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 June are listed below:
|Date||St James||St Margaret|
|1st July||Moorland Crescent||Addison Avenue|
|8th July||Moorland Grove & Road||Elsworth Avenue|
|15th July||Owlcotes Gardens & Garth||Mortimer Avenue|
|22nd July||Owlcotes Road||Newlands Avenue|
|29th July||Moorland Drive||Oswaldthorpe 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 July
On the 25th July we celebrate the feast of the patron Saint of our Church St James the Great
St James the Great was one of Jesus’ first disciples, one of the three called to witness the Transfiguration .
Following Christ’s Ascension , James spread the Gospel across Israel and the Roman kingdom. He traveled and spread the Word for nearly 40 years in Spain
O glorious Apostle,
St James, who by reason of thy fervent and generous heart
wast chosen by Jesus to be a witness of His glory on Mount Tabor
and of his agony in Gethsemane;
Thou,whose very name is a symbol of warfare and victory;
obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending warfare of this life,
that,having constantly and generously followed Jesus,
we maybe victors in the strife and deserve to receive the victor’s crown in heaven.
On the 2oth July the church remembers our other patron Saint, St Margaret of Antioch.
St Margaret lived in the third century at the time of the persecutions by the Roman emperor Diocletian. She was driven out of her home by her father, a pagan priest for refusing to marry a pagan. Before she was beheaded she asked God to pardon her tormenters and prayed that any pregnant woman might call on her for a safe delivery. She is the patron saint of childbirth.
My Lord and God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and all the Saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this prayer. Look down upon me. merciful Lord! Grant me They grace and Thy love , and graciously hear my prayer. 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