Invitation to all Anglicans in the Marlborough Deanery:
On Sunday evening at 7pm we are going to attempt a Marlborough wide Zoom prayer meeting and we would love for you to attend if you are able. This is an opportunity to gather together during this time of isolation and lockdown to pray for each other and our communities. I anticipate a 45minute prayer time broken into 3-4 sections, each beginning with a short word of encouragement and direction.
Zoom is an online communications application very similar to Skype, and allows people to connect through their computer, tablet or smart phone to a group video meeting.
Ideally you will need a device with a camera and microphone, however, if you don't have a camera we just see your name, not you.
If you have a microphone you can talk and prayer with us. If you don't have a microphone, you can still join the Zoom call and listen in. There is also a text chat function that you can use.
How do I join?
Join Zoom Meeting - Just click this link on Sunday night:
Or enter this Meeting ID from your Zoom application: 430 579 292
Some tips for using Zoom
Nelson Diocese Holy Week
Prayer & Fasting Calendar
Sunday 5th April to Saturday 11th April
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION TO THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER AND FASTING DURING HOLY WEEK
Fasting remains one of the most challenging but spiritually rewarding Christian disciplines. Over Holy Week let us join together in prayer and fast as a diocese every day from 6am to 6pm. Our prayers will focus on our personal lives, our diocese, parishes, communities and our country.
HOW TO FAST
Fasting is a central part of Lent. Traditionally it includes reducing our food intake. We fast to allow our physical hunger to remind us of our spiritual hunger – our longing and desire for God. The purpose of this time is to turn our attention to both God and others in prayer.
Over these seven days of Holy Week, please also think through how you might be a blessing to others since acts of mercy and kindness towards the poor are an important part of fasting.
Some suggestions include:
from the Autumn Witness 2020
Fasting... not generally a popular discipline, and one that we often tend to skip nimbly over; preferring to focus on more agreeable things like Bible reading, worshipping through song, giving to the needy or the many forms of prayer.
All of these are, of course, vital and are key to abiding in Jesus, but over the last 12 months or so, we have discovered that fasting brings both a new level of blessing and battle, as we partake in it intentionally, both individually and as a body.
Fasting is voluntarily abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. It is one way that God himself set up for his people to humble themselves before him. In the old testament it was common to call a fast, to set aside time to seek him in new and desperate ways – think the Ninevites, Esther, or Jehosophat. It’s also something that Jesus did, and his disciples continued, as they sought God for new power, and for wisdom.
Yet we often imagine its reserved for the super spiritual amongst us. At Cobden-Runanga we’ve discovered it is together ordinary and extraordinary, needs no special equipment, and (unless you’re medically compromised) is do-able by everyday disciples.
Aware of some intensely challenging situations in the pastoral life of our parish, the Lord introduced us to corporate fasting as a body of believers. The message ‘we need to fast’ came concurrently to a number on the leadership team, while working through the story of Esther. And so it came to pass.
Now a recurrent happening three-monthly, we set aside a 24-hour period aligned to the Sabbath, to seek the Lord simultaneously about the issues he sets before us. A prayer guide is provided as a starter and partakers pause at the top of each waking hour from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday, when we gather for praise, sharing, and the best communal meal ever!
We’ve found it joyful, painful and sometimes just plain hard work. We have rejoiced together in answered prayer (in healing, provision and restoration of relationship) and agonised together as we wrestle for our prodigals. We’ve had new direction and insight yet have shared tears over the brokenness uncovered in our lives and in those we love.
Our top tips, included in our prayer guide, are these:
Remember what it’s all about and keep the main thing the main thing.
Rachelle Hunt – Cobden-Runanga Parish
On Wednesday 24 July 2019, Nativity Church are holding a prayer and fasting day:
Information on how to fast is contained in the .pdf linked below.