Prayer

Prayer is God’s initiative, a gift which enables us to be attentive to the presence of God in our lives and in the world. It is also a means of expressing what we believe about God and can prompt us to act to change the world as we respond to God’s love.

“Ways into Prayer” is an ecumenical group that has grown out of an initiative of the Spiritual Formation Group of Southwark Cathedral.  If offers occasional open mornings for all to explore different approaches to prayer, including music, paintings, words and silence

 

Prayer Breakfast – every last Saturday of the month between 08:30 am & 09:45 am.

Breakfast will be at 08:30. Prayers at 09:00.

Please drop an email to Faith or ring 020 8660 0033 to say that you are joining us for breakfast.

 

Purley Circuit Prayer Day:

The Circuit will be holding a Prayer Day on Saturday, 17th June, from 10.00 – 2.00 pm at Sanderstead Methodist Church.  

Please see the notice in the vestibule.

 

Outreach, our church magazine, has a regular feature called “Praying through the Psalms”.

Psalm 2 (NIV)  verses 1 – 12

Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
‘Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.’

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
‘I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.’

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, ‘You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Thanks to Terry Sorenson for this series of readings from the psalms.

A Prayer

Father God, your ways are above our ways.

Here in the Psalms, thousands of years before Jesus,

You have set the stage, given the clues and set in motion the plan.

We come to you with reverent and awed hearts.  O God,

and thank you for your love expressed in Jesus, our Messiah,

who rode on a donkey, although he came as a King,

who went to the poor, although he was the Lord,

who healed the sick, although accused of breaking the law,

who died on a cross, although he had never sinned,

who rose again, overcoming human death with eternal life.

Loving God, as we remember the death of Jesus,

our hearts are full of gratitude for such love freely given,

not counting the cost, poured out for all.

Saving God, we praise and thank you.

AMEN.

See more about creative prayer on the Methodist UK website at:

http://www.methodist.org.uk/prayer-and-worship

 

See our Services  if you would like to sing praises to the Lord with us!