Prayer is central to the spiritual health of All Saints Anglican Cathedral. Why?
First – Prayer expresses our love for God and others.
Second – Prayer exposes our hearts to God.
Third – Prayer encounters Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
We bring our requests, desires, fears and hopes to the One who can bring us the help and comfort we need, both for ourselves and for the sake of others. There are two ways that the All Saints community engages in prayer through volunteers who have a passion to pray for others: Intercession and Prayer Ministry.
Intercession takes place as members gather before service to meet with God and reveal our communal needs to him in prayer. The group gathers to reflect on God’s work at All Saints and any needs we may have, as well as bringing him thanks for our many blessings. Often the team will ask God for what is needed in our common life, our family, our church, and our community, and then will listen for what the Holy Spirit might reveal through the various gifts he gives to the Church. Intercessory prayer is ultimately a partnership with Jesus Christ, who is the One interceding for us. Hebrews 7:25 reveals that Jesus can save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. And in Rom. 8:34, “Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God — and He is interceding for us.”
Intercessory prayer happens corporately every Sunday morning at 8:15 in the downstairs resource room and is open to all interested in praying for the well-being of All Saints and our mission in Amesbury.
Immediately after our Sunday service, prayer teams are available at the front to pray for anyone who needs prayer, with an aim to facilitate an encounter with God in whatever situation they may find themselves in. At its core, prayer ministry is an opportunity to listen to God together on behalf of the one seeking to receive it. Whether you need physical or emotional healing, or if you need to process something that caught your attention during the service, we encourage you to approach a prayer team and receive. Each prayer session lasts about five minutes.
Sometimes the prayer team recognizes that a person coming for prayer has a greater pastoral need than what can be met in five minutes. In those cases, a referral for a more extended time of prayer or pastoral care can be made. You can also get in touch with the All Saints main office to ask for a 90-minute prayer appointment with two of our prayer ministers.