Category Archive: Update from David

 

THY KINGDOM COME - AGAIN

You may remember that this time last year we accepted the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to join the global initiative to pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ between Ascension Day and Pentecost. They have repeated that encouragement and this year those dates are between 10th and 20th May. As last year, we plan to pray in each church in our team – one each day at 6.30pm until Saturday 19th May, when there’s a 24-hour prayer event at St Mary’s, Chipping Norton. Some of you may recall the prayer for the Queen in the Book of Common Prayer. It begins, ‘Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting, and power infinite: have mercy on the whole Church;’. When I read that prayer I am reminded that although we might think that the Queen can do anything she wants, her kingdom and power have limits, whereas God’s rule is forever and over everything that has been made. We pray to God, believing that he knows everything and loves everyone, (including us), and is working out his perfect plan. I’ve recently read a couple of old biographies, ‘God’s Smuggler’ and ‘God’s Smuggler to China’, both of which have encouraged me to pray. Earlier in the year I also read ‘Dirty Glory’, by Pete Grieg, which is much more up-to-date, and terrific too. He includes many awe-inspiring stories of answered prayer, but also reminds us that many, many answered prayers are taken completely for-granted. He points out the Lord’s Prayer as a powerful way of praying for God’s will to be done. We may not recognise how he answers but we can be sure he does. Let us pray … Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Please come and pray at 6.30pm:
Friday 11th - Chastleton Tuesday 15th - Over Norton
Saturday 12th - Little Rollright Wednesday 16th - Cornwell
Sunday 13th - Churchill Thursday 17th - Kingham
Monday 14th - Little Compton Friday 18th - Salford
Saturday 19th – St Mary’s, Chipping Norton (at any time) We recently held our annual meetings (APCM) or each parish and the annual reports can be downloaded from the Church News page (link below). http://www.kinghamchurches.org.uk/what-we-do-together/church-news/

ALPHA

What is Alpha? Everyone has questions about what life is all about. We believe that everyone should have a chance to share those questions, explore the Christian faith and give their point of view. Alpha is a place where you can ask those questions.  We meet together for a delicious meal and listen to a …

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