Prayer: In the early Church, Lent was a time for catechumens (those who were preparing to be baptized) to learn about the Christian life. In particular, the church describes the role of prayer in Christian life, including the seven types of prayer:
- Adoration: We lift up our hearts and minds to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence.
- Praise: We praise God, not to obtain anything, but because God’s Being draws praise from us.
- Thanksgiving: We offer gratitude to God for all the blessings of this life, for our redemption, and for whatever draws us closer to God.
- Penitence: In penitence, we say we are sorry, confess our sins, and make amends and life change wherever possible.
- Oblation: We offer ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for God’s purposes.
- Intercession: We bring before God the needs of others.
- Petition: We present our own needs, that God’s will may be done.
Each of these forms of prayer will help you grow and bring you into a closer relationship with God. In fact, Scripture tells us that even when we don’t know how to pray, “the Holy Spirit will intercede for us” and teach our heart how to pray in “sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26)
Rector’s Message: You may have noticed that we have started to change the reading of the Psalm during our worship Service. The new pattern will now be a responsorial reading. I will begin by
reading the full verse and the congregation response by reading the next full verse. Then, we carry on until the concluding prayer.
I would like to thank our parish representative to the Diocesan Stewardship day. Our parish has had a number of conversations and workshops about this topic. I just wonder if there is any interest from the congregation about doing something about these materials.
The Bible Study group members has been so faithful and consistent in their participation to this nurturing ministry of our parish. I am also wondering if other members would be interested in participating a day time meeting. Please let your rector know if you may be able to participate in forming a new daytime bible study group.
A few words from the brothers that I would like to share with all of you. “God, the Chief Gardener of our souls, invites us to grow into fullness of life. Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. Explore a tool from monastic spirituality called a ‘Rule of Life’ to cultivate your relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation.” (SSJE Lenten Reflection)