Chelmsford Cathedral
 
Growing in Prayer

Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray.  You can now do this on line.  Click here to light a virtual candle.

 

Is there someone that you would like prayer for?  Click here and upload your prayer request.  The name of the person you are praying for will be added to our new prayer wall for May.  Anyone visiting the page, will be able to pray with you and for you.

Let us pray:

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

 

Chelmsford Cathedral – Prayer for Today 

TUESDAY, 11 August 2020 

 

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise!

 

How right your judgements, Lord, how wisely you humble me.

Comfort me with your love, just as you promised.

Shower my life with tenderness, for I delight in your law.

Shame the proud who slander me, I ponder your decrees.

Words from Psalm 119

 

As you enter into prayer today, take a moment to be still. Come into God's presence with a deepfelt desire to meet with God now. Know that God is the God who sees you and that God is looking at you now with great love. Pause for a moment and be still.

 


Righteous Lord God, we ask you to make your face shine upon us that, as we yearn for you,
we may know you ever close at hand and rejoice in the life you give;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Today we are confronted by a question that constantly crops up in any human community, including the church: “who is the most important?” Again and again Jesus is absolutely clear: the first are last, the last are first and there are no hierarchies except the upside-down hierarchies of holiness which is marked by humble service and love for others. It is a tragedy that the church has so often forgotten this, often apeing secular patterns of power and authority. It may be worth noting that the New Testament explicitly rejects “leadership” language. The contemporary church is however deeply attached to it!

 

Matthew 18.1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’  He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Spend some time reflecting on the reading, mulling it over. 

Ask God what God wants you to hear today. 

Offer your personal prayers and thanksgivings and offer the day to God in a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving.

End this time of prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer. 

 

Alongside a daily prayer and reflection, there will be a few susgestions on how we can sustain prayer whilst we are praying on our own.  We are not praying alone!  Click on the links below which will take you to a pdf.  There is also an audio clip if you prefer visuals.

 

How to meditate.  Audio available here.

Saying the Jesus Prayer. Audio available here.

How to use the Cross as a compass. Audio available here.

What is prayer? A four part audio.

Part 1Part 2Part3,  Part 4

 

The Easter Pilgrim is the Church of England's  40 day journey through the Lord's Prayer.  You can choose to either receive daily reflections via email or download the app to receive them to your phone or tablet.  Click here for further information.

Praying the Lord's Prayer for children is on the Junior Church page of the website.

Pray as you Go is a website with daily prayers, music, a reading and reflection.  Please click here to spend some time in prayer knowing others around the UK are joining with you.

During this time it is important that we all look after our mental health.  There are suggestions and advice available by clicking here.

A Daily Prayer from the Church of Englandplease click here.

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