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Lisa and Olivia Bywater, wife and daughter of Fr. Bryan Bywater, in front of the building where Resurrection Cape Cod meets.

“My dad is a great man of God serving in a small town. Small towns deserve great churches.”

These words were spoken to me by a young man I met after an intimate night of worship at a coffee house in Danbury, CT. He grew up in rural Canada writing songs for his dad’s little church and now he was on one of the worship teams of Hillsong in New York City.

God is worshipped and served by passionate followers in all types of churches and as an itinerant evangelist I have been blessed this summer to witness this first hand as I’ve traveled through the Anglican Diocese in New England teaching, preaching and encouraging the saints.

On one of these Sundays I was with the Church of the Resurrection on Cape Cod in Brewster. After the service I was able to spend time with those leading the mission and outreach to offer encouragement, suggestions and prayer.

There is growing excitement in the parish as they gear up for an outdoor concert of “Sacred Music” on the town green. They were allowed to hold the event on town space but were asked not to actively evangelize by either preaching or distributing literature. Thankfully God is great at getting around red tape! We spoke about the need of prayer and fasting before the event, of the power in the act of worshipping God trough music, and strategically placing people throughout the event to pray and bless, smiling and greeting and welcoming the community. They had arraigned local Brass Gospel band was going to kick off the night with a flash mob playing “when the Saints go Marching in”. I can imagine folks spontaneously singing and clapping, can’t you? Jesus said that if you try to stop his praise the rocks will sing and even New Englanders will join in the chorus.

Pray for these saints in this little hamlet who are doing their best to share the message of God’s love. Pray they continue to listen to their town and hear where God is moving. Pray that they may be encouraged as they serve. Pray God would send more people of peace to help them move about freely. Pray for those who might oppose their work that the scales would fall and they would see Jesus. Bless these saints and their faithfulness!

In Christ,
Rev. Bryan Bywater
Church Army USA, Evangelist

Earlier in the summer, Resurrection held a summer baptism on Cape Cod! “After an afternoon of hail and torrential downpours, the skies cleared for a beautiful evening baptism with the mist rising off the pond.”

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foley-portraitGreetings in the Name our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! May God grant you the abundance of His Grace as you follow Him day by day!

If you have been paying attention to what is happening in the Middle East in recent months, you will note that those who are Christians are being brutally murdered, women and girls raped and forced into marriage, experiencing all kinds of torture, and hundreds of thousands have been forced out of their homes and countries. We are seeing communities who date to the 1st Century with their Christian presence being totally annihilated and killed. Historic churches, holy sites, and tombs are being completely destroyed – all in the name of Allah.

In Syria many of our brothers and sisters are engulfed by an ongoing humanitarian crisis. Areas of Aleppo that are home to around 400,000 Christians have been besieged and surrounded by the rebels for months. Many Christians have become malnourished owing to shortages and skyrocketing prices of food and other essentials. Access to water, electricity and communications is very limited. Hundreds of thousands of other Syrians have fled to Jordan where they are living in poverty and confined in tent cities and cardboard homes.

In Iraq hundreds of thousands of believers have fled their homes, reducing the Christian population to a quarter of the size it was in 1990. Many took refuge in Syria or Lebanon, while others are internally displaced in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, which once provided relative peace and stability. But Iraqi Christian refugees are no longer safe in Syria, as anti-Christian violence threatens all Christians in the country, while Iraqi Kurdistan is now also seeing escalating tensions; Christians also struggle to find work to support themselves there. Recent events in Mosul have seen the city’s Christian population totally exterminated by murder or the evacuation of Christians. Pictures of heads of Christians hanging from telephone wires, crucifixions, and other acts of brutality are heart-wrenching.

This brutality is being led by a group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Their goal is to reinstate the Islamic caliphate and rule the whole of the Middle East and eventually the world by Sharia Law. Their tactics are pure evil, and they will stop at nothing to accomplish their purposes.

I am writing asking you to do several things. As Christians in the West, it is appalling how most of our government leaders and the secular press have been silent. It is a genocide and humanitarian crisis of the likes we have not seen since WWII. We must not be silent!

1) Would you join me in prayer for our sisters and brothers? Would you in your personal prayers and in the Prayers of the People pray for those being persecuted, those doing the persecuting, and for a solution? Would you pour out your heart in prayer and fasting before God on their behalf? See attached prayers.

2) Would you call or write your government representatives and ask them to do something to help the situation? They will not attempt to help if they don’t think you care. Right now, they don’t think you care.

3) The following ministries are engaged in helping refugees. Please offer them your prayers and support.

  • Barnabas Fund — “The mission of the Barnabas Fund is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith.”
  • Voice of Ishmael (via Commission to Every Nation) — Bringing hope that changes communities in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Christ Church Jerusalem – Ministering to Refuges of the Crisis. Please write “Iraqi refugees” in the memo line.

Please join me in interceding on behalf of our Christian sisters and brothers.

Your brother at the Foot of the Cross,

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Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church in North America

Sample Prayers

Heavenly Father, we bring before you today the people of Syria and Iraq, asking you to be their defender and help in their time of need. Walk with them in their suffering and loss, and give them strength to face the days ahead. We pray for release of the captives and freedom for those held hostage. We pray for your intervention against the violence and evil against your people. We pray for your provision for the hungry, the homeless, and the bereaved. We pray for you to help your people who are called by your Name, Jesus’ Name, and it is in His Name we ask these things. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Edited from the Book of Common Prayer:

O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, especially in Syria and Iraq; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your Spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayer for Boston Fellows

Thank you, Father, for the incoming group of Boston Fellows. Complete their number for the coming year. Give them good jobs where they can learn to serve you in the working world. Bless their little community. Integrate them into your church in Boston. All so that your Son Jesus may be known and loved. Through his name. Amen.

An Update from Fr. Kelly Madden

Terrance MooreWe have an outstanding group of Boston Fellows in the entering cohort. Allow me to feature just one.

Terrance Moore just graduated from Harvard, where he double-majored in Sociology and African-American Studies. He also played varsity football for Harvard (as a walk-on!). And served on the leadership team of Christian Union, and led his fraternity, and took extra classes at Harvard Business School, and worked as a researcher and event-planner for the school’s Hip-Hop Archive.

And before that he was an Eagle Scout.

And before that, he was raised by a single mom in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Terrance realizes just how much God has blessed him. So he wants to work in business for a few years, complete an MBA, then start a non-profit organization to “pay it forward” by serving those who have not yet overcome all the challenges that he has faced.

He has joined the Boston Fellows program “because of its thoughtful combination of spiritual development applied practically to the workplace and communal living.”

Please pray for Terrance and the other incoming Fellows:

  • Pray that they will learn to serve Christ and neighbor in the working world and at home.
  • Pray that each would win the job for which s/he is now candidating. (Or an even better one!)
  • Pray for solid transportation. They need to buy good cars.
  • Pray for two more Fellows, including another man to accompany Terrance. (We have four Fellows total committed now.)

Thanks for praying,

Kelly+

car-keysCARS NEEDED: Do you have a car you can donate to the Boston Fellows for the upcoming year?

You have just read about one of our great Boston Fellows coming this September. There is a need by Terrance, as well as other Boston Fellows, for reliable cars. They would need the vehicles beginning in September through the end of May 2015.

If you have a car you would like to lend to the Boston Fellows for the full year, or even a semester, or sell at a greatly reduced rate, please contact Fr. Kelly Madden at kelly.madden@bostonfellows.com.

 

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