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Effectual, Fervent Prayer

As I have been recuperating at home this week, I’ve been reading about prayer – the kind St. James wrote about in his epistle – effectual, fervent prayer.  Along with the rotating names on our prayer list each week, we have several names in the book of prayer on the back table in the Nave.  These people are prayed for both on Sunday and on many weekdays by many people in our church – or at least I assume people are praying, because we are a praying people.  The original version of the Book of Common Prayer, created in 1549 by Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was based on the offices of prayer used by the Benedictines.  Cranmer shortened the Divine office to only three times of prayer – morning, evening and compline.  Prayer was expected to be ongoing, throughout the day.

Since that time, many forms of prayer have been added to the BCP, and many well-known spiritual leaders, including EM Bounds, Catherine Marshall, and Billy Graham have written about the importance of prayer.

I am currently praying about how to add more corporate prayer into our life as a church.  Would people come to an early morning service?  A noonday service?  When is a good time to bring people together in our beautiful chapel to pray? Can our chapel become a house of prayer, where anyone can go to pray? How do we do that when we need to be concerned about building security?  All of these things are going through my mind today.  I am anxious to hear your thoughts.  Please share them with me on Sunday, or email me at lapenner@gmail.com.

This Week at St. Thomas

Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm, and Sunday at 4:00 pm:  
“Something’s Afoot” – a spoof on Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none.”  Come and see this play put on by the amazing Third Wall Productions.  Tickets can be purchased through Third Wall online, or at the door.


This Sunday Morning, we need several volunteers to meet at the church at 8:45 to help set up chairs and the outdoor sound system.  Please come and lend a hand!
9:30: Blessing of the Animals with Eucharist on the Patio.  We expect a beautiful day. If it rains, the Blessing will still happen in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring your pets on a leash, or in a carrier, and enjoy this beautiful time of fellowship – good coffee hour afterward.  invite your friends!
5:30: Something More meets downstairs

7:00 Theology on Tap at the Raven Inn.  A good discussion was had by all last week. Let’s continue! Let’s grow!

6:30 EfM

7:00 pm: Fund Raiser for Loch Raven Network in the Fellowship Hall.  Over 40 items for you to bid on at the silent auction.  Come and support our youth at Loch Raven High School.

In Closing

“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.” 
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky –