How do you pray? If every member of our wonderfully diverse ecumenical community could gather in a circle to talk about prayer—or even better, to pray together!—we would surely be blessed by the richness of those diverse traditions and forms of communion and conversation with our Lord. The apostle Paul told the Thessalonian community of believers to pray without ceasing. We can only conclude, then, that our very lives are offerings of prayer, from the moment we wake up and say, “Here I am, Lord, use me for your glory and service today,” to the moment we go to sleep and place those hours of rest (and sometimes, restlessness) in the hands of the One who never slumbers, but is always mindful of us.
Though July marks the end of our worship grant year, we continue to seek to learn, and hopefully, apply, what we have learned to deepen our expressions of faith as a body of believers, united in Christ. In our summer newsletters, we will share some of what we learned specifically about prayer.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.