A Praying Church

St Christopher’s Church is a community of joyful and grateful prayer.  

“Let us pray the Scriptures together”

Acts 2 42-47
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,  praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

On we go with January…

Sometimes we just have to keep going…
For all of us this is a dark time of the year, but we can use it wisely and can find hope even in the short, grey days. We can use this time to learn how to pray, even if we’ve prayed all our lives or if we’re just starting out anew or again, we can deepen and strengthen our prayer lives. Here’s a simple way of renewing our prayers from Pete Greig, pastor of Emmaeus Church in Guildford:

If you often find yourself praying about the same things, bring some variety and balance to your conversation with God by using the ACTS acronym: 

A is for Adoration – spend time worshipping Jesus.  Use your favourite music, a Psalm, write something, or choose a recent answer to prayer to inspire your praise.

C is for Confession – Ask the Holy Spirit to show you when you have sinned and fallen short of God’s love recently – you might want to use the words of a Psalm as your prayer.  Say sorry for whatever comes to mind, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you change your future behaviour.

T is for Thanksgiving – think, speak or write a list of good things in your life today and thank God for each of them.

S is for supplication – supplication is an old fashioned word for asking. Ask God to intervene in each situation you face. There’s no special language or strategy needed. Jesus encourages us to keep it simple.

Prayers following our Day of Vision

The PCC and members of our church family met on Saturday 18 January and spent the day thinking about things we could do better, things we could do more of and celebrating God’s love in action in the things that we do well.

In particular we celebrated our loving community of volunteers, who come to church and do all the tasks that smooth the path for our family of worshippers. In Acts 2 Luke writes about the first believers and how they came together. The emphasis today was on ‘togetherness’, and the use of those collective words ‘we’ and ‘they’, and not ‘I’, when we talk about what the church can achieve.

As a PCC and as part of the Church family at St Christopher’s we want to pray and look to the Bible and build and grow and develop our community of togetherness where we all share in both the glory, the love and the tasks. Please go on praying for us all, that we may all, shoulder to shoulder, reflect the Shining Glory of Christ Jesus, the Abiding Love of our Father and the Inspiration of the Spirit.

Please go on praying for all the members of the PCC, the people in our congregation, for our ministers Peter and Caroline, for Margaret and Liz our amazing pastoral assistants, for Julia our preacher and friend to the congregation, and for Danny who facilitated the day – that all may be led by the Holy Spirit and go on working with us to the glory of God.

Rest in peace:

We remember in our prayers the souls gathered home to You, loving Father.
“Thou with Christ and Christ with me
And so together still are we.
We give them back to You,
dear Lord, who gave them to us.
Yet as You do not lose them in giving
So we have not lost them by their return
Not as the world gives do You give
O Lover of Souls.
What You gave You do not take away
For what is ours is ours always, if we are Yours
And life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only an horizon
And an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight
Lift us, Strong Son of God, that we may see farther.”

The Reverend David Coles
Oskar Nash, and his family, torn so tragically from them
Mary Findlay, loved member of our congregation
All those who mourn today that You may wipe away their tears

Prayer Resources week by week:

This week we are looking at ways in which we can pray with more passion, with more perseverance, with more praise, with more peace, with more penitence