A Word from our Vicar

‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts’.
Zechariah 4: 6

All Saints 50th Anniversary Year

A Year of Celebration
And a Year of Challenge to:

  • grow in our faith and in numbers
  • give of our time, talents and money to ensure the continuity our church community into the next 50 years
  • go out into our places of work, our families, friends and neighbourhoods with the good news of Jesus’ love

Sunday 26th January saw us gather together in a joint service of celebration to kick off our 50th anniversary year. It was both deeply joyful and deeply moving to see over 170 adults and children gather for a church photo. There were over 30 more of us than in the last church photo taken 20 years ago. It was a real privilege to have present in that photo both a good number of people who were in the photo 20 years ago, but also a few people who were members of All Saints during the 1960’s when the money was raised and the ‘new’ worship area rose up out of the ruins of church that burned down in 1943.

As we continue to celebrate and to think about the challenges facing us I am reminded of the words that the Lord spoke through the prophet Zechariah ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts’. Zechariah 4: 6.

The same words hold true for us today. Let’s hold on to this reminder from the Lord that what we do, we don’t do in our own strength or power, but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray with expectation and anticipation that the Lord will continue to hear and answer our prayers.

All Saints 50th Anniversary Prayer

Heavenly Father
Thank you for 50 years of prayer, worship and witness in our new church building.
Thank you for those who had the vision for this new church
and for all those who worked so hard to make it happen.
Thank you for your faithfulness to your people at All Saints.
Lord, be with us as we look forward to the next 50 years.
Help us to grow in our love for you.
Help us to give of our time, talents and money to secure the future of your community here.
Help us to go out into Isleworth with the good news of Jesus’ love for us.
As we celebrate the past 50 years we pray that you will help us to accept the challenge to move forward into the next 50 years.
In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

During February and March we will be following ‘The Prayer Course’ at both our 9.30 and 11.30 services. For 9 weeks we will be focussing on why we pray and different ways of praying.  As part of each service we will be including times of prayer on each topic so that people can pray there and then, as well as take home resources to help us pray during the week. Also Catharina will be leading a Lent Group looking at the book ‘How to Pray’ by Pete Greig, which springs out of ‘The Prayer Course’.  These will be held at 8pm every Wednesday during Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday (26th February to 1st April) at The London Apprentice.  These are among the first initiatives of 2020 to meet the challenge to help us to grow in our faith.

With every blessing,

Ali

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