At Calderwood Baptist Church we are passionate about understanding God's Word and applying it to our lives. We encourage all of those attending our church to participate in a Small Group. These are groups that meet in people's homes and they are a great way of learning together and having meaningful fellowship in a smaller, informal setting. In Small Groups we aim to pray together, study together, disciple and care for one another, and reach out to our communities together.
This term we have taken a break from our regular Small Groups to pray as a church. During this time there will be various ways to join us in prayer, whether through gathered events or with resources. Everyone has been given the excellent little book '5 Things To Pray For Your Church' by Rachel Jones, which is one way we encourage our members to be praying for each other and the various ministries of the church.
We have also started a sermon series on Prayer up to the end of November. If you missed any or want to listen again, you can find them here.
Here is a word on Prayer from Pastor John:
PRAYER IS THE ENGINE ROOM
Don Carson in his excellent book 'A Call to Spiritual Reformation' opens with a question, "What is the most urgent need in the church of the Western World today?" There are many answers that people may cite to the question but my own observation drawn from our local church life and from our partnership with like-minded churches and other churches in the Scottish Baptist family is an overwhelming need for churches in our Nation to mobilise their people to become people of prayer.
It has long been one of my own prayers for the church here in Calderwood to make prayer the engine room of all that we do and to this end as a Leadership Team we want to press pause on our Small Group activity in the months of September, October and November to create the space for a variety of different prayer opportunities. These opportunities will be many and varied and the first of them is the book enclosed. '5 Things To Pray For Your Church' is an excellent little resource for mobilising prayer and on page 9 there is a list of ways in which you can use the material. I particularly like praying for one of the prayer themes each day Monday through Friday and I welcome the fact that this little book is scripture soaked.
I recently asked both the leaders and the staff team for ideas to mobilise our prayer lives and there was no shortage of creativity and a sensitivity to the fact that as different people some of us respond well to corporate gatherings whereas others like reflective spaces and still others pray best in solitude. I want to encourage you over these months to engage at different times with the provisions we will make and to feel free to volunteer your services if God puts a particular burden upon your heart. This is also the reason why we have put our Sunday morning service series on John's Gospel on hold, because we believe God has something to say to us at this time concerning the priority of prayer.
Robert Murray McCheyne said, "What a man is alone on his knees before God, that he is and no more." As we delight to create space for an increase in prayer, may we all grow more deeply into the people God has called us to be and may we find ourselves naturally longing, as did our Lord Jesus, for the times when we can be alone with our Father.
With love and prayers,