Good Folks, it is Friday, January 19, 2018. One week from today begins our Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) weekend. On Saturday (01.27), 10-3pm, the entire congregation is asked to meet with the HCI team in Aldersgate Hall. Lunch will be served, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Bridget is you need childcare. Lunch will be provided. Please make every effort to attend. This is so important for the future of the church.
This Sunday, immediately following the morning service there is a Called Church Conference in the Sanctuary. The Conference is Called to authorize the Board of Trustees to sell the parsonage located at 119 Forest Court, Duncanville, Texas 75116, on behalf of the church. Everyone is encouraged and invited to stay after church. Any questions or concerns will be answered at that time.
I am sure that the first prayer I ever learned was the Lord’s Prayer, in Spanish. “Padre Nuestro, que estas en los cielos, sanctificado sea tu Nombre…” (Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name….”
Some might have learned, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep…”
Can you remember your first prayer? Or is their one that reminds you of the graciousness of God, his strength and comfort?
Some might argue, why pray at all since God knows what you will pray for before you ask, since God knows everything?
Does God hear my prayers? I prayed and my dad did not get healed and died. What did I do wrong? I said the right words, In Jesus’ name. What gives here? I am a good person, God.
I do not have all the answers to the questions you will have about prayer. What I will share on Sunday morning will be my understanding that prayer was important to Christ, it is important to me and it should be important to the Church. For it is the furnace by which the church continues and does the very will of God.
I will be using the text from Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica, chapter 15, verse 17, “… pray without ceasing…” Read several verses before and after to get a glimpse of the context that Paul writes to this congregation prior to Sunday. Pray before you read the scriptures on every occasion, asking God for a deeper understanding.
You are invited to invite others. Remember, you are a faith-presence in the world.
Blessings from Duncanville,