Author: Ann Harris

God is Gracious

Elizabeth was overwhelmed with joy that when everyone thought it impossible, she had given birth to a son. What would this boy become? The name John means ‘the Lord is gracious’ and he certainly epitomised the grace of God. And Zechariah’s speech is restored when he confirms what God is doing. John’s future is mapped out as the last and greatest of the prophets who would prepare the way for the Messiah. Be graciously near today, Lord, to every parent who wonders what their new baby will become. Amen. Of woman born shall never be a greater prophet than was...

Dear Brother Onesimus

Paul’s little letter to Philemon is about Onesimus, the runaway slave whose name ironically means ‘useful’! But the gospel had transformed both slave and slave master, turning them into brothers in Christ. Now Paul is sending him back to Colossae as a Christian messenger. This shows the quiet revolution, turning the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of our God and of his Christ. Open doors, Lord, for the message that sets the captive free. Amen. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed, great David’s greater Son! Hail, in the time appointed, His reign on earth begun! He comes to break...

Monthly Mailing

We thought it would be helpful to give you the dates by which we require any items for inclusion in our Monthly Mailing Information Sheet for the rest of the year. They are as follows: September 2015 issue – deadline Monday 3rd August October 2015 issue – deadline Wednesday 16th September November 2015 issue – deadline Wednesday 14th October December 2015/January 2016 issue – deadline Wednesday 11th November Items for inclusion should be sent to Ann in the office – email missionpartnership@talktalk.net  

Present in Spirit

Even the apostle Paul couldn’t be everywhere at once but he kept praying for the Colossian Christians wherever he was. Whenever we pray, we all come to the same throne of grace so the nearer we are to Christ, the nearer we are to each other, including those who have died. Our prayer is that we all keep on knowing Christ better. Encourage us in heart and unite us in love, Lord, that we may know the mystery of who you are. Amen. Is this our high calling, harmonious to dwell, and thus in sweet concert Christ’s praises to tell,...

Christian Initiative Trust (CIT) Awards 2015

Christian Initiative Trust (CIT) Awards 2015 (formerly Mustard Seed Awards) CIT are giving away £5,000, £15,000, £20,000 and £25,000 to grow or bring to life a number of social initiatives. They are looking for people who are already doing something amazing in the community. To win, ideas must be fresh, fiercely innovative and built on Christian values. And, most importantly, need to have a big, positive impact on people’s lives. How to apply: Entries opened on 3rd June 2015 through the online form on www.christianinitiativetrust.org.uk – and close on 6th October 2015. Do let us know if you apply!

July/August Monthly Mailing

Here is our Information Sheet for July/August: MP Information Sheet July & August 2015 And below are posters for 4 of the events listed in the Information Sheet for you to print and display in your churches: Gram Seed – July 2015 St Mary’s Woughton Strawberry Fayre – 4 July 2015 Mindy Bell Farewell – July 2015 Men’s Breakfast – 11 July 2015

Newsletter July & August

Mission Partnership Newsletter July/August 2015   Dear Friends, It was a joy to see so many at our AGM Assembly on 10th June. The June meeting always feels like a key moment in the year for the Mission Partnership and this year as we explored vision together felt especially so. The discussions around the tables were lively and engaged and I’m already receiving feedback on Milton Keynes: A City Alive to God as a potential vision statement. Please do keep the feedback coming, whether you were able to be at the meeting or not. I hope the prayer at the...

Deliverance for Sin Addicts

Many people’s lives today are blighted by an addiction. If they manage to break free from it, a gap is left in their lives which needs to be filled. That may be what caused the addiction in the first place. When Jesus has driven out the unclean, addictive, spirit, it needs to be replaced by the clean and Holy Spirit. Lord have mercy on addicts of all kinds and set them free by your Spirit. Amen. We call to mind all those captive to addiction, those kept in chains by bitterness or guilt, grant them assurance, healing, consolation, and life...

Final Audit

For businesses and others who manage funds, the day of judgement when the books are opened comes annually when the auditors arrive. Do the accounts show the profit and loss, assets and liabilities, correctly? What about the audit of our lives? It’s not a matter of hoping the ticks outnumber the crosses! Thank you, Lord Jesus, that those who trust in you are judged already and pardoned. Amen. O Love, thou bottomless abyss, my sins are swallowed up in thee! Covered is my unrighteousness, nor spot of guilt remains on me, while Jesu’s blood through earth and skies ‘mercy, free...

God’s enemy chained

In the final book of the Bible, three figures who oppose God become one. The serpent or snake is a twister, questioning and contradicting what God has clearly said. The Satan begins as a prosecutor, not wicked but probing, but sinks to become ‘the accuser of the brothers.’ The Beast means worldly superpowers such as Babylon and Rome. One day this three-in-one will be chained. Help me, Lord, to resist the twister as you did in the wilderness. Amen. And were this world all devils o’er and watching to devour us, we lay it not to heart so sore; not...