when things seem difficult or challenging, or when we're confused
and can't clearly see the way ahead, most of us pray - even if it is
only `God help us; what do I do next?'. Others will pray more often,
and many, of course, pray every day, if only to thank God for all
the wonderful gifts of his creation. And there are as many ways of
praying as there are people; we each need to find our own way of
Wednesday, 30 August there is to be a Day of Prayer, from 8.00 a.m.
until 8.00 p.m., at Cradley Church and its aim is to give us
opportunities to pray and to explore different or new ways to pray.
It will be a day when we're invited to drop in and to come and go as
we please. You can stick your head in the door for five or ten
minutes and see what it is all about or you may stay for as long as
Day of Prayer is open to everyone. It's not just for those who are
regular churchgoers. If you would like to find out more about prayer
and praying, or would like to look at different (but comfortable)
ways of praying, this is a day for you: just drop in whenever you
moments during the day are open to all. At 9.00 a.m. we'll be
looking at Jesus's breakfasting with his friends and, at 10.00 a.m.,
there will be worship with the regular midweek Communion service. St
Francis steps into the spotlight at noon as we let the church's
glorious St Francis window guide our thinking towards nature and the
those who like walking, and perhaps feel closer to God in the open
air, there is to be a Prayer Walk at 2.00 p.m., again helping us to
look at creation and to give thanks for the wonders of the world in
which we're so lucky to live. It will be local, about an hour long
and perhaps more of a gentle walk rather than a hike. At 4.00 p.m.
those who like hymn singing will be in their element and have an
outlet in Hymns of Prayers where we shall look at - and sing! - a
number of hymns which are, in fact, marvellous prayers. And there
will be food for the body as well as the soul when we bring the Day
to a close with a bring-and-share fellowship meal at 7.00 p.m.,
prior to which (at 6.00 p.m.) we might look at the Emmaus Road story
which ends with Jesus staying with the disciples and breaking bread
are invited to take part in whatever takes your fancy and throughout
the day there will be other opportunities simply to pray (and to
pray simply), to be still before God, to reflect, and to explore new
and gentle ways of praying. These are for you to try, for everyone
to try, and see for yourself if these open new ways to offer prayer,
to come closer to God and to be aware of his presence in your life
and in our world.
drop in. Come and go as you please. It's that sort of day. It's a
Day of Prayer, yes, but one to dip in and out of as you please, and
as you feel comfortable. Pray do come.
you're planning to come it would be good to know, so do please let
us know soon; if you would like to know more about the day, then
please do contact Mike Vockins (884366) or Janita Goodwin (880883)
or Robert, our Rector (880438).