A Methodist / United Reformed Church Local Ecumenical Project
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Pastoral Letter - August 2019
Our 24/7 Prayer Week is upon us. We may even have had our open-air communion service launching this year’s event by the time you read this! We hope the weather will be fine so we can spill out from inside our church building and let the community around us know that we are active. Hopefully each day we will have prayer activities outside the church as well as inside and many of you will come along to pray yourselves and/or to welcome others and offer refreshments and a kind word.
If you feel uncertain about prayer, I will be encouraging everyone at the 10.30 service on 4th August to pray in three ways: Keep it simple; keep it real; keep it up! (With thanks to Pete Greig’s book ‘How to Pray – a simple guide for normal people).
Keep it simple:say what you want to say to God in a straight forward way. You can use ‘the Lord’s prayer’ as a guide.
Keep it real:say it as it is – if you feel desperate tell God that. Look at the psalms for ideas if you aren’t sure what to say.
Keep it up:determine to stick at it; build prayer into the heart of your daily routine. You will reap many rewards.
Prayer is probably the most important part of our Christian lives because everything else flows from it. We stay close to God through it and are then empowered by God, though the Holy Spirit, to live out our faith in our conversations, our actions, and our attitudes. Jesus is a great example to us because he modelled prayer for us by the way he built it into his life and taught his disciples how to pray.
If Trinity Church gets serious about prayer, God will get serious with Trinity Church… let’s make sure we are in this adventure together.
May you each know God’s richest blessing as you reach out to God in prayer,
PS. Don’t forget our Church Weekend in October (18th-20) – still time to sign up. A great chance for us to get together, away from home, for good teaching, fellowship and food. Don’t miss out!