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


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

05/24: For small business owners and service providers struggling to re-open safely and soon. Larry M (pancreatic cancer); Miriam S (home bound); Maryanne and Vickie (health issues); Ken (heart surgery).

05/17: Pat (health issues); Glenn, Dennis, and Marie in the passing of their mother. Larry and Carlene in the passing of Uncle Ray. Read Family (loss of their brother Joe), Cronin family (lost mother and father).

05/10: Vinny and Christina, Dr. Richard N.

05/03: Shirley W (broken back), Bess L, Ruth T, RJ, Maureen E (COVID-19, hospitalized).

04/26: George S, Marge M, Lee O, Bob L, Leslie D, Leonard H, Herb W, Michael B, Jade’s Pop.

For teachers. Parents and guardians with kids at home. For all frontline caregivers. For our congregation and friends. Area church’s and businesses. For those who have lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers to COVID-19. For those in the military: Cpt. Laura C, Cpt. Sean C, Pvt. William C, US Army, 2nd Lt Michael C, USAF, S. Sgt. Richard E, head injury victims.

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 prayer. Our active prayer list engages us. Every week, we share requests and answers to prayer that encourage all of us.

 

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