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News from the Vicarage - May 2016

Dear Friends,

Archbishops call for 'great wave of prayer' for evangelism during Pentecost.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday. The Archbishops have written to every serving parish priest in the Church of England expressing their longing "to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches" from 8th-15th May.

The week of prayer will culminate in 'Beacon events' around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. In their letter the Archbishops said: "At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus Himself taught us -'Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.'

"It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord's Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it is with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to His glory."

The Archbishops are suggesting various ways churches can engage with the week of prayer. These include holding a day or week of continuous '24/7' prayer as parishes, teams or deaneries; saying special prayers in Sunday worship; prayer walking; or handing out a novena prayer card to every congregation member.

Our church is participating in this wave of prayer and S. Mary's will be open from 3pm on Monday 16th May until very late. Do come and pray!

My prayers and best wishes,


Fr. Philip Edge - Vicar