OUR PRAYER VISION

 

Above all else, St. Francis’ Anglican Parish is a congregation passionately committed to prayer.  From the first day of its existence, this fledgling church family intentionally imbedded prayer in its DNA, and our commitment to being prayer-driven is reflected in every aspect of our church life.  As followers of Jesus, we know that we can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,” at ease in requesting God’s help and also trusting that he will surely speak to us, guiding and directing every step if we ask and listen.

 

The Eucharistic celebration, the great and all-encompassing prayer of the Anglican church, is central to worship at St. Francis’, serving to structure our prayer-focus to include adoration, thanksgiving, repentance and petition on a regular basis, keeping us always mindful of the redemptive death of Jesus.  We rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to shape all decisions, as the Vestry, in partnership with the Rector, exercises spiritual leadership and bases its decisions on a process of listening to God.  The same reliance on the Holy Spirit’s guidance is the hallmark of our planning for all ministries; we always pray and listen first, and only then move ahead with decisions. We seek constantly to expand the depth and scope of our prayer through instruction, on-the-job training and practice, and opportunities to receive prayer.

 

While the astounding blessings that the Lord has poured onto this new congregation reinforce our commitment to operate as a prayer-driven church, we wish never to lose sight of the fact that prayer is the fuel equipping us for mission:  making Jesus and his grace and love unmistakably real, drawing more and more people to salvation.

 

OUR PRAYER MINISTRY

 

As St. Francis was being created, a number of task forces were formed, including the Foundational Prayer Team. Our charge was to envelop every member and every aspect of St. Francis Anglican Parish in Spirit-led prayer. Not relying on our own wisdom, but listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we prayed for our parish to be a joyous place where all people are welcome and transformed by Biblical truth taught within the context of a loving, Christian community.

 

Thus far, our activities have included:

  • Praying this parish into existence!
  • Training and establishing intercessory prayer teams to pray
  • Before church services.
  • During vestry meetings.
  • Training and providing intercessors to pray after services
  • with individuals who request healing or intercessory prayer.
  • Praying for the rector, vestry and leaders of all ministries and encouraging them to recruit personal intercessors to give them critical prayer support.
  • Creating a prayer bookmark to lead our church family in daily prayers for the creation of the new parish, and that, as a parish, we might be fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit to be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ in Sanford, North Carolina, the United States, and “to the ends of the earth.” The bookmark is periodically revised to reflect current needs and refresh our prayer focus.
  • Meeting the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 for prayer and training. Meetings are open to all who are interested!

 

Additionally, independent prayer ministries include:

  • St. Anne’s Prayer Guild, whose members meet monthly and pray daily for individuals with ongoing prayer needs.
  • Online prayer requests for emergency situations.

 

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