Prayer in action in Morden

Morden 2St Thomas Anglican Church in Morden has made an intentional commitment to make prayer a priority in their parish.  They have a Prayer Group made up of 12 men and women in their parish who are working hard at providing opportunities for the parish to be engaged in prayer and to raise awareness of when prayers have been answered.

St Thomas Anglican Church in Morden has made an intentional commitment to make prayer a priority in their parish. They see the positive results of their prayers with individuals who are suffering, as well as to the community life of their congregation.

Reta Young is committed to the Alongsider Ministry. It has been an exciting experience for many of them as they see the positive results of their prayers with individuals who are suffering, as well as to the community life of their congregation.  They have been led to do significant outreach ministry including supporting the West End Commons Ministry at St Matthew’s Anglican Church.

A prayer chain that responds to immediate prayers has been extremely gratifying for people who have a crisis happening and want to be in touch with people who can be responding in prayer immediately.

At Sunday worship members are invited to participate in the Prayers of the People, but also to write prayers which are placed in a box at the back of the church and brought forward during Communion. They are later burned and the ashes are like incense. Sometimes we find it easier to write down our prayer requests, and we may also prefer to keep them confidential.

St Thomas invited the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer to lead them in a prayer service. 45 people gathering to spend time in worship and prayer.

On Sunday, Nov 17 St Thomas changed their morning worship to 3:00 pm and invited the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer to lead them in a prayer service.  There were 45 people gathering to spend time in worship and prayer.  The AFP Music Team of Nancy Aasland and Bev Sheridan create a beautiful space of peace and holiness filling the temple with beautiful music with the congregation joining in.  The worship, led by Diane Guilford and Heather Birtles is adapted from the Iona Community, allowing time for silence, scripture, song and prayers. During the prayers the congregation was invited to gather around their spiritual leader, the Rev Grahme Spear and his wife Shirley, to pray for strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit in their journey.  This is a meaningful time for parishioners to prayerfully support their clergy as well as other leaders in the parish.  There is also an opportunity for people to light candles for petitions and/or thanksgiving and to receive anointing and prayers themselves if they wish.

AFP has been to many of the rural parishes, some of them more than once, to lead this prayer service.  We are pleased to offer it to any parishes who would like to receive this kind of prayer support for their clergy and leaders, as well as the whole congregation.

St Thomas has seen the results of their intentional focus on prayer.

St Thomas, Morden has seen the results of their intentional focus on prayer.  We give thanks for the ways in which God is working through them to serve God’s people.

For more information, on AFP visit the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer website or contact Diane Guilford.

By Diane Guilford