Dear St Michaels Church Family
Tonight at 7pm, we are invited to light a candle in a window of our home. This is a national call to prayer and together we will be shining the light and hope of Jesus, our Lord and saviour, into our communities and out across the world. Thank you to Caroline for pulling the ideas and suggestions together on how you could approach this evening.
Although we are not able to gather this Sunday to worship together as a church family we are still able to worship and pray together in our own homes. We would love to invite you all to pray together before we light a candle in a window at 7pm.
You may need to spend some time gathering what you need (see the list below) before-hand and settling down at about 6.30pm to pray. You may want to get very creative or you may want to keep it simple – either way please do take a few moments to read through the prayer guide below before you begin.
Resources to gather!
1.Print off the map of the world (or have it ready to view on a screen)
2.Print off the finger prayer labyrinth (or have it ready to view on a screen)
3.Find some paper/ post its
4. A pen (per person)
5. Decide (and gather) what you would like to make a cross out of – let’s get creative!
The cross is an important symbol regardless of the situation we are in, and brings hope to many across the world. As part of this prayer time we would love for all of us to make a cross.
What could you use to makes one? It can be big, small, colourful, plain, shiny, wooden, you name it! The crosses can be made from any material so why not see what you can recycle to make one! If you live with others you could all make one cross together or each make your own.
Here are some examples:
Once you have made your cross please pray for the Church.
Ideas to guide your prayers:
Pray for our Bishops, Bishop Peter and Bishop Ruth, our Archdeacon Adrian, Area Dean Matthew and Lay Dean Jeremy.
Pray for churches across the world and Christians who are persecuted because of their faith.
Pray for St. Michael’s. Maybe spend a few moments contemplating the cross you made and ask God to show you names or faces of people in our congregation who need our prayers.
If you have a map of the world in your house you could stick it to a wall, or somewhere easy to see, and use that to pray. Otherwise there is a map attached with this email or you can see one following this link:
Spend some time praying for areas of the world that are suffering because of the Coronavirus. Maybe pray for those areas that haven’t been affected, that the virus will not enter those places. You can find information about which areas are affected, and how much, online.
Place pins or stick post it notes on areas you will commit to pray for over the coming weeks
We pray for ourselves and our family and friends.
Maybe have some paper or post it notes in front or you and as you think of these names, write them down and ask God to care for them.
God promises that he hears and answers our prayers. Offer up to God the things that are causing you worry. He promises us that he is always listening.
You might find it help to ‘walk’ the Prayer Labyrinth (also attached or in the link) by tracing it with your finger as you pray.
Light a Candle of Hope
This is a national call to prayer in the midst of this pandemic. We are invited to light a candle in a window of our home as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.
This call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is a mixed day for many. For some, the remembrance is painful, and for others the day is a reminder of disappointment or loss.
We conclude our prayers together by saying the prayer that Jesus taught us. We are including both the contemporary and traditional versions so you can choose which feels right for you at this time.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen
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 forever. Amen.
In peace we will lie down and sleep
for you alone Lord, make us dwell in safety.
The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face to shine up us and be gracious to us.
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace.
We would love to see pictures of the crosses you make – if you can, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share them with all of you.