Acts 12:5 ‘but the church was earnestly praying to God’. This was part of the text that was read when we opened and prayed in the new offices and renovated hall on the 6th of September. The Church was praying, and it is as a result of your prayers, generosity and the goodness of God that we have completed Phase One of the Development Project.
When you look at Acts 12:1-17, we see that Peter was stuck unjustly in prison, in persecution for his faith. In this hopeless situation, the church was praying to God for him. And the story recounts how an angel, lead Peter out from the prison in a miraculous way, (it’s interesting that he didn’t realise what was happening to him, but enjoy reading the story for yourself). Then when he was out the church didn’t recognise he was at the door of their house v13-16. They were amazed at how God had answered their prayer. ‘But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.’ At Christ Church we have the privilege of seeing people being changed by the Lord, we have the privilege of seeing people being set free from things that hold them back, and free from Sin that stops them encountering Jesus. The only way that we can truly see this transformation, that we can see the Kingdom come here on Earth as it is in Heaven, is by prayer.
As a church this academic year we are reading through the whole bible together. It is an opportunity to saturate ourselves in the story of God, for as we realise our place in the story of God, it gives us a hunger to pray that reality, to pray the promises of God into our generation and for future generations to come. It is as the Spirit leads us in prayer and as he brings the Word alive that our lives can be changed, our communities changed and the world changed. As we pray we can be amazed just like the early church at what can happen. In the new offices there is also a meeting/ prayer room and Mon-Fri at 9.00 some of the staff, clergy and readers will be meeting to pray for the church, ministries and other wider concerns that are on our hearts. If there is something you would like us to be specifically praying into for you, could you e-mail or phone the office and we would be delighted to be praying specifically for that as well. Please do also feel free to join us at any of the prayer meetings we have, full details are in the church notice sheet or website.
Thank you too for the generosity in realising Phase One of the development and may we pray in Phase Two, reordering the church interior, that we can continue to be a blessing to this community and beyond.
With my prayers for you all.
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