Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

Our walking is our preaching

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. Francis of Assisi

Beginning of peace

Peace begins with a smile. Mother Teresa

Concerns of animal life

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. Saint Augustine

Two kinds of people

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.' C. S. Lewis

Seek to love, not to be loved

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi

Improve yourself by other men's wri…

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates

The richest

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates

Destroyer of peace

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between. Mother Teresa

Raise funds of love

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given. Mother Teresa

What does love look like?

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

I gave in

I gave in, and admitted that God was God. C. S. Lewis

A simple smile

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

As we are, such are the times

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times. Saint Augustine

Pride of a false knowledge

Don't be proud of a false knowledge that there is no God when you are not God.   Felix Dordaa Mahama

Make me an instrument of thy peace

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi

There is God

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is. Albert Camus

Aim at heaven

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C. S. Lewis

Don't bother about originality

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C. S. Lewis

I willingly cure him for the love of God

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God. Mother Teresa

campaigning weather for the devil

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. C. S. Lewis

A brief history of Glory of God prayer group, St. Cecelia’s parish, Wa diocese

How the Glory of God prayer group started

The Glory of God prayer group was formed in 1990. Until 1989, there was only one parish in Wa town. As such there was one Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group at St. Andrew’s Cathedral parish. St. Cecilia’s parish was carved out of the Cathedral parish in 1989. For some time all members of the Renewal in Wa continued to have activities and programmes together at the Cathedral. By the beginning of 1990, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal members from St. Cecelia’s parish had thought it was time to stand on their own as a parish. A new prayer group was formed at St. Cecilia, even though members of this new group were members that came from the Cathedral group. This was done to enable the group reach out to the new parish for members.

Challenges at the beginning of the Glory of God prayer group

The membership of the group was small and seemed not to have impact on parishioners and the parish as a whole. Even derogatory names were given to the group and its activities e.g. “frustrated people group’’ “puori hahaa” (uncoordinated prayer), and others. This attitude of people towards the group never discouraged the members, who remained faithful to their meetings for prayers, sharing of scriptures and intercession for the way forward.

Improvement in the music

A time came when the Glory of God prayer group saw the need to improve upon their music since that could attract the youth to the meetings. The group started acquiring musical instruments: drums, organ, guitars and other equipment, to improve their music during prayer meetings. This enhanced the performance of the music ministry. Wherever the ministry performed it drew the attention of both the youth and the elderly alike. Some decided to join the group and the group began to grow in numbers. Prayer meetings became livelier.

Ministries in the Glory of God prayer group

A number of ministries were instituted to minister to the group.

Music ministry

The music ministry takes care of singing during prayer meetings, celebration of mass, weddings to which they are invited, and any other gatherings where the group is invited to or needs to sing.

Teaching ministry

The teaching ministry takes care of preparing a programme of teachings that are given in prayer meetings. Its members give the teachings at the prayer meetings.

Service ministry

The service ministry takes care of preparing meeting venue and other services required by the group.

Healing and deliverance ministry

The healing and deliverance ministry ministers to people with both physical and spiritual problems by counselling and praying with them for God's intervention.

Outreach ministry

The outreach ministry came about when one of the group members felt the call for the group to go out to other parishes in the Diocese of Wa to witness to fellow Catholics. This was the time many young Catholics were leaving the Catholic Church for newly established charismatic and Pentecostal churches. The ministry had challenges at the beginning with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal leaders and the Church hierarchy. However, the ministry continued to seek the face of God in prayer and was given the go-ahead in 1992 to stand as a recognised ministry of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. To depict the objective of the ministry, it was named “Faith Outreach ministry”. Objectives include:

  1. To share their faith with fellow Catholics by sharing life testimonies
  2. To educate and challenge Catholic youth to take interest in understanding their faith and the power available therein.

Intercessory ministry

The intercessory ministry is dedicated to interceding for the group, group members, the Church, the Nation, the sick, the persecuted, and many other issues.

Youth ministry

The youth of the Glory of God prayer group make up the youth ministry. They meet to discuss issues concerning the life of the youth and how to live faithful christian lives.

Women ministry

The women ministry trains women in areas that will make them successful in their homes, businesses and in the Church.

Programmes of the Glory of God prayer group (weekly)

The Glory of God prayer group has weekly programmes that all or specific ministry members are expected to participate in. The group currently has the following programme line-up:

Day

Time

Activity

Expected participants

Monday

5:30pm

Bible sharing

All group members

Tuesday

5:30pm

Rosary prayers/Eucharistic adoration

Rosary confraternity members (which is expected to include all group members)

Wednesday

5:30pm

Intercessory ministry meeting

Praise and worship ministry meeting

Intercessory ministry members

Praise and worship ministry members

Thursday

5:30pm

Youth ministry meeting

Counselling

Youth

Healing and deliverance ministry members

Friday

8:00pm

Vigil

Outreach ministry members (but open to all other members and non-members)

Saturday

2:00pm

Praise and worship ministry meeting

Praise and worship ministry members

Sunday

2:45pm

Main prayer meeting

All group members

Other meetings include:

Children ministry meets on the Sunday during the teaching session of the prayer meeting
Women ministry meets on Saturdays/Sundays
Teaching ministry meets on the second to last Monday of every quarter
Three days of fasting and prayers are held during the last week-end of every month (Wednesday to Friday)

Achievements of Glory of God prayer group

  1. Life in the Spirit Seminars are organised every year (including for other groups in the chirch).
  2. Members are encouraged to be assertive and to play leadership roles in the group and in the parish.
  3. The group has a number of elderly members taking active roles and playing the role of mentors
  4. Members have cultivated the spirit of sacrifice of their time and resources for the good of  the group and the parish

Challenges of the Glory of God prayer group

  1. The Glory of God prayer group has an unstable membership base due to transfer of workers and schooling of the younger members.
  2. Increasing cost of outreach and other group programmes.

In spite of the challenges, membership of the group is resolved not to be discouraged. Instead, they are willing to sacrifice to resource the group financially to be able to carry out its programmes. The Glory of God prayer group is also committed to mentoring younger members to take up leadership of the group as older members retire to the background.

How do you join the Glory of God prayer group?

You do not need to do anything special to join the Glory of God prayer group. Just pop in at any of our programmes, especially the Sunday prayer meeting, and you are a member. The group welcomes people from all walks of life (see the Profile of the Glory of God prayer group), as long as they are willing to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. In short, the group accepts everybody, just as our Lord Jesus Christ did. Contact us for more information.

Where can you find the Glory of God prayer group?

The Glory of God prayer group is Located in Wa town in the St. Cecelia’s parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana. We hold our prayer meetings at the main parish, behind residency, Mangu. For more information, contact us.

Contact persons

Mathias Badu Dery

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Mobile: +233205363549

Address: HNo KW/34,

                 Kambali,

                 Wa, Upper West Region,

                 Ghana.

Felix Dordaa Mahama

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Mobile: +233201135125

Address: HNo 196 BLK C,

                 Napogbakole,

                 Wa, Upper West Region,

                 Ghana.

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