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.
Call to Pray for God’s Grace in South Carolina
During the past two weeks, the people of Charleston, South Carolina, the whole state, and our nation have faced much grief, turmoil and challenge Let us be in prayer for God’s grace to flow freely in these circumstances. Let us pray also for this opportunity to witness to the power of prayer and God’s reconciling love.
In North America, it’s hard for us to imagine being in a church, engaging in Bible study and prayer, and to suffer death at the hands of a young man filled with hate. As merciful as we are as faithful Christians, we consider gun violence as a tragic incident that happens “out there”. It’s quite another to come face to face with a shooter in the safe place we call “church.”. Yet this terrible occurrence reminds us of our vulnerability as Christians in other parts of the world face martyrdom in the name of Jesus. So it is with the nine martyrs at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The first days after the murders of these nine innocent people were difficult for the families, the city of Charleston, the people of South Carolina and all of our nation. In his eulogy at the funeral of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, President Obama spoke mightily of God’s amazing grace at work in the tragedy. God’s amazing grace can help us to be agents of reconciliation and healing.
We must ask for the power to be God’s grace agents, God’s ambassadors of reconciliation, in the coming months. There is much healing ahead, much wrestling with unresolved racial issues in our nation’s soul, and a readiness to seize the opportunity to bring the love of Christ crucified and risen and to share his grace with a broken world.
So let us commit to pray for the families of the nine who died in the shooting for the people of Emmanuel A.M.E. Church as they make their way into God’s future, for local and state officials who grapple with many divisive issues, and for the young man who killed the innocent. Let us commit to pray daily for healing and for every channel of God’s amazing grace to flow through this defining moment in our nation’s history.
(The Rev.) John R. Throop, D.Min.
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who pray, in the belief and hope that “prayer is a way of spreading God’s presence.“*
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.
Healing: “Almighty and Eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you , and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to the glory of your people, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” From “A Public Service of Healing” in The Book of Occasional Services. NY: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1977. 152.
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.