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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…
Let’s pray for continued improvement for Beverly Mate and Dennis and Jayne McDonough recovering from COVID. Dr. Regina Olasin has multiple myeloma. Pray for the safety and return of little Dolce Alvarez of Bridgeton who went missing on September 16, 2019. Pray for God’s peace and comfort for the family of Elaine’s neighbor June who passed last week. Continue to pray for Bob Fite recovering from a hip replacement. Eileen and David Word. Lorraine, cancer. Kim recovering from a fall. Victims of severe weather. Ronald Walker, illness. Glenn & Marie with heart issues. Denise’s mom who’s health is declining. Kristen, recovering from a fall. George, relief from stress. Carl, Kate, Candy (cancer). Paul Haggy. Janice Olszewski.
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.