Alisdair Palmer was on hand at St Matthew’s on Monday, 15 August 2011, to capture the wonder of the heaviest snowstorm to hit Masterton in decades.
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel:
“Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request (1 Chron. 4:10).
Jesus taught us to pray, among other things, ‘Give us today our daily bread’ (Matthew 6:11).
Our first concern should be for God’s glory, His kingdom and His will.
But it is not wrong to ask for God’s blessing, presence, protection and healing as well. A theme for the Prayer and Fast that I believe may help stimulate our minds into hearing God’s current/future call on us as individuals and as a Parish is; What is my neighbour’s name?
This is a parish-wide call, but individuals may respond as you feel led.
St Matthew’s Church will be opened each morning (the first of four “daily offices” of prayer) at 6.00am, the second “daily Office” is at noon, the third at 5.00pm and the fourth Daily office begins at 8pm.
On Thursday evening the fourth “Daily Office“ will be at 7pm and will begin with communion and conclude with worship.
I encourage groups to form/meet during this time, and the place/time for prayer can suit the individual.
During the course of the three days the God Box will be available on the main altar in St Matthew’s Church Chancel for any written words individuals may hear God calling the Parish to.
Let us prepare and come together from 6am, September 20th to 8pm, September 22nd, and seek the future ministry needs for Parish and the means to make it happen.
Types of prayer/ meditations and fasting will be outlined in further notices.