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February 2018 Prayer Letter

We greet you in Jesus’ name. Every month or so we will send this prayer email to you, letting you know the most effective way you might pray for us. We do hope you will consider All Souls Anglican for your personal prayers that this new mission for the gospel may continue faithful to the gospel.

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This coming Sunday: The First Sunday of Lent

Join us this Sunday for Evensong at 4:00 PM for the first in a sermon series on Psalms 113-118, the “Hallel” or “Songs of Praise” sung as a unit by observant Jews on the evening of the first night of Passover, just prior to the meal. Thus the Hallel became known as the “hymn” that Jesus sang with his disciples at the Last Supper, and why it is often part of services when churches keep the Lord's Supper. We will consider their Old Testament context, their significance in the Upper Room, and for believers today. We begin with Psalm 113.


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Join us this month as we raise our voices in THANKS and in PRAYER to our heavenly Father:

   •    Give THANKS with us on the fourth anniversary of our first public service today, 16 February 2014. All through the journey to our first service, through deposition and resignations from the Episcopal Church, in legal incorporation the November previous (All Souls Day), through meetings to pray, worship and plan, in the support of the congregations at Immanuel OPC that became our temporary home and in the pastor, session and saints of our hosts at Covenant Presbyterian, Cherry Hill, we have been strengthened and sustained by the prayer of many, indeed of saints around the world, for us and our mission as an Anglican church plant.

   •    PRAY that there will be planting of new congregations so that Christ may be proclaimed, the Gospel received and people converted, and that God may have all the glory.

   •    Since we began we have looked to the principle of the jar of oil not running out (1 Kings 7.14) to survive financially. In a year of surplus, we disbursed God’s financial provision to mission, our diocese, and in a gift of thanksgiving for our hosts, Covenant Presbyterian. This year a family has moved with two more in significant life transitions. Praise God for the sacrificial generosity of those who have given to this new church. Pray that God would continue to provide the funds needed to sustain the church, and that we would use them in a wise and godly way.


The Eclectic Society, Part 1

My plan is to have you read along with me this year as I share a section of their discussions and the spiritual insights from the evangelical ministers who regularly gathered in London in the wake of the great evangelical revival of the 18th century. I hope you will find the time to read further around the section, so I have found the original volume for you in Google Books/Google Play. You can find the text by clicking this link.

I want to begin by briefly sketching some of the members of the society with whom we will become familiar this year. By the time the notes were published all the members had died.
Some members kept a notoriety after their deaths:
   •    Rev. John Newton, whose published Letters and Olney Hymns are still a solace to believers today.
   •    Rev. Thomas Scott, known for a practical commentary on the entire Bible, A Commentary On The Whole Bible and The Force of Truth. The Force of Truth is still available in reprint.)A Commentary On The Whole Bible and The Force of Truth. The Force of Truth is still available in reprint.
   •    Rev. Richard Cecil, whose “Remains” (the title given to a miscellany of a person’s works that included a recollection or memoir of his life and character) remained popular with committed Christians for many years.
   •    Rev. Josiah Pratt who as the first secretary of the Church Missionary Society founded by the pastors of the Eclectic had an influence for the cause of the gospel all around the world. It was his son John who edited and published the minutes in 1856.
   •    Rev. John Venn, who was the vicar of Clapham and the middle generation of a clergy dynasty. He was the son of Henry Venn one of the founders of the Clapham Sect, and the father of Henry Venn, the greatest missionary strategist of the nineteenth century. The son expounded the basic principles of indigenous Christian missions. These were much later made widespread by the Lausanne Congress of 1974.
But there were other members were simply local pastors’ beloved of their congregations:
   •    Rev. H. Foster whose consideration in his preaching upon death and eternity were so influential among his people that William Wilberforce used to say that he was the most eloquent man he knew on those occasions.
   •    Rev. G. Pattrick, someone who was very much the introvert, as we would say today, but whose deep godliness was still spoke of by his people 30 years later.
   •    Rev. W. J. Abdy, known for his patient longsuffering disposition, he quietly brought about the reformation and revival of his parish back to gospel soundness after many years of opposition that amounted to almost persecution.

What we as believers can learn from this brief thumbnail is how God’s work extends way beyond our time, and that there are many more witnesses than ourselves, it doesn’t all depend upon us. We therefore need to understand what we are for is to find our place in the great strategy that God has and to be content with it for the season that he has us here – and to trust that he actually knows what he is doing. God’s work goes on in stages, and those stages can be very different from each other. God has called you to live for his glory and to spend yourself in his service in the here and now.

Henry Jansma

The Rev. Canon Dr. Henry Jansma

Latest Sermon Podcast

Our sermon this month is the sermon for Quinquagesima Sunday, the Sunday next before Lent. It is a lectionary sermon on God’s soul care of the prophet Elijah at the mouth of the cave at Horeb at a time when the prophet suffered deep spiritual depression, 1 Kings 19.7-18, entitled “At the Cave’s Mouth”. We invite you to listen and share this sermon podcast by forwarding this email to your friends.


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