In this series of posts we discuss the format and vibe of our gathered Sunday worship at Foundation Church.
During corporate prayer, we start really leaning in to the implications of the gospel. Because of Jesus and his work, we are made right with God. We are called children of God rather than his enemies. This has massive implications for how we approach him in prayer.
When Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, how did he tell them to begin their prayers? Our Father! (Matt 6:9-13)
So in gathered prayer on Sundays we come to God our Father, asking for him to work in the big, global issues we face, as well as the personal, intimate and relational.
St. Paul teaches what churches should pray for when they come together:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (1 Tim 2:1-2).
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To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints (Eph 6:18).
How this works out at Foundation Church
So we pray for world and national leaders. Governments and institutions, such as our education system or the arts community. We pray for the church – both in our city of Belfast, in our country, and across the world, paying particular attention to the persecuted church in other countries.
We pray for social needs in our land. We pray for Christian ministries and other charities that are doing great work in our city.
Most often our prayers are led from the front. We whisper our silent ‘Amens’ as we track with the service leader. Sometimes we pray in small groups, or one or two of us pray out loud in turn.
Foundation Church meets every Sunday 10:30am at Ashfield Girls’ High School, BT4 2LY.