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Prayer Calendar

Prayer Calendar

Message from Bishop David, January 2013:

“If I only had a heart.” The Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz longed for one, and it stands to reason – no heart means no real life, no passion, no courage, no love. So God promises us a new heart, a living, beating one, a way to be fully human, fully alive, and grow in the character of Christ.

Prayer with a Passion is the beating heart of every Christian life. Sometimes it runs strongly and regularly, sometimes weakly, sometimes it misses a beat or two, and sometimes it needs emergency resuscitation - but the call to keep praying is constant,  strengthened by the knowledge that Christ in his Passion for us is Praying to the Father for us already.

This Prayer Calendar is part of that call. It reminds us that the faith and the church are bigger than we are – calling us into the company of Christ, showing us the others for whom we must pray, challenging us to be faithful in that prayer, but also reminding us of the great support that the prayer of the faithful gives us as well.

Not everyone finds prayer lists to their taste, but one like this brings with it the great virtue of guiding us not just to pray for those we know well and like well but all the family of faith, and to pray for them with specificity, for the needs they themselves have declared. I will be using it myself – and hope that you will be too.

April 2014
19th April
Canberra & Goulburn (Australia) - The Rt Revd Stuart Robinson; Assistant Bishop - The Rt Revd Trevor Edwards. Regional Bishop in Wagga Wagga - The Rt Revd Genieve Blackwell
20th April
Easter Day The tomb is empty, the Easter Gardens are decorated, Jesus is alive, He is risen. Our faith is based on our own individual experience of the risen Lord and the facts of the physical appearances verified by witnesses. The experience of His presence within the lives of Christians spanning the centuries is also the reality of contemporary Christians, but with that common spiritual understanding is the basis of historical fact. Credible facts which have withstood close examination. Our faith has at its heart profound feelings of presence and the hard facts of witnesses. All this gives us confidence and hope. Good Friday is the ultimate fulfilment of prophecy and gives us the basis of faith from the way God has spoken historically. Easter Day gives us a shift in that we can say tomorrow is more important than yesterday. Easter faith is thus a huge mind changing shift in thinking. Lord give us all that reality of experience of changed lives to give us real hope in the future as a result of Easter Day. Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
21st April
Alwalton

Rector: Malcolm Ingham
ALMs: Mike and Dilys Page; David Neate; Damon Habbin
We give thanks for the risen Lord Jesus and that God will have blessed our Passion for Life outreach events leading up to Easter.

Cape Coast (West Africa) - The Rt Revd Daniel Allotey
22nd April
Chesterton

Rector: Malcolm Ingham
We give thanks for the joy and hope Easter brings and pray that God will bless our plans for the summer fete which connects us to the wider community.

The Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of Southern Africa; Cape Town - Table Bay (Southern Africa) - The Rt Revd Garth Counsell
23rd April
Orton Longueville

Rector: Dr Donald McFadyen

St George St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School, Orton Longueville Carlisle (England) - The Rt Revd James Scobie Newcome; Suffragan Bishop of Penrith - The Rt Revd Robert Freeman
24th April
Orton Goldhay

PIC: Sarah Gowler
LLM: Lynessa Austen
Life of the Parish: Thank God for the groups that meet as part of the church and which use our premises. Pray for our relationships with the local schools and that we may listen to the people around us so that we can share God’s love in practical and life-changing ways.

With Compassion in Tanzania and Haiti St John’s Church of England Primary School, Orton Goldhay Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1988 (born in Cambridge, Vicar of St Bene'ts, Cambridge, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge) Ivo, Bisho
25th April
Orton Waterville

Rector: Dr Donald McFadyen

St Mark Central Buganda (Uganda) - The Rt Revd Jackson Matovu
26th April
Stanground

P.I.C.: Anne Shorter

St John’s Church of England Primary School, Stanground St Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Cardea Central Ecuador (USA) - The Rt Revd Victor Scantlebury
27th April
Pray for our local government and councillors, and the proper use of on-line and media resources; for close cooperation between the church and local providers in areas of deprivation.
PRAY for The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East The Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis President Bishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Bishop in Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
28th April
Chesterton St Andrew

Vicar: Canon Nick Moir
Associate Priest: Dorothy Peyton Jones
Ecumenical Minister: Tricia Troughton
We are thankful for an inclusive church community of all ages; for a much loved church building and a modern and well-used community hall. Please pray for our Hall extension (which should be well underway by now); our use of the new ‘Pilgrim’ course; our spring retreat and autumn parish weekend; our newly elected PCC members.

Azul Wasi Orphanage (Peru) Central Florida (USA) - The Rt Revd Gregory Brewer
29th April
Chesterton St George

Vicar: Ruth Adams
Assistant Curate: Hannah Hobday

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury. Canterbury - Dover (England) - The Rt Revd Trevor Willmott Canterbury - Ebbsfleet - The Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall Canterbury - Richborough - The Rt Revd Norman Banks
30th April
Chesterton The Good Shepherd

Vicar: David Maher
Rtd Priest: John Polkinghorne

Central Gulf Coast (USA) - The Rt Revd Philip Duncan

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