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(Previous) Prayer points week commencing Monday 4 May
“Get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness…. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light….” (Acts 26:15-18)
Here is God’s loving heart revealed – to save those in darkness and held by the power of Satan, that they may find forgiveness and a place with the Father. Here also is God’s gracious purpose for Paul’s life – to be a servant and a witness so that God’s saving purposes might be worked out. And isn’t this what we’re still about today here in the Highlands?
“Spread the Word – God is back!” This was the front page bold heading in last Saturday’s Review section of The Times. Is evangelical Christianity now conquering the world as this positive 2-page article suggests? Praise God for the moving of His Spirit, and for such publicity.
1. There was a powerful prayer meeting (around 45 present) in connection with the outreach to East Sutherland. Different churches and traditions were represented and working together, for which we praise God.
2. That the meeting of the Ladies’ Committee last week went well with their plans coming together for the lunch at Beaufort Castle.
3. Praise God for the generous giving already – one-third of expected outlay - to meet the financial needs of the Festival.
4. Praise God for good meetings with Highland Council over arrangements for activities in Bught Park, but ask for God’s guiding presence at a further meeting this week.
Items for Prayer
1. Safety in travel for all the members of the team – especially in light of possible restrictions caused by the Swine Flu outbreak, and also the more stringent visa requirements for people coming into the UK. (See Christians Together web-site for details of this problem.)
2. Angus MacKenzie, Finance Committee Chairman, has written to all churches inviting support for the Festival. Pray that the response will be generous as much is still needed.
3. The Executive Committee will meet Friday morning, 8th May. Pray for God’s wisdom for all who will be there. Chair will be Lord James Mckay, Randal Burtis, Angus MacKenzie (Finance), Anne Gunn (Children’s work), Tommie Mackay (Youth), Greer Johnston (Satellites), Jim Robertson (Counselling), Grant Bell, and others.
4. Pray for all involved in the plans for the satellite towns. Some are quite small groups of people with a vision for their communities. While numbers will inevitably be small at some venues, the scattered rural populations of our area are just as important.
5. Pray for good relations with the sponsors of the Marymas Fayre which also takes place on Saturday 20th June in Bught Park.
6. Plans are progressing well for the meetings in Eden Court (17th/18th June). Pray that people will book their seats and bring their uncommitted friends.
(Previous) Prayer Points for week commencing Monday 27 April
This is the first of what will be weekly mailings (on Mondays) to those who have expressed a wish to have information for prayer concerning the Highland Festival with Luis Palau. At the moment many things are still being finalised. It is going out to very wide cross-section of the Church in the Highlands - most of the major denominations and many independent churches - which is surely something to praise God for.
The verse of scripture that comes to mind for this first mailing is Isaiah 54:2:
"Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left."
Here is the Lord's command to his people: "get ready for the glory days to come!"
Have we the faith to believe that God is going to do something great in our Highland area through Luis and his team? Have we the faith to believe that people both young and old are going to respond to the message and turn back to God? The materialism of today has surely taken a knock with the credit crunch and its consequences. So I think it's a good time for Luis to be coming with the gospel message. But it falls to us in the churches to lengthen our cords and strengthen our stakes.
I take this as a call to prayer - expectant, believing prayer; looking to God to guide in all the arrangements and planning; asking God to touch the hearts and minds of people in our churches so that we will think big. "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." wrote William Carey, and it is surely with this mindset that we go about praying for the Festival.
Give thanks: For Luis and the team, for their gifts and commitment; and for the vision which God has given for the Highland Festival. For all who are now involved in preparations, including the other committees - Children's Work, Youth Outreach, Counsellor Training and Follow-up, Finance, Meeting with civic and business leaders.
Randal Burtis, the Festival Director, has asked us to pray:
Liz Campbell is heading up the Ladies' Committee and would invite prayer:
Greer Johnston leads the group arranging the outreach in the satellite towns:
Listen to a series of short interviews with Luis Palau, Andrew Palau and Randy Burtis to learn a little bit more of how all of this came about
You can also watch a short video clip of Randy Burtis, Luis and others when they outlined the prospect at a leaders meeting in Inverness last year.
Highland Festival 2009: a look back
Lord Mackay takes a 'Look Back' at the Highland Festival outreach in the summer of 2009 by Luis Palau, members of his team and our local churches (Author: Lord James Mackay)
Highland Festival Slide Show
Have a look at a slide show of pictures taken during the Highland Festival outreach (June 2009) led by Luis Palau and a team from the Luis Palau Association. (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festivals - interviews and videos
If you have not already done so, pick up some videos and interviews made during and just after the Highland Festival with some of the LPA people involved (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festival: your pictures and stories
Do you have any pictures or stories relating to the Highland Festival by the Luis Palau Association? Please send them in to become part of the 'testimony 'archive' of how God worked (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festival - Bught Park
The Highland Festival (June 2009) drew to a close in a couple of great days in Inverness which saw some glorious sunshine and thousands of people coming along. (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau in the Highlands
In the second week of Highland Festival pick up some press reports as Luis Palau and his team move towards the activities of this weekend at Bught Park Inverness (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festival Latest News
In the run-up to the Highland Festival with Luis Palau and team, check out the latest news here on the forthcoming programme and events. (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau Association Highland Festival
Welcome to a new and specially-constructed section of the Christians Together Web site for all your news on the Highland Festival with Luis Palau (Author: The Editor)
Praying for the nation and the Highland Festival
Established prayer groups and new groups forming specifically to pray for the Highland Festival (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festival/Connect youth event
A youth (all ages) event by Connect and Highland Harvest with guest speaker Jose Zayas and worship lead by Riptide. Come along if you can. (Author: Tommie Mackay)
Luis Palau at the East Church
A (very) short video clip of the United Service Launch Rally at the East Church with Luis Palau. And an audio recording of the Argentinian evangelists address. (Author: Christians Together)
Pictures from Leaders meeting with Luis Palau
Leaders from across the Highlands met in Inverness with Luis Palau the day before a united launch service in Inverness in advance of the Festival planned for June 2009. (Author: Christians Together)
World Evangelist to visit the Highlands
Internationally-known speaker Luis Palau has accepted an invitation from the Highland Christian community to host a region-wide festival in June this year. (Author: Christians Together)
Highland Festival Launch Rally
You are warmly invited to a united service 'Highland Festival Launch Rally' in advance of the Luis Palau Association outreach in June 2009. (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau Festival - update March 2009
The planning for the Summer 2009 Highand Festival outreach is now well in hand with two lead-in events planned for the end of March. (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau update - November 2008
Randy Burtis of the Luis Palau Association has sent some update news regarding the prospect of an outreach in the north of Scotland in the Summer of 2009 (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau visit to Inverness (Oct. 2008)
International Evangelist Luis Palau spoke in Inverness to a gathering of church leaders from across the Highlands about the prospect of an outreach in 2009. (Author: Chrstians Together)
Luis Palau hosting Church Leadership Conference
Argentinian evangelist Luis Palua is extending an invitation to church leaders in the Highlands to attend a Church Leadership Enrichment Conference (Author: Christians Together)
Luis Palau Highland mission? - a June 2008 update
Following a meeting in Aberdeen in 2007 at which Luis Palau spoke, "soundings" continue to explore the possibilities for a mission to the Highlands. (Author: Christians Together)