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Sunday 13th Music and Meditation service will have a theme of “Summer Blues” and feature “Revealed” who play Latin, jazz and light pop music, led by guitarist and trumpet player, Nigel Beer.
Next week 20th August – The Music and meditation service will feature classical guitarist and composer, John Gerighty. His music is simply beautiful, tranquil and meditative. If you long for a moment this summer just to “Be still and know” then this will be an evening not to miss.
‘Songs for the Summer’ will consist of songs by Jobim, Some Jazz Standards and some light pop. It should be ideal for attracting passing shoppers.”
Saturday 12th concert is a woodwind trio: Beth Underwood, Hannah Wrieden and Helen Green. They will be playing some beautiful classical music on flute, oboe and bassoon
Saturday 19th Rhythm & Bone /Jazz Corporation – The Saturday concert features Rhythm & Bone, headed up by Clive Allsop on the trombone. Rhythm & Bone is a trio playing easy listening Jazz in a variety of genre from swing to Latin. You can also catch them at the Harbour Café, High Street, Erdington every 3rd Friday of the month from 11:30 am.
Discovering the heart of God in the heart of the city:
Our vision and strategy for 2016-2020
A year ago I wrote this in our feedback:
Many more prayers were said on that day. We left with the assurance as Sue
(one of our team members) said ‘God wants to do far more than we can imagine – so we are encouraged to ask for more!”
A year later we can see God has done just that. Our team continues to grow with many Iranians joining us as they seek to continue their journey in the Christian faith while they are applying for asylum in England.
Last month we encouraged everyone whose English is limited to look for a short prayer in English during the month and learn it. We also gave them a card with Bible promise or blessing for them to read as they prayed for passers-by.
This is an account of one of the team members:
“A woman sat down to be prayed for. She had been suffering from depression caused by problem neighbours. Partner had taken matters in his own hands and police were involved. She was separated from her partner whilst having care for depression and she was seeing her children that day as they were normally living with their father. Just before she sat down she and the children had just witnessed violence at a bus stop and very traumatised by the event. She told us that in the past she had been resuscitated 5 times after attempted suicide. Her little boy beside her was particularly loving and caring towards his mother. She was covered in suns and moon transfers or tattoos. She seemed to be a new age sort of person. At the end of our prayers the Iranian team member read the card with a bible verse she was given. The verse was psalm 121 v6’ The sun shall not strike you by day or the moon by night.’ The lady said when he heard those words she experienced some kind of warm and love”.
Another Iranian team member also read her verse to someone she prayed for. She read it so well that I asked her to read it out as a blessing to rest of the team during the feedback after our session.
Many more prayers offered:
Here is a testimony of one of our team members wrote:
“I was prayed for last month by 3 members of the team. We don’t really know each other, so it was a great confirmation when they were able to confirm to me things the Lord had been telling me. They mentioned things from my past, which very few people know, answered questions that I had asked the Lord in my quiet time and encouraged me in my future walk with the Lord. God is good and faithful.”
I can indeed see how God is using each one of us as we seek His face to work through us to bring His kingdom on earth. We have a God who wants to show he loves us. Each person who is prayed for is loved by God. They are God’s creation and God loves them as they are. He wants to reach out to them. He wants to have a relationship with them which will give them life with a purpose.
Let us go on praying that more and more people will come to know God in this way.
Revd Elsie Blair-Chappell
Our HOTS team has multiplied in numbers such a great deal that we had to divide the team in 3 groups.
Each group takes turns to
This worked well and we hope to follow this pattern or adapt it if necessary. It seemed to be that each group felt they were taking part in all aspects of this ministry.
An Iranian team member was keen to pray while it was her group’s turn to be at the back of the chairs. Because her English was very limited we encouraged her to pray ‘God, send your Holy Spirit on this place’ as she walked up and down the area where we pray. She did just that. She walked up and down praying under her breath ‘God send your Holy Spirit on this place’
During the feedback we encouraged everyone whose English is limited to look for a short prayer in English during the month and learn it. On the next Sunday they were in their church sharing about their experience and they asked their pastor where they could find sentences of prayers on Google so they could learn and teach others prayer words in English. They had taken on board the need to pray in English.
I look forward to next time when we meet for another HOTS session and see how many prayers in English will be said. But above all I want to see what God will do as these prayers will be raised as an evening sacrifice with Christ’s aroma on their lips.
Here is an email I received from a team member
Also, as we prayed together in the church, a member of the public saw us and tearfully asked us pray for her relative and also a physical problem she had. When we’d finished praying she was calm and very thankful.
Here are some of prayers recorded in the book
All these prayer testimonies and many more lead me to think that God’s mercy and compassion combined with our suffering, illnesses, anxieties and depression will increase our faith and hope. What a good combination – God and us – as we work together for that day when God’s kingdom come and His will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Revd Elsie Blair Chappell
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