Mthr. Susie Skillen
During the season of Easter, we’ll be using prayers of the people that I’ve composed, based on a variety of collects found in the recently finished Book of Common Prayer for the ACNA.
We also have several petitions that have been shaped specifically for our life at All Saints. One of them is the petition for the mission of the church:
“We thank you for the disciple-making mission you have given your people, the Church. Deepen our common love and common labor as a family on mission that we may grow together in the way of Jesus. Fill us afresh with your Spirit that we may welcome all with grace, worship you with gratitude, train together with diligence, and share the gospel with wisdom.”
This petition is meant to bring the expression of mission that we’ve discerned as a church into our regular corporate prayer life.
The other petition specific to life at All Saints is the petition for the local community.
“We thank you for sending your Son to proclaim the Kingdom in ordinary places. Bless the people of Amesbury. By your Spirit, grow in us love for our neighbors, and reveal ways for us to partner fruitfully with our community to foster your kingdom purposes in Amesbury. Especially bless James Place, the Amesbury Innovation School, and the Partnership for Amesbury Community and Teens (PACT).”
This petition is meant to keep us alert and praying for our two campus partners. James Place is a before-and-after-school program that serves a variety of kids and families from all around Amesbury, and makes their home in the white house to the east of the sanctuary. Amesbury Innovation School serves Amesbury high school kids who learn better in a smaller and more adaptive context. As we pray for them, we are not only asking God’s blessing on the kids and their families and the staff and their families. We are also asking for growing heart-desire and insight in ways we can serve them and partner with them.
PACT is a new organization that All Saints has been helping to create. PACT aims to help build skills, relationships and qualities for youth that have been shown to help young people be successful and make health choices. This partnership is made up of local individuals, organizations and businesses that are committed to helping support young people in Amesbury. All Saints is part of that partnership. It began out of a working group that met last summer, sponsored by the Essex County Asset Builders Network. It’s beginning to have impact through events connected at Amesbury High School. The first major event will be this Wednesday, May 1st. It’s called “Seize Your Summer” where youth will have the opportunity to hear about local job, internship and volunteer opportunities available in Amesbury for them this summer.
These are some of the specific ways that we’re seeking God’s leading when we pray, “Bless the people of Amesbury. By your Spirit, grow in us love for our neighbors, and reveal ways for us to partner fruitfully with our community to foster your kingdom purposes in Amesbury.”