I have just realised, as I begin to write, that this is the first newsletter of 2014. I hadn’t realised how time had passed – and here we are into the third month of the New Year already! Since that last letter, Jan and I have become grandparents to a wonderful little boy called Gabriel, and what a blessing he is! (I suppose all grandparents say that, but so what!). His mum and dad, Ruth and Jason are wonderful parents too.
And while we have been so blessed in our family life, the Lord continues to pour out blessing on the Prayerhub too. We now meet every Tuesday evening for prayer and every Wednesday at noon. I just love going into the prayer room first thing Wednesday morning after the previous evening filled with prayer and sensing the wonderful presence of the Lord lingering in that space.
There is also a group who have come to pray over night on a few occasions, so God is truly making this a place for people to meet with him. The prayer wall is now full with names and situations for prayer. And we keep hearing how the Lord is answering the needs of those we pray for. We are blessed!!
The Lord continues also to bless the outreach through the weekly coffee mornings in Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Bacup libraries (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays respectively 10.30-12.30). There have been a good number of people that we’ve been able to share in conversation with, and the Holy Spirit continues to create openings to speak of God’s love and pray for folk. We were even invited to provide the refreshments at Rawtenstall library on their open day for National Libraries day back in February. It was a great success for the library as a thousand people came through their door that day, and we were pleased and privileged to bless the library and its visitors with what we were able to do.
The last newsletter came out a couple of weeks before Christmas and now here we are only a few weeks away from the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We identify those events as ‘Good Friday’ and ‘Easter Sunday’. The label ‘Good Friday’ is simply about the day of the week Jesus was crucified. The important detail that it was ‘Passover’ sometimes gets forgotten. It was while the Jewish people celebrated, as they had for centuries, and still do, their miraculous deliverance from slavery in Egypt at God’s hand, that Jesus executed the miraculous delivery from sin for all nations. They applied the blood of lambs to their doorposts, and the angel of death passed over their households. Then God delivered them completely out of the grip of their slave masters as they crossed the Red Sea. Now, for us who believe, whatever our background, for all who apply the blood of Jesus to their lives, the death that sin brings is forced to pass over and has no power over us. And in the power of the Spirit, we are delivered from its grip.
We know he was raised to life by the mighty working of the Holy Spirit on the third day, sealing victory over death. We call that ‘Easter’ – but the word Easter comes from a pagan festival! Even more forgotten than Passover is the fact that Jesus resurrection on the third day also took place on the Feast of First Fruits. Once again a Jewish festival steeped in significance as Jesus becomes the first fruit (1 Corinthians 15 v20-23), the first born from among the dead (Revelation 1 v5) and the first born of many (Romans 8 v29). Not only has he freed us from the power of sin, he is our guarantee of resurrection and of eternal life in all its fullness. We are born again, a new creation. He is our life!
What an amazing Saviour and Lord!!
A reminder that as well as the weekly prayer meetings, we are open Monday and Wednesday mornings 10-12, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2-4.
However, please note that we are not open Wednesday and Thursday 26th and 27th March as Jan and I are taking a few days away for our wedding anniversary.
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 and increasing compassion, 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. Our land desperately needs healing and salvation. Ask the Lord to send workers for this wonderful harvest.
Thank you for your prayers
Blessing in the Name of Jesus over you and all your family
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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.