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

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

01/10: The Chestnut family suffering from Covid-19, and recent  Nation and recent unrest at the nation’s Capitol, pray for peaceful transfer of power. Passing of the Rev. Carlene Moyer. The Burke Family in sudden passing of Carol Burke. Dave W, recovering from back injury. Cloer family’s grand-mom Ella Elliot (102) recovering from a fall.

12/27: Passing of Brenda Cunningham.

12/20: Dennis Jr., cancer. Nashville and all affected by bombing. Mike C. (Cancer). Mike and Cindy (COVID-19). Pam Smith and Tara Garten mission trip to Alabama. Jake L. (COVID-19). Bob A. (COVID-19). Paul H. (COPD).

12/13: Passing of Helen Lincoln. Renie G. convalescing.  

Parents and guardians as schools re-open in-person and online. Frontline caregivers. Our congregation, community, area church’s and businesses. Those grieving lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers. Those in the military: Anthony A., 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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