Sitting With Jesus

Sitting with Jesus - June 15th

Redeemer Family –
Below is the weekly prayer for the Anglican Church.  Know that as you pray this prayer you are joining your voice with brothers and sisters from around the world who are also asking the Lord for this same thing at this same time.  As we were reminded yesterday from Psalm 121, we need one another’s strength and encouragement as we journey along the way.  Be encouraged and strengthened by the community of faith this day.
For the Sunday closest to June 15
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sitting with Jesus - Weekly Prayer (June 8th)

Redeemer –
As we journey together through the Psalms of Ascent this summer, my hope is that these weekly prayers will help us in our daily ascent to the presence of the Lord.  This week’s prayer asks the Lord to guide our minds in order that we might think right thoughts and then asks God for the  grace to carry out those thoughts in our lives. 
Proper 5    The Sunday closest to June 8
O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Have a blessed week.

- Ford

Sitting with Jesus - Weekly Prayer for 7th Sunday of Easter

This week in the life of the church is a strange one.  Last week we celebrated that Christ ascended into heaven.  This coming Sunday we’ll celebrate the sending of the Spirit at Pentecost.  Yet in between these two weeks, the people of God were left without God’s presence here on earth. 
Below is a prayer for the church for the Sunday after Ascension Day.  It is a beautiful prayer asking the Lord to never leave us without His comfort.  It is a prayer that reminds us of the comfort of the Holy Spirit and causes us to pray for more and more of an experience of the Spirit in our lives. 

I pray that this will encourage you as you Sit with Jesus this week.


Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen
— Book of Common Prayer

Sitting with Jesus - 4th Sunday in Lent

Church Family –
Below is a prayer for the 4th Sunday in the season of Lent.  Being a church that celebrates communion each week, this prayer is especially meaningful for us.  I pray that as we take time to sit with Jesus this week, our hearts would realize we need him not just every week in worship, but every moment of every day.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

Sitting With Jesus - Ash Wednesday Prayer

Friends –
The vision of Redeemer Anglican Church is that we would be a people who Participate with Christ in the Redemption of All Things.   That ‘all things’ includes ourselves…  In Hebrews 10:14, the writer states that God has perfected for all time, those who are being sanctified.  This means that though we have already been redeemed, we still await the fullness of our redemption – the completeness of Christ’s work in us.  And throughout the scriptures, we’re called to participate in that work by the way that we live.    
One of the ways we participate in the Lord’s redemptive work in our lives is by is by Sitting with Jesus in prayer.  So, each week, we are going to make an effort to help you – even for a moment – sit with Jesus and saturate yourself in prayer.  In the Book of Common Prayer there are prayers for each week of the liturgical year.  They are beautiful prayers handed down by the saints who have gone before us.  They are not always simple to read, but they are always rich in meaning.  And so, I want to encourage you to take a minute or two (or 10 or 20) to sit with this prayer each week.  Really think about what the prayer is saying about who God is and consider what is asking of the Lord. 
If we would each sit with Jesus this way each week I believe a couple of things would happen.  First, I believe these ancient prayers would become our prayers.  They will become more and more meaningful as we embrace them as our own.  Second, I believe that as we pray them ‘together’ our lives become more and more united in Christ and in one another.  Finally, I believe they will teach us about ourselves and about our Lord and that the Lord will use these prayers to shape our hearts and our affections and draw us in line with Him.  This is redemptive work for our souls.  Don’t rush through them; sit with them.  Let them soak into you and remain with you throughout your day and week.
I pray this will be a blessing to us all.  Below is the prayer for Ash Wednesday:

grace and peace,


Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
— The Book of Common Prayer