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The Arrowvale Group of Parishes consists of five churches and one chapel within north west Herefordshire. To find out more about the churches and ministry within the group, please follow the links below.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I am writing to invite you to join in with the National Month of Prayer proposed by senior church leaders from all denominations. I attach a piece from the Church Times about it.
I was tempted at first to say that I would be in the churches for individual prayer on my usual mornings and if anyone happened to be there at the same time that would be fine but I realized that that would be underhanded and against the spirit and intention of this lockdown. Hereford has a low infection rate and we should strive to keep it that way by not encouraging people to leave their homes at this time.
I have said morning prayer every morning at 9.00 during the crisis and will continue to do so and will now add a 6.00 prayer moment where I will light a candle for those I am praying for. I am aware that for some of you not being able to join with others in prayer in person is a hardship but I take inspiration and encouragement from Jesus’ prayer life – he frequently withdrew for solitary prayer:
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matthew 14:23
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed Mark 1:35,36
This perhaps is a time for us to withdraw to ‘a solitary place’ and wait on God, listen for what he is telling us, and to trust in each other being steadfast and faithful in our mutual prayers even at a distance.
In the meantime you are all very welcome to join in with Pembridge School Morning Prayer on Zoom on a Friday Morning at 9.00 (which gives us the opportunity to at least see one another).
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I will also send round an invitation to join in with the school’s Friday morning worship – which many of you I am sure would find very uplifting and encouraging.
It is not for everyone to pray every day so if you would prefer to choose a specific day to pray and let me know when that is I could put together a timetable of who is praying, on what day, and encourage people to send in prayer requests.
The timetable proposed is
Sunday: family, friends, and loved ones;
Monday: schools and colleges, children, and young people;
Tuesday: the elderly, those who are isolated and vulnerable;
Wednesday: businesses, the workplace, and economic wellbeing;
Thursday: the NHS and other key workers;
Friday: national and local governments;
Saturday: all who are grieving, those suffering with physical and mental health.
We are also promised further prayer resources that I will circulate when I can.
If you have any questions about this or anything else do please call.
With my prayers for you all
I’ve attached a pdf of prayers for the Month of Prayer These are designed to be said at 6.00 in the hopes of creating a sense of community and unity between us. Do circulate freely and do feel free to chose just one day to pray in the knowledge that others will be praying when you can’t.