Our Diocesan Prayer.
Heavenly Father, we embrace Your call for us to make disciples, to be witnesses and to grow leaders. Give us the eyes to see Your vision, ears to hear the prompting of Your Spirit and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN
All Saints’ Mission Action Plan Prayer 2018
Heavenly Father, Strengthen us and use us as living stones in your Church;
Help us to grow in faith together, and to draw others to you.
Grant each of us the generosity and faithfulness we need to play our part.
By your grace, may All Saints’ Church may be built into a stable and sustainable spiritual house for you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
100 Days of Prayer for Peace
Starting on 4th August 2018, this prayer initiative commemorates the 100thanniversary of the of end of the First World War. On that day in 1918 King George declared a day of prayer, and peace was declared 100 days later. The Archbishop of Canterbury is promoting 100 days of prayer starting, August 4th 2018. For more details and suggestions to support your prayer you can download a booklet from the link below.
Thoughts for Prayer from Rev’d Wendy Williams
1Peter2:5 our chosen text for the year 2018 should keep reminding us that we find our life in Christ, and our place in His family, the Church. He is the master Mason building us into a fellowship of believers so that we might grow spiritually. Paul reminds us of this in Romans15:1-2. “We who are strong ought to bear with the failures of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbour for his good, to build him up.” This is why we see ourselves asliving stones. Cranfield wrote ‘The free lance Christian who would be a Christian but is too superior to belong to the visible Church upon earth in one of its forms, is simply a contradiction in terms.’
We need to remind ourselves that one stone is of little value on its own, but stones in the plural can make a great pyramid, or a Canterbury Cathedral, so we as living stones are being built into a spiritual house. Each of us has a designated place and a place to fill because God knows where He wants us to be. Paul testified to this in his description of the Church as a Body. “A body has many parts” he said, “God has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1Corinthians 12:18. We are being fashioned and joined together in community to live in contact with our Lord and saviour now and in the future. He enables us to have stability, security, and strength.
The late Rev Billy Graham wrote about one of his friends who suffered greatly during the Depression. He lost his job, his wife, his fortune and his home. He like Job who lost everything, and suffered physical pains too, tenaciously held to his faith. One day he stopped to watch some men repairing the stonework on a huge Church. One of them was busy chiselling a triangular piece of stone. He was intrigued and asked him “What are you going to do with that?” The workman stopped and pointing upward said, “See that little opening away up there near the spire? Well I’m shaping this down here, so it will fit up there.” Tears filled the friend’s eyes as he walked away. God had spoken through the workman to explain the ordeal through which he was passing.”I’m shaping you down here, so you’ll fit in up there.”
May we allow Christ to shape us as living stones, fitting us to serve Him in the present, whilst knowing that He is preparing us for our place in eternity.
Click below to read Rev’d John Mountain’s Easter encouragement
as part of Christ Church Parbold’s Prayer Newsletter
Our School Watchword Prayer for 2018
Father God thank you for inviting us to come to you.
Thank you for loving us and living in our hearts.
Thank you for bringing us together
and building us up to be your people and your home.
This page is a focus for our prayer life at All Saints. We believe that earnest, thoughtful, regular and honest prayer is the key to our individual and collective relationship with our wonderful Creator, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. If you want to share a prayer or prayers on this page, do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts. If there is a situation that you wish to bring before God and would like us to be mindful of as a Church family, share it with us. We want to share together what we want to say to Him.