Going somewhere together can be great fun: sharing a destination; sharing stories along the way; sharing the burdens when things get tough; sharing the joys of seeing new things.
Wherever we find ourselves, the people of God are never isolated. We are a community going together through life – with its stories, burdens, joys, and new turns in the road. The current situation with coronavirus might mean that we are socially distanced from each other but we can still draw close to God and to each other as we lean on Jesus Christ and pray in his name. James 4:8 in the bible tells us, “Come close to God and he will come close to you”.
Many people pray, even if coming to church isn’t part of their regular routine. Many people say that what they pray for and who they pray to helps them to understand what is most important in their lives, especially in times of need.
Whether you pray regularly or not, we hope that some of the ideas below might help you to speak to God, our heavenly Father; to come close to him; and to know that he comes close to you.
Start or finish each day by making yourself a cuppa and saying the words of the Lord’s Prayer slowly, allowing your heart and mind to dwell on the words. It’s the prayer of God’s family around the world and billions will be saying it with you today:
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, forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
Begin the day by joining the clergy team at St Mary’s in morning prayer. Although we’ll be saying this in our separate homes during the coronavirus period, rather than in church, you can join us from your own armchair. We do this at 9am every day. Anyone can say the words, either aloud or silently; both the bits in bold and the bits in normal type.
The service of prayer for each day can be found by clicking the link to the following address and scrolling down to the ‘Morning Prayer (Contemporary)’ option: www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
Come along to church. The main church building is still open for business! Prayer and presence are very much the business of the church. St Mary’s church building will be open daily for you to visit, subject to government guidance on our movements. Please maintain a safe distance from others who might also be there but please pop in. Say a prayer for our world and nation, and for your loved ones. Sit in the presence of our Father in heaven. Rest in him.
Leave a prayer request. It might be that you don’t know how to pray; or that you’d prefer not to pray yourself but would like someone else to, for you. Or perhaps you’d like someone else to pray your prayer with you. You can send your prayer request to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the clergy team will pray for it. (Please note that this page is not for prayer requests of a confidential nature)