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The washup from lockdown: What can we pray for our churches?

We don’t need to talk to too many church pastors to see that the last two years have been extraordinarily difficult. Of course, there have also been many blessings – and we know that God is always at work for his glory and the good of his people. So as our churches begin their third year under COVID, the ACR thought it would be helpful for us to begin the year by praying for one another.

The Sydney Anglican Diocese is a fellowship of churches partnering together in the gospel for the glory and Kingdom of our great God. There are many ways in which we can and should express this fellowship, and one great way is by praying for one another.

Over the next few weeks, the ACR will be sharing prayer points from various church pastors from within the Sydney Anglican Diocese. Will you join me in praying for these churches? What better way to express our fellowship as churches than by mimicking Paul in his relationship with the Philippian church, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer (Phil 1:3-5).

In Christ,
Mike Leite
ACR Editor

Engadine Heathcote Anglican Church

Thank you for praying for us who are so comfortable in our special part of the world in the Shire. Like you all, we’ve been so disrupted by COVID. It has shaken us all up to value face-to-face fellowship at church and our Growth Groups all the more.

Please praise God for his utter faithfulness in preserving us all through this, and for providing us with Zoom and livestream church. There are still some 70 watching online each week so please pray we work out online ministry long term. People have joined us from across the world and some locally have now come to physical church.

As with you all, there has been a whole range of responses from “we could quite literally die if we come and get infected” to “we’re all going to die of something so bring it on” and a whole range of extra pressures and anxiety.

Please pray for good changing patterns of including all into rich fellowship and reaching people who are already under pressure just to get through each day. Pray for staff to adapt well to changes and to only create changes that are needed to better build up and reach out.

Thank you,
James Warren