Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

Prayer and Bible Readings

Welcome to Kelvedon and Feering Churches. Prayer is at the centre of our communities, find out how we can help you below.

Prayer for December

Dear Lord

 

At this busy time of year, help us to make time for you, to realise the true meaning of Christmas and to be generous in both our hearts and in our giving. We pray for those who are homeless and remember the inn keeper offering a stable for Mary and Joseph. 

 

We pray for those who struggle with sad memories at Christmas, may your loving peace bring them comfort.  In this troubled world, we ask that man learns to live peacefully with his neighbour.  May the joys of Christmas be with us all. 

Amen.  

 

December’s Bible Reading

 

Luke 12 verses 35 – 40

 

Be ready for whatever comes, dressed for action and with your lamps lit, like servants who are waiting for their master to come back from a wedding feast.  When he comes and knocks, they will open the door for him at once.  How happy are those servants whose master finds them awake and ready when he returns!  I tell you, he will take off his coat, ask them to sit down, and will wait on them.  How happy they are if he finds them ready, even if he should come at midnight or even later!  And you can be sure that if the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, he would not let the thief break into his house.  And you, too, must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him. 

 

Read the bible verses, several times.  Think about the message Jesus is telling us.  It is all about being prepared.  With Advent starting we think about Jesus’ birth and how we can make ourselves ready to greet Him.  We do not know when Jesus will come, but if we are ready, He will be joyful.  How will you prepare yourself to greet Jesus?  

 

Prayer Link

A prayer link is available for those who would like prayer for themselves, their family, friends or for anyone who feels the need to have the comfort of knowing people are praying for them. It is particularly well used in times of crisis. Once informed of a request for prayer, the carefully selected group of "prayers" begin to pray and pass on the name for prayer to the next person on the list. Any matter given to the Prayer Link Team is of course, highly confidential.

 

In the first instance please give your prayer request to Sarah Openshaw 01376 570381 or 07807214953 who will pass it down the chain. You can of course, also give your prayer to our vicar, Simon Garwood 01376 573701.

 

If you would like someone to be prayed for as part of the intercessions in the Sunday service, please contact Simon.

Prayer Cards

"Prayer is not an escape; prayer is the way to conquest. Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and master a situation. So often people pray to be rescued from a situation......, to be healed from a sickness...... Sometimes, it is true, deliverance comes, but far more often the answer is that we are given the strength, which is not our strength, to go through with it.... Prayer does not provide a means of running away from the human situation; prayer provides a way of meeting the human situation."
William Barclay

 

We are trying out new prayer initiatives to help us all to remember the great need everyone has for prayer in our lives – Prayer Request Cards. These will be available from April on.

 

The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which it is intended will be issued monthly and available in church. The intention is that we have different special requests each month, and these will be printed on the slips, together with a prayer you could use. We ask that you then pray for these needs at home. There will also be a tear-off slip which can be left in the box in church if you have any special prayer needs yourself.

 

We do hope that these will be well used and an encouragement for us all to improve our prayer life.

Bigger Breakfast

We work closely with the other churches in Kelvedon; The United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Every month members of all the churches meet together to pray for the villages of Kelvedon and Feering. These informal prayer meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, each church taking its turn to host and lead the session.

 

We begin with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and end at 9.00 a.m.

 

See the magazine for details of upcoming sessions  (on the magazine page of this site)

Monthly Prayer Group

Members of the church meet together to pray informally on the second Monday of the month, at 8.00 p.m. for half an hour. This is led by a member of the group and the meeting is held in the church rooms at St Mary's. Everyone very welcome.

 

Prayer Ideas to Try

 

There is no right or wrong way to pray but sometimes it is helpful to have some guidelines to get you started.

 

Why not try this? At the end of the day

 

  1. Ask God to help you to look at the day with His eyes not your own.
  2. Give thanks for the day, it was a gift from God.
  3. Review the day, look back on the various things that happened.
  4. Face up to your shortcomings.
  5. Look forward to the day to come and where you might need God in that day.
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