Several have mentioned that they were challenged and encouraged by the message on prayer yesterday from Daniel 6. Prayer is essential for our relationship with God, and prayer also empowers our congregation to be able to understand God’s will and to live it out in the way that we serve our community. Prayer is vital to our spiritual health individually and congregationally.
If you aren’t already, will you make a commitment to pray regularly for our congregation and for its leaders. I know that Josanne and I have asked specifically for prayers for us, but I would ask that you pray for all of those who have responsibilities in various areas of our life as a congregation. Also, I encourage you to pray regularly for one another. Pray by name through our prayer list, and pray for those you know who are facing various other challenges.
There are some plans for prayer two prayer initiatives that are upcoming for our congregation. I would like you to ask that if you feel especially called to prayer that you let me know so that you can help plan and lead these plans. Let me give you a bit of encouragement. In talking about the history of spiritual awakenings, A.T. Pierson observed, “There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer.” Prayer does make a difference!
Remember our Sunday Schools are on-going. Especially for our young people, this regular time spent in God’s Word is crucial for their spiritual development.
Continue to pray for Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and others who have been affected by hurricanes and wildfires. Let’s also continue to pray for those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. So many devastating events taking place in such a short time can wear on us. Remember the Apostle Paul’s words, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9, NIV 2011).
A reminder that this Sunday's offering will go to Lowell and Sheri Glick who are our missionaries to Mexico. For those who may not know, Lowell comes from this congregation and is Carol Glick's son. They have been doing a good work in Mexico for a long time, and so I hope that we continue to support them well.
God bless you all, and I hope to see you Sunday!