Prayer and Worship
To be a Christian is to worship God, to pray in the name of Jesus and to seek to live life following Jesus’ example, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Literally, to ‘worship’ is to ‘give worth’ to something or someone. This is why, in the traditional marriage service, the groom says he will “love, honour and worship” the bride. While God will always remain beyond human comprehension, for God cannot be known except by the heart, Christians, as people of faith, affirm gladly the being and reality of God. This response of faith is expressed most fully in worship. Worship in praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness in creation lies at the heart of all Christian living. For details of worship services at St George’s see Worship and Sunday Services in the EXPLORE section.
To pray is to enter into communion with God, thus prayer may be thought of in many ways. It is often considered as having distinct modes, of adoration, confession (being sorry), thanksgiving, petition (asking) and intercession (praying for people and situations). These reflect different postures of the heart towards God. They are commonly found in almost all acts of worship in church. Prayer therefore is very close to worship. Just as worship involves different modes of prayer, so to pray leads one to worship. Prayer may also be an individual activity as any one of us may choose to give dedicated time and space to seeking closeness to God alone. As everyone who prays will know, to pray is also to encounter the self in a new way, interiorly. It is often very helpful to have a spiritual guide in the Christian life and many people will seek a spiritual director or find a prayer partner to assist them on this journey of discovery. At St George’s there is a Prayer and Share group that meets regularly for silent prayer and simple sharing of the experience afterwards. If you would like to know more about learning to pray, do talk to one of us about it or contact the vicar (Ref CONTACTS). One spiritual guide, when asked by an enquirer, “how should I pray?”, replied, “pray as you can, don’t pray as you can’t, but pray!”. There is much wisdom in this advice, for there is no right way to pray. It is the desire for God that carries us forward. In the section time to reflect you will find links to the Daily Prayer of the church and to sites that specialise in aids to praying.