Prayer Ministry at St Luke's

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  Prayer Ministry 

 

 
 
  
Background

Since 2014, a team of Prayer Partners has offered specific prayer after Sunday morning services together with those seeking this Ministry for themselves or on behalf of others.

We endeavour to follow the example of Jesus and the first Christians, who reached out with the good news that there is forgiveness, reconciliation and healing for any who respond.  For the Church, then as now, is an organisation that exists for the benefit of those who are not in it as it tells of God’s love in Jesus which brings wholeness and peace.
In this way, concerns relating to physical, mental, spiritual or relational matters have been expressed and brought in confidence through prayer to God.
The Diocesan guidelines for good practice form the basis of the Ministry as we seek to bear one another’s burdens and bring each other in prayer before God for the healing that we all need.  The psalmist encourages and reminds us that
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him, for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
Through regular review meetings, our practice is developing and changing.  It is offered in the name of Jesus, as we look to be sensitive to what God wants done in the situation and to channel God’s power and love into it for the good of those who come either for themselves or for others.
Is this Ministry relevant to you and me in this day and age?  Well let’s not forget the words of the Prayer Book that remind us, that there is no health in us.  We do not need to ask if God is willing to heal us - He is. It is not His intention that we suffer.  He promises us wholeness.  Does this mean that every painful symptom of body, mind and spirit will disappear – perhaps not, sometimes yes, but always He promises us strength and grace to bear those ‘thorns of the flesh’ that beset us.
So please come with me to the one who as the Psalmist said, forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases.  And through the Ministry of Prayer, open ourselves to the God who is as willing to heal today as He ever was.
 
Anne Smith, Licensed Lay Reader: May 2017
  

Articles about Prayer Ministry from our Prayer Partners
April 2017
Hello everyone and welcome to the first article from your Prayer Ministry team.
Whether you are reading on the church website or in the Parish Magazine, thanks for giving up the few minutes it'll take to read this.
The purpose of this and future articles is quite simply... to let you know what developments are planned for the Prayer Ministry in our church, how we do what we do, what happens when you come to us for prayer and perhaps some of the prayers we use.  Even, possibly, what we believe happens during and after prayer.
The team is currently nine people, guided by Anne Smith and overseen by our vicar Paul.  We meet together every three months or so to book our Prayer Partner slots on the Prayer Ministry rota, to deal with any practical issues, and refocus ourselves for the coming few weeks. 
At our session on 25th April, we also prayed as a group for all of you who have come to us for prayers in the recent past.  Be assured that no names or individual details are ever disclosed.  Your discussions with prayer partners are completely retained within the circle of you, your prayer partners and God.
Our activity in the coming quarter will be focused on increasing the availability of prayer partners and replanning the physical location for praying with you.
As I said at the beginning, thanks for giving up the time to read this. There will be another article next month.
 
Lew Riches - on behalf of the Prayer Ministry team

June 2017

This is the second update on what your Prayer Ministry team are up to and we’ll be looking at developments and how we do what we do.
 
We have now moved to offering this ministry every week after the Sunday 10.00 am service.  Having the opportunity to be prayed for and with we felt was really too significant to be offered only occasionally.
 
We also reviewed the physical settings for prayer.  Now, if you feel you have a need for prayer yet would prefer not to walk up to the front of the church, then please just remain seated and we’ll come to you.
 
How we do what we do is very simple.  
 
Usually you will be seated between two Prayer Partners.  We will ask you to tell us what you want prayer for.  Take as long or as short a time when you do this.  The subject can be whatever is concerning you at that time.  Every word you say stays held between God, you and the prayer partners.  We will listen, without comment or judgement.  We will not advise or make recommendations.
 
Then we will ask your permission to either put a hand on your arm or shoulder.  Some people offer hands to be held.  Experience has shown us that physical contact during this type of prayer can be reassuring and comforting.  We are equally happy if you prefer no physical contact at all.  One of the Prayer Partners will then pray, usually followed by the remaining partner.  Occasionally, there follows a period of silence.  Sometimes we close with the Grace.
 
We are clear in our minds that anything which comes out of prayer comes not because of what the Prayer Partners have said and done but because of what the being we call God wants to have happen.  We are merely the hands and feet of God.
 
Our next article will cover what we think happens when we pray in Prayer Ministry and perhaps some of the words we use.
 
Thank you for giving up the time to read this article.

Your Prayer Ministry Team