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Dennis Wrigley

The Lord’s servant, our beloved Leader of the Maranatha Community, Dennis Wrigley, completed his final journey, received the call “Well done, good and faithful servant” and went to be with Our Lord this morning (9th November 2015). In recent weeks he had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try to shrink the secondary cancer in his lungs, and up till his final hours he was praising God and ministering to hospital visitors, patients and staff.

Dennis co-founded the Maranatha Community with Fr Michael Buckley in 1981, and over the past 34 years he dedicated his life to leading our community with love, vision and a servant heart. He has been a guiding light to many people and in recent years recorded a series of videos so that the inspiration God has given him will be received by many in years to come. These videos can been seen at www.denniswrigley.org.

We are reminded of 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

His funeral was held on Monday 23rd November at The Avenue Methodist Church, Wincham Road, Sale, M33 4PL, followed by a reception at The Life Centre, Washway Road, Sale, M33 4BP.

You can read a full (2 page) tribute to Dennis here, which includes information about his early life and career and the founding of Maranatha.

On Sunday 15th November Linda Stalley was interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester about Dennis. Click below to hear this interview.

Voice 2014 – A Generational Perspective

This year four young people have been listening to God for three months on behalf of the Community to prayerfully consider these four questions:

  1. What is God saying to and about the world?
  2. What is God saying to and about our nation?
  3. What is God saying to and about the churches?
  4. What is God saying to and about the Maranatha Community?

After a period of 3 months, they met together on 8th March 2014 at The Ark to share with the Community what they believe God is saying. The notes from that time of sharing are available here.

Summary word – “Our generation needs to be equipped to use the Sword of the Spirit”.

 

A call to Pray for our Nation

A VERY URGENT CALL TO EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

A STRUGGLE IS NOW TAKING PLACE FOR THE SOUL OF OUR NATION AT THIS TIME OF CRISIS

This call is made in the name of many thousands of members of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, United Reformed, New and Independent Churches right across the UK

WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THE UNITED PRAYER OF GOD’S PEOPLE WILL HAVE AN IMMEDIATE AND POWERFUL INFLUENCE UPON THE STATE OF OUR NATION TODAY.

It is urgent that, as Christians, we take our positions as members of the Body of Christ and PRAY earnestly for the United Kingdom.

woman-jumping-from-burning-building-in-surrey-streetThe current riots across the land hold up a mirror to the moral and spiritual sickness of our nation. The issues facing us today are not primarily political or social but spiritual. This is yet another manifestation of the consequences of our nation turning its back on God and His ways. It follows the exposure of corruption in the banking system, the Parliamentary expenses scandal, the phone hacking inquiry and corruption in the police.

We believe that God, in His mercy, is shining the light of His Truth on to the ugly wound of our nation which is in need of cleansing and healing. The riots are the fruit of our betrayal of our younger generations whom we have robbed of hope and purpose.

The police, politicians and others in positions of worldly authority are desperately searching for ways to bring the rioters under control. In this situation it is the mandate of the people of God to exercise spiritual authority through united prayer.

WILL YOU PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS TO JOIN WITH CHRISTIANS FROM OTHER CHURCHES IN YOUR AREA TO PRAY FOR THE NATION:

  • For those in positions of authority – MP’s, Local councils, Police, Community leaders – to be given wisdom and Godly advice.
  • For church leaders to speak with one voice, identifying clearly the spiritual nature of what is happening.
  • For confusion of spiritual communication between demonic forces and a collapse of mob formation.
  • For protection of people, their lives and their property in areas of rioting, and protection of police and those enforcing law and order.
  • For cleansing and healing of the underlying causes of our national sickness.

PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THOSE WHO ARE PRAYING ON THE STREETS OF OUR CITIES DURING THE DAYTIME AND GATHERING IN CHURCH BUILDINGS AND HOMES TO PRAY AT NIGHT

WE HAVE A GOD-GIVEN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING HOPE TO OUR NATION

From Darkness into Light

From Darkness into LightThese reflections, thoughts and prayers, by Dennis Wrigley, the Leader and Co-Founder of the Maranatha Community, will bring comfort and healing as God leads us out of our darkness into His light. It is illustrated by Christian artist, Christine Garwood, and is available to download as an ebook here (for £3.50), and you can purchase a printed copy for £7.99 +p&p from the Maranatha online bookshop here.

MARANATHA WEEK OF PRAYER

18th – 25th Sept.

A Week of Prayer for the Church and Nation.

In the face of our national situation we have decided to call the whole Maranatha community to a Week of Prayer. We are urging all Maranatha Groups and Prayer Cells to gather during this week and also urge individual members to arrange times of prayer to which friends and church members may be invited.

God’s Word makes it clear that the future of a nation can be changed by the humble prayer of God’s people in that land. We, as the people of God in the United Kingdom, have the opportunity and the power to make a difference to the future of our nation. Therefore, let us, as little brothers and sisters of Jesus, take God at His Word and  humble ourselves and pray and seek His face in repentance for the sake of our children and all the future generations of this land.

During this Week of Prayer there will be evening gatherings 7:30 – 10pm at ‘The Ark’ (26 Ambleside Road, Flixton, Manchester, M41 6PH) each day from 18th-24th September. Each gathering will consist of worship and prayer which will be led by different people each evening. All are welcome.

Click on the following links for the programme of prayer and resources:

Week of Prayer programme

A Prayer for each nation of the United Kingdom

A declaration over the United Kingdom from Pastor Jonathan Oloyede

Our Children : A Confession

Two prayers /prophetic messages

Book Launch in Manchester

SPECIAL INVITATION – Walking with God’ book will be launched at the Wesley Owen Prayer Breakfast.

Wesley Owen Bookshop, Deansgate, Manchester, Saturday 1st November 2008, 9.15 a.m.
(Croissants, Tea/coffee provided free of charge)

This book is jointly written by Dennis Wrigley, the Leader and Co-Founder of the Maranatha Community and Sister Elizabeth Tuttle PBVM, who has also played a leading role in Maranatha for many years.  It is a fusion of the inspiration given to a Catholic Nun and a Protestant layman.

“For its inspiration this remarkable book of prayers draws on two Christian traditions – and it is all the more powerful for that reason..Sister Elizabeth and Dennis Wrigley are two people who have experienced the full power of prayer and this lovely collection of their meditations and prayers reflects the intimacy of their relationship with God. Walking with God will be an immense inspiration to many.” Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

As the title suggests, this book will take you on a journey.  The prayers, reflections and meditations will draw you more deeply into the beautiful mystery of the Trinitarian God.  By allowing the words to become your own, you will indeed walk with God and also come to realise more fully that God is present in every aspect and moment of life…” Rt. Rev. Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds

ALL WELCOME

Please ring 0161 748 4858 to let us know if you are able to be there.