Dale Street Methodist Church

Leamington Spa

A Prayer Page

hands1Prayer 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.

 ‘How 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 there be?

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.

In 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.

 

June: A prayer of assurance that God gives strength in times of trouble

Lord,

When we feel vulnerable

…. Let us rest in you as our shield and defender.

 

When we feel powerless

…. Help us remember that you have authority over all powers, on earth and in heaven, seen and unseen.

 

When we feel lonely

…. Remind us that you are always with us and make your presence real to us.

 

When we feel anxious

…. Uphold and strengthen us, and teach us again to be not afraid.

 

When we feel troubled

…. Give us the peace that passes all understanding.

 

When we face bereavement and mortality

…. Help us remember that you have overcome death, and offer the promise of eternal life in your Kingdom.

 

If we are hard pressed on every side, let us not be crushed; if we are perplexed, let us not be in despair; if we are persecuted, let us not be abandoned; if we are struck down, let us not be destroyed.

 

Amen

 

Paul Tennyson