A Welcome to the AFP (Canada) Site

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Please click on the image to view the document.

Let Us Pray Winter 2024

Once again this quarter we will gather virtually each month on the third Monday of the month, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to hear from a variety of speakers and to spend some time together in prayer.

Winter 2024 Schedule

  • January 15th: Archbishop Lynne McNaughton discusses the different aspects of Medieval Mystics.
    The recording of the session has been added to Video on Demand.
  • February 26th: AFP Executive member Paul Dumbrille will lead us in a special 90 minute session focused on John Ortberg’s the Seven Spiritual Pathways to God (Intellectual, Relational, Serving, Worship, Activist, Contemplative, Creation). Although there is no “right” way to access God, it is likely that there are some of the pathways that you more commonly walk on because they are naturally you. It is comforting to know that while we have preferences, we aren’t limited by them. Who amongst us walks on just one path?
  • March 18th: Dean Emeritus of Canterbury Robert Willis will join us for A Passiontide Hour of Prayer and Reflection. He served as Dean of Canterbury for over 20 years and, during the coronavirus pandemic, became familiar to online audiences across the world for his Morning Prayer videos from the Cathedral – and the impromptu appearances of cats Leo and Tiger.

The NEW Zoom link:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84453751334

Zoom Meeting ID: 844 5375 1334

OR join by phone; find your local number: Zoom International Dial-In Numbers

We look forward to seeing you there.

Video On Demand

Perhaps you were not able to attend the monthly Let Us Pray session, or perhaps you enjoy them so much you’d like to share them with others? Well, now you can!

Edited recordings of our sessions are made available to you online approximately one week after the original live session. These videos do not contain any personal details of participants, but will isolate the presentation portion of the session, for use in your parish, deanery or Diocese. A perfect resource for a prayer gathering any time it suits your schedule.

December 2023: Archbishop Lynne McNaughton discusses the different aspects of Medieval Mystics in this month’s version of Video On Demand. Enjoy!

December 2023: The AFP Executive celebrate their most loved Christmas carols and hymns in this month’s version of Video On Demand. Enjoy!

November 2023: The Venerable Monique Stone joined the AFP to share with us the experience of her pilgrimage to Julian of Norwich’s Anchorage in Norwich, England.

October 2023: The Director of the AFP, Archdeacon Paul Feheley, speaks about Evangelism & Prayer in the Churches of the Middle East and the role prayer plays in these ministries.

September 2023: Reverend Matt Martin, Chaplain at Huron University College, speaks about his experiences of Campus Ministries and the role prayer plays in these ministries.

June 2023: Archbishop Linda Nicholls on Aspects of Prayer in Life and Ministry

May 2023: Bishop Riscylla Shaw on Praying in a New Heaven and a New Earth

April 2023: Dr. Michael Harvey on the ACORN Program, with an introduction by the Reverend Jane Bourcet. Dr. Harvey may be reached via email at michael@unlockingthegrowth.com

March 2023: Former Primate Fred Hiltz joined us in Lent to speak about St Cuthbert, an Irish abbot and missionary evangelist who founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries.

June, 2022: Archbishop Anne Germond presented Praying With Icons

Pandemic Prayers

Praying during a Pandemic

By Paul Dumbrille. In times of crisis, Prayer Matters. In this pandemic period people are turning to prayer. One small indication that people are praying more than usual, is that the number of people visiting this Anglican Fellowship of Prayer website has increased as rapidly as the COVID-19 virus pandemic has progressed. Is this an … Continue reading “Praying during a Pandemic”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on Praying during a Pandemic

In a Time of Virus, Fear and Economic Meltdown

Almighty God, we pray for those who have died of the coronavirus; for those who are sick, and for those who are afraid of getting sick. Be the shepherd of your people, O Lord, we pray. In the midst of such uncertainty, we wonder how to keep ourselves, our families, our companies and our churches … Continue reading “In a Time of Virus, Fear and Economic Meltdown”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on In a Time of Virus, Fear and Economic Meltdown

For those who are unable to physically receive communion

The Reverend Nils Chittenden, Rector of St. Stephen’s Church in Armonk, New York, shared a beautiful prayer from the Anglican Church of South Africa for those who are unable to physically receive communion. He writes, “In apartheid South Africa, many prisoners were denied the sacraments and had to find other ways of taking Spiritual Communion. … Continue reading “For those who are unable to physically receive communion”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on For those who are unable to physically receive communion

We pray today for all those suffering from COVID-19, and especially today for those struggling to find support:

Father of all, you call us to be generous to one another, and to recognise in their faces the true image of your Son. Give us grace that as individuals, and as a whole society, that in this time of great need we may minister friendship and support in ways that are safe to all … Continue reading “We pray today for all those suffering from COVID-19, and especially today for those struggling to find support:”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on We pray today for all those suffering from COVID-19, and especially today for those struggling to find support:

Lockdown

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer … Continue reading “Lockdown”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on Lockdown

In Time of Calamity

O most mighty and merciful God, in this time of hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and viruses, we flee to you for succor. Deliver the people, we beseech you, from their peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the needy; prosper the means of their safety; and grant that, perceiving how frail and … Continue reading “In Time of Calamity”

Posted in Pandemic Prayers | Comments Off on In Time of Calamity

Come Pray With Us

The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Canada) exists to encourage and enable the ministry of prayer in Canada. It is inclusive of all forms of expressions of Christian church life, whether they be lay or clerical, catholic or evangelical, monastic or secular, formal or informal. AFP (Canada) seeks to be a teaching resource to assist both individuals and congregations to grow in the life of prayer. It seeks to increase and strengthen the companionship of Christian prayer throughout the world.

To learn more, please visit our Come Pray With Us Page.

What is Prayer?

Prayer is effective communication with God: effective because it involves the release of energy and because it gets something done; communication because while it makes use of words it is more than words, and because it is not a monologue but a dialogue. God not only supplies the energy which makes the entire process possible, but also is the party at th other end of the line.

Prayer is at the centre of the spiritual life of a Christian. It is connecting and communicating with God. It is the essence of our relationship with God. Prayer is a privilege, not a duty. Like all good things it requires some discipline.

There are as many ways of praying as there are individuals. Our personalities and life experiences influence how we pray, and there are many different Types of Christian Prayer.

Why should we pray?

Because we are told to (I Thess. 5:17)! Because human experience teaches us that prayer a source of understanding and strength, a unifying force and a means of growth. Because by it we can help others (II Cor. 1:6), and because it is a way to the healing of minds, bodies, human relationships and the inner self. In prayer the center of living is shifted from ourselves to God.

How do we know that our prayers are being heard?

A certain way of knowing that our prayers are being heard is by their results. The results of prayer include not only what God may do by way of His personalized, compassionate response, but also direct influence related to the outreach of prayer-power, and not infrequently new attitudes and understanding on the part of the one who prays. In other words, the results of prayer fall into three categories: they are ‘heard’ when God intervenes, ‘productive’ as the release of mental energy (a physically measurable phenomenon) affects situations, and ‘therapeutic’ as change occurs within ourselves. We should remember that God’s concern is never less than our own (Matt. 6:8) and that, whatever may happen, we are never beyond the reach of God’s personal love (Matt. 6:26).

Writing and Sharing Prayers

The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer invites Churches across Canada to learn about writing and sharing prayers.

We invite you to share your prayers in posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tutorial videos are available for setting up Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Videos are available about the 7 principle kinds of prayer