Welcome to the 2020 edition of the Leeds Lent Prayer Diary!
We are delighted to have so many new projects in the diary this year. It’s exciting to see what God is doing across our city of Leeds and bringing new signs of life, hope and transformation: to the lives of individuals as well as to the city.
For many years this diary has been brought to you by Sue Hoey on behalf of Leeds Christian Community Trust (LCCT), and we are extremely thankful for all her hard work and faithfulness. This year we have a brand-new team and while the diary remains a Leeds Christian Community Trust Project, we are also working in close partnership with Leeds Church Institute (LCI). This has worked very well in enabling us to share the experience, knowledge and relationships we have with all denominations, churches, projects and individuals across Leeds.
The theme this year is looking at the journey to the cross. The journey of vulnerability, sacrifice, hope and resurrection. Some of the projects listed are just starting out on their journey, others have been through the life cycle more than once. They all need our prayers as they seek God in their serving and as they seek to be a blessing to those they minister to.
The image on the front page was kindly provided by local artist, Steve Beaumont, and the front cover designed by Dan Brown. The statue is of Edward, the Black Prince (1330-1376). It was provided by Leeds notable figure Colonel Walter T Harding who was responsible for the setting out of City Square when Leeds gained city status. Unveiled on 16 September 1903 to cheers, Edward was seen as the flower of England’s chivalry, and the upholder of the rights of the people.
We want to thank all the contributors to this diary, they have given us such a precious insight into what motivates and inspires them to keep serving as they do.
Thank you to those who have given generously and supported this ongoing resource for Christians across Leeds, so that we can unite in prayer for the good of the city and to the glory of God.
Psalm 127: 1
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Finally, please do join us on social media during this period of Lent, where we can journey together and inspire and encourage one another.
You can find us on Facebook @leedschristiancommunitytrust @LCILeeds
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