Today, November 13, is the day in the church calendar when Anglicans remember and give thanks for the life of Rev Charles Simeon:
At theological college, I wrote my dissertation about his work, and he has always been a bit of a hero of mine.
He was a Vicar in Cambridge in the 1800s and spent 50 years in the same church, Holy Trinity. The congregation didn’t want him at first and would lock him out of the building, but over time he became a well respected preacher.
Charles Simeon was involved in the beginnings of lots of mission societies and Christian organisations that still exist today, and was one of the founders of Christian work among university students.
You can read more about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Simeon
The Anglican prayer for today (the collect) is as follows:
who raised up Charles Simeon
to preach the good news of Jesus Christ
and inspire your people in service and mission:
grant that we with all your Church may worship the Saviour,
turn in sorrow from our sins and walk in the way of holiness;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen