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Prayer

During Lent we will be holding a Zoom prayer meeting on a Monday evening at 7pm and we would love you to join us. The first one will be led by our minister, Rev. Nina Johnson, on Monday 22nd February.

Zoom details for the first prayer meeting did not make it into the Notice Sheet, so they are here:
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79137240294?pwd=RCtPdnFwbHlxdHZZQUFzOWtTVDdvUT09
Meeting ID: 791 3724 0294
Passcode: EwM20g



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Be still and know that I am God

Prayer is an important part of our lives as Christians. Prayer is the way that we can talk with God. It enables us to communicate with him on a very personal level and through prayer we can develop a relationship with God.

Through prayer we can:

  • Praise God
  • Say thank you to God
  • Gain the strength we need to get through tough times
  • Ask for God’s help
  • Seek God’s guidance for our lives
  • Simply talk to God

If you would like to take this opportunity to spend some time in prayer then please feel free to use the suggested prayers below, your own words or simply use silence. Whatever approach we use God will listen and wants to hear from you. 

2020/2021 Year of Prayer

Why a Year of Prayer?

The Conference has declared 2020/2021 a year of prayer so that our Church-wide commitments to evangelism, church growth, church at the margins, and pioneering and church planting will flow from a deep, contemplative orientation to God’s grace and love.

Be part of this movement of prayer as we ask the Holy Spirit to help us be a growing, evangelistic, inclusive, justice-seeking Church of gospel people.

Weekly Online Prayer Meeting - Tuesdays at 12.45pm

Join others across the Methodist Church to pray together every Tuesday from 12.45 to 1.00pm.
You can now register for the prayer meeting on September 8
th using the following:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcemvrDMqGdcUOorg7twNDXkHq9h1uZIz
Please note: If you're having trouble finding your registration email, please check your spam/junk folder as it may have gone in there.
Please note: The meeting will be live-streamed to Facebook. If you don't want to be visible on Facebook during the meeting please turn off your video.
Alternatively you can join the weekly prayer meeting on Facebook.

This online experience will draw on the diversity of Methodist traditions to help the whole Church pray together. Each week, different leaders will share Scripture, offer testimony, and creatively lead participants deeper into prayer. This may include praying with images, with music, in silence, with poetry, liturgically, or in free prayer.

Other Ways to Pray

Wherever we are, we are called to prayer, which is “oxygen for the soul” and “a conversation of the heart with God”.  

 

 A Prayer of Approach

Lord I come to your awesome presence,
from the shadows into your radiance.
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.

 

A Prayer of Praise

Lord God, Creator of all life, Origin of all love, Inspiration of all goodness, I adore you.

From everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Recognising Our Need of God

 

In you I live and move and have my being. Calm me with your presence. Help me to rethink life before you. Let every moment of my life be your moment, whether or not I consciously remember you, and make me more open to the pulse of your life, and the breath of your love.

O love who created me, recreate me, that with my whole heart, soul, strength and mind I may love you; and I may love my neighbour as I love myself.

A Fresh Start

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for me, forgive me for all that is past, and grant that I may serve you in newness of life.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.

 

  Sharing Concern for Other People

Lord, I pray for …
My family ……… and friends ………,
My neighbours at home, at work,
the ones I like ……… and dislike ………
for those who are ill ………
those who are troubled or who mourn,
for the oppressed,
for those involved in disaster or war.
Bless them, Father, in their various troubles
And show me how I may help.

 A Prayer of Thankfulness

O Lord, in a world where many are lonely, we thank you for our friendships. In a world where many are captive, we thank you for our freedom. In a world where many are hungry, we thank you for our provision. We pray that you will enlarge our sympathy, deepen our compassion, and give us grateful hearts.

Words of Reassurance

 

They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

 

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Prayer Meetings

 Prayer Meeting on alternate Tuesdays

11.30am-12 noon in the Parlour.

This time of sharing and praying tends to cover concerns

for others across the world to individuals we know.


Prayer Requests

If you would like other Christians to pray for you, contact our confidential Prayer Chain here.

The Prayer Chain is made up of a group of people who promise to pray for the needs of others. All prayer requests are treated in the utmost confidence and are not discussed with anyone else (or between people in the prayer chain).


In the Bible Paul tells us: “Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). James says “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” (James 5:13).

Prayer should not be a last resort to be tried when all else fails. Prayer should come first because God’s power is infinitely greater than our own and because God encourages us to do so.