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 September are listed below:
|Date||St James||St Margaret|
|2nd September||Rockwood Road||Gain Lane|
|9th September||Shortway & St James Crescent||Sunnybank Ave|
|16th September||Sunnyridge Ave||Sunnybank Lane|
|23rd September||Thorne Close & The Fairway||Grange Avenue|
|30th September||Waterloo Grove||Plain 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 is a prayer which you may wish to use in the month of September
On 29th September the Church remembers St Michael the Archangel and All Angels
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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