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“Always be joyful. Never stop praying” (1 Thes. 5:16-17).

 


This Week’s Prayers of the People. Loving God, hear our prayers…

Ronald Walker, illness. Bob Hall, upcoming procedure. Marie has heart issues. Denise’s mom who’s health is declining. Bonekemper family on the passing of Tom. Kristen, recovering from a fall. George stress. Paul Haggy. Thanksgiving for Pam Smith and Tara Garton’s mission trip to Alabama. Michael McPherson, upcoming surgery. Eileen Word. Janice Olszewski. June Panos. Jim Cicchitti. Ed Slim. Peggy. Passing of Nancy Wand. Christa Vaughn Myers in the passing of her father.

We mourn the loss of life due to gun violence in schools, stores, and public places across our country. We pray for the people of Ukraine. We pray for those suffering from Covid-19 and for God to bless those who serve in healthcare, law enforcement, fire, government, the armed forces, education, and business.

In this year of Great Expectations (our 2022 mission theme), God blesses not only our congregation, but our communities, churches, and businesses. For those grieving the loss of loved ones, friends, and co-workers.

Remember our friends and family in the military including Anthony A., Cpt. Laura C, Cpt. Sean C, Pvt. William C, US Army, 2nd Lt Michael C, USAF, S. Sgt. Richard E, and those suffering from a traumatic head injury.

What is Prayer?

Prayer may best be described as a conversation with God. While folding our hands is frequently associated with someone praying, hand-folding is not required for God to hear us, of course! Eyes open or closed. Standing, sitting, walking, driving, or any possible activity can be a perfect context for talking to God. Record, write or draw your prayers. Remember, the apostle Paul said to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). So, the main thing is to just pray.

How Important Is Prayer?

What is your response when someone offers to pray for you? You welcome the prayer, right? Have you ever replied, “No thanks, I don’t want your prayer”? Some people may resist the idea of prayer for any number of reasons, but most of the time, people welcome prayer. Jesus models a life deeply expressed by a prayer. Our active prayer list engages us. Every week, we share requests and answers to prayers that encourage all of us.

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