A Church with a Heart for our Community

September 13th Friday

Greetings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! This is one of those mornings  when we simply give God an extra measure of praise and say “Thank You” for life today, for making this day for us, and for the blessings that are coming our way. I trust that you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend…with all of its unknowns and adventures and blessings. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to encourage you, to surround you with mercy and grace, and to draw you close to His side.

This morning I am thinking about our Ministerial Luncheon yesterday…the attendance dropped from the twenty-seven that were there last time to the ten that showed up to ‘eat-talk-pray’.  Of the ten that were there, only three are in church ministry positions…and it was a little discouraging. I now understand, more than ever, how valuable and important our Monday Prayer Gathering is and how important the ongoing prayer ministry that our congregation does for the community family of faith.

I was walking through our church sanctuary this morning and saw the names that were placed on the chairs earlier in the week. Once again I took the opportunity to speak each name of this church family to God. Even as I looked at the blank pages…empty seats…I, in my mind, put names n them so that I could pray specifically – and it was not hard to think of nine names of people connected to our church family who don’t attend, but could, maybe even should.

And so I prayed: Father God – I come before You today in the name of Jesus Christ. There is power in that Name! There is direction in that Name! There is healing in that Name! There is peace in that Name! There is strength in that Name! There is fullness of joy in that Name! There is reconciliation in that Name! There is release and freedom in that Name! There is provision in that Name! There is everything we could ever want and more in that Name! … I pray that Name over ___________________   You see, when you don’t know what to pray and you don’t know what to say …you simply – say the Name!

Just a little something to think about – Have a great weekend and be blessed!