Our heartbeat is what keeps us going! Like our breathing, most of the time we do not notice it, but it is essential, of our essence, our very being. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity four times now to engage in our Primate Fred Hiltz’s exercise “Heartbeat of the Church,” with four different groups. Each time has been an illuminating and supportive experience, sharing insights on our praying with fellow-pilgrims on the way.
Archbishop Fred has been encouraging the whole of our Anglican Church of Canada to reflect on the life of prayer, seeing it as the heartbeat which keeps the blood flowing through the veins of the church, in dioceses, parishes and individuals. While the exercise is best done with others, it also works as a personal reflection/meditation. Go to: www.anglican.ca and press the Heartbeat link on the front page to see for yourself.
Prayer is the heartbeat of our life at St. James’, centred on the daily offering of public worship in Morning & Evening Prayer and in the celebration of the Eucharist. I know too how it is at the centre of the lives of many in the congregation: regular intercession, meditation, reading of the Bible. It is this prayer which sustains us on our Christian journey, and enables us to be active signs of God’s love in and for his creation.
The group which shares Morning and Evening Prayer daily in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel would welcome new members, so that we can maintain this important ministry at St. James’. Anyone interested, please have a word with me.
Listen for your heartbeat, listen for the rhythm of prayer at the heart of the Church’s life.