Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community


Lord Teach us to Pray...

WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY PRAYER CHAIN

if you would like to request urgent prayer for somebody please contact

Rev Carol Gill on

Tel 01924 276821

 click here to read  ‘Lord teach us to pray’

  The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

We are part of the world wide Anglican Church and specifically the church of England- visit this link-  http://www.cofe.anglican.org/

Why not visit their site and see further guidance and materials to read as part of your daily prayer -

"Daily Prayer provided by the official Church of England web site © 

The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England

2002-2004"

 http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/daily2.aspx

Christian Meditation

Our meditation group meets every Monday* at 5.30 in church and everyone is welcome. It lasts about an hour including a time for refreshments.

*Except for Bank Holidays


What is Christian Meditation?

The important aim in Christian meditation is to allow God's mysterious and silent presence within us to become more and more not only a reality but the reality which gives meaning,shape and purpose to everything we do, everything we are.

'John Main'

How to meditate

Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha". Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and  - above all - simply. The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders. Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful. 

There is a good web site which you might find helpful click here.

The world community for Christian Meditation International centre.

There is also a free App on I tunes store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wccm-app-2/id512395123
or for Android phones

Tips on how to approach bible reading:

PRAY: before you read, asking God to help you understand

READ: the Bible passage, perhaps more than once

REFLECT: on the passage.  Write your thoughts in a journal

APPLY: what God teaches you from His Word to your life

PRAY: again, asking God to help you live out His Word

 

To find out more About the Bible click here It will take you to the Bible Society web site.

To find out more about Jesus click here for www.reJesus.co.uk website