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Some years ago I heard the phrase, “Pray first – worry less.” I need to be reminded of that frequently. Fortunately God is persistent. This month I have received multiple reminders of the value of prayer. The Pastor’s School I went to on study leave had prayer as a central theme and practice. Several books I have been reading about church growth begin with a call to pastors and congregations to pray first – before we begin anything else. Pray. A month ago I met with our Presbytery’s Associate Executive to talk about some new ideas for our congregation and to find out what kind of support might be available. Before we even met, she sent me an email to say, “I want you to pray about this…” with specific thoughts she wanted me to pray. Sometimes it takes a while for a message to sink in. Sometimes it takes a while for me to “get it.” This month clearly I needed to hear the call to prayer and to share that call with others.
During July there are three invitations to prayer which I share with you.
First, I will be preaching a short sermon series on prayer. It is important to develop a rich spiritual life and a deeper relationship with God. It is also important for a congregation to be spiritually vital, to encourage connections with God in any and every form.
Second, you will be invited to pray for specific joys and concerns in the congregation and community. In July, among other things, pray for PYF on their mission trip and pray for all children, youth and young adults to come to know God’s amazing love.
Third, as noted in the article below, I will be starting prayer circles for July and August on Wednesdays at noon and 5:30 p.m. (Read the details in the other article.)
I decided to offer these prayer circles because I wanted to be more organized in my own prayer time. It is easy to get pulled into ordinary busy-ness and to forget regular, active, purposeful prayer. So these circles will be part of my own personal prayer life. I am inviting you to explore the practice as well. My hope in this is threefold – 1) that I will continue to deepen my relationship with God and grow spiritually, 2) that some of you will also grow spiritually so that we as a congregation will become closer to God, and 3) that our revived relationship with God will be such a blessing that others will see and come to worship with us, that we will grow as a congregation and that others will be blessed. Please join me in my prayer journey and we will see
Wednesdays at noon and 5:30 p.m. For one hour of prayer Pastor Kimby has started two midweek prayer opportunities. Every Wednesday in July and August at noon and 5:30 p.m. a group will gather in the chapel at church to pray for one hour. This is a total of nine weeks. You may come once or any time you are available. … Continue reading →
Pray for PYF – Presbyterian Youth Fellowship – during their mission trip – July 8-17 The PYF will be embarking on their summer mission trip in July. Eight youth and three adults will be serving with Team Effort in Washington, D.C. The trip is July 8-17 and will cover about 2500 miles. With an adventure this big, we’ll need your … Continue reading →
July: Shoes/Flip Flops, Composition Notebooks, umbrellas August: Composition Notebooks, Crayons, Pencils/Sharpeners, School Scissors September: Erasers, Crayons, School Scissors October: Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, Shoes There will a basket in the Narthex for the monthly donations. The items collected will be used at our Packing Party in November. Toothpaste and candy are not allowed in the boxes as of this year. A … Continue reading →
“Summertime and the living is easy,” sings the first line of the old song from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. I love the song, but I always laugh a little when I hear it. Easy? Not so much anymore. “Crazy” might be a better word – which leads me to another song, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days … Continue reading →
I read a sermon by a friend of mine this week with the title “Eastering” – changing the noun defining the day or season into a verb describing the action of the season. So what is the action of the season of Easter? I would say it is threefold: 1) Living with JOY, knowing that we are loved by God … Continue reading →
Sunday, April 9, Palm Sunday Worship Service 9:00 AM… Waving Palms and shouting Hosanna, we will welcome in Holy Week with scripture and song, prayer and thanksgiving. We remember Christ the unexpected Messiah.Thursday, April 13, Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 PM Holy Communion, scripture and song remind us of Jesus last night with his disciples before his arrest and trial. Jesus’ … Continue reading →
There’s something in the air – and I’m not just talking about allergy season. April is full of signs of the changing seasons. Spring is upon us. Blossoms are opening and birds are singing. Easter is only two weeks away. With Easter comes all that promise of resurrection – newness, energy, hope, growth and goodness – God’s promise of life … Continue reading →
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 and ends with Holy Saturday, April 15. The calendar dates of Lent vary each year according to the time of Easter which varies according to the lunar calendar. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal (Spring) equinox (which is March 21). So Easter can be any … Continue reading →
This time of year in the Presbyterian tradition, we are busy filling out reports. The PCUSA requires submission of statistics and ministries. Our clerk, Ron Crabbs, is busy gathering data to input to these national denominational reports. How many members, how many baptisms, how many funerals, how many in Sunday school… you get the idea. It’s pages and pages of … Continue reading →