Streetly All Saints Church

Prayer as foundation

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I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.  John 15, The Message

During Eastertide, the great fifty days between Easter and Pentecost when we meet to worship we are exploring together who the risen Jesus is. Jesus helps us by telling us about himself. Jesus says “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing.” 

Prayer is the key to being joined with the True Vine, Jesus. It’s made me wonder how committed to and enthusiastic we are about our prayer life? Do we love the fact that we can communicate with God and see God at work in our lives?

Prayer is the foundation on which we as a church, God’s ecclesia, God’s called out people, sit. Prayer forms the cornerstone of our mission and ministry in Streetly and throughout the world.

 

I wonder are we excited about the way God is leading us and do we express this excitement by getting involved and growing in our understanding and appreciation for God and all that God is doing in our church and the wider world at large? 

Clearly Jesus encourages us to remain in the vine. This month we have number of ways in which we can encourage one another to pray and remain in the Vine. 

As a church family we pray on Sundays at 8.00am, 9.30am and 11.00am and at our evening services, on Tuesdays at 10.00am and on Fridays at 8.30am as we pray the Morning Office. On the third Thursday of the month, we meet to pray at Messy Church between 3.30 and 5.30pm. Many of us visit either at home or in hospital and pray together. Then there are a number of our church groups who when they meet, they pray together e.g. our Ladies Fellowship, and Mothers Union. 

Praying for one another often happens in church as we share what is on our hearts together. To encourage this ministry amongst us to grow, we have recently started offering prayer after the 9.30am service in the Lady Chapel. If you would like to be prayed for or offer to pray for someone else, you might like to speak to Liz Blunt or Carole Wellings. 

To complement our votive candle prayer stand in church, we will shortly be developing a prayer table in church, where we can leave our prayers of thanksgiving and intercessions for others to pray on our behalf.

The room in church, previously known as the Meeting Room has been transformed by members of the 11.00am congregation into The Prayer Room and is now ready for use as a quiet space to come, sit and pray. Over the next weeks and months I hope that this will develop as an important space for us to meet and pray together. I wonder if you’d like to come and use the room for prayer, either by yourself or with others? 

On May 13 we are going to Reflections a prayer garden on the edge of Cannock Chase. We are setting aside a day to pray. The day will be led by Rev’d Prebendary Graham Fowell and is open to anyone who might like to come and think and learn more about prayer. Then starting on May 5 our new Pilgrim Course will be exploring together the Ten Commandments. Each week starts with prayer as we listen and learn together. Why not come along?

Not everyone can come away for a day or an evening. There are other ways in which we can pray each day at home. Our Prayer Diary has been very well received and helps us to pray together for one another and for the community of Streetly. Each week on the notice sheet there are the names of those who have especially asked for prayers. We are also encouraged to use the Notice Sheet each week to inform our prayers. 

There are many ways in which we can pray and be involved in the prayer life of our church family. In and through prayer, we the branches, remain joined with Jesus the Vine, and as we do we remain in the Vine we are able to produce fruit. Let’s pray as we travel through Eastertide that we might seek prayerfully day by day to live lives remaining in the True Vine.

If you would like to know any more about what is written here, do please ask.

With every blessing this Eastertide,

Rev’d Mandy

Vicar of All Saints’ Parish Church

 

Charity Number: 1134127

Address: All Saints Parish Church Streetly, Foley Road East, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3JL

Regular Services


Sunday
7.00am Morning Prayer 
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Parish Family Eucharist
6.00pm Evening Service 
 
Tuesday 10am Holy Communion
Tuesday-Saturday 8.30am Morning Prayer 
 

Special Events- Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 16th January 7.30pm- Pilgrim Course 

Wednesday 17th January 7.00pm- Seasons of Hope Bereavement course for 3 weeks

Saturday 10th February 10.30am- Coffee Concert The Blackwood Singers 


 

 

 

 




 


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