Category Archives: Prayer

Wednesday Worship

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

Wednesday Worship at the church. This is a time of praise, prayer, raising up scripture and then separating into smaller groups to pray one for another. This is a safe place to pray and confess and share. Come all, come frequently. The meetings are every second Wednesday evening at 7 pm. During July and August we meet for a BBQ at 5:30 pm. Please click here for a list of week-day events and the date of the next Wednesday gathering.

Prayer to God and worship of God is so powerful because our God is mighty and because He loves us and He is praying for us and He was loving us and praying for us before we were converted and turned to him.

Let us always remember that “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 KJV) and remember the words Jesus spoke to Simon (Peter) “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22: 31-32 KJV).

David Ravenhill

In June 2012, Dadavid ravenhillvid Ravenhill spoke powerfully at the conference in Montreal, arranged by St. Timothy’s, Pointe-Claire. He continues to speak out through The Anvil.

When he came to Montreal, he changed what he was to speak on to speaking about prayer and that through prayer we can pull down strongholds.

He says there are three very important things that we need to know about prayer: God’s love for us, God’s power towards us and God’s presence with us. Without one of those aspects, prayer is like a 3-legged stool. Remove one leg and it cannot stand.

Listen to the audio from this conference here.

Many more of his sermons are indexed and can be downloaded.

Bishop Charlie’s Vision for God’s purpose for ANIC

From September 2014 to April 2015, our diocesan, Bishop Charlie Masters, travelled from coast to coast sharing his vision and priorities for ANiC. You can see his schedule of meetings here and photos from some of those meeting – especially the children’s sessions – here.

Bishop Charlie is challenging ANiC congregations to focus on these five priorities in their ministries. We are praying that God will make these priorities transformational realities in the life of every ANiC congregation.

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Youcef Nadarkhani re-arrested on Christmas Day

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His Grace has followed the plight of this Iranian Christian pastor for the past few years – through worry and despair to joy and elation. He had been imprisoned in Iran for (allegedly) converting from Islam to Christianity, and was released in September having been acquitted of apostasy. In an unexpected twist, the Pastor was re-arrested on Christmas Day and returned to Lakan Prison in Rasht, where he spent almost three years on death row.
According to Fox News, the charge is ‘that he must complete the remainder of his sentence’, which is no charge at all: it is a summary sentence meted out in pure spite (reinforced by the timing of the arrest to cause maximum pain to his wife and young children).For some reason, the court’s prior decision that Pastor Nadarkhani’s remaining 45 days could be served on probation has been overruled, and that time must now be served back in prison. It is worth mentioning that his attorney, Mohammed Ali Dadkhah, has also been imprisoned and remains in Iran’s notoriously brutal Evin Prison where his health is rapidly deteriorating. He has been incarcerated for advocating Youcef Nadarkhani’s case and other human rights cases.

And news has now reached his Grace of Pastor Benham Irani, arrested last year and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on charges of ‘action against the state’ and ‘action against the order’ (ie being a Christian). He is now being held in Ghezal Hesar, another of Iran’s most notorious prisons, where he is reportedly beaten regularly by prison authorities and other inmates, and as a result can barely walk. He is not expected to survive another five years in prison in his current condition. With Christianity being incrementally eradicated from the Middle East, the world needs to stand up and say that a man cannot be put to death or imprisoned because of his faith. It was international pressure which kept Youcef Nadarkhani alive in prison – especially the intervention of the governments of the US, UK, France, Germany and Mexico, who were in turn pressured by believers using social media.It is time for us to act again – on Youcef’s behalf and also that of his attorney Mohammed Ali Dadkhah and Pastor Benham Irani. We must continue to keep up the pressure: pass the word along via blogs, Facebook, Twitter (#TweetforYoucef) and, of course, in churches and in prayer.

UPDATE: 32-year-old U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini has just been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Revolutionary Court judge in Iran. This harsh penalty comes for “threatening Iran’s national security.” Born in Iran as a Muslim, Abedini converted to Christianity in 2000 and has been active in organizing “house churches” and, most lately, an orphanage on his frequent visits to Iran. His wife now pleads for urgent prayer. Please pray for his release…

Psalm 72 – The Messiah’s Reign

A Psalm of Solomon

Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
He will judge Your people with righteousness,
And Your poor with justice.
The mountains will bring peace to the people,
And the little hills, by righteousness.
He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.

They shall fear You
As long as the sun and moon endure,
Throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
Like showers that water the earth.
In His days the righteous shall flourish,
And abundance of peace,
Until the moon is no more.

He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
And His enemies will lick the dust.
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles
Will bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba
Will offer gifts.
Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him;
All nations shall serve Him.

For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
The poor also, and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy,
And will save the souls of the needy.
He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
And precious shall be their blood in His sight.

And He shall live;
And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
Prayer also will be made for Him continually,
And daily He shall be praised.

There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
On the top of the mountains;
Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon;
And those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

His name shall endure forever;
His name shall continue as long as the sun.
And men shall be blessed in Him;
All nations shall call Him blessed.

Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who only does wondrous things!
And blessed be His glorious name forever!
And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen and Amen.