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 January are listed below:
|Date||St James||St Margaret|
|6th January||Chatsworth Ave & Chatsworth Crescent||Derby Road|
|13th January||Chatsworth Drive & Chatsworth Fall||Wensleydale Road|
|20th January||Chatsworth Rise||Nottingham Street|
|27th January||Chatsworth Road||Derby Place|
|3rd February||Cromack View||Leeds Road|
Please include these people in your prayers.
The church suggests that we remember certain events during the year
In 2002 the United Kingdom government set up an annual Holocaust Memorial Day. This Day remembers the suffering of the Holocaust/Shoah and other Holocausts such as those in Cambodia and Rwanda. One of the most painful realities for European Christians to deal with is the past complicity of many Christians and churches in the Nazis’ attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. A long history of Christian anti-Semitism that fed into numerous persecutions of the Jews, up to and including the Holocaust/Shoah, has also been acknowledged.
We are visiting the past to protect the future. We have to take the path the whole way. We cannot rest nor cease in prayer for peace. Genocide continues today: we think of Rwanda or Darfur.
To be a hope for the future, we must continually visit the past, and confront the present. Do not let us permit the images fade from our mind as we leave today. Let them stir our souls to action.
Let us pray for God’s ancient people, the Jews, the first to hear his word –
for greater understanding between Christian and Jew
for the removal of our blindness and bitterness of heart
that God will grant us grace to be faithful to his covenant and to grow in the love of his name.
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