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.
‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great
light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the
light shined.’ (Isaiah 9:2)
there is light at the end of the tunnel at last, with the arrival of a COVID-19
vaccine (or many vaccines, take your pick). It’s a tribute to human
ingenuity in science, technology, logistics and finance, and we have reason to
be very thankful.
And light at
the end of the tunnel is so welcome! Not many people have enjoyed this
last year. Although I’ve suffered no personal or material loss, I have to
say I’ve found it unremittingly bleak and negative, like living through a
dystopian science fiction film. I can’t find any consolation of the ‘it’s
lovely to hear the birds sing’ kind. I just see untold harms, many of
which are not even apparent yet.
we have shared a glimpse, for a rare moment in our lives, of a something
experienced vividly by many people throughout history, and many people living
in the world today. Now we know a little more of what it means to dwell
in the land of the shadow of death.
church year moves from Advent into Christmas, we live out the symbolism of
moving from darkness to light. Advent is a time for longing and waiting
and hoping. It’s as we sit in the darkness with our feelings of anxiety,
powerlessness, anger and grief that we invest our hopes in the arrival of Jesus
in the stable in Bethlehem. And with his birth, we look beyond the
end of the tunnel, with much broader horizons. Christmas gives us hope
not just of relief from the miseries of 2020, but for an end to all sorrow, all
suffering, all fear, even an end to death itself, through the coming of the one
who is the light of the whole world.
‘Fear not, for I bring you
good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.’ (Luke 2: 10-11)
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.
A prayer as the pandemic continues
At this sad and worrying time
there are so many unanswerable questions that so easily could shake our faith,
yet all around us there is evidence that you are indeed still with us.
We give you thanks and praise
for those who reflect your love by selflessly giving so much. We particularly remember the NHS worker and
others who give medical care, the virologists and scientists who have worked
tirelessly to develop the vaccines, politicians and leaders who have so many
difficult decisions to make, supermarket workers and delivery drivers who
sustain our food supplies, refuse collectors and others who look after the
environment, school teachers, volunteer shoppers, and those who keep in contact
with those who are shielding.
We also pray for those who are
suffering from the pandemic, that they may know your healing power.
When we feel alone and
isolated, reassure us with a sense of your presence.
When we are afraid for
ourselves and our loved ones, give us your strength and courage to face the
the God we adore,
Our faithful unchangeable friend.
We’ll praise you for all that is gone,
And trust you for all that’s to come.’