Christ Church, Elbow Park, Calgary
Prayer

Help with 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 pray daily for peace, for the world, the community, the church's mission and for one another in the human family 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.

Daily Prayer
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
- Those who work in our public institutions of education, health, and other public service
- Those who are dying, the repose of the souls who have died, and for all who mourn.

Christ Church is pleased to receive requests for prayer.

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.

A Place to Pray
Aside from regular worship, when the church is not being used for liturgy, access to the church and chapel are available - call or drop by the office during regular office hours.

The Labyrinth
Our Labyrinth was created in celebration of our first 100 years as a community of faith. Created from paving and other stones, it is set out in courses that are meant to be walked as an aid to meditation and prayer. The use of such a form of prayer appears in many cultures and faiths, but ours is based on the Christian labyrinths you will find throughout old Europe, including such famous ones as in Amiens or Chartres. Unlike a maze, which is designed to puzzle and contain, a Labyrinth has one path from outside into the centre and back. Thus, the experience of the Labyrinth is not to solve a puzzle, but to be invited into an experience or path of prayer.

The Labyrinth is beside the church to the south. It is available at any time for anyone's respectful use: try it!

Monastic Wisdom about 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



3602 - 8th Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 3A7
403.243.4680
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