Prayer Ministry

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4: 4 – 7

The Prayer Ministry team at Holy Trinity Church is led by Lay Minister Portia Chorlton, assisted by the Curate Revd. Cheryl Hawkins and Lay Ministers Lyn Horscroft and Dianne Yeandel.

Prayer can be offered for anyone wishing to seek prayer for themselves, or to pray through concerns they may have for others, or simply to give thanks for God’s blessings in their lives.

Please use the contact form to contact the Prayer Ministry Team.

Please scroll down for Prayer Resources

Our Prayer Lists:

  1. Daily prayer list – prayer is offered each day for those named on this list who are typically facing acute or traumatic and difficult situations.  The list of names is printed on the parish pew sheet each week and available in church on a Sunday and throughout the week.  Prayer is offered during the Eucharist intercessions or during the office of Morning Prayer, when the names are read out.
  2. Long-term prayer list – where a situation is on-going over many months or years, prayer is offered on a weekly basis on a chosen day of the week (Monday to Saturday) either during the Eucharist of the day or during the office of Morning Prayer.  Names on this list are included on the parish pew sheet on a six-week rota.
  3. Prayer is also offered each day for those known to us who have recently died, with names remaining on this list until the funeral has taken place.  Those named on this list are printed on the parish pew sheet. Prayers will also be offered for all who mourn the death of their loved ones on this list.  Prayer can also be  offered on the anniversary of death of a loved one.

Holy Trinity Prayer Chain

The prayer chain enables confidential prayer to be offered for individuals who have requested prayer for specific purposes.  These intentions can be various, not only including illness, but also for example support at times of difficulty, strength at times of change and direction at times of uncertainty.  Prayer is offered on a daily basis for each person by a small group comprising members of the Ministry team and pastoral volunteers.  All information shared will be kept confidential within this group, and an individual will only be prayed for with their full consent.

Prayers for use during coronavirus pandemic –

God our rock and shield, we pray for our land, and all nations and places in our world, as many endure the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  For those who are ill, grant healing.  For those who mourn the death of a loved one, bring comfort.  For those who care for the sick, grant strength and endurance.  For those who are isolated or whose livelihoods are threatened, give courage and hope.  For all who take difficult decisions, from governments to health practitioners, give wisdom and compassion to accompany the knowledge and experience they bring.  Deliver us from this disease, we pray, and enable all nations and communities to grow in collaboration and unity as we face this challenge together.  Grant a legacy of enduring common purpose in facing all that threatens our global common good.  We pray in Jesus’ name, in the unity of the spirit, Amen.
(from Churches Together in England)

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for all who are in any way troubled at this time, and especially for those known to us.  Give relief to those in pain, friendship to those who are alone, and reassurance to those in doubt or distress. May our love be so strong, that seeing need we may never pass by on the other side. Amen
Roger Pickering

Blessed are you, creator of all, to you be praise and glory forever.  As your dawn renews the face of the earth, bringing light and life to all creation, may we rejoice in this day you have made.  Open our eyes to behold your presence, and strengthen our hands to do your will, that the world may rejoice and give you praise.  Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Lancelot Andrews 1626

 Prayer Resources

Different ways to pray can help us at different times. Below are some different ways you may wish to use. We hope these resources will give you some ideas to maintain and deepen your faith and prayers. God wants us to turn to him in all our troubles and perplexities, even if we can`t always find the “right words”. And remember – the rest of the church is praying for you!

A few useful tips:

  • Lightning a candle before you pray can help you focus and listen.
  • Jesus taught us the Lord`s prayer so that we would always have words to say. Use it! (see resources below)
  • Sometimes just sitting in silence can be a powerful way to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you.
  • Holding an object can help focus the mind. Try a holding cross/a pebble/an Icon ……. or any other object you wish to use.
  • Being creative….. listening to a favourite hymn or worship song or any other piece of music that has special meaning to you. Gazing at a picture can help prompt prayer, or doodling, painting or drawing as you pray.

Before looking at the resources below, you may wish to read some thoughts on Prayer from Lay Minister Lyn Horscroft please click on the document below for information

 

A Prayer Labyrinth – Click on the document below for information

Lectio Divina – Click on the document below for information

Ignatian Prayer – Click on the document below for information

Daily Office Prayer – click on the document below for information

Collects and other Prayers – Click on the document below for information

The Lord`s Prayer. There is both a traditional and modern version – use whichever you feel comfortable with – Click on the document below

Other website resources – you may find the links in the document below useful – click on the document below