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Ways to Pray: The Daily Office

"Some things", like prayer, William Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas remind us, "are too important to be left to chance." And so over the centuries, Christians have passed on ways to help build prayer into our days, and stop it being left to chance. That's what the Daily Office is — not simply a pattern for while we pray, but a pattern for a praying life. The Daily Office might sound like an odd expression. In fact, you might well have encountered the Office without ever having heard it called that. I first encountered it while I was a university student. In the college chapel, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer were said or sung every day. Some days there was even a later service called Compline. At first I just thought of them as frequent church services. But, although they might sometimes happen to function like that, in places like college chapels and cathedrals, that's not really what they are at heart. Morning Prayer isn't just another name for a

Good Friday 2020

Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8) Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3) May you know the blessings of the Cross of Jesus this Good Friday! If you'd like, you're very welcome to join us at 3 o'clock (British Summer Time) for a joint Good Friday service put together by some of our assemblies. There'll be meditations on the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross by some of our apostles and pastors from across the UK. You can join us live on either Facebook or Youtube at the links below. The direct link on Youtube is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFB5WbhWh0o And the direct link on Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/ApostolicTheology/videos/222989992142533/?vh=e&d=n Update: And here's one of the greatest of all Good Friday hymns for you, courtesy of Beeston Free Church. -->

Holy Week and Good Friday Live

As none of us will be going anywhere for Holy Week this year, I thought I'd try to bring Holy Week to you. On Good Friday there'll be a Joint Livestream Service broadcast at 3pm on the Apostolic Theology Facebook page, bringing together people from a number of assemblies of the Apostolic Church across the UK. Although it won't quite be a normal Good Friday Breaking of Bread service, there will be worship, prayer, the Breaking of Bread, and short messages on each of Jesus' Seven Last Words from the Cross brought to you by Pastors Emmanuel Mbakwe (former National Leader of the Apostolic Church in the UK), Mark Chenery, Ade Abiodun, Arnallt Morgan, Andrew Jenkins, and Paul McMath. But that's not all. In addition to the big Good Friday service, there'll be more live events on Apostolic Theology Facebook throughout Holy Week. Starting off on Palm Sunday evening (that's tonight), you're welcome to join with us in Abergavenny for the Breaking of Bread

Pleading the Blood: A Positive Pentecostal Proposal for the Breaking of Bread during the Lockdown

Since my last post, the Communion debates have continued. The most significant posts on either side have probably been Brad East, Assistant Professor of Theology at Abilene Christian University, Texas ( against ) and Stephen Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Theology & Principal of St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews (for: part 1 ; part 2 ). But I’m not going to go back to the arguments of others now today, as I promised a positive Pentecostal proposal this time. The Centrality of the Breaking of Bread For classic British Pentecostals, ‘there is no doubt that the Breaking of Bread is as fundamental and apostolic in the church of God as is … prayer.’ Walter Hollenweger called the Breaking of Bread the ‘Holy of Holies’ of Pentecostal worship. W.A.C. Rowe of the Apostolic Church called the Breaking of Bread ‘the centre of the greatest and most important expression of church activity’ and the ‘barometer of spirituality.’ George Canty of the Elim Pentecostal Church insisted th