Prayer and worship
Prayer is to the Church like breathing is to the body. The community will share a pattern of regular prayer, specially adapted so that non-resident members will be able to join in a fellowship of prayer in the middle of the working day.
‘[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’ (Luke 11:1a)
With the Twelve Disciples we say “Lord, teach us to pray…” and we model ourselves on His own prayer life. Jesus prayed regularly and on his own, as well as in community and fellowship. We deeply believe that many issues, which are currently challenging the world, find their future only in the guidance of the Holy Spirit and that prayer is the key to any effective action.
We follow the example of Jesus, like His first disciples did, and learn from him to pray to our Father with boldness and simplicity. We have daily personal prayer times and experiment with praying corporately in different ways. We discuss our prayer life with our Spiritual Accompanier and lay aside our busyness on Spiritual Retreats.
Read more about prayer in the Community’s Way of Life.
Day and night without ceasing they sing ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’ And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.’ (Revelation 4: 8b-11)
Worship is a lifetime’s worth of exploration. It is not confined to what we do together, but in Community, sharing with one another the commitment to prayer and worship is vital. The only requirement Jesus expresses for worship is that it be done in spirit and in truth; both refer to His person. We worship in the name of Jesus, offering our souls and bodies to be transformed that our whole beings may be filled with His presence as we are living temples of the Holy Spirit.
We invite the presence of God by gathering in His name. We share the commitment and help each other to worship. We learn from each other’s experiences and worship in Spirit and Truth in the freedom that is ours in Christ. We worship in unity because we are one body and of one Spirit.
Read more about worship in the Community’s Way of Life.
All Community members will take part in three week-long retreats and a Non-residential members will also have a Sharing Group weekend retreat in November. These retreats are at the heart of community life and spiritual growth as a member of the Community, and we require that all prospective members check that they will be able to completely detach from their other obligations (work, church, family) for these retreats before accepting an offer of membership in the Community. The retreats cover Life in the Spirit, sharing deeply in community and Ignatian spiritual exercises (a near-silent retreat). Retreat dates will be published in the New Year.