December 2023

JOHN WYCLIF Today we recall the life of one of the churches great reformers. We thank God for the vision we have to Grow Disciples and for the year ahead as we seek to introduce new people to Jesus Christ as our Lord. We also pray for Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda (The Anglican Church of Rwanda).

The first ‘quiet day’ of the week, with no feast day. Take a few minutes today to be thankful for things that can be celebrated from the last week. We remember those who have not been able to see family and friends as they have been caring for others and serving in the emergency services. We also pray for The Diocese of Bondo (The Anglican Church of Kenya).

ST JOHN (Apostle & Evangelist) ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt Among Us’. With these words John acclaims, the Incarnation of God and Man. Today, we are thankful for John’s gift and for all evangelists in the Church. Pray for Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement. We also pray for The Diocese of Bo (The Church of the Province of West Africa).

ST STEPHEN'S DAY (Deacon, Martyr) Today we recall the first Christian martyr. Someone will lose their life today because they proclaim Christ. In the midst of celebrations, take a moment today to reflect upon this and pray for those who do not count the cost in being a sacrificial offering. We also pray for The Diocese of Blackburn (The Church of England).

In his Christmas sermon in the Cathedral, Bishop Paul speaks about the peace that Jesus came to bring, and how knowing peace with God sets us free to be courageous peacemakers in our world today. He also gave special thanks for peacemakers working in conflict situations around the world, also for those working in the NHS and social care helping to support people living with the challenges around mental health. Read Bishop Paul’s Christmas Sermon in full below "Of all the bible passages

CHRISTMAS DAY The greatest birth in history is celebrated today. We pray for all Christians across the world with whom we have links as the Saviour of the world is acclaimed. O Come Let Us Adore Him! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and the People of Bethlehem. We also pray for The Diocese of Birmingham (The Church of England).

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