By The Rev. Melody Perdue
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” - Corrie Ten Boom
During our Sunday morning virtual services, we offer different forms of Prayers of the People from our Book of Common Prayer. If you would like to be added to our parish prayer list and included in our prayers during the service, please email me at email@example.com. Names added remain on our prayer list for 30 days, unless you contact me. We also have a long-term prayer list, holding those with extenuating needs or circumstances in prayer. If you or a family member will be deployed for any length of time, we also cover our deployed parishioners in prayer each Sunday.
Beginning on page 814 of the Book of Common Prayer, are a series of collects that may assist you in your prayer life. Prayers for the World, the Church, and in particular, Prayers for our National Life starting on page 820, provide Spirit-filled words that anchor our hearts and minds during times of trouble. If you do not have a prayer book at home, you can use the online version at www.bcponline.org (Click on Prayers and Thanksgivings to find the collects). A great app for your phone that I use daily is Mission St. Clare. It includes Daily Office prayers and scripture readings for Morning and Evening, Noonday Prayer, and Compline.
Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, challenges us to ponder whether prayer is something we turn to when we exhaust all other resources, or if it’s the directing force of our life. During this Season of Epiphany, may we offer our lives and our wills to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and may our lives shine forth the light of Christ to the world.
“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.” - Psalm:141:2