A Praying Church

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

“Let us pray the Scriptures together”

Romans 8 38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Morning and Evening Prayer

As Christians we believe in the power of prayer as a force of good in our lives and in the world. We believe that in regular conversations with God we learn more about Him and His purposes for us and are better equipped to manage the challenges ahead of us. For this reason we are sharing a simple form of morning and evening prayer provided by the Church of England, that you might find helpful as a starting point for your daily or weekly prayers at home.
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

Lent

We are living in trying times. The news is relentlessly gloomy and it begins to impact on our confidence in God’s mercy. At times like this it’s hard sometimes to pray and find the words to be both thankful and to limit our panicked asking. So we might reach out with the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner’ or just ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy’.
As we pray we can slowly expand our prayerful thoughts to our family around us, our friends, our neighbours, our country. The prayer can be said out loud or in your heart.

This week we are praying for…
Our PCC, meeting on Monday, for wisdom and grace in their decisions for our church community
The primary and secondary schools – exams are getting closer and the end of the school year is also beginning to appear on the horizon. We pray for peace of mind for anxious students, and for the teaching staff that they may be sustained in strength and given the gift of patience and inspiration to teach the next generation
Women in our community, following International Women’s Day, that they may be given love, hope and joy in everything they do and kept safe from harm

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside the still waters,
He refreshes my soul,
He guides me along the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake
Yay, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies,
Thou annointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over,
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Prayers for Coronavirus

Dear God, our Shield and our Defender,
Guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency,
Deliver them all from harm,
And may your love and care ever grow in this place
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen
(with thanks to Revd. Louise Collins, Team Vicar, Borehamwood, Herts)

With our hearts full of anxiety for the safety of the world,
we cry to you, Lord, for:
protection for the healthy,
courage for the frightened,
consolation for the bereaved,
wisdom for the doctors,
strength for the carers,
good news for the poor,
and, in the goodness of your mercy, an end to the virus.
Amen.
(with thanks to the Southwark Diocese)

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.”

Remembering:
Maureen Price, our loved friend and member of our congregation
Margaret Carroll
Frank Elders and
Mary Findlay


“The night is nearly over, the day has drawn near” Romans 13:12
 

Prayer Resources week by week:

This week we are looking forward to the Psalm 23 Garden:

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/psalm-23/