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1st December 2015

Week of Prayer: 11- 17 January 2016


Back in September 2015 City Hope embarked on ‘40 days of prayer’ which included an intense week of prayer right at the beginning. This was a great way of stirring up prayer, both corporate and individual, in the church. In January we have another week of prayer (not ‘40 days’ though) to encourage us all to gather together and seek God. There is plenty of opportunity for every one of us to get along to something. Please stir your heart, spirit and body and get along to a meeting or two! A pdf timetable of the week is available here.

Further details:

Fasting
We are encouraging people to plan a day or more of fasting alongside praying during the week. If you have never fasted before why not try skipping one meal. Get together with others to fast - this encourages you to finish what you start!

Prayer Meeting Venues
Unless otherwise stated overleaf all the prayer meetings will be at our building on Drummond Road (SE16 2JY).

3rd, 10th & 17th January: Sunday sermons
On the Sundays running up to and just after the week of prayer we will have a sermon series based on Paul’s prayer found in 1 Thessalonians 3 v9-13. We will also be praying this prayer ourselves during the week.

Family Prayer Meeting for primary school aged children (Wed 13th, 3.45pm-4.30pm)
Please come straight from school. Doors will be open from 3.20pm and refreshments will be available. A great opportunity for our children to be involved with the week of prayer. Adults must stay to supervise their children.


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16th October 2015

40 Days of Prayer - Don't Stop Now


Tonight is the finale of our 40 days of prayer, a meeting in our 'upper room' starting at 8pm and finishing at midnight. I hope that many people from City Hope will be there to pray together.

What happens next now the 40 days is finished? Quite simply we want to keep going and keep praying. In Luke’s gospel, chapter 18, we find Jesus telling a story that we often call ‘the parable of the persistent widow’. The passage clearly tells us that Jesus told this story to show his disciples “that they should always pray and not give up” (v1). ALWAYS pray! NOT give up. Simple but incredibly challenging. Even as we ‘finish’ the 40 days we obviously mustn’t ‘stop’ praying.

Of course City Hope was praying long before the 40 days. When I first joined the church in 1997 there were a group of older ladies who had been faithfully praying for the church for many years and who continued to do so for a number of years more. This is just one example of City Hope praying over the years, so we are unlikely to ‘stop’ now. But if the 40 days of prayer has taught us anything, I hope it has been a reminder that we need to be a faithfully praying body of people. If you ‘believed in prayer’ at the start of the 40 days, maybe now you are even more passionate and dedicated at the end of the 40 days?

We want to see a powerful move of God in our church with many people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Prayer is a vital part of what God calls us to, joining with him and seeing his Kingdom grow. Please continue to pursue God in prayer, both individually and by joining others to pray in your Connect communities and groups and at our church prayer meetings - starting with tonight!


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1st September 2015

40 Days of Prayer


After a great Summer meeting back at our building on Drummond road (with some excellent sermons being given) City Hope will be back at HAB from the 6th September. On this day we will be launching our 40 days of prayer, a season for the church to be especially 'seeking first his Kingdom and his righeousness' at the start of the academic year. It will be great to see as many people as possible there on the 6th as we launch into this season of prayer and seeking God.

The 40 days run from Monday 7th September to Friday 16th October. We start with an intensive week with a number of planned prayer meetings across the week. It is not expected that many (if any) will get to everything during the week but hopefully everyone will get to at least one meeting, if not more. The remainder of the 40 days will have a few prayer meetings and a diary with suggestions for prayer and the dates of all the meetings will be given out on the 6th. Below is a list of those meetings. (All prayer meetings will be at our building on Drummond Road unless otherwise stated)

THE WEEK OF PRAYER MEETINGS

Mon 7th - 8.00pm-9.30pm

Tue 8th - 7.00am-8.00am, 9.00am-10.00am and 7.00pm-8.00pm

Wed 9th - 8.00am-9.00am and 3.45pm-4.30pm (a family prayer meeting for primary school aged children)

On Wednesday evening (8.00pm-9.30pm) there will be four prayer meetings at four different geographic locations based around our Connect communities and our two geographically based Connect groups. Please speak to your Connect community or group leader for more information.

Thu 10th - 7.00am-8.00am and 12.00pm-1.00pm

Fri 11th - 8.00am-9.00am

On Friday evening we are encouraging all of our Connect groups to 'meet, eat and pray' together. Please talk to your Connect group leader about what your group may be doing.

Sat 12th - 8.00am-9.00am

MEETINGS DURING THE REST OF THE 40 DAYS OF PRAYER

Sat 19th Sep - 8.00am-9.00am

Fri 25th Sep - 7.30pm-9.30pm (The world vision prayer group led by Jill Dhell, praying for global issue, please contact the churchoffice for more info)

Sat 26th Sep - 8.00am-9.00am

Sun 27th Sep - 7.30pm-9.30pm (An encounter evening with worship and prayer ministry)

Sat 3rd Oct - 8.00am-9.00am

Wed 7th Oct - 8.00pm-9.30pm (our regular 1st Wednesday of the month Kingdom Come praying meeting)

Fri 16th Oct - 8.00pm-Midnight (a half night of prayer at the end of our 40 days of prayer)


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18th November 2014

Moving to a new Sunday venue (part 1 of 3)


On Thursday 6th November we hosted two very important family meetings. The elders, along with other leaders, made the announcement that we are going to move our two Sunday services (9.30am and 11.30am) to one 10.30am service and meet at Harris Academy Bermondsey from the 11th January. We also talked about the dream that as City Hope Church outgrows Harris Academy we would launch locally based congregations as we become one church that meets in different places on a Sunday.

What follows is the first of three blog posts that looks at the vision for this decision and then some of the pratical challenges that we face as a church. This post looks at our need for 'faith' in this new venture through a story found in Joshua chapter 5 verse 13 to chapter 6 verse 5.

Joshua needed to take the city of Jericho as the first step in taking the whole of the Promised Land. Unfortunately "the gates of Jericho were securely barred" (6 v1). It wasn't going to be an easy job! More encouragingly God spoke to Joshua saying "see I have delivered Jericho into your hands" (6 v2) and then proceeded to give instructions about how he and his men could win the victory.

It is significant that before Joshua had been given instructions on the victory strategy, he had an encounter with God. Before any talk of battle and victory, (5 v13-14), God told Joshua to worship him and take off his sandals because "the place where you are standing is holy" (5 v15).

God wanted Joshua to have this ‘holy ground meeting’ with Him before moving into battle. Deuteronomy chp 24 v14 says "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory". This is the lesson Joshua needed to learn and remember before going into battle.

We must remember it is not going to Harris Academy that will bring us 'victory' (nor for that matter will staying at Drummond). Neither of those buildings are 'holy ground' to us. Rather, encountering God, hearing him speak to us and obediently responding in faith is the 'holy ground' we want to be on. It is God we need if we are to see our friends, family and neighbours come to know Him and see City Hope grow to be a church of over 1000 people. We believe God has spoken to us about the move (more on this later) but it is not primarily the move or the new venue that is exciting: it is the fact that God is speaking to us, leading us forward in all the plans He has for us.

As we 'move' let us do so prayerfully, seeking God's wisdom, guidance and power every step of the way. We will need it!


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