Even the most casual survey of the Bible reveals a strong emphasis on prayer. Consider the following verses. Jesus said, "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." (Mt. 6:6) Note that Christ did not say "if" but "when." We read of Christ Himself, "In those days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God." (Lk. 6:12) In St. Luke 18:1 we read, "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." In the Epistles of St. Paul we find the following statements about prayer: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." (Ro. 12:12) "...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication." (Eph. 6:18) "...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Phil. 4:6) "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving." (Col. 4:2) "...pray without ceasing...." (I Thess. 5:17) From just this limited number of verses it is clear that as Christians we are to be people of prayer.
As Anglicans we are well known for our emphasis on prayer. Anglican and the Book of Common Prayer are synonymous. In the prayer book we find the Daily Offices: Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. Generations ago when most Christians lived within walking distance of their parish church, devote Anglicans gathered every morning and evening for the services of Morning and Evening Prayer. Parishioners would go to church before going to their work. However, times have changed and to come to church twice a day for prayer is not feasible for most Christians today. That, however, does not diminish our need to pray and to pray regularly and often. Nor does it lesson the great spiritual benefit to be found in the Daily Offices.
Thanks to the Internet it is now possible to participate in Morning and Evening Prayer on a daily basis. An organization called Cradle of Prayer has made this possible. The Rev. Paul Blankinship of All Saints Anglican Church (A.P.A.) in Mills River, North Carolina reads both services each day. Rev. Blankinship is assisted in the services by soprano Stacy Stephens who serves as Cantor. The web site is cradleofprayer.org. Under the Main Menu click on Free Daily Prayer Download. I would highly recommend that you avail yourself of this opportunity to benefit from the Daily Offices wherever you may be. As someone once said, "Prayer is the life's blood of the Church."
By Rev. F. M. Levi
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
The St. Andrew’s Preschool will have an Open House on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. for families with preschoolers coming in the fall. Any of our church families, wishing to stay and meet the preschool families, are most welcome.
The Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote will be with us for his annual Episcopal Visit on September 12, 2010. Plan now to be here.
RALLY DAY SUNDAY
The Sunday Bishop Grote is here is Rally Day, Sept. 12. Sunday School will resume that day and we will be having a Church Picnic. Please bring your lawn chairs for this outdoor event.
MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH
Please be in prayer for Rev. Bill & Diane Jerdan, our missionaries to France.
Aug. 1 - Anne Robertson
Aug. 7 - Rev. Frank Levi
Aug. 7 - Florence Auman
Aug. 11 - Joseph Kelly
Aug. 18 - Adam Sellers
Aug. 22 - John Robert Robertson
Aug. 24 - Joan Reagan
TAKE TIME TO PRAY
I got up one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn’t take time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray!
Out of This Life
Out of this life I shall never take
Things of silver and gold I make.
All that I cherish and hoard away
After I leave, on this earth must stay
Tho’ I have toiled for a painting rare
To hang on the wall, I must leave it there.
Tho’ I call it mine, and boast it’s worth
I must give it up when I leave this earth.
All that I gather, and all that I keep
I must leave behind when I fall asleep.
And I often wonder what I shall own
In that other life, when I pass alone.
What shall they see, in the soul that
Answers the call for me?
Shall the Great Judge learn
When my task is through,
That my spirit has gained some riches, too?
Or shall at last, it be mine to find
That all I’d worked for I’d left behind