The newsletter for September 2017 from our minister, Rev. Francis Neil

Our old Sunday School teacher said you could do it when in the bath, on the bus, in a car, or even at school.  Just keep doing it.  He frequently did it when shaving.  Rev. Francis suggests a book to help us do it  -  praying that is......... 


Dear friends,

Here we are at the outset of a new Methodist year and we welcome into the Circuit our new Superintendent Minister Rev Terry Keen and his wife Linda and send them every blessing for their ministry here in Calderdale; we will continue to hold them and each other in prayer.

Prayer is a fundamental part of the life of the church and of being a disciple of Jesus. One quote I came across recently picks up that very theme:

"You know the value of prayer: it is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it."
Sir Thomas Buxton

One resource that can help with establishing a daily rhythm of prayer is the Methodist Prayer Handbook. The 2017/18 Handbook is entitled 'Jesus the First and the Last'.

'The Handbook is arranged as a monthly cycle. You can use the book as a focus for your daily prayer and start the cycle again at the beginning of each month, or just open it at any page. You could add your own notes in the margins to remind you of things you would like to pray for on particular days.

On the Lectionary pages in the centre of the handbook, suggested readings, hymns and psalms for each day of the year tie in with our online resource A Word in Time.

If you are leading a group or praying on your own you might find it helpful to select just a few of the prayers for the day. You might also want to add prayers for the people listed at the side of the page. There are general prayers at the beginning of the handbook which you can pick and choose according to your needs or you can just dip in at any page and see what you can find.

However you choose to use it you know that this is a resource which is shared by our Methodist sisters and brothers all around Britain and the world.'

The Handbook can be ordered from Methodist Publishing on-line or by telephone.

As we look to the year ahead and the joys and challenges the words of a verse from a Charles Wesley hymn remind us of the continuing call to prayer:

 

Pray, without ceasing pray,
Your captain gives the word;
His summons cheerfully obey,
And call upon the Lord;
To God your every want
In instant prayer display;
Pray always; pray, and never faint;
Pray, without ceasing, pray!

 

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)


Love,


Francis



(If the help of our minister is needed, please telephone Rev. Francis on 01422 615910 )

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