We want Calvary Episcopal church to be a praying church. Calvary
church has an extensive prayer list in our bulletins each Sunday
and we are always glad to pray with and for the needs of our parish
family and extended family and friends. When you have specific prayer
requests, please contact the parish office and we will decide how best
to meet your needs. We can pray with you at that
time, we can add your requests in our bulletin, or we can forward your
requests to our Daughters of the King. If you are able to attend our
church services, there are ample opportunities for you to make your
intercessions for anyone in need, including yourself.
Also, the Daughters of the King have a prayer station near the entrance
to the church and they are always available to pray with you and for
you. Let your life be a prayer.
"Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 833).
promises we make in our Baptismal Covenant are reminders that we are
not yet perfect, that we are called to move deeper in our faith and make
a difference in our world. We do so together as the church, always
professing that we will indeed live into our baptismal vows as followers
of Christ, but always “with God’s help.”
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of the real challenges that we too often find in our
contemporary, busy lives is finding time to be together as a
family. It is especially difficult to find opportunities to pray
together. And, if prayer, other than going to church on Sunday,
hasn't been a family tradition, it can seem very "unnatural" to
introduce it as something we might do together as family.
Here are a few possibilities - call them dreams - for ways we
might pray as a family, during Lent, or at any time of the
Prayer Before Meals
One of the most natural times to pray, is as we sit down to eat. We can begin, or "break the ice," by simply saying, Let's pray or Let's just pause for a minute to give thanks.
One of the challenges of doing this prayer well, is that we don't want
our food to get cold. This leads us to do the prayer quickly. Brief
prayer doesn't have to be without substance or power. And, it doesn't
always have to be after the food is on the table. For a change
of pattern, we could gather everyone to the table for prayer, and then
bring the food to the table.
We begin with a prayer of thanksgiving:
|Lord, we thank you for the blessings of this day and for this time together as family. |
We thank you
for this wonderful meal
and for this hour we can share it.
| ||We always begin with thanksgiving. The "reasons" we give for our gratitude can be very specific,
and draw us into this prayer from our "real" place we
are in this day. So, we can say that we are grateful for
this Lenten journey, which offers us renewal and
prepares us to celebrate Easter with greater freedom. We might say, We
thank you for being with us each of us today, while we
were apart, and for being with us tonight.
Perhaps we will thank God for some special grace that
has occurred today. We may want to take time to let
each person name one or two things for which he or she
is grateful. |
We then turn to God and ask for what we need.
|Help us to remember those who have so much less than we do. |
Bless us as a family.
Help us to grow in love and care for each other.
We ask you to comfort and give strength and peace to those who are sick or struggling in any way.
| ||This, too, should be very specific
to us as a family. We all have family and friends who
are sick or in need. Perhaps there is a special
challenge or difficulty that one of us is going
through. We can turn to God with our concerns about a crisis
that is going on in our city or country or some part of the
world. With practice, this brief moment will help us
be mindful of our desire to turn to God in all
our needs. It will help us grow in a sense of
compassion and care for so many people. Again, we may
want to take time to let each person name one or two
prayers of petition. |
We can conclude with, We ask this through Christ our Lord or with a traditional table prayer, which we could say together.
|Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, |
which we are about to receive
from your bounty
through Christ our Lord.
|These options are from the Book of Common Prayer. |
Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies,
and make us mindful of the needs of others;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bless, O Lord, thy gifts to our use and us to thy service;
for Christ's sake. Amen.
Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the Universe,
for you give us food to sustain our lives and make our hearts glad;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For these and all his mercies,
God's holy Name be blessed and praised;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Praying at Other Times
are many other times or occasions when we can develop the habit of
praying together. These examples might inspire our own creative or
In the Morning:
can be quite transformative of our family bonds, in faith, to pause
very briefly to pray together. This might be a spontaneous prayer,
while we are laying in bed with our spouse, Lord, be with us today, or Dear, I ask the Lord to give you strength and peace today at your meeting.
Perhaps we are rushing around each other in the kitchen, grabbing
breakfast. It can be wonderful to pause to pray, simply asking the Lord
to be with each of us in what we are about to do.
In the Car:
many of us spend a fair amount of time in the car, often with other
members of our family. These can be nice times to begin or end the
trip, with a very brief prayer. Bless our shopping tonight. Help us
be grateful for the gifts you give us. May this food/these clothes
help us be mindful of those who have so much less than we do. Or, Bless
Ann at practice today. Give her gratitude and delight in the gifts you
give her. Help her to do her best, to encourage others, and to learn
what you offer her today. Or, Lord, as we go to Bill and Ann's
for dinner, we thank you for our friendship with them, and we ask you to
bless this night with all the graces you might offer us in the care we
have for one another; we ask this in Jesus' name. Or, Lord, as
we drive to church, we thank you for our faith and for this chance to be
together with our parish community; please allow us to hear your Word,
to give you thanks and praise, and to be nourished for the mission you
give us this week.
Over the Weekend:
Often the weekend offers some special moments together that can be wonderful times of prayer.
can say brief prayers like this at so many special times. It can be
very important to pray together, while cleaning up, in preparation for
guests coming for dinner, or an overnight slumber party. We might share
the responsibility for "designing" the family prayer for special
occasions: Birthdays, Anniversaries, the beginning and ending of a
school year, when one of us is beginning any new endeavor. We may want
to add some special prayer time if one of us is experiencing a
personally anxious time or crisis. For example, if one of us has to
wait for an appointment for a biopsy, and then wait for the results, we
might place a special candle on our dining room table, and light it each
evening as we remember that person in our prayer.
can be so easy to add gestures that bring powerful prayer to our family
life. One of the simplest and most natural is to trace a cross on a
loved one's forehead. It can speak volumes to a young child, if his or
her parents were to give them this gesture of love and prayer. This
ritual can be done everyday, when we part for the day, or at bed time,
or it can be reserved for special prayers of blessing before a big
event. And, it can be a powerful, faith-filled ritual for a husband and
wife, as part of an every day pattern, or at times of great intimacy,
to touch each other in blessing.
Any of the "symbols" that we refer to in our page, "Symbols in Our Home"
can be a source of family ritual. Perhaps we have our own family
gesture or ritual that speaks of our faith or draws us into prayer.
Praying for Each Other:
most important part of family prayer is perhaps the easiest to overlook
- how we hold each other up to the Lord. Even when we are not
physically together, as a praying family, we want to pray for each
other. In reality this means that I have a pattern of talking with the
Lord about the people I love most dearly, each and every day. They
become part of my very relationship with God. Whether we are a married
couple with young children, or I am a single parent, or if my children
have grown up and begun lives of their own, this aspect of family prayer
is so important. My spouse and I may not share our faith; perhaps my
spouse doesn't pray at all; but I can talk with the Lord about my spouse
every day - sometimes asking for help, sometimes just expressing my
gratitude, sometimes begging for the gift of faith for my spouse.