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A Message from Our Vicar – November 2019

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

Pray then in this way:  ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.’   St Matthew 6

Jesus taught His disciples many things in the course of His earthly ministry, but above all, He taught them how to be in relationship with God and with each other. The words above have become so familiar that they can rattle off the tongue or be said subconsciously without our paying too much heed to their substance.

But I believe that we should, from time to time, stop and reflect upon that which has become the routine. It is good to take stock not only of the prayers we use but the way in which we pray.

Jesus taught us to pray a prayer that the prayer begins ‘Our Father’. In the very essence of these words our relationship with our Heavenly Father is affirmed as is our relationship with each other. The fact is, we are called to pray together, in community, just as we are to meet together to take and share the sacrament of the bread and the wine ‘in communion’.  Jesus did not teach us to be isolated in either our worship or our prayer life. Jesus intended us to meet together, to share together, to support each other’s needs and to be in fellowship together. He taught us to come together to intercede for ourselves and for the needs of the world.

Of course we are still called to continue in our prayer as individuals daily. This prayer can sometimes be challenging; there are times when our prayer does not come readily, there may just be too much going on in our lives and we find it a struggle to find the words. It is at times like these when we need to be able to rely on others to pray for us and with us, and as we heard in our Gospel readings during October, to do so persistently. But if we are to pray effectively as a community perhaps we need a little more help. To this end I am publishing once again our ‘Daily Prayer for St Paul’s’. The prayers are not prescriptive, they are suggestive but we are stronger in prayer when we know we are praying together with common purpose and form.

I am also re-publishing the small Prayer Card which will fit into your purse, pocket or wallet.

When people pray together, when they pray with good purpose, good things happen.

God Bless us all in our united prayer

Lynn

 

 

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