An invitation to prayer - Winter 2021

Every quarter over 900 CBA supporters receive their copy of Prayer via mail or email and gift us the most valued of support - prayer. Here is Winter 2021's edition. If you'd like to be part of this, we'd be so grateful. Head to and sign up.

Kia ora Prayer whānau,

In an age where we can create light and heat, and insulate ourselves from the natural world, it can be easy to miss the gifts that come with daylight hours shortening, the temperature cooling, and skies getting moodier.

That insulation can lead to continuing the sort of busyness we cope with during the lighter, warmer spring and summer months. Autumn and winter offer a chance to slow down, not push through the tiredness – but to hibernate and embrace slowness and quietness. It’s a time to recuperate. This season provides time for a reflective, slower, contemplative approach to prayer; to quietly consider others before God.

During this darker, cooler time of the year, I encourage you to slow down in your prayer life too. Take time in the quiet and stillness to hold in mind those we pray for before uttering any words to God for them. As we consider listeners, media personnel, CBA staff, announcers, producers, board members and fellow supporters, pray for their recuperation during this time of slowing down.

Your brother,

Rev Frank Ritchie

Our prayer

We praise God for

  • CBA’s Easter programming going very smoothly

  • opportunities for sharing the love of Jesus on mainstream radio

  • new podcasting opportunities

  • the longevity of our weekly programming

  • connections being built between Salt members (especially in Christchurch and Auckland)

  • the amazing generosity of CBA supporters

We pray for

  • listeners of our weekly shows

  • God’s continued guidance as we develop xvox

  • warm reception by listeners to new podcasts

  • greater awareness within the media industry of our Media Chaplaincy support on offer, including at the upcoming Voyager Media Awards

  • networking opportunities for Salt members

  • relationships being deepened through serving the media industry

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.” - Edith Sitwell

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