The Place of Prayer
You can have a belief in God, and a faith without prayer, but like any relationship, without contact and communication it will not grow or develop. The love and commitment might still be there but you only have to think about how important phone calls, emails and letters are from those we love, to realise that being in contact with others is
a vital part of our relationship with them.
In this church we believe that our prayer life makes us better – not better than you, nor better than our next door neighbour – but better than the ‘us’ we would have been.
Our prayers lead to action. It may be confined to our own personality but, more often than not, it leads to action in this community and beyond.
If you would like to ask the church for prayer for yourself or on behalf of another, you can speak confidentially to our Readers, Dominic de Mattos (01732) 353487 or Jane Sankey (01732) 883212, or you can send an email. your request can be anonymous if you wish, although it is necessary to put in your e-mail address to protect us and others from spam hackers. You can also put a request slip into the prayer request box in the porch at the back of the church and Liz collects these together to pray for them through the week.
Lord Jesus Christ,
Who for our sake drew to yourself the world’s hate,
Grant us the courage to be vulnerable,
Grace to expose ourselves to the furies without and the furies within;
And in our frailty send your holy angels to minister to us.
During March we pray to God…
…and give thanks for the promise of spring as buds and flowers appear
…on the Women’s World Day of Prayer, for the strength of women worldwide, particularly for the women of the Philippines who have arranged this year’s service. We remember the many of them who work abroad in service or as skilful professionals.
…for those suffering malnutrition and famine and for 100,000 people facing possible death from starvation in South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria
…for peace and security in countries in conflict, for the world’s leaders and the fight against terrorism, for all who live in fear and for those facing persecution
…for refugees, for their safety, shelter, food and medical care
…that in the days of Lent we may take time to be quiet and prayerful
…in these days of challenge, that we may be made stronger in Christ
…that in these days of waiting we may open our hearts in repentance
…on Mothering Sunday, giving thanks for all who mother us
…and give thanks for the love and protection of parents for their children
…for strength, kindness and patience in families where there are difficult relationships
…giving thanks for our closest relationships
…to give us grace to forgive and be forgiven
…to watch over the lonely, the homeless, the sick and the distressed and all carers. May God touch them with his compassion
…for the well-being of our local community, giving thanks for all who give their time and skills, for our school and for our uniformed groups and their leaders
…for the church in its interregnum, for those who have to make decisions, for the churchwardens and visiting priests
…for all who have lost loved ones, friends or family who loved and encouraged them
Lord in your mercy – hear our prayers
During the month of March we will be remembering in our prayers those who live in
Basted Lane and Basted Mill
The Anglican Cycle of Prayer lists a prayer focus for each day of the year, covering every province and diocese in the Anglican Communion. Each day Christians throughout the world join together through the Cycle of Prayer to pray for the church in every part of the world and for the people that the church serves.