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Together in prayer

 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

St. Paul, writing to the early Christians, urged them to always rejoice, to give thanks in every circumstance and to pray without ceasing. These are certainly words for us to live by as well.

Together we have entered a time of discernment, seeking to know how God is leading our partnership into God’s preferred future for us individually and collectively. We have already joined together in worship, mission and service at many times and in many ways. Also for the past several months, members of each of our three churches have met together twice a month for a time of prayer. During our Thirsty Thursdays, we have been bathing our partnership in prayer.

It is obvious that on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings of every month, it is neither possible nor convenient for many of you to join us physically in prayer. However, the Thirsty Thursday members are inviting each of you to join us in praying every day a simple unifying prayer. Each week a sentence prayer for the week will be introduced during our worship services and listed in our church bulletins.

You may find yourself praying these prayers in the morning, afternoon, evening or maybe many times a day. The prayers may serve as a springboard into a more expansive prayer or as the concluding statement of your daily prayers. As we pray together, may we open our hearts, minds and souls, allowing the Holy Spirit to challenge and inspire us for our living and loving as believers of Jesus.

The following prayers of the week are based upon the scripture passages for our current sermon series, Souled Out!

August 4 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may we be of one heart and soul.

August 11 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may our words and actions encourage others.

August 18 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may we enthusiastically tell others the story of Jesus and his love.

August 25 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may our faith be stronger than our fears.

September 1 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may we accept and respect each person as a beloved child of God.

September 8 Dear God, as believers of Jesus, may we acknowledge and repent of any pride or self-righteousness.

Pastor Marla