Prayers in Church

Posted by Ruth Beresford on

It happens every week. Someone knows someone who needs our prayers because they are sick or facing surgery or have experienced a tragedy, so they contact the church and ask for prayers. Knowing the church is praying helps us to cope with the pain and loss we experience when the world or our lives are falling to pieces. Praying for God's mercy and healing grace makes the ground beneath our feet just a little more solid. Our prayers may not end the violence that cuts lives down as they gather in church for prayer or in the streets for protest, but our prayers help us place those tragedies in the merciful hands of the Lord, who is larger than death, indeed, and who leads us into life.

Recently many requests for prayers have come to the church office, and we dutifully add those names to our intercessory prayer list for Tuesday's faithful prayer group, to the list for daily prayers at Morning and Evening Prayer, and on the list for Sunday morning's intercessions. So many names that for Sunday, we tried switching to only first names, but that doesn't help us know which Catherine or Kevin we are praying for, though God knows. So we have a new plan. Let us know your prayer requests, as you have done. We have a very long list for Tuesday's group, but they are willing to pray for the needs of the church and the world - that is their ministry, and you are welcome to join them in the Chapel at 9:20 AM. We will also honor your prayer requests in the intercessions for Morning Prayer, Mondays through Fridays at 8:00 AM and at Evening Prayer at 5:00 PM every day. You are welcome for those services, held in the upper sanctuary of the Church. We will pray and we ask you to pray. Pray with us when you are asking our prayers for the sick and the suffering; pray at home too. And on Sunday, when the intercessor invites prayers for those who are in need, in the silence, speak your prayer for all the concerns you have for the world, your loved ones, and even your own need for God's sustaining grace. The intercessor will no longer read all the names, but you will offer them up in your prayer, and God will weave them together into a tapestry of our love and concern, threaded through with the miracles of God's unbounded love.

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