‘HOW BEAUTIFUL THE FEET ARE.. ‘

The night was hosted by St Barnabus Chapel Hardy Lane in Chorlton.  The night begun by hearing Gary share his transforming story where, through finding Jesus and the support from his brothers at Betel, he was able to walk away from a life of drugs and alcohol to find freedom and joy.  We then went into ‘Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord’ with deep bass voices as we worshipped together.   We then prayed in groups for the needs of Betel – their new roof, more volunteers and their community.  We felt a lovely sense of the presence of God showing his love and favour on his people.  We felt he was building up ‘Oaks’ for his Kingdom (Psalm 1) and he is with them in a special way.

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Following on we interviewed Aurthur, Marlene  and Steve (Greater Manchester Community Chaplaincy) who faithfully go into Manchester prisons meeting with people, running Bible studies, 1:1 sessions, caring for the most broken in prison and then when they are released.  They shared how this work is often hard, with very little breakthrough.  Authur was asked, what keeps you going?  Why do you keep on doing what you do? ‘ He replied, ‘How can I stop?’  For the sake of the cross I will be obedient.  Marlene then said she feels ‘hemmed in’ by her Father in heaven.

Then everyone gathered around them and laid hands on them and prayed. God gave them many words of His Faithfullness and delight in them.

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If you want to find out more about these charities please contact

marlene@whillans.co.uk for GMCC.

manchester@betel.org.uk for Betel in Greater Manchester.

ONE PEACE AT A TIME

” Ukranians in a new move towards peace”

People from various nationalities and church traditions, came together for an historic prayer service entitled One Peace At A Time at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manchester yesterday, 30 March.

In an unprecedented gesture, Father Volodymyr Samparas opened the doors to all denominations, including break-away Ukrainian churches, at a time when the country’s future, its churches and its borders remain uncertain.

The 100-strong congregation observed a one-minute silence for the  ‘Fallen 100′ to commemorate the 40-days anniversary of the shootings in Kyiv. Tears were shed as the Manchester based ‘Oberih’ choir sang the liturgy in Ukrainian and Ukrainian-born Father Samparas addressed the congregation in English. “The situation is not just in Ukraine, it affects us all,” he said.

Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Evangelicals, women priests, lay preachers and others spontaneously applauded sisters Natalka (13) and Sophia (10) Smaditch of Cheetham’s School of Music for their emotive singing. Spontaneous prayers were given in Ukrainian, German, Russian, Ghanaian, Korean – something never heard before in a Ukrainian church in the UK. Father Samparas said: “There is a need for peace everywhere, in our homes, in our churches, in our countries, despite our differences.”

The Archdeacon of Manchester Mark Ashcroft, representing the Bishop of Manchester, Bolton and Middleton also offered a passionate prayer for all to ‘be as one’. The Manchester service, he stated, symbolised the sort of peace we hope for in Ukraine.

Special thanks to Father Bohdan Matwijczuk for the the stories direct from the Maidan in Kyiv, to Kevin McKenna and Tanya Byrch for organising One Peace At A Time with Hope Greater Manchester.

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For more information call Irena, Hope Greater Manchester Coordinator

Tel: 0161 946 2333 email: irenap@hopemanchester.com

 

 

WEEK 10 – MANCHESTER CHRISTIAN LEADERS PRAYER FORUM

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Representatives from 6 churches often meet together to prayer on a regular basis and were keen to take a week of 24/7 prayer.  Ayoka Olabasi said she didn’t have many of the hours filled until just a few days before – but she knew God would help her! The whole week was filled in prayer 24/7.  Their week’s focus of prayer was – CHURCH THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.

Their week of prayer followed a few main themes:

PRAYER FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT:

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witness to me in Jerusalem , and in all Judea and Samaria , and to the end of the earth.” (Act 1:8)

Lord God, give unto us the power giving Holy Spirit in Jesus name. Lord Jesus give us Holy Spirit power for witnessing.

PRAYER FOR GREATER WORKS:
“Most assuredly , I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.”( John 14:12)

Lord Jesus increase our faith. Lord Jesus work through each and everyone of us for the good of people of Manchester . Lord Jesus you worked through Peter, dead was raised, work through us. Lord Jesus you work through Paul, demons were cast out of people, please work through us. Lord Jesus you work through Philip, and there was joy in the city, work through us.You worked through Peter and his shadow healed various sickness, do greater things through us Lord. So that people can believe our testimonies, work through us Lord. So that captives can be delivered, work through us lord. So that yokes can be broken, work through us Lord.

PRAYER ON SEED:
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness , and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your soul.

But others fell on good grounds and yielded a crop, some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:8

PRAYER FOR UNITY:
” I and My Father are one”( John 10:30).

” That they all may be one, as You, the Father , are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” ( John 17:21).

Fulfil my joy by being like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. ( Philippians 2:2).

Lord Jesus unite your church as you desire. Lord Jesus break the wall of demarcation between churches and organisations.  Our Father in heaven you created man in your image, please remove segregation and inferiority complex among your children in Jesus name. In your unity there is no strive, Father Lord take strife out of your church in Jesus name. Unite us, unite us , unite us Lord ! ! !.Let there be unity in all Christian homes Lord. Let love abound in your churches and all homes in Manchester. Establish love in our neighbourhood in Jesus name. Let brotherly and sisterly love spread all over Manchester and the nation at large in Jesus name.

PRAYER FOR MANCHESTER CITY:
For behold , the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people ; But The Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. ( Isaiah 60:2)

Manchester, there are so many area of darkness all over you, so I say to you receive the light of God in Jesus name. Lord Jesus arise and shine Your light over our city Manchester. Father God arise over Manchester, and let Your light shine Lord in Jesus name. Draw the Gentiles to Your light Lord. Lord Jesus please be our everlasting light in Manchester in Jesus name. Let righteousness spring forth from the mist of Manchester in Jesus name. Our Dear Father let you glory cover Manchester in Jesus

UPHOLD US ALL LORD AS WE AWAIT YOUR RETURN.

AMEN.

PRAYER NIGHT FOR MEDIA & ARTS

The Lighthouse Church provided a great location for the Arts & Media prayer night and there were so many areas of the industry represented that any nerves about the turnout were quickly sent packing.

Following a great time of networking in The Lighthouse’s downstairs café area we moved up to one of the conference rooms to the sounds of violinist Alex Robertson who treated us to some meditative improvised accompaniment.

 Hosted by Keith Ayling (songwriter / media manager for Network) the evening had been structured to allow a flow of testimony from the different areas of the arts and media industry represented with focused prayer points.

 Chris Summerton (Network chair) opened in prayer, with Rosie Critchlow (praylovemanchester) providing a prayer outline for the year and a short review of the last two months.

 Keith then invited Steve Cole (founder of Artisan), who had travelled from London for the meeting to begin with an inspiring message of how we as artists and creatives can be those who push the boundaries, dream the dreams that no one else is realising and see what others do not see. When we look at the possibilities with a childlike expectation, God can do so much more through us.

Micah Purnell was then interviewed on his latest work involving posters on 21 billboard sites around Manchester. We talked about the power of words and advertising in the conscious and sub-conscious, finally praying for Micah and all those involved in print media and graphic design.

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Andrew Graystone is the founder of the Church & Media Council / Medianet – an organisation that bridges the gap between

the church and those in professional media. We talked to Andrew about the power of the media and the new community at Mediacity.

In to this conversation we bought staff currently working at MediaCity for the BBC in journalism, production and children’s programming.

The insights were illuminating and gave a very real human dynamic to glass and steel of Mediacity. Three words emerged as reminders of  our task: community, culture and excellence.

It was then an absolute pleasure to surround those who work at Mediacity and pray for them and their workplace.

We ended by talking about the music industry. Keith Ayling briefly spoke about his recent experiences and then interviewed Alex Robertson, a professional violinist and music teacher, who spoke about the power of music to change perceptions and lives. His story of prison visiting is particularly powerful. We again surrounded those involved in the music industry.

Andrew Graystone gave a powerful epilogue about God’s message to Paul in Corinth. We must not be afraid, we must not be silent, we must keep on speaking (and doing the things we do), for God is with us.

Alex played improvised violin again to end what was a pivotal evening for arts & media in Greater Manchester.

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WEEK 9 – NAZARENE THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE

Nazarene Theological College does Pray Love Manchester 2014 From Sunday March 16th to March 23rd, Nazarene Theological College (NTC) took part in Pray Love Manchester. At its foundation NTC has three core values:

Relationships Loving God passionately, one another authentically, and the world sacrificially.

Excellence Striving for excellence in our worship, academic life, work and witness together.

Learning Gaining wisdom, knowledge and experience as we creatively research, reflect, and develop together.

Throughout the week of prayer we tried to combine these three core values with the vision of Pray Love Manchester. The week combined worship in prayer and praise; loving action through acts of kindness; shared community through eating together; and a continuous focus on those beyond the walls of NTC.

The week started off with a prayer and praise evening focussing on bringing our local community, our city, and our world to the cross. As a visual representation of our prayers we used the cross as a focal point laying stones at the foot of the cross to represent that which burdened us; lit candles to represent our prayers as a light to the world; and written notes affixed to the cross as a representation of our hopes and dreams for God’s kingdom to break through into our world. It was a powerful time of refreshing and envisioning for all involved.

Throughout the rest of the week Pray Love Manchester was intertwined into the rhythm of College life. We spoke of prayer and God’s faithfulness at our chapel gathering; we ate together as a community to enjoy shared fellowship; we encouraged random acts of kindness to spread loving action in our local communities; we had a campus day of prayer; and a reflective time of prayer towards the end of the week. Starting with a focus on our College community, then moving from our local community to our wider city, and onwards to the wider world, we hope that our prayers and loving action will have had an impact as we seek the redemptive transformation of God’s world.

As a College community we gather from a variety of differing backgrounds, geographies, and cultures and we hope that this week we have become beacons of Hope, shining stars in our world wherever we have been. Moreover, we are pleased to participate in the movement of prayer that is Pray Love Manchester as we join with a whole host of other Christians that are also shining like stars as they offer up their hopes and prayers for our local communities, our city, and our world.

                                                                                                          Graham Meiklejohn

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