Essential to our church life is praising and thanking our Heavenly Father together.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42 ESV
As the early Church gathered after Pentecost, it says that they committed themselves to four things: teaching, fellowship, communion, and prayer.
Corporate prayer is crucial for providing the congregation a place to do more in the service than be a passive observer. This isn’t to say that Sunday morning worship should be passive, but without a key way to feel like the congregation is actively involved in the identity of the church, worship quickly devolves into a duty or entertainment.
Corporate prayer teaches us a vital principle of trusting in God in every aspect of life. Jesus prayed before every major event in His earthly ministry. He taught His disciples to pray. He even instructed them to pray with Him, even though they were unable. He prayed fervently for those who would follow Him. If prayer was this important to someone who was already in completely communion with God, how much more important should it be for us?
Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life. With it, we tap into the power of God. We have access to the throne of grace to lay all of our cares and concerns at the feet of our heavenly Father and know that the Son eternally advocates for our blessing and the Spirit intercedes when words fail us. Prayer transforms us to a deeper trust in the Almighty and it reorients our lives to live with purpose for the Kingdom of God.
Corporate prayer proclaims the gospel. It builds a community of grace, trust, and vulnerability as we confess our needs and weaknesses. The prayer meeting can be one of the most powerful weapons the Church has in this world. While the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, prayer is the force that moves it to strike.
We talk to Him in Jesus’ name concerning all St Alban’s people, our services, ministries and activities, as well as world issues and the wider church.
We gather to pray regularly:
Sunday mornings: 8.50 – 9.10 (prior to the morning service) in the office meeting room.
First Saturday of the month: 8.30 – 10.30 in the Small Hall.