Prescott Prayer Letter: The Time of Singing Has Come!

Please pray that with the winter over, this would be a time of singing
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, For behold, the winter is past ; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come , And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Songs 2:12

On Saturday night – to be precise, at 1am on Sunday morning – the clocks in England all moved forward an hour. One moment it was 12:59 a.m. – the next it was 2:01 a.m. British as I ( Peter writing ) might look, this oddity of English life continues to catch me unawares –and had I not, while working late at my computer, been shocked to see an hour of the night suddenly disappear (had I been dreaming?) I would have missed the change from GMT to British Summer Time.

And I would also have missed a most important appointment on the Sunday morning – an interview on the breakfast show of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to publicise the release of my first single ! “First single?” you ask. “ Peter ’s first single? Surely it’s Taryn who is the musically gifted one?”

Well, perhaps it is something of an exaggeration to call it my single. But let me explain the whole story. For a while I have had the chance to join together with a few other evangelists in Cambridge, all from different churches, and all with a similar burden to not merely hide within the walls of our separate churches, but to reconcile Christians from across the divisions which too often break up the Body of Christ, and together go out to share the gospel and reconcile the world to God. There are four of us, and as we go out occasionally with an inflatable sofa and the offer to serve people coffee (for Jesus came not to be served but to serve – and to give His life as a ransom for many ) while they come and sit down and listen to us share the story of God working in our lives, we have been called ‘Four Men and a Sofa’.

And in the run-up to Easter, Jason de-Vaux Balbirnie (who is the Methodist Church’s ‘Community Outreach Worker’ and a former smuggler of Bibles into North Korea – and, most importantly!, one of ‘the Sofa’s ‘Four Men’) has hatched a plan to captivate the attention of Cambridge and perhaps even the rest of the country. The plan is this: to release a re-vamped version of the classic hymn Amazing Grace, with all income generated through its sale on iTunes to be donated to four hospitals across the country: one in the East (Addenbrookes in Cambridge), one in the West, one in the North, one in the South – forming across the country the sign of the cross, the sole source of grace.

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So what now needs to happen is for all of you – yes, you – to buy the single and tell everyone you know to buy the single, thereby donating to charity and more importantly sending the message of God’s amazing grace up the charts. It has just been released on iTunes, so you can buy it online. Also, if you’re on Facebook please ‘like’ us on by joining our community page at www.facebook.com/4MenAndASofa and invite your friends, family, relatives, colleagues, distant acquaintances… (And use this as an opportunity to share the gospel with them! Tell them what the grace of Jesus Christ means to you, or invite them round to watch the effect the gospel had on William Wilberforce as demonstrated in the film Amazing Grace – we’re much less interested in having a hit single than we are in making the gospel known to as many people as possible!)

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So, on the day the clocks changed, signalling the winter is past, it seems the time of singing has come!

But this is spoken by a bridegroom to a bride, and while it surely applies to the Church called to sing in response to the amazing grace of Jesus our Bridegroom, I have been praying it for my own musically gifted bride, asking that Taryn would have opportunities to “rise up and sing”. And so we are wondering whether we might be able to record a selection of the songs she has written sometime soon, perhaps releasing a collection of ‘Songs of the Bride’ to coincide with the upcoming Royal Wedding (April 29 th ) and the (providentially!) coinciding next 24:7 Prayer Week (30th April–7th May).

Please pray for all the various arrangements and negotiations which will be necessary to facilitate such a project, as well as for the musical and financial resources to make it work. “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply”. Pray that everything we do would be, first and foremost, “God’s”.

(Still rejoicing to be bridegroom and bride),
Grace and peace,
Peter & Taryn Prescott

Prescott Prayer Letter: Our First Three Months In England

It has been three months since the visa actually came through, but life as newly-weds (we still feel quite newly-wed) seems to leave little time for newsletters. Peter organised another 24-7 prayer week within weeks of us arriving in Cambridge, and is now preparing for another one. He has been involved in street evangelism, evangelism to the homeless, innumerable powerful prayer meetings, and of course, now that I’m finally in the same place as him, I don’t want to let him out of my sight! So I join him in almost everything that he’s doing, except when I’m too tired (keeping up with a cross country champion on a mountain bike is no small achievement! ☺) and have been learning – almost from scratch – the domestic dance of a wife: cooking, cleaning, clearing up, producing snacks and coffee every now and then, remembering to put the clothes through the washing machine and buy groceries so that we are not left with no socks and only raisins to eat.

I have also had time to make some music. I put some more work into various songs that have been sitting in my diary, half-written, and am, along with my friend Sitenda, the ‘live band’ at a local church cafe. Of course, Peter and I often sing the Hymn that we wrote together.

All in all, it has been an enjoyable few months. People keep asking me if I’m struggling with the weather being so cold, or with culture shock, and all I can say is those things fade in light of the great gratitude I feel that God got us through the months of separation and that I am now here with Peter.

Finally, please pray:
– That with the winter over, this would be a ‘time of singing’ (Song 2:12; Jeremiah 33:11; Psalm 150:6; Ephesians 5:19)
– That God would raise up watchmen in Cambridge to pray and proclaim his promises (Isaiah 21:6; Isaiah 52:7-8; Ezekiel 3:17; Habakkuk 2:1)
– That the seed of the gospel would produce a great harvest in Cambridge (Mark 4:2-20; Mark 4:26-29; Mark 4:30-32; Genesis 26:12)
– That God would remember and restore the great Christian heritage of Cambridge (Joel 2:17-18; Habakkuk 3:2; Ezekiel 37)
– For us as we decide what to do after Peter’s church employment finishes (June 8th ) (Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 16:3; Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Grace and peace,
Peter & Taryn