Welcome to Kelvedon and Feering Churches. Prayer is at the centre of our communities, find out how we can help you below.
Dear Lord, as we journey through Lent to Easter, help us to be true to you. Give us strength to be your followers in times of adversity as well as calm. We pray for the people of Jerusalem, may they be tolerant and respectful of each other regardless of race or creed. May we all learn to live in peace with one another, today and in times to come. Amen.
As part of our Lent Course this year we have been exploring the Psalms – our first one was 122 – In Praise of Jerusalem, a very apt psalm talking about the pilgrimage to Jerusalem as we are on our own journey of Lent.
122 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the Lord's house.”
2 And now we are here,
standing inside the gates of Jerusalem!
3 Jerusalem is a city restored
in beautiful order and harmony.
4 This is where the tribes come,
the tribes of Israel,
to give thanks to the Lord
according to his command.
5 Here the kings of Israel
sat to judge their people.
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you prosper.
7 May there be peace inside your walls
and safety in your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my relatives and friends
I say to Jerusalem, “Peace be with you!”
9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
I pray for your prosperity.
Read the Psalm twice and reflect on the verses. Even in those times before Christ there was hostility in Jerusalem. Make a commitment to pray each day for peace in Jerusalem, that regardless of faith or nationality the people have understanding and tolerance of each other.
Luke 10 - Jesus visits Martha and Mary
As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching. Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!"
The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing and it will not be taken away from her."
Read through the bible passage several times and think about the message. Mary and Martha were the sisters of Lazarus. They seem to be like chalk and cheese - Martha very practical, wanting to make sure their important guest was well looked after, and Mary who wanted to listen to Jesus. What can this passage tell us? It is important to get things into proportion. Whilst there is a time to do the menial tasks of everyday living, we must make time for the important things in our lives.
"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. The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which 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.
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 Kelvedon Parish Magazines for details of upcoming sessions.
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