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hear from friends who are putting worship into action

Use the links in the table below to read articles by or interviews with friends who have a unique perspective on worship, prayer, poverty, justice and outreach in different contexts.


A weak pray-er with God's strength read the blog here

Natasha Ruddock is the Prayer Editor for UCB – great friends of the Sanctuary – and has a passion for prayer and encouraging people to connect with God. 

In this guest blog, she shares her testimony about how God has used her to mobilise prayer.

(You can find out more about the UCB prayer platform at www.ucb.co.uk/prayer)


The discipline of love read the blog here

Rachel Turner is a mum, children's worker, author and speaker, who has recently published her second book, Parenting Children for a Life of Purpose.

In this guest blog, she looks at how we can move beyond seeking to do loving things towards a place where we live out lives of love naturally from the heart. A must read for all ages.

Find more partnership work with Rachel on our worship and justice at every age page.

Materialistic? read the blog here

The Sanctuary is thrilled to have friends and contributors from all over the world. Darrel Hofland is a youth worker and writer in South Africa...

His blogs are always either inspiring or challenging, and frequently both. They are always refreshingly honest. We asked if we could re-publish this one here because so many of us are also questioning and wrestling with materialism as we seek to live counter-culturally for Christ.



Community changes read part 1 and part 2 here

Helen Griffiths is a youth worker, PHD student and together with her husband a member of Koinonia - an intentional Christian community living in, and reaching out to, the St Mellons estate in Cardiff.

In these guest blogs she tells us about her journey into faith and community; her heart for the people and community of St Mellons; and challenges us with a renewed call to follow the red-letter words of Christianity which lead us to the least - wherever we are.

 

The upward call: the meanderings of a passionate pilgrim read the reflection here

Jill Andrews, one of the Sanctuary's co-founders, spent Holy Week 2013 on an ecumenical walking pilgrimage from Edinburgh to Lindisfarne (Holy Island). This resource, compiled as a series of meditative visuals and prayers, captures her reflections along the way and challenges us all to think about the journey we are on.

"I press towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:14, NKJV)

 

A heart for worship and the nations read the article here

Lisa Cuellar is a worship leader and songwriter currently working as YWAM staff in York, part time staff at St. Michael le Belfrey. She is the director of the Burn 24-7 worship and prayer in York.

In this guest blog Lisa shares her heart for how worship, intercession, evangelism and the nations should all interconnect which has developed over many years leading worship and sharing the gospel all around the world. (
If you find this blog inspiring, you might be interested in reading the Sanctuary's practical input resource: Loving nations through prayer).

Worshipping with just investments read the article here

Helen Boothroyd has been passionate about peace and justice issues all her adult life, and has expressed this by working for these aims with ecumenical church organisations for more than sixteen years.

In this guest blog she urges us to follow the Gospel's challenging call to speak the truth to power. And challenges us to tackle big picture injustices with the investments we make as individuals, churches and denominations.

Praying for, and engaging with, our media read the article here

Peter Crumpler has worked across churches and the media for 40 years, most recently as Director of Communications at the Church of England's national offices until September 2011, when he left to train for ordination.

Peter's experience and career demonstrate his passion to see chuches pray for, and engage with our media, playing our part in ensuring we have a thriving media which is committed to truth.(Peter has also written a prayer and some prayer pointers to help churches intercede for our media, which are available here).

 

A call to care for older people read the article here

Mary Milne is a committed campaigner, whose passion and voice for justice come from a sincere faith that we are called to make a difference, and a deep compassion for others.

She now works for Age UK, and in this guest blog shares some of her perspective on God's heart for older people, and her hope that individual Christians, and church congregations, will get behind the call to improve the care system.

(The Sanctuary has also written some prayers inspired by this blog.)

 

Worship, justice and politics - read part 1 and part 2

Andy Flannagan is a worship leader, song-writer and speaker, well known for his passion for justice issues. He also works as the Director of the Christian Socialist Movement, through which he seeks "to be a prophetic voice to the left side of politics and to encourage people to get stuck in with seeing politics as mission".

We have long come to respect his journey and insights, and are delighted to publish his two-part guest blog exploring worship, justice and politics and challenging us all to engage further.

 

Mission = worship + action - read the article here

We’ve recently had the great privilege of connecting with Theresa Stone, 24:7 UK’s Prayer and Commuications Co-ordinator, because of our involvement with helping to co-ordinate a three-month season of 24:7 Prayer in Ilkley and Wharfedale.

In this guest blog, she explores how mission, worship and action relate; her journey; working for 24:7; and an exciting new prayer initiative they have launched with Alpha for 2012 - Kingdom Come.

 Towards a generous Christmas - read part 1 and part 2

Ruth Grayson is the founder of CASC-aid – a campaign working against the secularisation of Christmas, and for an increase in charitable giving.

We spent a fascinating afternoon hearing from her about what she is trying to do, and were challenged and inspired by her counter-cultural and compassionate message – we believe it’s one that needs to be heard.

 Worship, justice and healthcare - read the article here

We caught up with Mollie Brown just as she finished her second year as a Junior Doctor, and were inspired to find out about how she puts worship into action in her workplace; how she keeps going when facing life and death situations; the injustices she sees around her; and what other Christians can pray about for the NHS...

(If Mollie’s blog inspires you to pray for the NHS, you might find our Praying for the NHS visual prayer slides (PPT or PDF) or written prayer helpful as you respond.)

Worship, justice and parenting (pt 1) - read the article here and (pt 2) - read the article here

Our friend Frances Bryant is an inspiration. She has a deep commitment to her faith; it's implications for the world's injustices; and to living a life of joy and thankfulness that makes a difference. To her and her husband Mark, it's important that their sons also grow up to make a difference. Here she tells us why she cares so much and explains the impact a Mum can have.

(If you find this helpful, you might also like the Sanctuary's partnership work with Rachel Turner on Worship and justice at every age.)

 Living below the line - read the article here

Our friend Steph Cooper is a Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid in Yorkshire. From 2-6 May, together with her husband Rob and daughter Sammi, she took part in The Global Poverty Project’s awareness and funds raising challenge Live Below the Line. For five days, each of them had just £1 each per day to spend on all their food. We caught up with her to see how the experience had affected them.