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St John the Baptist Parish Church

Personal prayer and study

The library

As part of your observance of Lent this year you could take out one of the books from our library here at St. Johns.

We have a selection of books relevant to Lent. These include, “When they Crucified my Lord” by Brother Ramon. This book is written as a lentern pilgrimage from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day. The introduction to the book suggests that you set aside 1 hour a day. There is a passage of scripture followed by a reflection and a prayer for every day.

Another book we have is “With Jesus in the Upper Room” by David Winter. The book invites the reader to spend forty days reflecting on five chapters of St John’s Gospel.  This book is also written so that it can be read as a reflection or study for each day in Lent.

Please take the time to have a look in St. John’s library, which is in the foyer. It has a very wide selection of books from novels with Christian themes, to books on prayer, bible study and poetry.

The office of daily prayer

One of the glories of the Church of England is its worship. There are currently two collections of services and prayers authorized for use in the Church of England: The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England.

For each collection, the services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks are also available in full on the Church of England website (www.churchofengland.org) to help you find time for God during your day.

The Church of England publishes daily services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (Compline). These include the text of the psalm and the two Bible readings, and the appropriate Collect. You can easily print the service in an attractive format for reading later. 

 If you are interested in following one of more of the Daily Offices, we hope that this may be helpful.  

Aids to reading the Bible

For many years now members of St John’s have used Bible Reading Fellowship notes in print form, however, I recently discovered that are other ways in which the notes are available from the BRF.  “New Daylight” is available as a daily e-mail or iPhone or iPad App, “Guidelines” is available as a download, a weekly PDF e-mail, an iPhone or iPad App, “Day by Day with God” is available as an iPhone or iPad App and “The Upper Room” is available as a download.  Also, because the downloads are in PDF format they can be loaded onto a Kindle.

So if you go to: http://www.biblereadingnotes.org.uk/subscriptions/ and then click on the notes you are interested in and keep clicking you can find the information you want.

Also don’t forget that Anna Forbes would be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to start receiving any of the notes in print form.

Are you interesting in reading the Bible in one year? If so, check out the websites which help you do this. Here is one of the sites to help you see what is available:

http://www.oneyearbibleonline.com/