We praise God

Submitted by Ian Reid on 22 September, 2021


The following is an extract from an email received by our Pastor on Monday.

It is passed it on , with permission , to us all as a point of deep praise and encouragement to us all.

Pastor Ian,

We wanted to thank you and your church for providing the great online worship services via YouTube.

We find the content really helpful to us

We live in country NSW and we were browsing for a church service to attend and came across yours.

It has been so exciting to engage with the Alpha Course as part of the service and wanted you to know that we have taken a really big step of placing our faith in Jesus Christ.

We were both raised in "the church" but neither really understood how to become a Christian.

Both of us had drifted away from all things church in recent years and this opportunity to hear again the clear call of Jesus was just at the right time.

What an impact it had on us.

Hopefully, after restrictions lift , we can find a great church to connect with.

Please keep up the great work and our deepest gratitude to you and to your church.

Regards, S & D

Children's village boy seeks prayer for medical condition

Submitted by Daphne Bate for the Hay Family on 15 September, 2021

David Hay requests prayer for:

  • an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan for a 15 year old boy from the Children’s Village
  • and for him as he is experiencing recurring episodes of fitting/seizures and has been rushed to hospital on a number of occasions and has had a series of consultancies and tests.


Note: A donation from our Community of Givers fund has been sent to help meet this young man's medical expenses. As we are partners in the work at the children's village, we are part of his community.

Prayer For Hope In Grief

Submitted by Ian Reid on 13 September, 2021

Prayer for hope in grief

Sadly, a young couple I have pastoral care of are enduring the sadness of the loss of a child through late term miscarriage today.

We have assisted them through our COG ministries over the past year.

Please pray for the couple and for their 3year old son, as they are struggling with some very raw and deep pain.

They wanted to post the prayer below and I have assured them of our prayers as a church community.

God, I feel so weak and tired because of my pregnancy loss grief.

Please give me the strength to keep engaging with the emotions, with life and with the pain towards the healing of my heart.

Please give me the strength to say yes to the things I need to do, and no to the things I don’t.

Help me to rest enough and to look to you for supernatural strength. God, please be my strength because I don’t have any left. Amen

A prayer To persevere

Submitted by Ian Reid on 13 September, 2021

Persevering Through God’s Strength Prayer

Almighty Father,

In You our God we find the support we need to carry on in life.

We gather the strength we need to endure the hardships life brings.

Our own physical capabilities and our motivational drives may fail us many times, but You faithfully rescue us.

You are the Source of the strength we most need.

Rid my heart of fear, knowing You are always with me.

Clear my mind of troubling thoughts, knowing You are my Almighty God, the Foundational Rock, and Strength of my heart.

Amen.

A prayer of thanksgiving and trust in God

Submitted by Ian on 7 September, 2021

Heavenly Father,

We thank and praise you for your good gift of creation. For your rivers, mountains, soils, skies and seas that sustain life, bring joy and heal. We marvel at the diversity and wondrous complexity of life you have called by name. The beauty of relationship between all you have made, designed to live and flourish together.

We thank you Father God for calling us into relationship with you, commissioned to care for your good creation. To nurture, protect and join with all creation in singing your praise.

We ask your forgiveness Lord for our failure to love your creation as you do. For our complicit actions and complacent hearts that have chosen profit over protection. For our desire for comfort over concern and compassion for others. For our refusal to heed the warnings given to us over and over again. For our failure to acknowledge our total dependence on you Lord. In a warming world, witness to floods, droughts, heat waves and fires we cry out Father God.

We seek your holy wisdom of a Jubilee for the Earth. For rest and renewal of the relationship between us and all your creation. For your land to be healed, balance returned and the precious diversity of your creation sustained. Lord, we ask you for courage to take up our cross and follow you.

We pray that we would not be overcome by a spirit of despair. That we would not grow weary or feel overwhelmed by the work ahead. Instead Father God we ask you to awaken your church with a spirit of hope, a spirit of courage and a spirit of love.

We pray you would embolden us to speak out for justice for our vulnerable neighbours, our children, future generations and all your creation.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-12)

Prayer points from Hay family June 2021 Newsletter

Submitted by Daphne Bate for the Hay Family on 2 July, 2021

David, Janenne and Rachel Hay ask for our prayers:

Praise God:

• all at iKhethelo have remained safe from COVID-19

• that Andrew's health has remained stable

Please pray:

• for continued protection over the village from coronavirus

• for the approval of our visas

• for healing for our son/brother Andrew - the cancer has remained stable, which is what his oncologist hoped for at this time. He will start another 10 weeks of chemotherapy towards the end of July.

Prayer of Thanksgivng on Easter Sunday

Submitted by Ian Reid on 23 March, 2021

An Easter Prayer Loving

Lord, today we remember the veil of darkness transforming to the brightest light. The most dreadful end becoming the most beautiful beginning.

We remember with trembling hearts the depths of despair fading to reveal hope everlasting. The curse of death defeated by eternal life.

Today we remember with thankfulness your willingness to be pierced for our sins.

We sing with abounding joy of your miraculous rise, from death’s tomb to resplendent life.

Thank you for the promise of heaven and your generous invitation of eternal life for all.

Amen.

Good Friday Prayer

Submitted by Ian Reid on 23 March, 2021

Prayer for Good Friday

Suitable as a invocation prayer

Father, As we gather together today, we remember the supreme sacrifice of our beautiful King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Led like a lamb to the slaughter, clothed in humility and grace, he willing offered himself to death so that we might live forever.

We are truly thankful for the extent of his love, stretched out on a cruel wooden cross.

We dwell on the pain he bore for us and are truly grateful for the forgiveness that he offers.

As we worship and praise now, help us to live in the wonder of this goodness and marvel at his endless grace.

Amen.

A Prayer to pray for those for whom prayer isn't easy

Submitted by Ian Reid on 20 February, 2021

The lorica of St Patrick

I arise today

Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

I arise today

Through God's strength to pilot me; God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak for me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect me, God's hosts to save me Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today Against wounding Christ with me,

Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through the mighty strength Of the Lord of creation. (St. Patrick, 387-461)

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