Skip to main content

Prayer Column: October 2012


Dear Lord, ...

I can’t send you a letter, nor email; I can’t phone you or text you. But we can still get through to one another. This prayer thing: I do praise you for devising it in the first place, and teaching us all down the generations how to use it. It grows on you (and with you). So simple: Dear Lord, ... No machinery to go wrong or forget how to use, no one needing paid, no fear of power cuts.

Does it work? people ask. Depends what you mean, I suppose. I can get through to you: I know you’re there. A lot of the time I can feel you, and even hear you whispering, or feel you prompting and teaching
through your word (is that your texting after all?). And even without the electric charge of your presence, I have your promise – you are there.

But then requests: does praying for things work? Again it depends. If I imagined you a Christmas tree, with presents all around just for the asking, I doubt if that would do. But when I see Christmas as part of you
(not the other way round), and ponder your great plan through Jesus, and see where I fit in, and what he’s calling me to do with him – it works then, because I’m asking for what’s needed for your work, and you’re
never going to refuse that.

Well, I know there have been times when it seemed like you’d signed off – brick walls with no way through. But later I saw I’d got it wrong about what you wanted: the refusals were answers, and better than what I
thought. And it isn’t just me, of course. I can ask for others. In fact I often do. Far-away people as well as those close to. And the same rules apply. It’s finding your way for them, and easing their burdens, and
bolding them up to face difficulty, and getting second wind for those long-haul problems you choose to work in and through. I do thank you for the privilege of prayer, Lord.

Roy Lorrain-Smith

A prayer for each week

7 October 2012
Dear Lord of the telling word, thank you for the Bible and all its riches.
Please open us up to your great Teacher, your Holy Spirit, that we may
hear, and learn, and do – all according to your will, through Jesus.
Amen.

14 October 2012
Dear Lord who speaks within, sometimes out loud with a voice one
might know again, or as a whisper, or but the echo of a thought: please
open our inner ear to listen, and respond, and converse. Through Jesus.
Amen.

21 October 2012
Dear Lord who makes yourself known as a real and living presence,
thank you for being our heavenly Father. Please help us to draw near to
you and, finding you drawing near to us, rejoice in being with you.
Amen.

28 October 2012
Dear Lord who makes provision for us – the sun and the rain for all, and
inner gifts and fruit for those who ask in trust – please give us the good
sense to seek for all you long to give us, and so to glorify your name.
Amen.

Your own prayers

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Soupermums! Wilsden Trinity Church

Do you have a young baby? Looking for something to do? If the answer is yes then Soupermums is for you. We're here from 11 until 1 every Monday, Mums (and dads) have a rest and the babies can play. Have a lovely sit down whilst you sip on a brew. Enjoy having someone else make lunch for you! Come along to Wilsden Church, meet the rest of the group. Lovely ladies cuddle the babies, whilst you eat your soup. Chat with the mums, new friends you will make. Swap tips and advice over a slice or two of cake. So what are you waiting for? come on along, For homemade treats, good company and if you're lucky a song. We're looking forward to meeting you, please come take a peek, 11-1 at Wilsden Trinity, we're here every week!


Celine V  (a Soupermum!)
Where can new mums go, to have lunch where it’s warm and safe and you get to eat fresh soup and homemade cakes, while someone holds your baby? Too big an ask? Not at Wilsden Trinity! Every Monday lunch time, young mums come together and turn the gi…

Pancakes and Poems at Thornton

Pancakes and Poems, what a great evening we had on 13th February (Shrove Tuesday), in aid of 2nd Mile Project.

People were invited to come along for tea/supper and enjoy a variety of pancakes both savoury and sweet.


The selection was most tempting with fillings such as chilli. chicken and avocado, mushroom or cheese and onion. The sweet fillings were too many to mention, but my favourite was fresh fruits with ice cream – yum, yum.

Throughout the evening, many people had brought poems to read to everyone. The genre of this was amazing with funny, romantic, knowledgeable and even a little bit naughty.

It was good to be together with laughter and smiles all round. A special thank you to everyone who came and all who helped.

Elaine B, Thornton

Church Building at Thackley!

How would a gingerbread church with icing doors and chocolate finger organ pipes appeal? Junior Church at Thackley had been busy building such an edifice for a couple of weeks, before the part-completed church was creatively used as the basis of an inspired service, put together by worship leader, Gill Dobson.

Using the Lectionary readings and carefully chosen hymns, poems and prayers, Gill gave us a timely reminder that our churches are the people, not the building, and that we are all part of God’s Church – all our churches belong to Him – not us!

We considered how the children were building their gingerbread church on the groundwork of the Junior Church leaders and how in a similar way we were building Thackley Church, in the sense that the church is who we are and what we do. We were asked to think how we might describe Thackley - a busy church? A traditional church? An ageing church? A lively church? A tired church? A caring church?