We are continuing to experience God’s blessing in our prayer meetings on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday lunchtimes and there are increasing numbers of visitors to our daytime opening. It is over a year now since we first began to meet. As our last newsletter reported, as well as a house of prayer it is also becoming a place of healing and the prayer wall is filling up with names and situations for prayer.
The Lord has also opened doors for outreach, and we are now holding weekly coffee mornings in Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Bacup libraries (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays respectively 10.30-12.30). It began with Haslingden Library and the other two soon opened their doors to us. We provide the coffee, tea and cake free of charge. They have proved an opportunity to share in conversation with visitors to the library and, as the Holy Spirit creates openings, to speak of God’s love and pray for folk.
At the Victorian Christmas Market in Bacup this Saturday (14th), there will be stalls on Irwell Terrace just outside the Prayerhub and so we are taking the opportunity to be open for people to drop in for refreshments – and if they wish, for prayer.
So what next?
We know that the Lord has plans to increase the scope of the Prayerhub ministry and what we have seen in the last couple of months is just a beginning. We have sensed that he is telling us to ‘move up a gear’ and so, from January, our Tuesday evening and Wednesday lunchtime prayer meetings will be every week, staring 7th and 8th January. We are also asking folk to join with us in prayer on Wednesday lunchtimes at noon, wherever they are, so that at that time, across Rossendale more and more folk are praying for Rossendale. In 1857, a New York businessman, Jeremiah Lanphier, began to host a noon time prayer meeting, asking God to turn the tide of the increasing moral decay and decline in church attendance in America and visit his land with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Prayer spread across the city and then to other parts of the USA. The result was a mighty revival.
Christmas holiday arrangements
We won’t be holding the evening prayer meeting on Christmas Eve (24th) but we will be open for prayer on New Year’s Eve (31st) from 7pm. A number of people have asked for that. It is a blessing to see such an increasing hunger for prayer
Over the two weeks of the Christmas holiday, we will not be open during the daytime. Our last daytime opening will be Thursday 19th December (2 till 4). Then we re-open on Monday 6th January at 10am.
There are so many different events on in churches over Christmas that we’re sure you are hearing about in your own local churches so we won’t even attempt o list them all. We just wish and pray that, for you, your family and your church, this Christmas is a time of great blessing and joy. And we pray that 2014 will also be a year of great blessing. Some of you will see people you have been praying for many years come to the Lord and others will see answers to prayers you have waited patiently to see.
Looking towards 2014, as well as church events, Saltmine Theatre Company will be performing ‘Amazing Grace’, John Newton’s story, at Burnley Mechanics on Monday 3rd February. Phone 01282 664400 for more information. Should be inspirational!
Don’t forget that, as well as our office landline, we now also have a dedicated mobile number for contacting the Prayerhub. The number is 075 999 85836. It means you should be able to get hold of us outside normal office opening hours. The number is also listed on the website. And remember, anyone can now subscribe to the bulletin, or unsubscribe, on the Home page at www.prayerhub.org.uk
We continue to pray for the church in Rossendale and the whole area. We are asking the Lord to call his people to increasing prayer, whether it is at the Prayerhub or elsewhere. What counts is that we all seek his presence in prayer and ask him to visit our land in power.
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It is our heart's desire to see revival - for many individuals to come to Christ, for many to be healed and for there to be healing of relationships and families throughout our community. Only God can do this and we pray for a mighty outpouring of his Holy Spirit.