Prayer at Julian of Norwich
Christians are encouraged to be “People of Prayer,” connecting with God through prayers:
- Adoration: Prayer expressing love and adoration for who God is.
- Thanksgiving: Prayer of thankfulness for what God does.
- Confession: Prayer acknowledging our imperfection, and asking God’s forgiveness.
- Intercession: Prayer for others who are in need of healing of body, mind and spirit.
- Petition: Prayer for ourselves.
You are welcome to ask anyone in the congregation to pray with and for you at any time. Here is a brief summary of some ways we nurture prayer at Julian of Norwich.
Prayers of the People during Worship Services
Most worship services include a time to offer prayers. These opportunities are called the “Prayers of the People” or “Intercessions,” which are usually led by members of the congregation. You are invited to write your request in a Prayer Request binder, located near the entrance to the sanctuary, behind the back pew. The binder includes a loose leaf sheet for each Sunday, with spaces under a few headings to enter names or situations that you wish to include in the Prayers of the People. This sheet is provided to the prayer leader who will include your requests in the prayers they offer during the service.
Confidential Prayer by a Prayer Chain
Julian of Norwich has a dedicated group of people who pray in confidence for those who are ill, in distress, or otherwise in need of prayer. If you wish to have prayer for yourself or someone you know, please fill in the Prayer Request form, found in a Prayer Box on the table at the back of the church. Place the completed request back in the box, where it will be retrieved by a member of the Prayer Chain. Alternatively, you may give your request to a member of the clergy or Marg Dumbrille who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the date of your request. Prayer for each request will continue for one month, unless otherwise indicated.
Every Monday, a group meets in the church chapel for Christian meditation from 3 to 4 p.m. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to spend time in silent prayer, with instructions provided for newcomers. The group is coordinated by Julian of Norwich parishioners, but also includes people from other denominations. During each session, a discussion video by a Christian Meditation leader is followed by a period of silent reflection. The session concludes with questions and discussion. For more information, contact Gayle Ascah (613-226-8161) or Marg Dumbrille (613-225-0806).