Monday, 24 June 2013

Just Prayers

I'll hand this over to MarkPierson from World Vision NZ...
"Just Prayers: short film prayers
I have been frustrated by the lack of video resources available when I was leading congregations and small groups in prayer. I wanted short films that would at least point in the direction of some broader engagement with the world around us.

So we commissioned some, and the results are stunning. The first few are available for download at . You will be redirected to a temporary Vimeo link.

There is no charge for downloading. (click on the small black text "" at the bottom right hand corner of the screen when you get there and you will be taken to the download button.)

The films carry no branding but after a few seconds of black at the end the above URL appears so people can know where to find other similar films. The black allows you to stop the film before the URL appears if you are using it in a congregational setting. They range between 2 and 4 minutes in duration.

We are making these available as a resource to encourage the Church to become more engaged with injustice, locally and globally.

More will be uploaded as they become available; some very soon. If you have suggestions for new content, or comments about those already made, please let me know."

These videos are great: short and to the point.  They can supplement liturgy and won't disrupt the flow.  I especially love the Lords Prayer video and Elliot's Encircling Prayer...Have a look!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Prayer Resources on the Internet

No doubt there are a million prayer resources on the internet. I thought I would mention a few that I like or find interesting.

The other day I stumbled upon a site called The Dear God ProjectAnyone can post a prayer on the site. While it doesn't seem to be a particularly popular site and its Facebook page only has a few thousand likes I find the idea intriguing.  I also liked the way they have laid out of the prayers with a picture. Some of the prayers are particularly sad - about loneliness, divorce and other hurts.

Operation World is a well known prayer resource from an evangelical perspective.It has a focus on praying for the world. It has information about specific countries and a list of different prayer needs for that country. They also have prayer calendars and resources to help organise those who want to pray in a more systematic way.

The Anglican Board of Mission Australia has its own prayer resources in the form of a Prayer Diary. It is specifically a resource for prayer focussed on mission and for those who work in partnership with ABM throughout the Anglican Communion.

Finally the Church of England has a whole lot of prayer resources on their website. I particularly like their Topical Prayers section that has lots of prayer for things happening in the world right now. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

British Assemblies is a useful British site intended to assist all who are required to lead assemblies/worship in schools.  Many of the resources have a Christian basis, and I particularly like the "Rapid Response" section, intended to pick up on recent world events, especially the ones which young people may have found difficult or disturbing.  Most resources are free; others need to be bought.  It's worth a browse.


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Prayer Anyone?

Earlier this year the Church of England released results of a survey they conducted regarding prayer. The media release has the headline "Four out of five believe in the power of prayer". 

The British Humanist Association took issue with the headline and posted a response.

Unfortunately I think the BHA is right in questioning this summary of the survey. The question asked is " Irrespective of whether you currently pray or not, if you were to pray for something at the moment, what would it be for?"

It is hard to see how the headline on the media release could possibly be drawn from  a response to this question. What is of interest is what people said they would pray for: "31 percent of respondents cited peace in the world, followed by an end to poverty in the world (27 percent), a family member (26 percent) and healing for another (22 percent)."

I wonder what your students would say if you asked them the same question?

The raw data from the survey can be found here.