Extraordinary Week of Prayer

Dear Everyday Church family,

I hope that you are doing well, and that you are surviving and thriving in this strange season for our church and nation. While I am missing being able to gather together in person, I have been delighted to see the way that Life Groups and Prayer Groups have moved online, just like our Sunday services, and how much God is at work among us even during this time of scattering. Somebody told me yesterday that they feel more connected to church than ever, which is wonderful, but if that isn’t your own experience then do sign up for one of our online Life Groups by clicking here.

I am writing this blog to keep you up to date on two big pieces of news as we head towards Easter, one of the two biggest Christian festivals of the year. I want to make sure that you know all about our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, and that you know how to play your own part in our Extraordinary Week of Prayer.

1) Good Friday & Easter Sunday

The fact that we cannot gather together in our buildings means that Easter 2020 will be unlike any Easter weekend that you have known before. We are determined to do all we can to make it a very significant weekend for you in your walk with God.

First, we are holding a special Good Friday service on the hour, every hour, throughout Good Friday and into Easter Saturday. If attending a Good Friday service is part of your Easter tradition, then do join us. If it isn’t, then please do make the most of this quarantine season to join with your brothers and sisters at Everyday for an hour of worship and communion around the cross of Jesus. It is going to be a Good Friday to remember.

Second, we are excited about the opportunities that we have to invite our non-church friends to our Easter Sunday service this year. Again, it will be on the hour, every hour, and it has never been easier to invite our friends to church with us. I do believe that one of the things that God is doing within our church in this season is turning our eyes to the harvest fields beyond our church walls, so let’s invite all of our social networks to join us at www.everyday.online One easy way for you to do so would be to go to the homepage of our website, take the jpeg advertising our Easter services and send it out to many of the people in your Whatsapp groups. Who knows, this may be the Easter that you’ve been praying for, when they come to know the Lord.

2) Extraordinary Week of Prayer

We are calling the whole of Everyday Church to a series of online prayer meetings from throughout Holy Week – that is, from this coming Sunday 5th April, which is Palm Sunday, to Sunday 12th April, which is Easter Sunday. This is a time for us to join together in concerted prayer for the threat of COVID-19 to be lifted from the world and for God to do a deep work of revival in our own lives, in our church and in the world while we wait for COVID-19 to clear.

“Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people, if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14, Good News Bible)

You will need to download the Zoom app to join us, but once you have done so you need only click on the following links at the designated times to meet with other Everyday People in our virtual prayer room. We are aware that few people will be able to make all of these prayer times, but we hope that everybody will be able to make at least one of them. Feel free to share these Zoom links with your friends, but please don’t post them on social media etc. There are plenty of other prayer meetings for the rest of the world to attend, but this is our moment to come together as a church in prayer. The times and links are:

8:00am-8:30am every morning
on Sunday 5th, Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th April
Zoom link available in the email Phil has sent out to church members, or via your Life Group Leader

8:00pm-11:00pm on Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th April
Zoom link available in the email Phil has sent out to church members, or via your Life Group Leader

1:00-2:00pm on Wednesday 8th April
Zoom link available in the email Phil has sent out to church members, or via your Life Group Leader

6:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday 9th April
We are joining together with hundreds of other churches around the UK as part of the Thy Kingdom Come national prayer initiative. This will be a more sophisticated, video-based prayer meeting, which is led by national leaders rather than by Everyday, so you need to register beforehand to be included in this national event. Web link: https://prayersofmany.org/timeasthis

 

So, as we head into Holy Week – the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday – we are making plans to gather together even more than we do normally. Please do join us for these online services and for some of these online prayer meetings as we lay hold of God in prayer that he will turn back COVID-19 and turn its evil around for his and our good.

With love,

Phil Moore – Lead Pastor of Everyday Church