Our Prayer Ministry
Prayer is vital to the life of faith. Each time we gather for worship, we pray for the Church, the world, issues surrounding current events here and abroad, as well as specific people in our faith community experiencing life transitions or health events.
Trinity has an active community of people who form the Prayer Link. It’s called a prayer link because each person is linked together in prayer concerns passed along to others who commit to praying each day. Prayer requests are kept strictly confidential. In addition to individual prayer concerns, the people of the Prayer Chain pray daily for the ministries and missions of Trinity and the greater Christian Church using a guided prayer calendar supplied each month.
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World in Prayer
Praying for the world includes being aware of what’s happening in international news. To pray through world events of joy, devastating sorrow, boringly ordinary, or startlingly unexpected stretches us to pray with love and respect for all people.
World In Prayer was started by the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA, to:
- Provide a weekly summary of international news with accompanying prayer (posted every Thursday night)
- Model and teach ways of praying in response to international news, and invite others to deepen their own prayers for the needs of the world
Visit World in Prayer and sign-up for weekly prayers for the world.
Prayers for the Congregation
Every Sunday we list requests for prayers in our bulletin for a variety of people, from those celebrating the birth of a baby to prayers of sympathy for those mourning and encouragement for those undergoing medical treatment.
Be sure to contact Trinity when you are hospitalized or have other public prayer requests so your name can be included in these prayers.
Contact the office to include names on this list.
When you are hospitalized
The pastors and parish nurse make frequent trips to area hospitals to visit Trinity members when they are informed of hospitalizations. While the hospitals do their best to track our members, there are times when your church affiliation isn’t code in your record or glitches happen in their systems and Trinity doesn’t get the information of your hospitalization. It is helpful if you or a family member calls or emails the church office to inform the pastors of current or upcoming hospitalizations.
Ten things children should know about prayer
Ideas to share with your children:
Prayer is communication. It can be spoken or silent. It can be a song or a story. It can be a picture or a dance.
Prayer can be done as often as you like. Every week. Every day. Every hour.
Prayer can be done however you want. There’s no right or wrong way to pray.
Prayer can be shared, but doesn’t have to be. It can be done alone or with a favorite toy. It can be done with friends, family or pets.
Prayer can be done anywhere. It can be done in your room or at the kitchen table. It can be done out in your yard, at the park or even at the zoo.
Prayer can be done in any mood. You can be happy, sad, angry, scared or confused when you pray.
Prayer can be for yourself or someone else. If you know someone who could use a little help—add them to your prayers.
Prayer doesn’t need a certain structure, length or specific words. Whatever words you use, long or short, however your prayer comes out is fine.
Prayer doesn’t need a special occasion. There are certain prayers appropriate to special occasions, but you don’t need to wait for a special time to pray.
Prayer doesn’t have to be a request. It can also be used to give thanks for what you have already received. “Thank you” is a perfect prayer. Susan Taylor Brown is the author of the children’s picture book, Can I Pray With My Eyes Open? (ISBN 0786803282). Many children wonder about prayer. This nondenominational, multicultural book offers answers. Whether angry or alone or playing with friends, every child is assured that they can pray when, where and how they want—and they will always be heard.
Tips for Making Your Prayer Life Come Alive
Many Christians believe in prayer, but need a jump start. Here are seven ways you can jump start your prayer life in order to grow a more intimate relationship between you and God. Select a couple of them to implement in your life starting this week.
Set aside a time and place for daily prayer. This is the single most important thing you can do. When we establish a regular routine for prayer, we will make sure that our prayer life is not just 'on the run', or when our backs are up against the wall, or when our buildings are being brought down by terrorists.
Begin your prayer times by slowing down and quieting down. When we come to prayer agitated and stressed, it is especially difficult to hear God's voice and to sense God's presence. Spending a quiet minute or two focusing and breathing deeply can help quiet our minds and spirits and make two-way prayer more probable. Allow for some silence in your life. This silence doesn't have to be long. It can be as short as 30 or 60 seconds to begin with and then gradually extend it to longer times as you get more comfortable with silence and waiting and listening for God.
Have a prayer conversation with God. Simply begin a conversation with God, like you might with a good friend. It could go something like this: "Good Morning, Lord. It's Ben. Thanks for loving me today. Here's my situation... This is how I am feeling... This is how I need your help... What should I do? Silence. I am concerned about these people... Because... What should I do? Silence. Lord, guide me in... Thanks, Lord for listening. Help me to have eyes to see and ears to hear how you can guide me in these matters. Thanks God, I am counting on you."
Pray the Bible. Take a few moments to read something from the Bible and direct attention toward God. Use a Bible passage you are already familiar with to help you get started praying. Focus on the contents of the Scripture passage and allow it to steer your time spent in prayer. Slowly read a single verse or short passage two or three times. Pause for some silence in between each reading to allow God's word to sink deeply into your heart and mind. Record some of your favorite Bible verses in a notebook and pray with one or more of them when the need arises. All of Scripture does not speak equally to us. Pick out those verses that mean the most to you. Put yourself in the Biblical story and ask God what God might be saying to you about yourself, your life, your priorities, your relationships, your time, your money management -- you.
Write out your prayers. Name what is going on in your life. Sometimes simply by naming and articulating what we are thinking, feeling or experiencing - such as "I'm thinking about changing careers" or "I feel lonely" or "I feel hopeless about..." or "I am overwhelmed" can help us gain focus and reclaim a portion of the power our life experiences have drained from us. Writing it down , composing a short prayer and giving it to God can be an empowering ritual. Many people find keeping a prayer journal to be a helpful discipline.
Recall how God has helped you in the past. God told Israel over and over to "Remember how the Lord God brought you out of bondage in Egypt." It is as we remember the past saving acts of God that we gain greater trust in God's power and love. And so Jesus says "Eat the bread in memory of me." When we are caught up in our stress, pain or suffering, it is easy to forget how God has helped us in the past. The trials of life can cause us to lose perspective and weaken our sense of trust in God's caring presence. But as we remember how God has helped us in the past we can be filled with hope for today and tomorrow. "O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come."
Develop a Prayer Rolodex. Put together a rolodex with names of them. Use either 7 or 30 cards. On each card put together a short list of people and then take one card each day and pray for the people on the list. A short list allows you to go deeper into prayer for each person and yet keeps several people in your prayers every day. If you use seven cards, you have one for each day of the week. If you use 30, you have one for each day of the month.
Are these 7 ways the only ways to pray? Of course not! They are simply some tools you can use to jump start or beef up your prayer life. Pick a couple of them to implement in your life starting this week. How you pray isn't important. What is important is that each of us prays every day.
The following web sites provide further information and resources on prayer:
Moravian Daily Texts Throughout its history the Moravian church has provided daily scriptural verses intended to act as a contemplative theme for the day. www.dailytext.com provided by Mount Carmel Retreat Center lists the appointed Moravian texts for each day.
Gratefulness This beautiful web site offers numerous articles on the dynamics of a grateful heart and suggests many practices to implement which will foster gratefulness.
Spiritual Practices This site displays articles on spiritual practices. The site is updated weekly and offers new suggestions. Periodically they will offer e-classes on various prayer practices.