Lord Tennyson gave us the well-known quote, “More things are wrought through prayer than this world dreams of,” and I have no doubt of its truth. There is an ongoing river of prayer in Christ Church and many of the blessings we receive are attributable to it, I am sure. One of our special traditions is to begin each year with a week of focussed prayer, which, for 2018, starts this Sunday. I strongly appeal to all our CCK family to take this prayer call to heart, using the daily prayer guidelines and, if at all possible, attending our Wednesday evening prayer gathering in the church at 7.15 p.m. as well as the other times of prayer scheduled daily through the coming week.

We ended last year with a month of highly significant congregational gatherings through November as we gave ourselves to listening and discernment regarding the shape and priorities of our church life and mission. It was a very fruitful time in terms of both fresh thinking and of a deepened sense of our unity across all sectors of the church. Then Christmas and the holidays swept in, and now, with the New Year we need to come back to, and work with, the things we felt God was showing us last November. Our gathering together on the Wednesday evening of Prayer Week will have a conscious focus on picking up and carrying forward the practical ideas that emerged in week 4 of our November process.
Alongside this, I have felt a conviction that the great prayers of the Apostle Paul which are recorded in his letters to the Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians, have a special relevance to us at this time and that, as we ponder them and seek to pray them in our lives as individuals and the CCK community, they will deeply shape us as the people of God. In this season of prayer we also consider with the closing of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 have brought us into a season of considerable staff movements and changes. Please join with us in prayer as we wait and seek the Lord’s guidance in these significant staff appointments.

Lastly, I would like to announce the re-establishment of a regular healing service on Tuesday evenings at 5.30 p.m. On every alternate Tuesday (1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month) this will include a service of Holy Communion with anointing for healing at the Communion rail. We in CCK have frequently seen the miraculous healing power of the Lord at work, and it seems right to me that prayer for healing, which was such a major element in Jesus’ ministry, should be a regular part of our ministry. Many of us simply “live with” ailments of one sort or another, seeking simply to medicate them as best we can, but never also seeking the ministry of healing. My hope is that many of us will simply bring our healing needs to the Lord on Tuesday evenings. We begin this Tuesday 6th February with Holy Communion, as it is prayer week.

May we all have a blessed week of prayer

Taryn Galloway, 02/02/2018


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Service Times: Sunday Worship  8.00am, 10.00am & 6.30pm  |  Wednesday Service: 10am   | Tuesday Quiet Service: 6.30pm (fortnightly)

Taryn Galloway, 06/05/2015