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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…

Susan Dehart is in the hospital with pneumonia and dialysis treatment for infection. The Barsby family in the passing of Pam’s sister, Debbie. And Pam’s husband George is recovering from a recent health emergency. Rev. Doug Madden (Genesis Rehab). Robin B. liver cancer. Rev. Reeder recovering from heart surgery. Lloyd and Sharron Posnikoff (health issues). Jarrod Rotella (seeking employment). Carmela Geraci (pancreatic cancer). Gertrude Hess (hospice). Eileen Stalford. Bob Fite (hospice). Lenore (stomach ulcer & throat issue), Barbara Smith. Eileen and David Word. Pastor Kevin, Grover Bradshaw, Glenn McDonough, Mike, Kim, Steve, Rickey, Lorraine, Kate, Candy (cancer treatment). Dr. Regina doing better. 

We mourn gun violence in across our country. We pray for the people of Ukraine. We pray for those suffering from Covid-19 and severe weather events and for God to bless those serving in healthcare, law enforcement, fire, government, armed forces, education, and business.

Our 2023 mission theme is Be Involved! God blesses not only our congregation but our communities, churches, and businesses. Praying is a great first step to being involved!

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 just to 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 many reasons, but most of the time, people welcome prayer. Jesus models a life deeply expressed by 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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