Rector’s Letter – July 2019

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Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Rita Harrison-Roach is the Benefice Safeguarding Officer for Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst Benefice.

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Rector’s Letter – July 2019

‘Christ Centred – Community led’

 

Dear Friends,

In my dealings with people, ‘Prayer’ comes up a lot; either with me praying over another in need, or questions arise as to how one should pray. Prayer is such an important part of our lives and more should be done to encourage us to go to God in Prayer.

Do you pray? Do you pray often, or only occasionally? Is prayer important to you?

At the start of each sitting of Parliament, prayers are said by the Speaker’s Chaplain, and this has been the case for centuries. Prayer and praying are essential for our nation as well as our daily lives. Like breath to the human body, prayer makes the spirit live, makes us whole. Without it, faith dies and a part of us is lost. Let me tell you something that may encourage you to pray. Prayer is a Gift of God. “Gift” is a good word to describe prayer, because praying is not something we do of ourselves. Like any gift, prayer must be received. If someone gives you a beautiful piece of clothing, you may use it or not. You may take it and wear it. Or, you can throw it in the back of your closet and never look at it again, and sadly becomes a gift unused.

Prayer is two-way, we need to talk, but we also need to listen, to have silence. In the Basilica of Assisi, Italy, where St Francis is buried, there are these words written over the Sanctuary, ‘If the heart isn’t praying the tongue labours in vain!’ It doesn’t matter if you use one word or several in your praying, it’s the heart that counts.

Keep praying for our nation, our community, the world in which we live which is crying out for justice and peace. Give prayer a go. It will change you and those around you.

In the past month we saw the death of Prue Aslett, a long standing member at St Peter’s, Terwick; a dedicated and committed Christian who served her community well. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

On a final note, I would like to thank all those who made possible Rogate Fete again this year, which was a great success despite the weather, and was so enjoyed by all. I look forward next to Trotton’s Fete on the first Saturday in September.

Yours in Christ,

Edward

‘Prayer does not change God, but changes the person who prays’.

(Soren Kierkegaard)

Ways to Pray: There are so many ways to pray and so many tools to use, but this acrostic ‘Growth’ has been most helpful to me:

G       Go to God in prayer daily (John 15 v7)

R       Read God’s Word (Scripture) daily (Acts 17 v11)

O       Obedience to God’s will and purpose (John 14 v21)

W      Witness to Christ by your life and words (Matt. 4 v19)

T       Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5 v7)

H       Holy Spirit to increase our faith, and instruct us in what to

         ask and how to serve (Gal. 5 v16, 17, Acts 1 v8)