Prayer and Worship

When you come to visit St Luke’s you may like to spend some time praying. Here are some ideas of where you might like to spend time in prayer:

The Book of Remembrance: there is a kneeler in front of the book that contains the names of people who are remembered in the garden here at St Luke’s. You may wish to kneel here and pray for a loved one (or even a stranger) who’s name appears in this book.

The chapel: you can spend time in the quietness of the side chapel. There are plenty of chairs here and it is a beautiful tranquil space.

The votive candle: you may like to light a small candle either for a loved one, yourself or a situation. Whatever your prayer needs a candle is a good way to acknowledge your need to God and to ask for God’s help in a situation. It may also been a way of giving thanks or praising God for his provision, grace and mercy. Your prayer candle will remain lit and the church community will join  you in your silent prayers. Do please make a small financial offering to help pay for the candles etc.

The main body of the church: each week the congregation at St Luke’s gather and worship together. We sit in the main body of the church and pray for the church, our city, our society, those in need and those who have recently died. By sitting and praying in one of these seats you are joining in with a tradition of prayer that has been present in this place for over a century.

The Remembrance Garden: we have a beautiful outside space that gives hope to the living and eternal rest for those who have died. Here are scattered the ashes of parishioners and Everton Football Club fans. It is also a place of solace and peace. Even on the busiest of match days this is a quiet place for the weary and those who feel they need a bit of space from the rush of the world. Please do feel free to spend time here. Enjoy this escape from city life. A little bit of heaven here in Walton.

How to pray

Many people are scared by the idea of praying. They think they will do the wrong thing or say the wrong words. Others think that if they don’t go to church God won’t listen. Some believe that God is not interested in our prayers. Many simply don’t know how to start or what they should pray for.

If you feel any of this then we hope this page will help.

God hears every prayer

Christians believe that God hears every prayer. But He does not answer our prayers in the way we might want or expect. That’s why Christians often pray for His will to be done. But God hears the prays of those who need and if there is something on your mind then you can simply put it into prayer for God. You don’t need to know any prayers or have the right words to say. Simply picture Jesus in  your mind and say what you feel. You can pray anywhere at any time.

Prayer is not just for crisis

We don’t all live our lives in crisis and God wants us to use prayer to help us be closer to him. By praying we can start to experience His love for us.

You can pray about

Things you want to give thanks for. Your home, family, good relationships in your life, occasions in your life.
People in power. World leaders, our government, members of parliament.
People who feel powerless. The poor, weak, helpless, hungry, sick, ill and bereaved
Yourself and your day

How and when you pray

There are no rules for how and when you pray. Traditionally people pray in the morning and evening as it gives a structure to the day. But the important thing is to chose a time that suits you. It may help to be quiet where you have time for yourself.

Some people think you have to kneel when you pray. Kneeling is the traditional way of praying as it is a symbol of humility. But you can pray walking, sitting, standing – however is best for you.

It may help to be creative. You could use music to help you focus. Some people also like to light a candle. Others may use items from nature such as stones or flowers to help them focus.

It may help to use someone else’s words. We have printed the Lord’s Prayer – the famous prayer that Jesus taught us  – on this page. Or you can visit the Church of England website for other prayers that can help. Otherwise church and cathedral bookshops sell prayer cards, books and bookmarks with prayers that can help.

Praying together

The Church of England believes it is important to pray together. Prayer forms an important part of any church service and many churches have groups that meet together regularly to pray.

Pray for our Diocese

Unite with others across the Diocese to pray for our churches, ministers and mission partners.
Get the latest Cycle of Prayer from the downloads page.

The Lord’s Prayer

When Jesus was asked about how to pray he taught his disciples a simple prayer. This prayer has come to be known as the Lord’s Prayer and is still a useful starting point for people who are wondering how to pray.

The Church of England tends to use two versions of this prayer in our services. We have printed them both here.

Version one (modern)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Version two (traditonal)
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

If you have any specific prayer needs or requests for yourself or other people please do get in touch – Use the CONTACT FORM on this site and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.