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From Churches Together in Canterbury.
In a letter launching the Diocesan theme – Conversations on the Journey – Bishop Trevor wrote, “I sense that there are many transformative, and perhaps risky, conversations yet waiting to happen in our churches. I want us to encourage these in every way that we can.”
40 Days / 40 Voices: Conversations on the Road to Jerusalem
Rather than producing a traditional-style Lent course in 2017 we have produced a daily devotional called 40 Days / 40 Voices. Each day in Lent a different person from the Diocese will offer their response to a part of the biblical story charting Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem from Luke 9:51 all the way to Luke 23:56. The reflections include words, poems, artwork, photography, music. Each day’s response will take the form of a daily email which will include the scripture for the day and the reflection.
Burgate 2 Tuesday 24th January, 9.15‐9.45pm
St Paul’s Church, Church Street St Paul’s, CT1 1NH
Tourism and entertainment Fun
With one of the city’s busiest pubs situated almost exactly where the Burgate would have been, today we pray for the leisure industry, the city’s nightlife and the tourism which helps make this a prosperous city. May Canterbury be a place where people discover true rest and deep joy.
(The gates in this week’s pictures are from around Canterbury but not the proper City Gates, which have all long gone, except Westgate).
Sunday 22nd January, 4‐5.15pm
Canterbury Baptist Church, St George’s Place, CT1 1UT
Join us for a united service of prayer and celebration. We will be making a virtual tour of the city together in prayer, and there will be refreshments afterwards.
Quenin Gate Friday 20th January, 8.30‐9am
Christ Church, North Holmes Road, CT1 1QU
Education and creativity
Quenin Gate, leading into the grounds of the Cathedral was used by the monks of St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury’s oldest educational establishment. Today we pray for all those who teach or study in our schools, colleges and universities, for the ability to learn well and to think creatively.
Worth Gate Thursday 19th January, 12‐12.30pm
St Mildred’s Church, Church Lane, CT1 2PP Business and commerce Innovation and integrity
Wincheap was one of Canterbury’s thriving markets, with traders coming in from far and wide to sell their wares. Today we pray for the thousands of businesses which make this city such a vibrant place to live. We pray that those who do business here will operate in honesty, integrity and generosity.
St George’s Gate 2 Wednesday 18th January, 9.30‐10.15am
Canterbury Baptist Church, St George’s Place, CT1 1UT
Health and social care, Compassion
St George’s Gate leads out to the south part of the city, where many of our healthcare facilities are situated: K&C Hospital, the Health Centre and the Chaucer Hospital, to name but a few. Today we pray for all those involved in health and social care in Canterbury, for hearts full of compassion, and for stamina to do their work well.
(The gates shown during this week are to be found around Canterbury: the proper city gates have all gone, except the Westgate.)
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18th to 25th January 2017.
The local Churches have composed a prayer guide using the gates in our city wall as a template to help us pray for Canterbury. We have linked each gate with a particular theme.
We will gather to pray each day, somewhere near the gate mentioned for that day. If you are in town we hope you will be able to come to at least one of those prayer times, but even if you can’t, please join us in following this guide in your own personal prayers.
We will publish each day’s prayer guide from CCTC during Unity Week, and invite you to spend a moment sharing our prayers. Will T.
Alfie The Collie.
We had left the roar and rumble of the motorway and were enjoying a sandwich lunch in a Cotswold churchyard, gathered under a spreading yew tree, sheltered from the gentle summer’s rain. A woman came by, in waterproofs, wellingtons and plastic hat, clutching two shopping bags.
“You don’t need to sit out there in the rain, go inside, it’s all right. No, you don’t need to worry about him, take him in, he’s a beautiful dog. What breed is he?
“I never heard of a short-haired collie, but he does have that look about him. An intelligent dog, I can see that. He’d be welcome inside, don’t you worry.
“You are dry there? Where you’re sitting now, that big box tomb, that’s what I calls the glove-maker’s tomb. My grandmother used to make gloves for him. He would send his man round to the cottage to collect the gloves and pay Nan for them. All made at home they were, while she was bringing up the family.
“Good boy! He is well behaved. He would be welcome inside. I takes my little Sam in with me. He’s a little Jack Russell but he’s not with me today, he gets all over-excited if he goes on the bus. No, but he likes to come here and light a candle for Steve and Billy, my two other Jackies that he remembers. He comes in with me either sitting in my bag or else on the lead.
“The first time he came in we got told off but I told them he had every right to be there. He was giving thanks for his good health. When he was a pup he swallowed a fish-hook, playing with the children. The vet said that he wouldn’t pull round, but I came in here, said my prayer and lit my candle: and he got better. The Good Shepherd listened to me and he looked after Sam.
“He’ll listen to your Alfie, too. He is a beautiful dog and he’s welcome to come inside.
“Unless he’s a Catholic of course.
“He is? Oh really? Well, nice meeting you all but it’s time for my bus. Goodbye, now!”