holding bi-
Tues IOth Jan 10am -
Mon 6th March 2pm -
Sat 13th May 10am -
Weds 19th July 7pm -
Tues 5th Sept 10am -
Weds 8th Nov 2pm -
PRAYING TOGETHER IN THE EVENING
For many years, a group of people have faithfully joined together to pray for the Parish and the Congregation regularly. They have prayed for the ministry of healing and wholeness through St Hilda's. They have prayed for individuals in need. They have prayed for outreach into our community and the service of all who live in Warley Woods.
The things is, anyone can join in this opportunity for prayer. The evenings are informal, begin with a cuppa and conversation and follow a pattern of reflection and prayer. Participants can pray out loud or silently.
DATES FOR PRAYING TOGETHER REGULARLY in 2017
will be on the third Monday evening of each month 7-
16 January 20 February 15 May 19 June 17 July 21 August
18 September 16 October 20 November.