Norfolk churches join evangelism prayer week
A national week of prayer for evangelism from May 8-15 is being taken up by different churches across Norfolk in different ways with special prayer events.
In the Tas Valley Team Ministry, nearly a hundred people are also using a little booklet called “trypraying” for the week. This is a book taking those unused to prayer through a pattern of simple prayer for a week. Church members can use it - but then it is user-friendly enough to give to anyone who is interested in investigating whether God is for real.
On Saturday May 14 there will be a special time of meditative prayer in St Saviour’s Chapel at Norwich Cathedral from 9.45 to 11.45 entitled, “Thy Kingdom Come - The Lord’s Prayer as a Call to Mission”. The event is being led by Canons Andy Bryant and Sally Gaze with Bishop Alan Winton.
Sally said: “We were so inspired by some of the words in the Archbishops’ letter which was received by every parish priest.”
They wrote: “It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”
“Amen,” said Sally. “In this week and especially at the cathedral may we discover again the power of this prayer in sharing God’s good news.
Find out more about Thy Kingdom come event at Norwich Cathedral: www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/events
National week of prayer: http://thykingdom.co.uk
Try praying initiative: www.trypraying.co.uk/try-it/booklet/
Pictured above is Rev Sally Gaze.