The prayer temperature is rising nine days into our 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting at St Hilda's, Upper Hutt. With Pentecost Sunday upon us tomorrow we are noticing reports of effective prayer in the St Hilda's community.
We remind ourselves that this prayer initiative was prompted as we approached the ordination of a new Bishop in Wellington. Well, that happened last night as Ellie Sanderson became the Assistant Bishop of Wellington during a wonderful celebration of diocesan life and faith at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.
The Archbishop of Canterbury in England had promoted worldwide prayer for Christian outreach and we have been viewing some of the videos produced for that initiative - two of them are on the home page of this website currently. And, this time between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday has always been promoted as a time of prayer for Christian unity. In that regard, the episcopal ordination service last night was also a celebration of Christian unity. The Cardinal Archbishop John of Wellington was there and the preacher was Pastor Amy Page-Whiting, Senior Pastor at the Cashmere New Life Church in Christchurch. There were Bishops present from all around the country and the Pacific and Christians from all around the diocese.
Closer to home, last Sunday about 15 people from St Hilda's gathered after the 10:30am service at Jocelyn's new home for a house blessing before sharing in a scrumptious lunch and rich fellowship.
During the week another house blessing and prayer took place in the Parish as the Parish Chaplain Judy joined me, and two from Prison Fellowship, to pray at the home of an ex prisoner who had requested a house blessing following some disturbing experiences. When I returned yesterday he was very peaceful as he gave thanks during a home communion service and spoke of his desire to follow Jesus again.
During the Thursday communion service this week, Grace talked of some of the answers to prayers (recorded in a notebook she keeps) that she and her group have received. She talked of a young girl run over and badly injured finding healing. And also of an older girl who has found the work she sought and more, after a time of waiting and doing menial work.
Let us praise God that pray works. Let us keep praying and talking about prayer answered.
Terry Alve - Interim Priest at St Hildas.