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|
|1st January||Alder Drive, Hillfoot Cottages||Lower Rushton Road|
|7th January||Bradford Road 343-501||Garibaldi Road|
|14th January||Bradford Road 250-502 & Womersley Place||Petrie Street|
|21st January||Bradley Lane||Petrie Road|
|28th January||Calverley Moor Avenue||Victor Street|
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 January.
On 28th January we remember in our prayers those who are homeless or living in fear of losing their homes.
Father God, we lift before you all who are living in fear of losing their homes because of redundancy, debt or broken relationships.
We know that you are our real shelter.
Help people to know the safety and peace of dwelling in you, even amidst desperate circumstances.
But Lord, because of your great mercy, we ask that you will keep these people physically safe.
We long for you to move circumstances that they might keep their homes. but if this does not happen, we ask that you would protect them, find them, and bring them safe to a new home.
18th-25th January 2018 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity throughout the world.
THAT ALL MAY BE FREE
“Praying for unity of the Church involves a recognition not only of the brokenness of Christian relationships but also how injustice in the world at large rends asunder Christian communities and impedes our participation in God’s mission. History too plays a part , casting a shadow over how we live our lives together in community….The churches of the Caribbean region show how the hand of God was active in ending slavery, and how God’s mission in the world is a call to us all to unite together in ending injustice, that which casts a shadow from the past and current forms of injustice such as poverty , trafficking and discrimination” Bob Fyffe, General Secretary ,Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
Each day of the week we look at a different aspects of unity and prayers will be shown daily on our Home page.
God of unity,
Trinity of the Three,
You call your people to be one
That the world may believe.
Grant us your Spirit
That we might act and speak with one voice
So that our world’s pain and divisions
May be transformed by healing , hope and reconciliation, Our Lord’s prayer be answered,
And your name glorified and hallowed.
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