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Cuttack Diocese Partnership

Please will you join with us on Sunday, 11th February 2017 as we pray for our sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Cuttack? They will be praying for us.

Cuttack Sunday Resources

Cuttack Sunday 11th February 2018 Resources

The following resources have been produced for Cuttack Sunday on 11th February 2018.  They are also available in word format, if you would like it in this version please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy.   Click on the following links to access the resouces. 

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Bible Study

Resources for Cuttack Sunday

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 Pictured Rt Rev SK Nanda, Bishop of Cuttack, CNI

Diocese of North India Rt Rev SK Nanda, Bishop of Cuttack, CNI

 
The churches of District and the Diocese of Cuttack hope to unite in the Spirit and, through prayer and preaching, remember and encourage their partnership. The Church of North India (CNI) is a united church established in 1970 by bringing together the main Protestant churches working in northern India. 
 
The Diocese of Cuttack is situated in Orissa, one of India’s seven poorest states.   Approximately 2% of the population of Orissa (estimated at 45m) are Christian.  It is an area which retains a heavy Baptist influence from the work of the Baptist Missionary Society.  The Rt. Revd. Surendra Kumar Nanda is the Bishop of Cuttack.
 
The Diocese is divided into 4 Pastorate Unions, each comprising a number of Pastorates, around 140 congregations, and an estimated 12,500 communicant members.  The Diocese works with partners to support a number of educational establishments, including 5 Stewart Schools, a Skills Centre at Mohana, and teacher training college, as well as a Christian Hospital at Berhampur.
 
The area includes the large urban populations of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the coastal tourist resort of Puri with its historic Hindu temple, as well as numerous fishing communities. Inland, the area is predominantly rural, mountainous and remote.   Between 80-90% of the population in this area is made up of scheduled castes (Dalit) and scheduled tribes (Adivasi).  
 
The idea of setting aside a Sunday to focus on our Partnership emerged during Bishop Nanda’s visit to Britain last year.  We have mutually agreed that the Sunday before Lent will, each year, be an occasion when we will pray for each other and, if possible, preach about unity in Christ.
 
The theme for ‘Cuttack Sunday’ is Transfigured for a Purpose with a particular focus on the call to share the Good News wherever we are in God’s world.  Elijah hands over responsibility to Elisha   (2 Kings) whilst the Transfiguration of Jesus is a pivotal moment in the Gospels as Jesus moves towards the fulfilment of all things (Mark)
 
The suggested Lectionary readings are:  2 Kings 2:1-12               
Psalm 50:1-6
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9