Prayer News – September 2023

‘Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the watchman stays awake in vain.’
– Psalm 127:1

It was Floyd McClung – author of works like ‘The Father Heart of God’ – who said in his book, ‘Follow’, ‘Church is not a templelike building to attend on Sundays, but a community of revolutionary people who make Jesus the Lord of their whole lives and live to accomplish his mission.  If Jesus is the Lord of every day and every part of life, and the church is the people who live for his mission, then church happens every day, everywhere!  Church is not limited to a holy-day meeting, led by a holy man; it is a mission force of radical people invading every vocation and every nation of the world.’What does it look for you to be God’s mission force of radical people invading every vocation and every nation for the world?  It simply means viewing where you are as the place God has placed you to accomplish what he has for you to accomplish.  Sometimes that will be a joy; sometimes it will include hardship.  What we must keep at the forefront of our minds is the call to be God’s people and make Jesus Lord over all…beginning with us. This past month, Sannox Christian Centre has had the joy of making Christ known in the world of art and creativity here on Arran – welcoming many to participate in the creative process as a signpost to God, the ultimate creator.  It’s not so much that we build for him…for that would be vain labouring!  No, we seek to take his lead and display his glory at every turn.  As we seek to fill our own corner with the glory of God, we pray for you as you do the same where you are.We are delighted to share this link from Arran Open Studios about the weekend – you’ll see Sannox got a very good mention!  We hope this gives a little taste of what took place.  Glory to God! Arran Open Studios Blog Post:
Prayer Points

Give thanks for:
– a continued steady flow of guests and visitors through the Summer into Autumn. The amazing increase in bookings is an answer to prayer.
– a successful Arran Open Studios event at Sannox with many visitors to the Centre.

Please Pray for:
– Plans to begin laying the concrete floor of the Manse in October ready for the next phase of building the roof.
– Continuing favour on fundraising for the Manse and our running costs.
– For a good response to our Autumn/Winter in-person and online retreats.
–  For our continuing discussions on building community around Sannox and its ministries.
 For our staff as they juggle their responsibilities at Sannox, other ministries and home life.
Sannox Saturdays
After a break in Sannox Saturdays to be present at the Brodick Highland Games, Sannox Saturday is back on Saturday 2nd September – 2.00pm for coffee and catch up, with worship and a message from 2.30pm, coming towards a close by 4.00pm.  We look forward to seeing all who can make it along!
Upcoming Retreats at Sannox

Sannox Stitches Knitting Retreat
8th – 10th September
Join us for a few days to rest, restore, renew and refresh…and knit/crochet/weave!!   Each day is framed with optional times of worship, reflection and prayer but with plenty of time to knit and chat together.  There will be a chance to take part in a Knitalong, or to work on your own Works-In-Progress! We hope to include demos and workshops with local island fibre artists too.Suggested donation for the Retreat: £30.  PLEASE NOTE:  the accommodation for this event is now completely booked up.  You will still be welcome to attend the retreat on the basis that you have other arrangements for accommodation.

Day Retreat:  The Way of Aidan – ‘Fire in the Heart’
Saturday 23rd September, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Join us for a day’s retreat exploring the life, heart and ministry of the Irish monk Aidan, who was sent from Columba’s Iona monastery to establish the gospel in Oswald’s Northumbria.  We take time to take inspiration from a man who walked with Christ in a pagan world as we seek to be faithful to Christ in our day.Suggested donation for the day’s retreat:  £20.
Suggested donation for accommodation (if required): £35pppn.
Bring a packed lunch.  Drinks provided through the day.
Day Retreat:  ‘Open the Book – hearing God in Scripture’
Saturday 21st October, 9.30am – 3.30pm
We spend the day focussing on ways to approach God’s word to nourish our relationship with him.Suggested donation for the day’s retreat:  £20.
Suggested donation for accommodation (if required): £35pppn.
Bring a packed lunch.  Drinks provided through the day.

Online Zoom Retreat:  ‘Rhythms of Life’
Saturday 18th November, 9.30am – 3.30pm
We take time out to explore the gentle rhythms of grace in our lives and to notice where God is moving, leading and guiding us in this season.Suggested donation for the day’s retreat:  £20.

Online Zoom Half-Day Retreat:  ‘Celtic Advent’
Saturday 16th December, 9.30am – 12.30pm.
We prepare our hearts to welcome Christ with the help of the Celtic saints. Suggested donation for the morning’s retreat: £10.
The Sannox Prayer

“Today I choose to stand in this place you have called me to,
And I declare that You are a Mighty God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Your Kingdom shall endure and will never be shaken.
Open the windows of Heaven and pour out Your promised blessings in this generation.
Revive us, restore us and heal our land.
Thank you for going before us to open the way and remove all obstacles.
Increase our Faith, stir up Hope and keep us grounded and walking in Love.
Thank you that You are creating a dwelling place for God and man here
– in Sannox, on Arran, for the nations.

We bless you in the name of Jesus, to receive all that the Father has for you, and we thank you for your continuing support of His work at Sannox.  Be blessed and protected in all you do for the Kingdom, in the mighty and beautiful name of Jesus.

The Sannox Team