Prayers and Reflections

Prayer is spiritual communication between people and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him.

Whether we pray as part of a collective worship, or privately at home or in a church or the outdoors, we often have a favourite themes or prayers. Some of these are very personal, others we like to share.

Shown below are links to 3 websites which have inspired us. Please use them for prayer and to reflect on the messages and comfort they can provide:

The words used in our hymns are often a source of comfort and prayer for many people. This great hymn is a favourite of one of our congregation as a life guide and prayer. Please share it too.

Father, hear the Prayer we offer

Father, hear the prayer we offer;
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.

Not for ever in green pastures
Do we ask our way to be;
But the steep and rugged pathway
May we tread rejoicingly.

Not for ever by still waters
Would we idly rest and stay;
But would smite the living fountains
From the rocks along our way.

Be our Strength in hours of weakness,
In our wanderings be our Guide;
Through endeavour, failure, danger,
Father, be thou at our side.

Gregorian Chant

To many people Gregorian chant, first sung in Latin by Monks in monasteries in the 9th and 10th centuries, is what sacred and spiritual music is all about. It is relaxing to listen to and helps you pray or just contemplate life!

In January 2020 some of our church members joined a group to learn to sing Gregorian chant at Lisieux Chapel in Chorley. The group is run by Andrew Kesiak, Community Pioneer, as part of his ministry in the Circuit. They were only able to sing at one service in Lisieux Chapel before the Covid virus arrived, but during the lock-down they have had  fun at virtual zoom rehearsals and will be joining in more services when normal church life resumes. However, during the lock-down Andrew has been working alone and in June produced a Youtube video which he tells us about below. If you want a relaxing half hour, find a quiet corner and watch Andrew’s beautiful video.

For the last six weeks I have been creating, recording and editing my first ever Virtual Gregorian Chant Service…..the production of the service might be helpful and inspirational for some, especially those who are in search of the sacred. This is what I am praying for…. 

Whereas Gregorian Chant is communal singing and communal prayer, the current situation forces us to take a different approach to services and initiatives that, under normal circumstances, would retain their traditional character. This is the main reason, I think, for which this task has been undertaken.

The service is available on Youtube as well as on Facebook.”

Youtube: https://youtu.be/YFDgj3wCsNk  or on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1421874091347301