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.


A prayer for February -
Dear Lord
We live in such troubled and uncertain times, when people's lives can be shattered on the instructions of political leaders on the other side of the world to them.  We have also seen the destructive power of bush fires in Australia.  So we pray Lord for a peaceful resolution to hostilities, that people can live in harmony with one another and not fearful of what tomorrow may bring.  Help us to realise that our actions are affecting the environment with climates changing and wildlife suffering.  Help us to be mindful of what we can do to protect your beautiful creation.  Amen.
 

Bible Reading for February – Isaiah 35 1 - 10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.  The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.  They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.  He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.  For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.   And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

We had this reading in Advent and the words are so beautiful I thought it would make a good bible reading for February.  Read through the passage several times, pausing and meditating on the words and the meaning.  The words bring us comfort and we shall obtain joy and gladness as we walk on God’s highway.
 

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. 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.

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 Kelvedon Parish Magazines for details of upcoming sessions.

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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