The chief act of faith, the sure sign of love for God is prayer.
Since we believe that God is active and present and in control of all the world (in a way in which we quite clearly are not!), it is our privilege and duty to turn over all our cares on him, knowing that he cares for us.
At St. John's we try to make prayer a habit and a focus in all we do. We have special times of prayer during our services, on either ends of our services, on Saturday mornings and in quarterly whole church prayer meetings - our 'parish prayer gatherings'.
In addition, specific requests are shared via telephone amongst a team of members. Sensitivity and confidentiality is assured. Each member commits to pray for each prayer request throughout the course of the week.
In our Oct 2014 series on prayer called 'Praying is believing' we explored the context, the content and the custom of Christian prayer with the aim of spurring one another on to love God in our praying. These studies, while written with the small group in mind, also envisage each of us undertaking a spiritual self check up. They contain some helpfully challenging questions aiming to stir us to action.
While the series has now concluded (and the sermons can be accessed from our archive page) these studies, ever relevant, are available below.
'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful' (Colossians 4:2). May the Lord grow our love for him and our ever-increasing dependence upon him.
If you would like to find out more about our Prayer Ministry please contact us.