Starting as we mean to go on
Michael Volland writes about his vision of prayer underpinning everything we do at Ridley Hall:
I once heard someone say that ‘prayer is the work of the Christian’. I find this idea helpful because it releases me from feeling as if the real focus of my work should be attempting to fix everything for everyone. Instead, as a child of God, I am called to be diligent in prayer, allowing Him to form the character of Christ in me and to work in His way and at His pace in the Church and the world.
This is not an excuse for passivity but a shift of perspective. Like Jesus, our actions are fruitful when they are conceived in the place of prayer and born out of the practice of prayer.
With this in mind, as I took up the role of Principal at the start of this Lent term, I called for a day of prayer and fasting for the life and work of Ridley Hall. Current students and staff and their families, alumni, Trustees and other friends of the college were invited to join us in prayer and to seek God’s grace, mercy and provision for the college as we move into a new season.
Like Jesus, our actions are fruitful when they are conceived in the place of prayer and born out of the practice of prayer.
Our student prayer deacons prepared rich resources to shape and inform our prayer and worship throughout the day. These were distributed to a dispersed community of intercessors and also used by those who were able to assemble each hour in the college chapel. Members of the Simeon Community gathered with college staff in the morning to pray on each staircase and in various gathering points around the site. The day concluded with a simple Eucharist in chapel.
It was a time of blessing and encouragement and has set the tone for the days to come. As the community at Ridley Hall moves towards God’s hopeful future we would value your prayers for us.