Come pray with us – 2017

Lord teach us how to pray Luke 11:1

Now in our 34th year, the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Canada) continues to encourage and support the development, understanding and practice of prayer for individuals and communities, always looking for new ways to respond to current needs and trends in the church and in the world around us.

AFP (Canada) YouTube Channel:

As providing resources are central to our mandate, we are always looking for ways to share as broadly as possible materials that can be used to encourage prayer in a wide range of situations. This past year we have been working on the development of an AFP (Canada) YouTube Channel. In the months ahead, materials will be posted on this channel that could be used for local events and gatherings of all sizes. For more information about this, and accompanying support materials, please visit our YouTube channel.

Prayers of the People:

This was a joint initiative with the Society of St John the Evangelist, in the format of an online prayer wall, challenging prayers to share a daily themed prayer on social media. We started with “Canada Prays” in autumn 2016. Anyone can sign up to receive a daily prayer in the email at www.prayersofthepeople.org

Thy Kingdom Come:

Similar in structure to prayersofthepeople.org, this initiative by the Archbishop of Canterbury encourages a global wave of prayer, online and through a variety of prayer events and vigils. Anglican Fellowship of Prayer participated in 2017; plans are already underway for 2018. www.thykingdomcome.global

Resourcing the Newly Ordained:

Did you know that since 1996, thanks to the generosity of Nan Henderson, and the tireless efforts of our Resource Co-ordinator Paul Dumbrille, the AFP has been making resources available to the newly ordained? While we are tweaking exactly how this is done, ensuring that resources are in the hands of those beginning new ministry is of key importance. If you are newly ordained or know of someone who is, and have not heard from us, please let us know and we will be in touch.

Oh My God: Making Prayer a Priority – June 4-8, 2018 – St John’s College, University of Manitoba.

Every three years AFP (Canada) sponsors a national gathering where diocesan representatives and others interested in prayer, come together to consult, to encourage, to learn and to be inspired in their work. In 2018 we will be meeting in Winnipeg around the theme of Making Prayer a Priority in our lives, in our parishes, and in our world. Please set these dates aside and plan on attending.

As the work of the National Executive has no outside means of financial support, we are instead extending an invitation to our praying partners, to invest ourselves through the resources that God has given us by sharing our energy, our prayers, and our money, and, in this work to which God has called us all by making a donation of any size for which you will receive a tax receipt.

This donation can be made by clicking below,

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Or by sending your gift including your name and address to:
Anglican Fellowship of Prayer,
P.O. Box 78084,
Meriline,
Nepean, ON
K2E 1B1

We thank you in advance for your commitment to this important work. If you have anything that you would like to share with us at any time, we are always pleased to hear from you. See contact information below. Yours in prayer and service,

Ven. Paul Feheley
AFP (Canada) National Director
director@anglicanprayer.org

Rev’d Valerie Kenyon
AFP (Canada) Executive Chair
chairperson@anglicanprayer.org

B.C. Anglicans among those displaced by wild fires

Friends:

I have had a chance to talk to Bishop Barbara Andrews in the Territory of the Peoples area of British Columbia. Her diocese sits in the heart of the raging forest fires. She has asked that AFP members offer particular prayers for Williams Lake as another lightning storm is heading their way. There are about 1000 people in her diocese and every one of them has been affected in some way. Many parishes are offering shelter to those displaced . Please remember all of their communities in your daily prayers.

Archdeacon A. Paul Feheley,

Principal Secretary to the Primate,
National Director of The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer

BC Anglicans among those displaced by wild fires – from the Anglican Journal

The Daily Office Evening Prayer for July 13

Prayers for Canada Day

From Stephen Reynolds Book For All the Saints

Canada Day 1 July Canada Day is a national holiday, not a feast of the Church; and yet it is right that we Christians offer prayer and thanksgiving today, because all the good things which we enjoy as Canadians have their origin as gifts of God. The resources of our land and the oceans which border it, our diversity as Canadian people, the heritage of Confederation and our nation’s continuing efforts to ensure peace and justice for all its citizens — all these things call the Church to remember and celebrate the God who gave them. At the same time, we as the people of the Church must accept an immense responsibility as citizens of Canada. We believe that divine grace seeks to fulfill what divine power has created. We are the servants of this saving purpose of God: we do not leave the concerns of Canadian society behind us when we enter our churches; we enter our churches in order to gain fresh strength for the work of making God’s justice, compassion, and wisdom ever more present in the life of our nation. On Canada Day, our task is to dedicate ourselves to the mission of bringing all our country’s resources — natural and human — within the circle of God’s redemptive love in Jesus Christ.

(From the Canadian Book of Alternate Services)

Collect Almighty God, whose wisdom and whose love are over all, accept the prayers we offer for our nation. Give integrity to its citizens and wisdom to those in authority, that harmony and justice may be secured in obedience to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

There are also two collects in our Book of Common Prayer

O GOD, who providest for thy people by thy power, and rulest over them in love: Vouchsafe so to bless thy servant our Queen, and her Government in this Dominion of Canada, that thy people may dwell in peace and safety, and thy Church serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O GOD, who didst lead the fathers of our nation into this land of Canada, and hast increased us by thy favour: Grant, we beseech thee, that we who now enter into their inheritance, may prove ourselves a people mindful of thy mercies and ready to do thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thy Kingdom Come

Devoting Ourselves to Prayer

Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost

May 25 to June 4, 2017

St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room “constantly devoting themselves to prayer”. A number of women joined them including Mary, the mother of Jesus. (Acts 1:14).
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Lent Bulletin


March 1– April 15, 2017

The season of Lent provides us with an opportunity to cultivate the interior life through spiritual exercises and practices. It can be a time of rediscovery; a valuable chance to open ourselves more deeply to the beauty and power of the dying and rising to new life in Jesus. It is a time to ponder the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection and to allow it to soak into our deepest parts. New life and hope come to us in self-examination.  Every Christian is called to purposeful reflection on one’s need for God; each individual’s response to that call is an important factor in choosing how one will observe Lent. Through the centuries, Lent became characterized by practices which typify the meaning of this season, namely:
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