What Is prayer?
Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God.
There is no special way to pray. No special position to be in. You can pray with others or alone. You can pray in church, at work, walking down the street, in the park or on the bus. Anybody can pray, anytime, anywhere. God is always listening.
Each week our congregations pray for those living and working in particular areas within both parishes. The details of the parts of the community to be included in our prayers for the month of October and November are listed below:
|Date||St James||St Margaret|
|22nd October||Shortway & St James Crescent||Grange Ave & Dales Nursing Home|
|29th October||Sunnyridge Avenue||Plain Avenue|
|5th November||Thorne Close & The Fairway||Mond Avenue|
|12th November||Waterloo Grove||Gloucester Avenue|
|19th November||Waterloo Mount||Darley Avenue|
|26th November||Waterloo Road ( odd numbers)||First to Sixth Avenue|
Please include these people in your prayers.
The church has also selected certain saints, and suggests that we ask them to pray with us or on our behalf to God, on particular days throughout the year.
Here are two prayers which you may wish to use in the month of October.
On the 4th October we celebrate The Feast of St Francis. Born in Assisi in 1182 he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed himself to God. He lived a very simple life of poverty and is so doing, gained a reputation of being the friend of animals. He established the rule of St Francis , which exists today as the Order of St Francis , or the Franciscans. He died in 1226, aged 44.
Lord , make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury , pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair ,hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
On the 18th October we particularly remember St Luke the Evangelist. In times of need we often turn to the saints for intercession to God on our behalf. St Luke is the patron saint of physicians, surgeons and artists.
Almighty God, who inspired Your servant Luke the Physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of Your Son: Graciously continue in Your Church the love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of Your Name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord
We should also remember that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray using this prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name:
thy kingdom come; they will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And 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
Further topical prayers can be found on the Diocese of Leeds website