July Update 2018

Hello!

We hope you've all been soaking up the sun while it lasts! We certainly have been making the most of it by occasionally holding our Family Prayerwatches outside.

June was a busy month as we prepared for our Sessions event with Barnabus. We had a great night hearing from Neil about the work that Barnabus do and God's heart for the homeless and then being able to respond in prayer. If you missed it, don't worry you can watch it here.

Coming up this month we have our Interest Night (Fri, 13th July), which will be an opportunity to find out more about what the house of prayer is all about and chat with some of the staff team. We'd love to see you there!

More details at mhop.org.uk/interest-night

Our Meditation Verse for this coming month is Revelation 8:3-4,
 

"Then another angel, having a golden Censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.

This will be our verse for our meditation groups as well as for each Worship with the Word this month.   To help you focus over the course of the month we've created wallpaper images for phones, tablets and computer desktops. You can download them now from our website here.  We make a new one each month, so make sure you check them out!

 
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Don't forget, our Prayer Room is open each Monday from 6-10pm for our prayerwatches and each Wednesday from 9am-1pm.  

We have our final Family Prayer of this term coming up this coming Monday 9th July this time at Michael and Becci's house for a party. We will be celebrating how amazing the kids have been this past year and how hard they have worked at planning for prayer leading and practising their instruments to be on the worship teams. 

As always, we can't wait to see you soon!


KEY DATES FOR JULY


Wednesday 4th, 2pm - Meditation Group
Friday 6th, 7:30pm - Meditation Group
Monday 9th, 4:30 - Family Prayer Party
Wednesday 11th, 2pm - Sessions Teaching
Friday 13th, 7:30pm - Interest Night
Wednesday 18th, 2pm - Meditation Group
Wednesday 25th, 2pm - Sessions Teaching


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Michael and Becci have an exciting new project they have been working on for a little while. "Tracks" is a new series of audio recordings, captured live in the prayer room and elsewhere. Each one will be a spontaneous moment of worship starting withe this one 'Find me Waiting' recorded at MHOP last month. We hope you enjoy! 

To listen to the whole track click here!


Psalm 1 encourages us to meditate on His word night and day and our Meditation Groups give opportunity do this with others and be strengthen and built up as we encounter God through His word.

We would love for you to join us at our next Sessions.  Sessions are hour long times of informal teaching, focusing on topics such as intimacy with God, a lifestyle of prayer or the urgency of the hour.

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MHOP is a charity.  We rely on our members, regular attenders and others who love our vision, whose giving enables us to do all that the Lord calls us to do.


https://www.mhop.org.uk/blog/july-update-2018

May Update 2018

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April saw the end of our Internship which has been an incredible 6 months.  It's been great to have Mark, Peter and Enyo strengthening the house of prayer in this season and we're really looking forward to all that Enyo will bring to us moving forward a she joins the staff team.  If you're interested in joining us on our next Internship in September then head to mhop.org.uk/internship to find out more and to apply!

Our Meditation Verse for this coming month is:

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
— 1 Peter 2:9

This will be our verse for our meditation groups as well as for each Worship with the Word this month.   

Don't forget, our Prayer Room is open each Monday from 4.30pm for Family Prayer and then from 6-10pm for our prayerwatches and each Wednesday from 9am-1pm.  

As always, we can't wait to see you soon!


KEY DATES FOR MAY

Friday 4th, 7.30pm - Meditation Group
Monday 7th - No Prayer Room (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday 9th, 2pm - Meditation Group
Sunday 13th, 6pm - Life Prayer
Wednesday 16th, 2pm - Sessions Teaching
Saturday 19th, 6pm - Community Meal
Wednesday 23rd, 2pm - Meditation Group
Monday 28th - No Prayer Room (Bank Holiday)
Wednesday 30th, 2pm - Session Teaching


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Psalm 1 encourages us to meditate on His word night and day and our Meditation Groups give opportunity do this with others and be strengthen and built up as we encounter God through His word.

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We want to see families praying and worshiping together and we want it to be fun!  Join us Mondays from 4.30pm from worship and prayer led by different families each week!

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Each month we come to gather for a bring and share meal.  It's open to anyone, whether you're a regular in the prayer room or are interested in who we are and what we do!

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Every other month we meet to pray for life issues in our nation (such as abortion and euthanasia) as well as for the work of Image pregnancy counselling service, here in Manchester.

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We would love for you to join us at our next Sessions.  Sessions are hour long times of informal teaching, focusing on topics such as intimacy with God, a lifestyle of prayer or the urgency of the hour.

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MHOP is a charity.  We rely on our members, regular attenders and others who love our vision, whose giving enables us to do all that the Lord calls us to do.


https://www.mhop.org.uk/blog/may-update-2018

February Update 2018

Hello!

January has been and gone and was full of precious moments of encounter and powerful times of intercession for topics such as the church in Manchester, justice for the poor, the media and more.  We are really looking forward to seeing how God leads us to pray over the next month!

We continue to work through Psalm 23 as a house of prayer, having taken a break in December.  This month we'll be focused on verse 5,

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

This will be our verse for our meditation groups as well as for each Worship with the Word this month.   

Don't forget, our Prayer Room is open each Monday from 4.30pm for Family Prayer and then from 6-10pm for our prayerwatches and each Wednesday from 9am-1pm.  

As always, we can't wait to see you soon!


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Our next Meditation Group is tomorrow,  Friday 2nd February.  As usual it's 7.30pm at Michael and Becci's house. We also have Meditation Groups on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm on the 7th and 28th.  Let us know if you are coming!


Full details at mhop.org.uk/meditation-groups

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Our Community Meal is coming up on Saturday 17th February.  This is a bring and share and everyone is welcome! It's at Michael and Becci's from 6pm and then we'll worship together later on.

Full details at mhop.org.uk/community-meal

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The Freedom Sessions is an evening of worship and prayer for justice.  We are excited to be joined by Esther Swaffield from IJM who will share about the work of IJM and how we can pray effectively for God's justice to be released across the earth.
 

Full details at
mhop.org.uk/freedom-sessions

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MHOP is a charity.  We rely on our members, regular attenders and others who love our vision, whose giving enables us to do all that the Lord calls us to do.

 

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Following the release of their debut single in January, Michael & Becci have released a lyric video for Sing Over Me you can watch on Youtube.

Check it out!


https://www.mhop.org.uk/blog/february-update-2018

Rejoice… the Lord is at hand!

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I come from a church tradition that follows keeps a season of Advent before Christmas.  For me, the changing of seasons is always an opportunity to get back to the heart of things we easily fall into a routine with.  Advent in particular is one of my favourite seasons because it’s such a rich and privileged season of prayer.  That said, it’s also a very easy time of year to do anything but pray!  There’s so much to do - so much good to do!  Family, Charity, Generosity, Outreach, Traditions… With so many pressures on our attention, our time, our money and our energy, it’s easy to loose sight of the heart.  Even our prayers, and those traditions that are intended to enlighten our prayer, can become something we just do.  So it’s important to ask why…

Rejoice in the Lord always… The Lord is at hand.
— Phillipians 4:4-5

Jesus is coming - and I don’t just mean that He was incarnate as a man in the year 0 for some 33 years.  Jesus is alive today, and He’s got a plan to come back.  We find it easy to forget that Jesus spoke clearly about His coming again.  We find this truth throughout the new testament writings – Jesus is coming back immanently.  The Lord is at hand.  Do we even believe that?  Is it important? Does it demand a response from us?  


We often complain about secularism in the world, but we’re less quick to see it in our own lives.  It’s easy to find ourselves believing the immediate demands of the day more than the eternal truths of the gospel.  Don’t we?  I honestly don’t think it’s a big problem for us to feel like we should pray more.  I’ve found that the more we pray the more we feel the need to pray… so I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty.  But I do think it’s worth checking whether the little prayer we do get round to doing is getting more secular by the year or if it still carries the marks of an authentic encounter and relationship with God! 


Is it possible to prayer to be secular?  Surely we wouldn’t pray if we lost sight of the God that we’re praying to?  Really?!  Here are some confessions of my part.  Sometimes my prayer can be really functional – I’m not actually concerned about God except that I get to the end of the day.  My prayer can be focused on my own plans and the ways I think my plans should work out.  My prayer can be focused on justifying myself…  Sometimes even my corporate prayer can be more to persuade those people I’m praying with than to actually ask anything from the Lord!  Prayer meetings can be more about exhortation than intercession.  My prayers can be about developing my own virtues or discipline.  At times I’m more satisfied with my poverty than I am desperate for God that I never quite move on from confessing my need for Him to actually asking from Him the things on His heart.  Sure, at least I’m still praying and at least I’m actually talking to God.  But when my prayer gets like this it gets exhausting!  It’s a relationship I’m hardly keen to invest my time in & it’s an encounter that isn’t joyous.  But God wants our prayer to be enjoyable.

 
There’s a prayer that I’ve really started to enjoy.  “Maranatha”, “Come Lord Jesus”.  Asking for Jesus to come back is so far removed from our own plans, our own understanding, our own strength, that it does something to our hearts to take any time at all to ask it of the Lord.  It begins to offer perspective, not just rationally, but in wonder.  That’s the best preparation of our heart to encounter the familiar again and again without loosing heart.  Wonder before the mystery of the person of Jesus Christ.  Not just a story, or not even just history… a Man who today stands in heaven interceding and singing over us, and whose heart burns with passion for the day of His return.  As we catch a sight of Him again we guard our hearts and minds from the pernicious tendency to become secular, worldly or just bogged down with the immediate.  
 
At home, we’re looking at which traditions to pass on to our children.  How do we leave space in our traditions, whether at home or at church, for a fresh revelation of God Himself?  How do we make the most of this season to break out of our worldliness and go after the heart again?  God wants you to enjoy Him.  He’s after your heart, and He’s coming for your heart.  Rejoice - He’s at hand.


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Pieter is on staff as an intercessory missionary at Manchester House of Prayer. With a heart to see families grow in prayer together, he is developing our Family Prayerwatch. He also serves in the prayer room as a worship leader, singer and prayer leader. 


https://www.mhop.org.uk/blog/rejoice-the-lord-is-at-hand

Such Is His Gracious Will...

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Developing our Family Prayer has been a challenge and an adventure. In many ways its enriching my own worship and prayer. Week by week, as we take God at His word and pray it back to Him, I’m challenged not to rest on my own understanding. I love being surprised by the simple but deeply meaningful things that come from the mouths of our children when they pray His word!

Father, I thank you that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and have revealed them to little children; for such is Your gracious will.
— Matthew 11:25-26

At the very foundation of our prayer is God’s revelation of Himself and the plans of His heart. As valuable as our study of God certainly is, it’s our devotion that God looks for. Thomas of Aquinas famously said that all his theology was as straw compared to what God had shown him. His heart was gripped by revelation, far beyond his academic passion for God.

It’s our good Father’s gracious will to reveal Himself to our children. Who really knows the Father except the Son? Who really loves Him and asks of Him - freely and boldly - but His Son? Which child does not understand the lesson: if your father on earth knows how to give you good things when you ask, how much more will your Father in heaven!

When it comes to prayer, there is a hidden treasure in our children that we could easily overlook. It is more natural for them to know a Father than to know theology, so we should give them at least as many opportunities to encounter Him as to learn about Him. Nothing draws our hearts to prayer more than the revelation of God.

As we pray His word back to Him, using apostolic prayers, we keep ourselves rooted in who He says He is and what He says He’ll do. At our Family Prayerwatch, our children use apostolic prayers in their own words because it’s not about understanding God better, it’s about trusting Him more. 

As you spend time in His word today, why not ask Him to reveal Himself to you in a new way, as though through the eyes of a child?  


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Pieter is on staff as an intercessory missionary at Manchester House of Prayer. With a heart to see families grow in prayer together, he is developing our Family Prayerwatch. He also serves in the prayer room as a worship leader, singer and prayer leader. 


https://www.mhop.org.uk/blog/such-is-his-gracious-will