Our Mission: The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer is a lay ministry,
aided by members of the ordained clergy, which serves the church
and the world by encouraging, facilitating, and promoting the use, understanding and discipline of prayer.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY 2015: TWO PRAYERS
The installation of Bishop Michael Bruce Curry as the next presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church takes place beginning at noon this Sunday, November 1. The service will be webcast live from Washington National Cathedral. We continue to hold up Bishop Curry’s comments on prayer:
“The Providence of God means that with God there is always, even in the bleakest of circumstances, another possibility. A creative, a hopeful, a life giving possibility. That is why prayer matters—not because it is like rubbing a rabbit’s foot or making a wish to get what we want, but because prayer is about daring to consider the creative possibilities of God, and not just the limits of our options.
That is why faith is not an escape from life but a way of deeper engagement to discover creative possibilities.
That is why miracles are not the magical manipulation of the cosmos but the unveiling of creative possibilities not noticed or previously envisioned.
That is why hope endures. It never gives up. For with God there is always another possibility.
And that is why, in the end, love wins.”
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop elect, in Songs My Grandma Sang, pg.77. © Church Publishing Inc., New York, NY 10016.
Another All Saints’ Day prayer we would like to share was written by our congregation’s sabbatical pastor, the Rev. Arlene Schweitzer-- a Lutheran-- for the study she is leading on German theologian Diedrich Bonhoeffer. Our rector, the Rev. William Geiger, is on sabbatical studying Bonhoeffer’s life and works, and Missional Communities in Episcopal, Lutheran, and Moravian traditions.
Eternal and Almighty God, we give you thanks for all your faithful people who have followed your will in a grand procession of praise throughout the world and down through the centuries, into our own time and place.
We hear their stories from the pages of scripture, in the records of history, and in the recollections of our families and in our own life-time memories,
As we remember these people, inspire us by your Spirit to join them and to follow our Lord through life. To be bold as they were and brave as well, witnessing to your righteous truth and generous love.
Give us grace, O God, that we will leave a legacy of faithfulness to encourage and challenge those who follow us along the way of discipleship; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Pray Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:17
One of the founders of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, Helen Shoemaker, said “Prayer is the mightiest force in God’s universe. When we pray, we align ourselves with Jesus’ eternal prayer for us. When we pray, we throw our love with His like a lariat around the world. Our prayers go where we cannot and speak whole
spiritual continents into being. “
Karl Barth said “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.'
Thomas Keating said: “God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us.”
*Source of the quotation “Prayer is a way of spreading God’s presence: Gallagher, Tess. “The Woman Who Prayed.” Eds. Paula Carlson and Peter S. Hawkins. Listening for God, Volume 3. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000. 133.
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Mission: Our prayers are asked this October and November for Susan Delgado Park and her team, who are going on a one month mission to Peru
Help for those under threat: Please pray for Canon Andrew White of Baghdad, St. George’s Cathedral, and the Christians there who face persecution.
The Praying Church
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer has published a third
edition of Bishop Don Hultstrand’s well-known book on the
impact of prayer in the life of a parish. Please click on the title
above for more information, including how to order.