Canterbury Diocese is the oldest diocese in England, stretching from Maidstone to Thanet, the Isle of Sheppey to the Romney Marsh. We have 350 miles of coastline with historic ports and seaside resorts, alongside rural communities, market towns and commuter-belt urban developments. Affluent areas often sit alongside pockets of major deprivation, offering an exciting and challenging mission context.
At the heart of all we do is a vision of transformation for ourselves and our communities: no one can encounter God and remain unchanged. In the Diocese of Canterbury, we want to increasingly become a Christian community transformed through encounter with Christ, growing and overflowing to transform and bless the families, homes and communities we serve: Changed Lives, Changing Lives.
The Most Revd & Rt Hon
Archbishop of Canterbury
Save us Lord from banality, that horrid attitude of treating each day like the one before, that dismal mindset of hoping for nothing tomorrow or next week. Rather, enable us to rise to you as you come to us daily. Give us each morning a responsiveness to opportunity, the kind of optimism that we see in small children running to school, and in teenagers coming away from it! We know the truth that all we have is the now, but we confess that is often a theory not fully appreciated. We thank you for those who teach us to live, those who inspire us to new endeavours, those who show us something of the nature of Christ, and by so doing revive and renew and refresh our attitudes and values. Everyday God, every day enliven our hearts, and so may we every day live with hope and joy. Amen.
(Prayer request written by Canon Dr Neville Emslie - Canterbury Director of Mission and Ministry)
4th Sunday of Epiphany
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