Prayer is at the centre of life at St. John's and we are committed
to daily prayer for peace, for the world, the community, the church's
mission and for one another in the human family. St. John's is pleased
to receive requests for prayer.
Resources for personal prayer, daily office and a schedule of
scripture readings in keeping with days and seasons of the church year
are developed seasonally and available on request.
Place to Pray
Aside from regular worship, when the church
is not being used for liturgy, access to the church and chapel are available
- call or drop by the office during regular office hours.
Wisdom about Prayer:
Set time aside, every day, to spend with God. If time is tight, pray while
you are doing some repetitive activity (exercising, gardening, cleaning,
even riding the GO train.)
Prayer is portable, but returning to a particular place can help us focus.
Choose a corner of a room, a window, a garden spot, where God can be remembered
and met, every day.
Using an icon or candle can help focus your desire for God. Allow Scripture
or poetry to direct your thoughts. When you get distracted, simply set
the thought aside and turn back to God.
We are embodied creatures, and it is through the body that our prayer
is made. Use a gesture, kneel down, hold a set of prayer beads, or simply
focus on your breath.
Prayer is a relationship, our response to God's continuous invitation.
Like any good relationship, prayer deepens with time. Be still. Be honest.
Be real. Listen for God whose desire is for you.
from the monks of The Society
of St. John the Evangelist,
Episcopal/Anglican Monks, Cambridge MA
John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9
John's Parish Prayer
Gracious God, in Jesus you call humanity to reconcilation and wholeness.
You call us to love you, to love one another, and to walk humbly with
May our ministries at St. John's reflect your compassion and mercy,
your wisdom and justice, your generosity and welcome to all.
May all we say and do reflect your abundance and your grace. Amen.