Christians have a long history of devoting themselves to prayer in the days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. The Archbishop has revived this in recent years and we would like to join with other Christians in praying for our nation, our world and our church at this time.
During this period we would love people to particularly pray for wisdom and discernment as we move increasingly out of lockdown and restrictions. Pray that we would be reminded of, and refocus, our priorities as churches and to re-imagine our shared lives as a Benefice. We want to learn from the past year and hear from God together in how we should replant and rebuild ministry and mission.
RECONNECT | RECOVER | REIMAGINE | REBUILD
Our thinking and praying is focused in three questions we are asking of the Lord:
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE US BECOME AND DO?
HOW WILL THIS HAPPEN?
WHO ARE YOU SENDING US TO?
Take and walk around your community or through your community and talk to God about what you see. Both St.Leonards and St Peters churches will be open – perhaps a mini pilgrimage between the two? Some maps to plan your routes are below as well as a guide to prayer walking if some pointers would help. Perhaps take the Thy Kingdom Come Daily prayer booklet for some written prayers to use at various points or some of the contemplative prayer guides from the Diocese (bottom of the page).
from Oxford Diocese
Here are some resources for Daily Prayer throughout the year. They can be used alone or with those you live with. They are also used as a resources in our corporate prayer meetings. They are mostly in the form of Anglican services of Daily Office but the prayers they contain can be used in any setting or circumstance.