A Prayer Page
Prayer is at the centre of our worship.
Together we express our hopes for the world and for wisdom among our leaders.
We support our community of Leamington, praying for the homeless, for children, and for anyone in need.
We pray together for anyone known to us.
shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?’ (Psalm 137: 6)
If you’re my age, you might have first
heard those words as part of Boney M’s 1978 disco classic ‘Rivers of
Babylon’. Boney M were not really my
thing, but there’s no denying the song is a foot-tapper, guaranteed to lift the
spirits. Which is ironic, because the
Psalm it quotes speaks of despair, sorrow and fear.
The strange land was Babylon (as in the
song title), which had defeated the Kingdom of Judah and taken many people into
captivity far away. The exiles’
isolation from their homeland was compounded by a profound sense of separation from God. The Temple in Jerusalem was the very place that
symbolised God’s dwelling with them. Now
the temple had been destroyed, what more complete feeling of alienation could
We live in a strange land, now: a
completely unfamiliar place, under lockdown, our liberties curtailed, in
isolation for many weeks. Our churches,
the places where we gather to worship communally, that provide a physical
symbol of God’s presence among us and to the community, are closed.
But the Jews in exile did find a way to
sing the Lord’s song. They found new
ways to worship, in small gatherings, and from homes. And they discovered that the God dwelt with
them wherever they were. Eventually they returned from exile, and
rebuilt. And so will we.
him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in
the Lord. And in him you too are being built
together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ (Ephesians 5: 21-22)
The Prayer Book
The Prayer Book is found during the week in the community room. Anyone who wishes writes requests for prayer at our Sunday service. This includes visitors and members of any group using the church.
Our prayer chain
Anyone who needs the prayers of others can send a request by email.
The request is then circulated throughout the prayer chain of some 40 people.
If you wish your name to be added to the prayer chain so that you can pray for others, please send a message.
In times of disaster
When people are likely to be seriously affected by exceptional events locally, nationally or in the world, a prominently-displayed A-board will announce the opening of the church for prayer.
It’s not fair
A trumped up charge,
A sham trial,
An unfair verdict,
A slow painful death,
Jesus said, “Father forgive”
It’s not fair
1940 Coventry Blitz,
Bombs rained down,
Fire, danger, death,
The cathedral destroyed.
Provost Howard wrote, “Father Forgive”
Abuse of power,
Poverty, racial tension
In our world, can lead to
Anger, violence, destruction, revenge
Give us the will to forgive
Let the balm of forgiveness
Soothe the wounds of injustice
And lead to reconciliation.