Prayer at St Edmund's
To pray is to be in a relationship with God. From a Christian perspective, it means that during life God will happily accompany us, walk along side us, and we both speak to each other with or without words. It's good to remember that most of our communicating in life is non-verbal; we speak with our bodies (known as body language) ... and don't we just know what mood the vicar's in when he enters the Church! Well, that's no different to how you or I communicate with God; that's what prayer is. It can be something spoken or unspoken.
A good starting place to pray is to open the bible and find the psalms. In there you will find the richest prayers ever written; they contain every conceivable human emotion and they are all directed at God. From praise to feelings of wanting to commit murder. Whilst it's not right to commit murder, if you are feeling very angry, the psalms say 'bring that to God'. Speak to him your anger. Equally, if you feel happy and delighted with how life is going and that you don't have a worry in the world, again bring that to God. Because in sharing all that happens to us - good and bad - we begin to reach our full potential as human beings. We learn the stuff of life, right from wrong, struggle and failure, delight and success.
Saint Irenaeus says that God is glorified (looks good!) only when humanity is flourishing. We flourish when we seek God out, and allow God to seek us out in all that we do both in good times and bad, in sickness and in health.
We don't pray alone. In fact, the community at St Edmund's prays for the needs of the world, the local community and for anyone who asks. If you want to be included in prayer, or know of someone who does, please contact Kath Smith, the prayer chain coordinator, on 01322 270335 or Janet Gunner on 01322 586094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will make sure that your prayer request is included in prayers at St Edmund's.
If you want to attend a service then by all means do. Go to the pages on services for more information.