Prayer

Prayer
Prayer is at the centre of Christian life. Speaking, listening and discerning through prayer builds relationship with God of love at a community level, as it does with the individual.

Christ Church is committed to living out the baptismal promise to pray, so we do this not only in community but also in daily life, in the name of Jesus Christ. We have groups in the parish who both practice and study prayer, as well as a prayer chain that answers the call for us to pray for others.

You can tell a lot about a community by the things they pray for. We pray, most of all, for peace, for the justice which gives rise to peace, and for the courage to live the same peace in our lives for which we pray.

We encourage you to pray daily for...
- Peace in the world
- Those who govern at every level
- The needs of the community, especially the marginalized
- The health of the community and of individuals
- All who work in institutions of education, health, and public service
- The dying, the repose of the souls who have died, and for all who mourn.

Your prayers need not be elaborate or eloquent. God knows your need before you ask, even when you have yet to discern it. Pray with confidence that God hears, guides, corrects, reconciles and, especially, loves. Resources for personal prayer, daily office and a schedule of scripture readings in keeping with days and seasons of the church year are developed seasonally and available on request.

Resources and Support

A Place to Pray
Beyond public worship, when the church and chapel are free, access for prayer is available. Drop by during regular office hours.
The Labyrinth is beside the church to the south and is open 24/7 for anyone's respectful use.

Prayer Booklets & Readings
For each season of the Christian year, we produce a prayer booklet and reading schedule to support your daily prayer. These are available at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Anglican Fellowship of Prayer
Materials are available on the cabinet by the font door. Resources are there to build up your life of prayer, and are provided free to all interested. Prayer, like God's grace, is free.

Prayer and Meditation, Wednesdays at 5:00pm
Reflection, prayer and fellowship, all welcome.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
We thank everyone who continues to help create, deliver and build up this outreach in pastoral care. If you are interested in helping with the Prayer Shawl ministry or are aware of a potential recipient, please contact the office.

Prayer Chain
A group of parishioners prays for anyone who asks: send a first name and concern, and we'll include you or your loved one in this weekly ministry.

Christ Church Parish Prayer
Our mission is expressed as a parish prayer, something we are living into, naming the qualities of Jesus Christ that we seek to reflect. It is said at every service of worship:

Gracious God, source of all life and love,
in your gift of the cross of Jesus Christ
you call humanity to reconciliation, wholeness and abundant life.
Draw us together in your purposes
that we may make your love known in all we say and do.
Give us your courage and generosity, that
through the mission, worship and fellowship of Christ Church,
we may reflect your faithfulness,
your grace, forgiveness, and mercy,
your wisdom and justice, your generosity and service.
Form us completely, that we may welcome all
to your community of healing, compassion and hope.
Amen.

 

 

Monastic Wisdom on Prayer

Time
Set time aside, every day, to spend with God. If time is tight, pray while you are doing some repetitive activity (exercising, gardening, cleaning, even riding the LRT.)

Space
Prayer is portable, but returning to a particular place can help us focus. Choose a corner of a room, a window, a garden spot, where God can be remembered and met, every day.

Focus
Using an icon or candle can help focus your desire for God. Allow Scripture or poetry to direct your thoughts. When you get distracted, simply set the thought aside and turn back to God.

Body
We are embodied creatures, and it is through the body that our prayer is made. Use a gesture, kneel down, hold a set of prayer beads, or simply focus on your breath.

Repetition
Prayer is a relationship, our response to God's continuous invitation. Like any good relationship, prayer deepens with time. Be still. Be honest. Be real. Listen for God whose desire is for you.

Adapted from the monks of The Society of St. John the Evangelist,
Episcopal/Anglican Monks, Cambridge MA