Thy Kingdom Come-Thy Will be Done

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for a “great wave of prayer” for the evangelisation of England.

They go on to say:
“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 with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”

In the Diocese of London this will coincide with our fourth consecutive Week of Prayer in preparation for Pentecost.

The Bishop of London hopes that together we can create a wave of prayer across our diocese.
Initiatives to encourage us in prayer include the Prayer Mate app now downloaded by over 100,000 people www.geero.net/prayermate/ and the ‘Pray for Seven’ challenge as part of Capital Vision 2020  – see Diocese of London website.

At St. Stephen’s, there will be several ways to join in this national call to prayer:
Ascension Day, Thursday, 5th May
Supper from 6pm – hosted by Youth Group
Service and Prayer from 7.30pm

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Saturday, 7th May
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Doors open at 6.30pm
Service starts at 7.15pm
‘A gathering at St. Paul’s cathedral to ignite and inspire worship and intercession’.
Entry is free but by ticket only so either speak to Jeremy or ‘Tola; or register on the diocesan website.

Picture4Daily Prayer Updates

6th-13th May Topics and simple suggestions for prayer will be
e-mailed daily to all those on our church mailing list.
If you are not presently on the list please speak to ‘Tola.

 

Prayer Space 6th-13th May

The side chapel will be set up as a prayer space for individual prayer, creative ideas for writing or drawing prayers, simple suggestions, bible texts, opportunity to light candles etc…

To access the space please contact ’Tola and let her know what time and day you would like to use the prayer space and we will arrange access.

 

 

 

A surprise visitor to our Easter Egg Hunt

Easter 2016-4There was great eggscitement and eggspectation when the Easter Bunny made a surprise visit on Easter Sunday to help over 40 children search the church gardens and Kildare Gardens for over 150 hidden chocolate eggs!

The Easter Bunny posed for photographs, nibbled some chocolate, and gave a few hugs before hopping off in the direction of Talbot Road….

Easter Celebrations

Easter Day collage

On Easter Sunday, at our all-age family communion, about 150 children and adults gathered at St. Stephen’s to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and his victory over sin and evil. We rejoiced in the good news that the wall of sin that separates us from God has been broken down decisively by the cross and replaced by the joy, hope and new life of the resurrection.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is by his great mercy that we have been born again,
because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Now we live with great expectation….
1 Peter 1 v3

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Easter Craft and Easter Tree

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Having stripped the church bare of all decoration on Maundy Thursday in preparation for Good Friday, children and families then gathered on Holy Saturday to delicately blow eggs, and carefully decorate them with coloured food dyes, glitter and ribbon before hanging them on a tree outside church.

Easter 2016-1Many of our neighbours, and Easter weekend visitors, commented on how lovely the eggs were and how beautiful the tree looked, and despite the strong winds and heavy rain most survived for Easter Sunday morning!Easter 2016-3

In addition, the children worked hard to make and decorate the church with lots more colourful crafts in readiness for our Easter worship, while others filled the church with Easter lilies, daffodils and candles.

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From Christmas to the Cross

Easter 2016-5Though Jesus was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Philippians 2 v6-8

 

 

On Good Friday, at our all-age worship we transformed our Christmas tree into a cross. This was a powerful reminder that Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us – whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, is the one who chose to die on the cross for our sins. Somehow, ‘God on earth’ separated from ‘God in heaven’ by our human sin.

We noted how much easier it is to fill the church to celebrate the birth of a baby in a manger than it is to fill the church to remember the death of our Saviour on the cross.