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St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church<br>Atlanta, Georgia
Prayer

Prayer

Here at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, we are a community that prays. The Parish Cycle of Prayer is offered as a way to pray for one another in a deliberate way throughout the year. Names of members are divided up by the weeks of the Church Year and are to be prayed for during the entire week. You can participate with us using the Parish Cycle of Prayer.

As a faith community, we find our center in worship. Our principal service is called the Eucharist, in which we believe Jesus is truly present with us, as he assured us he would be. Here we share bread and wine in the way he told us, as Christians have ever since. In the Eucharist, when we pray together, we find a connection with God and with a community both present and, yet, beyond ourselves. 

An important part of our worship tradition is the Daily Office (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 37–146). The Daily Office marks the day in prayer: Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline. The Daily Office can be said by communities or by individuals. There is also the need for personal devotions, and the Book of Common Prayer (pp. 136–143) provides a basic structure of Daily Devotions for Individuals and families.

There isn't just one right way to pray, however; what works well for one person may not for another. The Catechism defines prayer as "responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words" (BCP, p. 856). Prayer is an ongoing response to God about our relationship with God, about ourselves and others. We give thanks to God for our many blessings and for the gift of life. We also bring before God our own needs and the needs of others. We are a community that prays for one another. Many of you are already involved in praying for one another through the Parish Cycle of Prayer, the ministry of the Prayer Chain, or through simply remembering those requesting prayer in the newsletters and weekly green sheet.

You may want to add to your prayers the concerns from the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer and/or the Anglican Cycle of Prayer. For the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, go to www.atlanta.anglican.org, click on "Contents" and then on "Diocesan Cycle of Prayer." For the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, go to www.forwardmovement.org/acp.

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