Our Prayer Letters

December 2016

 

Prayer Letter 61

 

Dear Friends,

“Our vision for 2025 is to see hundreds of lives transformed by Jesus with a vibrant church community of 1,000 people as we release missional disciples and intentionally invest in Families, Children and Youth.”

We do thank God for you all as you continue to support and pray for the work here in Cromer. I know you will all be anxious to hear how Peter (our Curate) is doing following his treatment over the summer. Well, the recent scans showed no trace of the nodules in his neck and the cancer in the soft tissue has shrunk considerably and he is now undergoing a very low dose of chemotherapy to eradicate the small amount that remains. We praise God for this news and give thanks for the way both he and his wife, Caroline, have continued to minister among us throughout this last year.

I have included once again (above) our Vision Statement so that you might pray into that. Over the last six months, James and Katie have led us through a review of how we, as individuals and as a church, share the Good News with those around us, and how we can ensure a good welcome to newcomers. We are also looking at how we can improve our facilities to create modern and inviting spaces.

With Christmas just around the corner, our thoughts turn to that great truth that God stepped into this world, so please pray that many will be invited and drawn to church services all over the world so that they may meet with the Lord Jesus. Over the last few years, the congregation at our Christingle service has risen to well over 800 and so, this year, for safety reasons alone, James has taken the decision to hold two services on Christmas Eve, at 3.15 and 5.15. Please pray that both services will be well attended.

The church has made two appointments this year. Sarah is now our Church Administrator and Simon is Head of Mission. Both have settled into their posts and are making a difference to the running of the church. Simon, along with others, have started a Men's Breakfast, once a month, on a Saturday morning and we hope that this will be somewhere our men can take non-Christian friends, too.

Our toddler groups, one held in the Parish Hall and the other at St. Martin's Church are still well attended. We just pray that more families will be touched by God and will be drawn into the church family.

Jonny (our Youth Minister), along with his wife Coral and other helpers, run a youth group every Friday evening for the 11s to 16s and a mid-week youth group where the young people can explore the Christian faith. On Sunday mornings, they meet as a group where our young people can be discipled.

Jonny also goes into the local Academy regularly, and we have two “Open the Book” teams that are now going into both the Infant and Junior Schools, and we give thanks for these opportunities.

In each prayer letter, I try to cover different areas of our church life but that doesn't mean that these are the only areas where prayer is most needed. Love and unity within the church family, good relationships to continue to build with those around us and for the election of a new Churchwarden in April need to be brought to the Lord in prayer.

I know from correspondence received from many of you that you and your churches need our prayers and so we close by praying that God will bless you with His Peace and Joy this Christmas.

Praise and Thanksgiving

  • For Peter's ongoing healing, and for his and Caroline's ministry among us.
  • For opportunities to go into our local schools.

 

Prayer

  • For the working out of our Vision Statement.
  • For James and Katie, and the rest of the staff team (Peter, Jennie, Jonny, Simon and Sarah) as they lead us in the coming months.
  • For our churchwardens, Alison and Bruce.
  • For elections on to the PCC in April.
  • For all our Christmas and Easter Services.

 

God Bless from,

 

Vivienne

 

 

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The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.