I’m sitting in a thin place
Between heaven and earth
Close to the eternal
The place of all new birth
Where time has its beginning
And time will have its end
Alpha and Omega
Where love all fear transcends
(written by Andy George, a member of St Michael's)
Let us pray
Please come into the church whenever it is open. You might choose to sit quietly or light a candle on the votive stand holding some person’s situation in your mind as you do so.
The Bible stresses the role of the Holy Spirit in both stimulating and guiding prayer.
To that end Bible notes can be very helpful. They direct the reader to Bible passages, offer a brief commentary on them to help us understand what we’ve read and then conclude with a simple prayer.
Not a single one of us here can make God do anything and prayer is not about telling God what we want him to do but is perhaps more us expressing a desire to want to conform more to what God wants for us and from us - so prayer is as much about listening.
A helpful mnemonic
A - adoration:
Words of praise to God, sometimes the poor relation in our prayers.
C - confession:
Acknowledging our own sinfulness and that of all humanity.
T - thanksgiving:
Simply saying thank you to God for the blessings of life we often take for granted or for the positive stories we are aware of where the hand of God has been at work.
S - supplication:
Asking for things from God. Comfort, hope, strength, peace, healing, intervention for others and for ourselves.