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CHRISTIANS AWARE PRAYER POINTERS AUTUMN 2015

Compiled by Bryan Halson
“Prayer is a summary of faith, an interpreter of hope,
It is not by paces but by prayers that God is come at.
Faith poureth out prayer and is grounded in prayer,
Therefore go on to labour fervently in prayers
always to pray and not to faint
in spirit and in truth.
Faith is the foundation and basis of prayer: the foundation
of faith is the promise of God.
Lift up your hearts.
He that made us to live, the same taught us withal to pray.
The prayer of the humble pierceth the clouds.
Prayer is colloquy with God.
(Bishop Andrewes, 1555-1626)

Psalm 119.76

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Among those who contribute to the quality of life in any community are
artists and musicians. In expressing our gratitude we include those of the
past as well as the present.  Christians Aware has always valued its
connection with artists (think of Jyoti Sahi, or the Art Workshop Pilgrimage
to Assisi in the coming July).  Faith traditions each have their own
expression in art and in music, carrying with them spiritual power.

Think of a work of art or a piece of music which speaks to you, and
give thanks.  At a time when funding is difficult pray for museums and art
galleries, for their trustees and all who work in them.

Local groups play an important part in providing ‘space’ and relaxation
in life.  This is particularly true of art and music.  Such groups depend on
committed leadership.  Pray for any local group known to you or to which you
belong  -  art classes, dance groups, choirs (note the significance of the wide
popularity of “can’t sing” choirs), Women’s Institute, U3A.  Remember the
significance of ‘pop’ groups to young people.

Exodus 35.30-35 Philippians 4.8

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The United Nations Convention on Climate Change (CCP) meets in
Paris from 30th November to 11th December, 2015.  Its stated objective is ‘to
achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate from all the
nations of the world’. The CCP aims to limit global temperature increase to
2ºC above pre-industrial levels.  However, the pledges made at the 2012
Doha meeting were not enough to guarantee such a limit.

Pope Francis, in his recent encyclical Laudate si’ ,speaks of
“unprecedented destruction of ecosystems” and “serious consequences for all
of us” if humanity fails to act on climate change. What sort of world do we
want for future generations?

So we pray for all involved in the Paris discussions. Pray that decisions
may be made for the common good rather than the interests of individual
nations or mega-business.  Pray that scientific research findings may carry
appropriate weight.  Pray that the concerns of the smaller, less “developed”
countries may be heard as much as those of the major nations  -  or even
more.

Climate change affects different parts of the world in different ways  - 
drought, floods, cyclones and storms.  Select one example from the current
news and pray for the people affected - farmers, children and the elderly,
shop-keepers.  Pray too for those involved in rescue operations, police, fire
services, medical staff, and voluntary groups such as people of faith
traditions.

Involved in questions of climate change is the increasing search for
energy alternatives to the use of fossil fuels (oil and coal). Pray for all
governments that are exploring the possibilities of solar, wind, geothermal
development.  Give thanks for considerable advances in Brazil and Kenya
among other countries.

Psalm 104.5-9 Jeremiah 33.2-3 Romans 8.18-21

Revelation 4.11

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Lord, bless this earth on which we live
and work and make community.
Take from it the corroding effects
of human betrayal.
Bring from it goodness that will nourish
and renew us all.

Ray Simpson, Healing the Land.

   Remember the on-going work of organising courses and meetings;
the work of focus groups; and preparations for overseas visits (Isle of Wight
19-23 October; Cuba 14-24 January, East Anglian Pilgrimage 14-21 May).
Remember also the Trustees Residential Meeting (November 20-21) and
preparations for the 2016 Annual Conference The Middle East: Conflict
Transformation.

Give thanks and remember in your prayers, Barbara, Amanda, Rob,
Norma and all who work in the CA office; and our chairman Bishop Angaelos.