PRAYER

Developing a rhythm and culture of prayer

Through prayer, we connect with God and deepen our relationship with Him. We pray for others: those who we know, our community and our world. We lift up impossible situations to Him. We seek to pray creatively and in a variety of ways, recognising that not everyone prays in the same way, and that different methods of prayer bring us closer to Him. 

A Rhythm of Prayer

Each day, we seek to spend time with God, connecting with Him and asking for His involvement in our lives.

Each week we pray as a church, seeking God’s will for our community and lifting one another up in prayer.

Each year we dedicate seasons for prayer and spend time praying together for God's kingdom to come on earth.

Daily Prayer

Morning: Read, reflect and ask

Noon: Pray The Lord's Prayer

Evening: Reflect and prepare

Weekly

On a Sunday morning, we gather to pray together between 9.15 and 10.15. We have space for reflective prayer, space for noisy, creative and messy prayer, and a space for praying aloud together. Find a space that suits you or try something new. 

Monthly

Deeper (1st Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm) is our monthly time of worship and prayer. 

Seasonally

At certain times of the year, we devote time and space to prayer, setting up the church as a huge prayer room, from 6.30am until 9pm. These times are Advent, Lent and Pentecost. Find out about 'The Coming King', our Advent Week of Prayer here.

Throughout 2020, we will also be committing to prayer walking through Clitheroe. This has been inspired by our partnership with Kings Highway Church. 

DAILY rhythm

Morning

“As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you..."

  • Read a passage of scripture and ask God to reveal something of Himself through your reading. Use Bible in one Year or Morning Prayer or choose a passage of your own. 

  • Pray that you would live more like Jesus today, ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you and help you. 

  • Pray for those you know that need God particularly today.

  • Pray for an area of church life:

Monday: Pray for those in poverty, the work of CAP and Foodbank.

Tuesday: Pray for the children in our church and our town, for Helen, our children and families worker, the various projects she runs and those who volunteer with our children's work.

Wednesday: Pray for the young people in our church and our town, for Lucy, our new youth minister, for the various youth groups and those who volunteer with our children's work.

Thursday: Pray for those working with adults struggling with addiction and mental health problems. Pray for the 180 project and Gateway Trust Counselling.

Friday: Pray for the worship team, the preacher and host of Sunday's services.

Saturday: Pray for the staff and the PCC of the church. Pray for God's provision of finances.

Sunday: Pray for Kings Highway Church and our Mission Partners.

Midday

“This, then, is how you should pray..."

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Evening

The Examen Prayer

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” Mother Teresa

  1. Become aware of God’s presence.

  2. Think through your day with gratitude.

  3. Reflect through it emotionally.

  4. Face your shortcomings and ask for grace. 

  5. Look to tomorrow and ask for more.

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Registered Charity No. 1131419

 

St James' Church

St James' Street

Clitheroe

Lancashire

BB7 1HH

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