Prayer News – February 2023
“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.” – Ezekiel 37: 10
The Isle of Arran has had a few storms blowing through on a reasonably consistent basis over the past year. This, of course, brings with it the challenges to infrastructure and supply lines, to transport and occasionally makes you wonder if you want to step out the door. Yet, on the other hand, there is nothing quite so invigorating as the power of the natural world making its presence felt!
Our friend, Francis McFaul, has recently written an album of songs entitled ‘Song of the Island’ – it is a musical journey of prophetic songs telling the spiritual story of Sannox and the Isle of Arran. One of the most powerful songs on the album is ‘Celtic Storm’. It has the feel of a lament and no small amount of longing. It asks the question, ‘Celtic storm, how I wonder where you are?’ This is no longing for some more wind and rain, but that the breath and refreshing of the Spirit of God might rise upon us here on Arran and also through the nation of Scotland and beyond in these ‘dry and barren’ times for many.
Here at Sannox we pray almost daily that God would renew his church and that the breath of his Spirit would breathe so deeply within us that we’d stand on our feet, a vast army. Will you join us in that prayer?
Lord, as we come into 2023, we give thanks for…
Please Pray For…
‘Song of the Island
As mentioned above, we are very pleased to tell you that one of our advisors, Francis McFaul has issued an album called ‘Song of the island’. It tells the story of 200 years of Christian witness at Sannox via songs and poetry.
The CD’s can be purchased in person at Sannox at a cost of £5 each, or if posted – at a cost of £6.15. To order email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if ordered from Sannox the proceeds go directly into helping our finances.
Online Day Retreats
As we develop the ministry of SCC, we want to offer a new series of online ‘Zoom’ day retreats during the winter months at each end of the year. Perhaps you can share news of these in your own circles.
Saturday 18th February, On-Line Retreat – ‘Lessons from the Desert: a pre-Lenten Retreat’
The day will open at 9.15am for a 9.30am start, through until 3pm. There will be a mixture of online prayer and worship, teaching, group conversation and solo reflection offline, as well as a break for lunch.
To book and for more information please email email@example.com.
Suggested donation for the day: £20.
Saturday 18th March – Rekindling the Celtic Fire: Christ, Cave, Community and Co-Mission
Join with us as we explore the richness of Celtic spirituality and mission for such a time as this.
Come and explore how rekindling the fire and passion of the Celtic Saints can equip us for mission and discipleship in the 21st century as we explore Christ, Cave, Community and Co-mission.
The suggested donation of £20 for the day will enable Sannox to develop and continue in its mission and ministry. To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also have some in-person day retreats beginning in the Spring/Summer. Details to come. Keep an eye on our website for upcoming events.
The monthly Sannox Saturdays – special times of worship, prayer and teaching – continue on the first Saturday of each month up to the end of the year, normally from 2 pm in Sannox Church.
Our next Sannox Saturday is on the 4th February 2023. This Saturday will be an opportunity for extended worship and prayer, as well as conversation with those present about how Sannox can serve them and their churches on the island. As ever, we are so grateful to Jim for his leadership of worship
February Prayer Gathering
Our next Friends of Sannox prayer gathering is at 8.00pm on Monday 6th February 2023. We look forward to praying and worshipping together with as many of you as possible. Prayer underpins all we seek to do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom – please join us if you can.
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Meeting ID: 847 1105 3697
The Sannox Prayer
“Today I choose to stand in this place you have called me to,
The Trustees of Sannox Christian Centre