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Prayer for February in CLC

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This month our Text is Matthew 6, where Jesus taught us all His Disciple’s Prayer:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

See His Glory (lights) all through heaven (the white sheet) and He’s there in Heaven, and we ask for His Glory to be here on earth the same.

We practiced in the listening station closing our eyes, shutting out the noise (in the room and in our heads) and listening to Him. It’s not easy, but we can repeat things like, ‘Father, I want to hear you’ and ‘Papa, God, please speak, I’m listening.

2018 Season of Prayer

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Praying is really important for CLC.  We were born from prayer & we’ve enjoyed many milestones along our 20 years history–talking & listening to God along the way.

I remember when we were considering renting Portugal Place — the student house that embodied our unconventional approach to blessing students while blurring boundaries and experimenting with words like community and authenticity.  This great blessing was a decision which was preceded by an answered prayer–this one was for the down-payment (as our requests to God can be practical and so can His answers!)

A few years before that CLC was bursting with vision to reach students and see Jesus do something new in their world.  So what did we do?  We dreamed and we talked and we acted.  But also we prayed.

The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].  James 5:16b

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We prayed specifically, effectively, passionately, asking Him to send us three key students as we didn’t know anyone inside the illustrious walls and gates of our city’s fine university.   And, He did!  Not right away, but thanks to His righteousness and love, He heard our trusting requests and answered with a ‘Yes!’.

More recently, only last year, I’ve been asking us to join me praying for visitors and guests and new folks to join CLC.  My specific prayer has been:

  • add our next youngster
  • add or next family
  • add our next worker who we can release to take us forward reaching out

Well, have you met our young guests in December?!  We’ve had grandchildren and a grandparent–what fun!  Come on, let’s keep  asking, seeking and knocking!

Our season of Prayer starts this month and it’s a special chance for us to meet Him together, hear Him for our church and our communities.

We know prayer is about so much more than just asking.  While we talk and listen to Him, He changes us, blesses us, grows us more and more into the people that He always intended us to be!   Sometimes it’s great to be with Him, to enjoy Him with our agenda’s set aside. That’s what we’ll be doing Be Still and Know that He is God at our Sunday evening, Jan 7th, gathering at the Cades.   You are welcomed to come around 8pm and we’d love you to join your prayers together.

love & blessings,

KC

Hilltop Praying

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I enjoy praying with friends in a very specific, visually engaging way. We go outside, find a hill and get to the top. Then we look to the four directions and speak out Bible verses as prayers, reminding ourselves of how big Father is, remembering how wide His influence reaches. We see a little glimpse of how much authority He has while seeing his amazingly beautiful creation.

Genesis 14: God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. I’ll make your descendants like dust—counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. So—on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I’m giving it all to you.”

I’m struck by Papa-God’s generous heart and big-scoped promises.   We will have a home, a place to call our own.  And a family, children and grand-children are promised to us here.

Isaiah 43:6“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.  I’ll round up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west.  I’ll send orders north and south: ‘Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places.  I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.’”

People and relationships are priority one to our God. See what he wrote about those who have scattered?  We are all His beautiful wonderful creation and He cares deeply about us all.

Keeping in mind God’s heart shown in these two passages, find a hilltop and pray something similar.  Pray for freedom and reconciliation with family for those supported by Mayak east of us.  Pray for the decision-makers in the USA west of us.  Ask for wisdom and generosity from our government south in London, in regard to immigrants and foreigners who need somewhere to live.  Make it more personal and thank Him for a family member or colleague or friend who needs some of these blessings.

Creative All-Ages Outdoor Praying

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Here’s some ideas to get us started:

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  • All together:  let’s dedicate this time to Him, thanking Him that we can be with Him anywhere,anytime–like now and here!

 

  • In a pair: look for an area, a location or a landmark and thank God as you make your way to it.  Thank Him specifically for who He is, what He’s done.

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  • on your own, or as a family: walk (or run!) to another location and when you get there ask Him for something for yourself, your family, neighbourhood and city.   This can be quick and fun–why not try just blurting out a phrase?  It doesn’t need to be formal.  i.e. “sleep!”, “grades!”, “healed depression!”.  He knows what we mean before we even ask.  For example, kids run to the slide and decide what you’ll pray.  Then pray it out on your way down the slide!

 

  • your own idea:  In the flow, try your own fun and informal way to pray on the move

 

  • Together again to finish:  Any prayers you overhead from others inspire you?  Want to repeat a prayer you heard from one of the kids to cultivate your child-likeness?  Go for it!

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CLC’s New Shape Leaders

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Join us on Sunday 11th September at St. Andrew’s Church Hall at 3pm and help us commission our new CLC Leaders.  There are three groups that represent our new teams as we look ahead in this new era of ours:

CLC Leadership Team (LT) 

is Kevin, Tom and Lyn.  Kevin leads the team with direction, vision and ideas.  Lyn helps practically, runs the hospitality side of CLC (crucial because that means eating together!) and she keeps an eye on us pastorally. Tom is new to our LT so we’re still figuring out specific responsibilities he’ll want.  But we have known for years his gift for wisdom and his optimistic and faithful perspective. Please pray for our new team to gel and find our place to enjoy leading CLC!  See Number 27:18, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Tim 5:17, 1 Tim 2:1-3

 

CLC Children Team

Natalie and Luke have a heart for our Children to meet God, to know Him and to worship Him from a young age.   Pray for them as He gives them vision and energy to lead us in serving our youngsters.  We have always given our CLC children the best!  see 2 Tim 3:14-15, Matthew 21:16, Matthew 18:10, Mark 10:13-16, Prov 22:6,  Deut 6:7

 

CLC Trustee Team – Finance & CLC Charity 

Lucy and Luke run our finances and trust on a day to day basis, while Trevor gives us a good perspective as a fellow member of the Plumbline family yet an outside CLC view.  Tim, as our founding leader also adds his Plumbline perspective experience and insight as our fourth trustee. see 1 Cor 12:12-26, Matthew 6:24, 1 Tim 6:17-19.

 

Please pray for us, as we step up to serve you and Him and invest in His amazing growing Kingdom!  Tim and Roy will be joining us in their capacaties as Plumbline family members who support and give leadership to our leadership.

 

love,

KC

 

 

CLC Prayer Week

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Welcome to our Autumn week of prayer.  As a church we believe prayer is accessible and changes things.  Prayer is more natural than you can imagine because God is a God who talks, and so do we.  Research has found that on average woman speak 20,000 words a day, men 7,000 words a day!! We’re a good match!

The theme of the week is ‘God at Work’. Each day we shall be praying into a different aspect of the way Father works in the earth.  Praying for more of a Him, for His kingdom to come and His will be done.

Day Morning Afternoon Evening Notes
Friday
19th
8-11pm @ Lyn’s
Launch with HCC & CLC
Sunday
21st
3pm @ St. Andrew’s
Roy Wheeler on Prayer
Monday
22nd
 12 noon Kevin

 

8pm @ 83a Huntingdon
Leadership eve 
introducing
the works
of God 

 

Tuesday
23rd
12 noon Tim & Kevin 8pm @ Cashmans/Cathies
in Cambourne 

 

Fasting
Theme:
the Church 

 

Wednesday
24th
Tim & Ania

10am Lucy

12 noon Kevin  one to one
praying
Thursday
25th
6am @ Windsor Rd
God’s Work
Through Us10am Lyn
7pm-8pm Lucy & Kevin theme: outreach

 

 

Friday
26th
 9:30 Tim, Jon & Luke  2pm Simon Cade

 

 

  one to one
praying 

 

Want to pray for an hour, for 20 minutes?  Sign up for a slot, or more than one slot, during a time marked in yellow.  Father wants us to know Him more and see His purposes fulfilled in our lives and our city!  Come on!

Prayer Day Thursday 22nd November 2012

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‘I  come that you may have life and life to the full!”

Wherever we are on Thursday, let’s pray.

How we can pray:
Start by thanking God for what He is doing.  Then take some time to praise Him for who He is.

Then let’s pray into these three things:

In Christ: For the Holy Spirit to fill us.  His transforming presence to be what marks us out.  Pray Haggai 2:1-9.

In Community:  Our Small Groups. Relationships, Provision in finance and 3 new people joining us.

In Mission:  for a significant finish to Alpha this month and pray for those on the course for openness.  For Christ’s kingdom to come, to break out and bring life in Kings Hedges, in the University, in Cambourne, in Romsey, among young people.

Hope in our city and work places.

Prayer Day, Thursday 25th October

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‘I desire that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting’. 1 Tim 2:8.

Wherever we are on Thursday, 25th October, we stand together and pray; during the day individually and at Kings College Chapel in the evening.

How we can pray:
Start by thanking God for what He is doing.  Then take some time to praise Him for who he is.

Then let’s pray into these three things:

In Christ: For strength and deepening reality with God for us all.  Pray: Habukkuk 3:17-19 &  Ephesians 1:13-14.

In Community:  Our Small Groups. Relationships, Provision in finance and 3 new people joining us.

In Mission:  for Alpha and those on the course for openness.  The Places we live and care about, For the People we care about.  For Christ’s kingdom to come, to breakout and bring life.

Talk/Listen with God about our Church this summer

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Did you know that you are..” a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”  1 Peter 2:9