In Prayer

prayer-handsOur prayer life is an important part of our spiritual growth and is one of the ways we can listen to God’s word to us. You can offer up your prayers anywhere and at any time. If you do not feel able to articulate your prayers, God knows our needs and understands the yearnings of your heart.

Prayer is individual and the important thing is to pray as you feel comfortable. You could spend time quietly being open to God’s presence; being thankful for blessings; holding before God any cares or concerns.

Sometimes it is helpful to have a focus for your prayer time; a picture that you find inspiring, an icon, or light a candle to symbolise your prayers. Some pray regularly at a particular time each day, others find that a particular place, indoors or out, helps them to centre themselves in prayer.

In my heart and home the blessing of God.
In my coming and going the peace of God.
In my life and believing the love of God.
At each ending and new beginning
the arms of God to welcome me.   Amen

Our Parish provides a number of different opportunities and resources to help you in your Prayer life. All the groups below are open to everyone, and you will be made most welcome.

Praying for our Parishes, TVS and TVN

Meetings every other week at Stanford.

For more information please contact Max Jourdier on 01886 812 259.

Quiet reflective services

Celtic Communion on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 5 pm at Stockton and Evening Prayer on the 4th Sunday of the month at 5 pm at Lindridge are both quiet reflective services. They are listed in the Service Schedule.

Quiet Prayer Days at Glasshampton

Several times a year at nearby Glasshampton Monastery, a group from the parish attend a session of prayer and quiet contemplation. Each session has a specific theme and leader.

Contact one of the Church Wardens for further details.

The Diocesan Prayer Diary

Using the Prayer Diary means that on each day all of us across the Diocese can pray for the same individuals. We don’t need to know the individuals for whom we are praying, we just need to know they are our fellow disciples in Christ, and they need to know that we are holding them by name before God.

Here is today’s prayer from the diary:

The Revd Dr Stephen Edwards was installed as a Residentiary Canon at Worcester Cathedral in September, after being appointed by HM the Queen. Joining the Cathedral Chapter from the Diocese of Manchester, his particular responsibilities include promoting the Cathedral’s mission in the Diocese and local community, and also for the pastoral care and spiritual nurture of the Cathedral community. 

The Dean of Worcester, the Very Revd Peter Atkinson, said: “Stephen is an outstanding priest and we have warmly welcomed him to Worcester Cathedral and our diocese. He has joined us at a time of many exciting initiatives in the work of the Cathedral, including the creation of a new learning centre in our medieval Undercroft, and the arrival of a new Director Music. Stephen’s ministry will encourage the Cathedral congregation, promote the Cathedral’s work across the city, county and diocese, and strengthen the work of our education team.” 

Bishop John said: “Stephen Edwards is an immensely gifted priest whose ministry in the Diocese of Manchester is very highly regarded. We have been very pleased to welcome him here.” 

Stephen said: “I am honoured to be appointed as a Canon Residentiary at Worcester Cathedral in this exciting new role bringing together pastoral care for the Cathedral community and promoting the cathedral’s mission within the city and wider diocese. It has been very hard to leave the north west after so many happy years, but I am delighted to have moved to the beautiful city and Diocese of Worcester.” 

Please pray for Stephen and all other new members of Cathedral staff, who work to support the mission of the Diocese in the city centre. 

Pershore Deanery - Rural Dean: Sarah Dangerfeld; Lay Chair: vacant 

The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain: Bishop Carlos López-Lozano 

Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church: Archbishop Urmas Viilma w Bishops Tiit Salumäe, Joel Luhamets 

Rochester: Bishop James Langstaff w Bishop Simon Burton-Jones (Tonbridge)

Posted: November 17, 2019, 12:00 am

You can access the Prayer Diary on the Diocesan website, where there is a link to download the current Quarterly booklet, and you can find previous days’ prayers.

You can view and download the current Quarterly Prayer Diary from here. The next Prayer Diary starting in December can be found here.

Quiet Garden Movement

The Quiet Garden Movement encourages the provision of a variety of local venues where there is an opportunity to set aside time to rest and to pray.

St Mary’s Church, Kyre, one of the churches of Teme Valley South, host a series of events each year, and details of their 2015 programme and contact information can be found here.

Spiritual Direction Network

A spiritual direction network has been active within the diocese for a number of years. This group of clergy and lay people seeks to support those engaged in spiritual direction, and to encourage its more widespread use.

More information can be found here (PDF file).

Just Pray

The website creates a place for prayer with advice on what prayer is and how to pray. The site also provides a “live prayer” feed of prayers being prayed across the globe via Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

Quiet Prayer Time: Praying Contemplatively with the Gospel

Every Tuesday, 5 – 5.30 pm, in St. Lawrence’s Lindridge. We use Lectio divina a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading which has four separate steps: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. First the Gospel for the coming Sunday is read, and then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God.

Contact one of the Parish Wardens for further details.

Almighty God and Father,
help me to be still in your presence,
that I may know myself to be of your people,
and you to be my God;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

James M Todd

Lord, teach me to pray.
Help me to come with boldness to the throne of grace.
Make me conscious of your presence.
Give me the freedom of the Holy Spirit.
Enlarge my vision and increase my faith.
And may my words and my thoughts
be now acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.   Amen

Frank Colquhoun

Heavenly Father,
graciously receive these my prayers,
whether spoken with my lips or echoed in my heart;
and answer them as may be best for me
and those for whom I have prayed,
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Frank Colquhoun

Lord what I know not teach me;
what I have not give me;
and what I am not, make me;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen