Pray, without ceasing.
Our spiritual growth and development are dependent on our dedication to prayer and total faith in it. Prayer is the key to enhances our relationship with God and builds our faith as Christians. Prayer is what nourishes us in our journey with the Lord but sometimes, we tend to be little the impact of prayer in our lives and as a result, puts us in a position where the glory of God will be missing in our Christian life. Edward McKendree Bounds puts it clearly “Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer”.
When our prayer life is in its best shape, we are guaranteed answered prayers and we will not be worried about the future because our way is made clear through our prayers. It is not easy trying to grow our prayer life but being consistent in prayer puts away all our worries because we will find ourselves in the good hands of God. Whenever I read 1Thessalonians 5:16-17 which says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,” it encourages me to do more in my prayer life because I realize that the more, we pray, the more we experience inner peace and joy.
Beloved in Christ, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6).
Let us always speak to God in all things and be faithful in everything we do, and God will deliver by prayer.
I have brought water back from the well at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and added it to the water in the stoup at the sacristy entry from the well in Nazareth. Holy water from Nazareth in the Holy Land mixed with holy water from England’s Nazareth.
Alpha continues to run on Thursday evening (over 20 people joining us each week) and for the next 9 weeks. If you’re interested, or know someone who you think may find it helpful, given them a flyer or point them to our website at www.stanselm.co.uk/alpha
The foodbank is still in serious need of help. We are now regulars helping over 80 families each week and the shelves are emptied every Wednesday. Please do donate any spare tins you may have or consider offering a small cash donation – you can find details at www.stanselm.co.uk/foodbank
Our new coffee bike is now in place alongside our new cafe area. We’ll be advertising shortly for somebody to come and run the cafe on our behalf for a set daily fee – if you know of anyone who may be interested please speak to Fr. Matthew.