Prayer is at the heart of all that Mothers’ Union does. The wave of prayer is one way in which Mothers’ Union supports members throughout the world and has been a daily act of prayer and reflection since 1921.
The Leeds diocese which is made up of the five episcopal areas of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield participated in the worldwide wave of prayer. Our diocese received the wave of prayer from the diocese of Norwich. St Martin’s received the wave of prayer from St Aidan’s, Harehills and St Paul’s, Scholes on Monday 8th January, 2018.
As we took over the wave of prayer, we remembered Mothers’ Union members in the episcopal areas of the diocese. We also remembered those members who had been praying before us. We prayed for help in loving and understanding each other and the lands in which we live. We rejoiced that we shared fellowship with members of one great family across the world. We celebrated members who came from different races, cultures and traditions to whom God has distributed a wide variety of gifts. We prayed for world peace. We asked forgiveness when we have contributed to the suffering of others by expecting a high standard of life at the expense of the poor. We prayed that we would be made aware that what we do in our everyday activities impacts on the lives of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We prayed in particular for our brothers and sisters in our linked dioceses of Etche and Ogbomoso in Nigeria, Kibungo in Rwanda, Lesotho in Southern Africa and Hanuato’o in the Solomon Islands, Melanesia. These dioceses were in turn holding our Leeds diocese in their thoughts and prayers.
As we prayed for each diocese, a candle was lit. We prayed to God to “Kindle a flame to lighten the dark and take all fear away”.
We passed on the wave of prayer to St Peter’s, Rawdon. It would then be passed on to various churches in the area and in the Leeds diocese and then to the diocese of Winchester.
We closed the meeting with Mary Sumner’s personal prayer.