Ruxley Church

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Friday, 6 November 2020

Message from Bishop Andrew - A call to Prayer


Friends, these are challenging times as we move into Lockdown once more, and this time as winter approaches. It’s vital that we continue to do what we can to reach out to those most affected in our communities, living out God’s special heart for the poor and lonely and bereaved and the spiritually lost, as the church at its best has always done; and it’s vital too that we continue to stream our worship services, whether live or recorded or in partnership with other churches, so as to draw us together into the presence of the Good Shepherd who continues to walk with us through the green pastures and the darkest of valleys.

Thursday marks the beginning of 28 days of Lockdown, but also, on the initiative of our archbishops, the beginning of 28 days of focussed prayer for our nation at this time, and I’d love to encourage every Christian in the diocese to engage with this, and particularly with a very simple discipline: setting the alarms on our phones or wherever to go off at 6 o’clock each evening to remind us to pray together – across the diocese and nation - for just five minutes each day – or more, of course, as the Spirit leads you! It would be great too if as many churches as possible could toll their bells at 6 pm, so as to remind our communities that we are praying for them. And if you’re able to pray and fast once a week over this month – fasting from food or maybe from TV or social media – that too would help us to focus our prayers for God’s mercy at this time, and to keep that living link with the living God.
And some words of blessing from Paul’s letter to the Romans: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’. Amen