Prayer & Spiritual Learning Resources

Prayer Calendar April - June 2020

Prayers from the Oodthenong Archdeacons & Area Deans


Link: Prayer Calendar April - June 2020
Prayer for the Nations - National Council of Churches

A Prayer for each day at 7:00pm and for Sunday 29 March as we offer prayers for our nation , amidst COVID-19.

Gracious God,
We give thanks anew for your providence and presence.
We prayerfully seek your grace, amidst COVID-19 here and overseas.
We pray for those in need of healing.
We pray for your peace with those who are anxious or grieving.
We pray you will continue to strengthen and sustain all those who are serving in response.
We pray for your Holy Spirit’s discernment amidst the many choices and decisions facing our national, community and medical leaders.
We pray we each might see quickly what more we can do to help those who are vulnerable.
This prayer for our nation in the family of nations, with all that is on our hearts, we gather now and pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer from the Diocese

Please continue to pray for those areas / countries affected by COVID-19. The prolonged isolation and confinement of millions at the significant epicentres of this outbreak will be a difficult experience. Please also pray for those in hospital and other medical settings and for those working hard to identify a potential vaccine.

Lord Jesus Christ, healer and friend,
come and care for all of us
through the danger and uncertainty
of the coronavirus epidemic.

To people who are sick, bring healing.
To people who are displaced, isolated,
or cut off from family, friends or work,
bring comfort and companionship.
Work with medical staff as they care for the sick,
and protect them from harm.

Give skill and fruitful research to scientists
as they search for treatments, prevention and a cure.
To public health authorities, give wisdom
to decide the best ways to manage
both this crisis and our anxieties.
When communities are fearful,
give a calm spirit,
and kindness to neighbours and strangers.

Through this testing time,
and through all the risks we face together,
teach us once again how we can love one another
as you have loved us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Common Grace - Resources

Join the movement of Australian Christians seeking to live, speak and act more graciously, more compassionately, more like Jesus in today's world. Video teaching and other resources.
https://www.commongrace.org.au/about

Lent 5 - I and the Resurrection and the Life

https://www.commongrace.org.au/i_am_the_resurrection_and_the_life?utm_campaign=lent_week_5&utm_medium=email&utm_source=commongrace
Thy Kingdom Come

Join with 50,000 people from around the world praying using the Novena materials between 21 May and 31 May between Ascension and Pentecost as part of the global prayer movement: Thy Kingdom Come. Together we will pray for people to come to know Jesus Christ.

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/thy-kingdom-come-2020-international-launch

Light up the World in Prayer. We have committed that 20 of our Parish Members will be praying during this time and I have logged on a shining light in Belmont and Torquay.
We will work towards taking part in this during 2020. Stay tuned.
Open Doors - House Church Resources

Reflections from those working with the persecuted church worldwide. This site may require you to sign up online.

Week 1 - Uncertainty

Short message or podcast

https://www.opendoors.org.au/persecuted-christians/house-church-by-open-doors/uncertainty/?utm_source=Marketing_Cloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HouseChurch20_Email1&utm_term=&utm_content=free+weekly+resources

Week 2 - Isolation
The Lausanne Movement

This movement began with the leadership of Billy Graham, and was supported by John Stott. Both remarkable men of their times.

In his travels around the world, Billy Graham met many leaders who were disconnected from each other. He felt called to bring these leaders together, thus beginning a movement of connections marked by a spirit of humility, friendship, prayer, study, partnership, and hope, which Graham called ‘the spirit of Lausanne’. It is in this spirit that world congresses, global gatherings, and issue-specific forums and consultations have been convened for over 40 years, resulting in numerous connections, initiatives, and resources.
I was involved posting online material before and during and managing online content after the 2010 Global Congress in Cape Town.

There are so many contemporary issues discussed on this site. You may not agree with all the perspectives but they will stir your heart and mind.

Here’s some on following Jesus during COVID pandemic from global Christian leaders.

https://www.lausanne.org/updates/leading-with-hope-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic?utm_source=Lausanne+Movement+List&utm_campaign=fc9b8956e3-RSS_Best_of&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_602c1cb67d-fc9b8956e3-91730217

There’s lots more great topics here.

https://www.lausanne.org/all-issue-networks

https://www.lausanne.org/?sfid=27242&_sfm_wpcf-groupings=Session+Videos
The Justice Conference Australia

The Justice Conference provides moments which serve the global biblical justice movement. Across the five years the conference has been running in Australia,  thousands of Christ-followers have been challenged and encouraged to live out a theology of justice and transform their communities by making justice a way of life. 

This Podcast has been designed to give you fuel for the journey as you pursue Jesus and justice. We'll be releasing some of the best sessions from The Justice Conference archives, along with new interviews as we explore what it looks like to make biblical justice a way of life. We also have a guest bloggers responding to selected talks for a more local application, read our
blog here.


https://thejusticeconference.com.au/podcast?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TJC%20Mini%20Series%20announcement&utm_content=TJC%20Mini%20Series%20announcement+Version+A+CID_f8259948033436239edd7c8c5b7f7f91&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Listen%20Now
Thy Kingdom Come

Growing Together in Faith as a Family

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/stories/growing-faith-together-family