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Published January 2020

Happy New Year from CCNL, we trust that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas Season celebrating the birth of our Saviour. We are so excited for what God has for CCNL in 2020 and invite you to start the year off by joining us in praying for our city.

As we begin a new year, there are fresh opportunities, new beginnings and bright hope for what God can and will do in our lives, in our churches, and in our City of London. When we pray for London this month, let's remember some of these words of scripture to inform our prayers:

Isaiah 41: 18-19 "But forget what lies behind - it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland."

Lamentations 3:23-26 "The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

2 Corinthians5:17-18 "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him."

Ephesians 4:23-24 "Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

1 Peter 3: "But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness."

Our Father in Heaven, - We praise you, God, as we pause and reflect back on this past year. Help us to see Your gracious hand at work in many ways and many places. We thank You that it is always an adventure journeying with You. While we are often stuck in our own limited solutions, reactions, and habits, you are such a creative, imaginative being beyond our wildest dreams and understanding - beyond and beyond. When we can see no way through, you create a path. Whether we encounter good things or difficult things, your expressed desire is to use them all for ultimate good in our lives and for Your Kingdom's sake, even when we cannot see, feel, or understand it. - We confess that we are imperfect people. Remind us to be thankful that You see us as brand new every day and that Your mercy and love is really fresh each morning - it is truly amazing that you love us so!

When we mess up, when we forget whose we are, when we choose wrong over right, when we focus on ourselves instead of You and /or others .... you still place such high value on us.

Let us in turn demonstrate that kind of love to our families, our co-workers, our neighbours, and strangers that we meet. Help us this year to be people who forgive faster, who demonstrate patience longer, and who offer grace quicker and more frequently. Change us God please, through the power of your Spirit, to become those kind of people. We imagine how London would be transformed if we all took on this challenge!

- God, thank you too for new lives that will come into our community of London this year - babies yet to be born, refugees yet to arrive, newcomers, students and job-seekers yet to come, and new believers yet to discover you! May this city become a safe haven for each person - a "sanctuary" city where people are treated with great respect and dignity. Help us to have open minds, hearts, and arms to welcome them and nurture them. - We pray for new things that are springing up already in London and we ask your blessing to be poured out on each and every one of them. There are new churches, new ministries, new affordable housing projects, new leaders, new marriages, new partnerships, new innovations in business and health care and governance .... and much more. - Starting out new is never easy. There is always funding to be found in order to move from conceptual to reality; organizational structures to be figured out; people resources needed and to be trained; mistakes to be made and learned from; much patience, energy and perseverance required to move to any kind of sustainability. Thanks God for all these people taking great risks for the future. May many people look to you as the ultimate Creator of all things and seek you to inspire them in the process. - News is not always good - some news is actually just bad news. We will lose loved ones this year to death and new realities of these losses are so very painful. Jobs may be lost. Illnesses may occur. Tragedies may happen - inexplicable tragedies that just leave us numb and confused. Families may be broken and relationships deeply damaged. Depression may overwhelm us. Evil may seem to be winning. Hatred appears to grow. It is really hard to see you God in the midst of these difficult, sometimes random injustices and circumstances. At times, we are angry with you because it hurts so much. Yet we know you are there too, loving us, mourning with us. Humanity in a broken world is not pretty or easy. May we not run from these painful issues but rather invite Jesus to enter into them with us in ways we cannot comprehend yet. - Finally, we thank you for hope. Hope that someday the world will be made right. That good will finally triumph over evil. That truth will reign. Give us hope for change and not give up. As we begin to prepare for the upcoming citywide prayer breakfast on Wednesday March 18th, we have great hopes that you will use it to unite us together as your church in London to both challenge and inspire us to become part of your answer to these prayers.