Our most productive work is prayer
Why do we make such a big deal of prayer? It is our lifeline. It is how we connect to the heart of God and his love for us. And it’s the fuel behind our presence within the city. There is absolutely no advancement of the gospel, in our hearts or in our city, without a firm foundation in prayer.
Prayer at our Sunday Gatherings
Before our gatherings, we pray in the theatre at 9:00am each Sunday. During our service we incorporate a lot of prayer: We pray Collects, which are short prayers that unite us in prayer with Christians around the world; We pray The Lord’s Prayer together; and we also have a time of Intercessory Prayer where people from our community pray for the church, our city and the world. Throughout the service, and after the service, there is a Prayer Team available to pray with you. Whether you are by yourself, with a friend, a couple or a family, there will be people ready to pray with you each week.
We solicit prayer requests every Wednesday through text message (you can subscribe for this by providing your phone number in your Planning Centre account). Our staff prays together for every matter brought to us. You can also email prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests will be kept confidential unless permission is given.
Praying Together, Every Day
Set a daily alarm or reminder for 12:12pm to join our movement of prayer. When it pings, take a moment to pray. Why 12:12pm? Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” But also because it’s most people’s lunch so you’ll actually be free to pray. You can pray with whoever you’re with, you can text a prayer to a friend, or call someone to pray with you, or pray by yourself.
Each season we have a prayer focus. For the winter of 2017, our prayers are:
- Ask God to make us flourish into a self-sustaining church (an average attendance of 330, and meeting our monthly internal budget)
- Ask God to empower us to live into our Rhythms of Life (up, in, out, with) and our values: Under authority, default to prayer, integrated faith, interdependence, and joy of salvation
- Ask God to develop a burden in our hearts for those who do not yet know Jesus, and for the confidence to graciously and gently share our faith in all of life
The Daily Offices
Throughout the centuries, Christians have engaged in the discipline of praying in the morning and evening. This practice is called The Daily Offices. As a church rooted in the Anglican heritage, we encourage this discipline. It is life transforming and unites you with praying Christians throughout the centuries and the world today. We have put together a helpful, intuitive guide for our church to engage in the Daily Offices. You can download it or pick up a physical copy on a Sunday at St. Peter’s.