Sunday, December 10, 2006

New Prayer Letter

Christmas Greetings from Dublin!

It’s now the final week of term, and I’ve only just been able to get round to writing my latest prayer letter. Things have been hectic this term – with more work to be done than last year, including more essays. Thankfully they have all been done (well, until the next batch start in January!). Give thanks for God’s faithfulness in the midst of the hard work.

This term has also brought my placement in Magheralin, which has been very enjoyable. Having previously been preaching there, it was good to combine it with some pastoral visits. Pray for Gareth and the parishioners of Magheralin.

We were also blessed with a good bunch of new colleagues who are passionate for Jesus. They have been a great encouragement here in college. Pray for the new students, and also for those who will soon attend Selection Conference for next year.

Recently, the Curacy List was published – the vacancies to be filled by the current third years after their ordination in June. Pray for guidance for the 3rd years as they consider where God is calling them to minister.

The arrangements for training ministers are facing major changes in the next few years. The plans are currently being discussed, and will become public soon. Pray for the Bishops and others as they plan for the new training scheme.

In addition to all that’s going on in college, plans are advancing for our wedding in 2008. It can be tough, being so far away from Lynsey, but thanks to the wonders of low-cost flights, we manage to see each other fairly regularly, and are looking forward to the Christmas holidays together. Pray for Lynsey and me, and our families.

Lastly, can I again thank you for your support and prayers? Your help makes it easier to keep going, and together we will see the advance of God’s kingdom. Be assured of my prayers at this Christmas time.

‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2:11)

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