As a Church we usually set aside a Tuesday each week and provide a place with space – the UPPER ROOM – a place for time-out in our busy days above the Kirkgate Cafe. This is a safe place, and COVID-19 guidelines are carefully followed.
On this first Tuesday in November the Upper Room will be open 7.30am-7.30pm – and perhaps this will be a place for you to visit – for the first time?
* To find space to be still in a busy world
** To pause and pray with God – for yourself and for others
* To listen to God – Father Son and Holy Spirit – in these slower days and moments
There will be opportunities to pause and pray with others – at 8am – 12 noon – 7pm – and John and others will be glad to share these with you.
You are also invited to take a meaningful walk to the Kirk building…….starting at the Offering House….which is open for you to visit….and has an interesting exhibition inside about our Prayer life!
You are invited to use the bench at the top left of the Kirkyard (under the large tree) to pause and pray – to be still with God – to ask, seek, knock, wait and receive.
You are also reminded of the Prayer Wall available on the Kirk website under the Prayer tab – a place you can bring your prayers – and ask for prayer from the Prayer Team if appropriate. At this time of COP26 you may want to add your own prayer for our world at this time.
The Daily Devotions are taking us to a daily time of asking with God’s written Word in November – and you may want to pause to pray at the start of each day. This is available on the Kirk website blog and our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter from 7am- and in the church magazine.
And – don’t forget the brief Sunday morning Reflection at 8am…
Look Upward and Pray to hear and receive from God, the Holy Spirit
Reading : GENESIS 18 verses 16-33
Meditation : This morning we take time to consider these words and events from yesteryear.
Pray in response – taking time to ask in prayer for our city
Pray your own words at the start of this day
Of praise and worship
Of confession and trust
Of need – for yourself and our community
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Pray God’s blessings on your family and neighbours
O LORD, have mercy on all we call out and pour rich blessings!
Reading : read the passage again from GENESIS 18 at the end of your day
Reflect….. and then pause to pray for our city to God in response
LORD God, the LORD Almighty, hear my prayer this evening.
As I confess my sins this day
As I humbly name others before you.
As I lay myself and my city before you
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus said….. “Ask and it will be given to you;
Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7 verse 7
During 2021 we are looking daily at the theme of PRAYER – and pausing at our times of Midday Devotion to pray for others in our church family, our city and our world at this time.
* From September to December we are looking at P-R-A-Y
Pause – Rejoice – Ask – Yield
And so this month we shall be taking the time to look at ASKING God from His written Word. *
We are all encouraged to listen for God’s voice and make our response
as we journey together in our ‘rhythm of devotion’.
These Devotions are but one way to feed on God’s Word in the morning, at midday, in the evening… to pray with Him continually through the day and even to share with others the treasures or hurdles you discover.
The Church website and Facebook page (even on a handy mobile) provide a fuller daily devotional page. However it all follows the pattern below which the information provided fits into, based on the Kirk’s origins of the Celtic and Northumbrian traditions which we started as a church family in 2015.
Reading and Meditation on the content and Prayer of response
Prayer – mostly for others
Verse(s) from the morning reading
Reflection and Prayer at the end of the day
A Prayer for the Month of November
As we pause with You
To be more like Jesus
To keep in step with the Holy Spirit
To meet with Jesus
To know the help of the Spirit
In Jesus’ name
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven
Hallowed be Your Name.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory.
Now and for ever