One Big Prayer
“The godly man is not content to go to heaven alone but wants to take others there. Spiders work only for themselves, bees work for others. A godly man is both a diamond and a magnet – a diamond for the sparkling luster of grace and a magnet for his attractiveness. He is always drawing others to embrace piety.” Thomas Watson
We’ve been preaching through Matthew’s Gospel this term and have just begun the Sermon on the Mount. As a new, small church please pray we would live the kind of ‘salty’ distinctive lives that result in others coming to glorify God. The pressure is to blend in, especially as most of us are just at the early stages of getting to know neighbours, colleagues, and school friends. We need the courage to believe holiness is a help to evangelism not a hindrance. So please pray we’d be the diamonds and magnets that Thomas Watson speaks of, and that we’d therefore be used to take others to heaven.
As a particular urgent application of that, this Sunday (10th) we’re having our carol service. Please pray for us to be bold and prayerful in inviting people, not least as most of us are so new to the city we don’t know many people well yet.
What’s Been Happening
Last Sunday was our 13th public service – this term has flown past! We’ve begun to settle on Sunday mornings at about 30 adults and 10 children. Some have found us through word of mouth, some through the internet but I think my favourite story so far is the guy from Hungary who bumped into one of our regulars whilst running in the park. He’d only been in the country a week or so but was intrigued enough to come along and has been back every week – please do pray for him! We’re also very thankful to have a couple of musicians which makes a huge difference to the services. A highlight recently was our first baptism: Joel Kendall came up from our sister church in Derby to baptise Jonty and Georgina’s third daughter.
Each Wednesday we’ve continued to meet at Jonty and Georgina’s house, initially to think about the Incarnation and more recently to begin studying the book of Proverbs together. We’ve had a good number along meaning it’s getting tricky to fit in the lounge, so we’re hoping to move to a more central venue in the new year. All the Derby movers have now arrived, though already a couple of regulars have had to leave us – hopefully temporarily – due to changes in circumstances. Last update we asked for prayer for jobs for some of those still searching: some have now got work, others still looking, so please keep praying. Instability in life inevitably leads to church still feeling quite fragile, so please pray for those involved to be able to settle into houses and jobs.
- All the Derby movers have now arrived and are in work
- For our first baptism
- For a good group committed to the new church
- For our Carol Service this Sunday: for those who don’t know the Lord to come, repent and believe
- For the core group getting to know non Christians, praying and witnessing to them
- For our plans to begin a Sunday afternoon group for children in the new year
Many thanks for your prayers, we’re very aware of our debt to those outside Leeds who have helped get Christ Church off the ground in so many ways.
Jonty and all at CCCL