THROUGH JANUARY, ON A TRIAL BASIS, UNITY WILL BEGIN DAILY ONLINE EVENING PRAYER SERVICE AT 5PM
(JANUARY 7TH - FEBRUARY 14TH 2024)
Through January 2024, on a trial basis, we will be running a short time of prayer and meditation, each day on Zoom at 5pm-5.15pm. The service will be non-interactive for this trial period, which means that we will simply have some very simple prayer readings, spoken by the service-host, and then periods of silence, and everyone will remain muted throughout.
So it will be all about making a time at the close of each day for listening, praying, and meditation.
These prayer-times will begin straight after our Advent evening prayer season ends on January 7th; and will finish as our Lent evening prayers begin on February 14th. We will be using the same Zoom meeting number as always (739 579 4060). If successful, we hope that we might introduce evening prayers permanently into our prayer timetable, to complement our 9am Daily Word morning services; and our Noon prayers.
Why have time for prayers at the end of each day? Because we think it will give us all a unique chance to reflect on the last twelve hours; to open ourselves, where necessary, to forgiveness, self-forgiveness, acceptance, and resolution; to give thanks – and to pray for the next 24 hours. The pauses for silent meditation will also give space to 'breathe' about all that has happened, good or bad - before we rest and sleep.
We have chosen 5pm as it will more likely flow directly from the thoughts, feelings and actions of the day. However it is also on a trial basis as we do recognise that prayers at 8pm or later can also be very enriching.
To succeed we will need help so the the task of running the daily prayer time does not fall on too few people. Have you led a Zoom prayer meeting before? If so, would you like to be involved? We will be using a standard text throughout this trial which you can sample below. However each host is free to modify the words, if they choose, to suit their own natural form of expression. Do offer your services, if you can, so that we can make this trial period a collective success.
Whether we continue in the longer term will also depend on the numbers we get at each daily evening service, so if you are interested in this idea do think of making it a daily commitment to ensure its longer-term future.
We are very excited at the potential for this new venture. We hope you will be too. And we welcome you to be part of this!