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PRAYER

BREATHING SPACE RETURNS!

The silent prayer group is going to resume its online gathering with the use of Zoom. From February 1st the time of silent prayer will be held on Zoom from 6pm-6.40pm every Monday. New folk and returners are all invited to come and keep this space of contemplation and peace within our complicated and busy world. Hopefully we will soon be able to return to the church, but for now ... silent Zoom it is!

This is a recurring meeting every Monday at 6pm

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85164360499

Zoom Meeting ID: 851 6436 0499

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The Compline Booklet can be downloaded by clicking the PDF symbol here. 

Join the parish in praying throughout lockdown

at 9.30am and 7pm every day from Monday until Saturday.

Live on Facebook at these times. 

Prayer During Lockdown

Prayer Diary

Click the second PDF symbol for the April Prayer Diary:

WHAT IS PRAYER?

The word pray is first found in Middle English, meaning to "ask earnestly." It comes from the Old French preier, which is derived from the Latin word precari, which simply means to entreat or ask. In fact, although pray is not often used this way anymore, it can simply mean “please,” as in “pray continue your story.” Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints. Prayer may be formal or informal. While formal prayer is an important element of Christian worship, prayer itself is not synonymous with worship or adoration.

PRAYING IN THE PARISHES

The parish churches in this benefice are as much built with prayer as they are with flint and stone. Both St Peter's and St Andrew's were built on pre-Christian sacred sites and any people speak of sensing the great rivers of prayer that have continued, virtually unbroken, for hundreds and hundreds of centuries. 

 

We welcome you to join us for led and gathered prayer, or to come in and light a candle or sit quietly when the churches are open. You can look at the services schedule to check when the churches are open or holding services. We also lead prayer during the week through the St Peter's Facebook page. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you have someone or something that you would like us to pray for, then please do get in touch. We would be delighted to offer prayers on your behalf and if you wish add the intercession to the prayer list in our churches.

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A Prayer for our Parishes...

O Faithful God,

as your people we cherish our memories and our histories as sacred gifts.

 

We ask you to guide us in our times of transition. 

We need your wisdom that we might be receptive to change conversion and growth.

We need your grace to redirect our hearts that we might be willing to offer ourselves in service. Do not allow our fear, ignorance or pride to limit the work of your Spirit. Do not allow custom or clinging to the past prevent the creativity within us from bearing great fruit.

 

Open our hearts to God, to the call of the Gospel, and to a shared vision of your reign. Give us courage and renewed hope that we may meet the challenges of being your faithful followers, united in baptism, we pray this through Christ our Lord.

 

Amen.

PRAYER RESOURCES

There are lots of wonderful resources out there to help you pray. You can download here our own guide to silent prayer, or explore the links below for teaching, cycles of prayer, and forms of prayer. 

 

Daily Prayer from the Church of England (modern or traditional)
https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

 

Daily Ignatian Prayer with scripture from Sacred Space

https://www.sacredspace.ie/

 

A Collection of Prayers for Perpetual Adoration

http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/pea/prayers.html

 

Art and Theology - reflections using painting, poetry and more

https://artandtheology.org/

 

Pray as you go - Daily Podcasts

https://pray-as-you-go.org/

 

Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community

https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office/

 

A Collection of Prayers - a collection of prayers, ancient, modern and traditional 

https://acollectionofprayers.com/

 

How to pray the Rosary

https://www.rosarycenter.org/homepage-2/rosary/how-to-pray-the-rosary/

Our guide to silent prayer:

ABOUT US

We are two friendly churches located amongst the beautiful scenery of Sussex. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds, offering religious support for those who seek it. We hold regular services throughout the week and host life events upon arrangement. Please get in touch or follow our social media pages to find out more.

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ADDRESS

St Peter's East Blatchington

Belgrave Road

Seaford

BN25 2HE

Reg. Charity No. 1173506

St Andrew's Bishopstone

Bishopstone Road

Seaford

BN25 2UD

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