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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

Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church

The last two years have been challenging for everyone, and for God’s people, have made it possible perhaps to turn a little bit inward. However, through Term 1, we have read through Zechariah as a church, including kids and youth, to be reminded that since God will not fail in carrying out his purposes for his people and the world, therefore we are to align our hearts and lives completely to the work of the kingdom that God is building. Give God thanks for how beneficial, and important, this has been for us, and pray that we would, in fact, be and become such a people of God!

We turn now towards a season of gospel mission over Easter. Pray that God would more and more produce in us hearts full of deep, compassionate concern for the lost, and so enable us to speak the word of the gospel boldly at every opportunity. Pray that it would be especially joyful for us this Easter to contend side by side for the gospel. 

Give God thanks for the ways he has sustained and cared for us over the past two years. Give thanks for the faithful perseverance of many lay leaders of Bible study groups, as well as kids’ and youth ministries. Give God thanks for gospel growth in our evening congregation, and through some opportunities we have to engage in ministry across cultures, especially among Japanese and Armenians. Pray that some new-ish ministries to families would become established and grow.

Thank you,
Nathan Walter