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There are members who have agreed to pray for one month for people and situations that may arise from time to time.
This may be because of illness, bereavement, family or employment issues – there is no limit to the need.
You should access the prayer chain by visiting the MU Oxford website www.muoxford.org.uk On the left hand side of every page on the website you will see 2 large blue circles: in the top one it reads ‘Latest Focus magazine’ and the other (lower) one says ‘Emergency Prayer Chain’ – Click on this circle and a form will open up which you should complete. You are asked for your name, email address and the details of the prayer request: your personal details will never be divulged to those who pray. The ‘Captcha code’ is there to ensure that you are a real person and not a machine. Petitions will be made for one month. If the situation changes then it would be helpful if you could complete another form so that those praying can be updated.
If you do not have internet access and do not want to ask someone else to submit a prayer request through the website, then please leave a voicemail message on our office phone (01865 787587) stating your name, phone number and the prayer request. Please listen carefully to the message on the answerphone as sometimes during holiday periods you might be asked to call another number.
If you would be willing to be on the list of those offering prayers, then please speak to your AVP who will organise for you to be included on the list of those asked to pray. We regret that you must be able to access the internet in order to offer your services to pray in this way.
We have a Memorial Book for us to honour those members who now reside with our Lord.
We ask that a copy of the Order of Service from a Funeral or Memorial Service is sent to the office and a form completed as well. This can be found HERE.
The books that we compile are available for members to read at each major meeting that we hold in the diocese.
Dwelling in the Word is a deliberate listening to the Bible text that we are given, so that we can discern what God is saying to us at that particular time. There are no right answers and God will speak to each of us in a different way.
- Each person is given the text. The leader begins by offering a simple prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to us through the Word.
- The leader then invites people to listen as someone reads the text slowly, and each person is invited to note where their attention lingers. It might be a particular word or phrase that attracts attention – either something they are curious about, or something which inspires, excites or challenges.
- After some silence, the text is then read again, this time by the group [if it is small], going round reading a sentence each, or [if there are many people] by another solo voice. Often the passage is read a third time, either with a different voice or by the group going round, as before. During these two readings the listeners should see whether they are still being called to the same word or phrase.
- The group then splits into pairs, to share what it is that you saw and heard in the text, focusing on one word or phrase. The idea is that you listen attentively to what your partner is saying because when you come back into the group, you will share, very briefly, what they heard and saw, not what you heard and saw – your listening partner will do that for you.
If the group is small then each person can share with the others what they found the text was drawing their attention to.
- As we listen together to what everyone has said, common themes begin to emerge and we begin to get a sense of what God is saying to us in that moment. The leader might make a note of these themes so that s/he can weave them together into a prayer at the end.
Each day a Wave of Prayer goes around the world as members pray at midday wherever they are for the work of Mothers’ Union and international issues. Remembering that it is midday somewhere in the world every hour of each day means that our voice of prayer is never silent.
This began in 1920 and has been happening ever since. The Wave of Prayer calendar includes every area worldwide where Mothers’ Union works. Every member receives a copy of this calendar in a twice yearly publication called Families Worldwide but it can also be found on line.
The days that Oxford diocese prays are 20th – 22nd April and information about our link dioceses can be found here.
Our members make a special effort to meet together during these three days in April to pray for our links. A special service is compiled each year and distributed to every member in the magazine Focus. A link to the most recent service can be found here