24 Waldingfield Road,
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Three things …
Firstly, let me thank all those of you who helped with the “Thy Kingdom Come” prayer day at St John’s. Thank you to those who set up the eleven prayer stations, to those who provided food and to those who reconstructed the church afterwards. Your help was much appreciated.
Secondly, thank you to those who attended the Circuit “Thy Kingdom Come” Prayer day on Saturday, 3rd June. Revs Rita Carr, Debbie Borda and myself were there all day from 9:30am to 3:00pm but most people came for about an hour during that time. What did they do?
They went around some or all of the eleven prayer stations, for example, Wisdom, Compassion, Forgiveness, Joy, Faith, Love, Grace and Hope. At each prayer station there were some printed prayers, or ideas for one’s own prayers. Some prayer stations had a possible activity, like planting a seed as a sign of hope or writing on a flipchart some words of wisdom. Below are examples of the “words of wisdom”:
- “Loving God is the beginning of wisdom. Growing closer to God inspires understanding.”
- “Live, laugh and love.”
- “Do as you would be done by.”
- “Be willing to be a servant but not a doormat.”
- “Keep God’s love in your heart.”
At the Joy Prayer station, people were invited to share how God brings joy into their lives. Comments were put on Postit notes and included:
- “The joy of reading something in the Bible that you’ve read before but suddenly understanding what it means.”
- “Successful sessions of Messy Church at Trinity – wonderful atmosphere and good levels of attendance!”
- “Joy is the sure conviction of the love of God for each one of us.”
- “Joy comes through the beauty of nature and the wonders of God’s creation.”
- “New every morning… greet the day with joy, even in times of trouble. Give thanks with a heart of joy that God will heal and guide.”
- “Feeling the love of God fill your heart, mind and spirit. May he reach out to all who read this.”
- “Knowing that my daughter is trusting and following the Lord.”
Those who came said it was a wonderful prayer experience but it was appreciated by relatively few people. Why?
Thirdly, we are having an Awayday on Saturday August 12th at Clare Priory. It will be led by myself and Rev Ruth Ridge. Please bring a packed lunch and a voluntary gift to the Priory of about £15. It will include times of prayer, amongst other activities. In 1 Timothy 2, we read: “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people …” and in Philippians 4: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I do hope you will set aside that day to be still, to appreciate the beauty of Clare Priory and to enjoy being in God’s presence.