Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Kelly says she walked 75′ on her walker last week unassisted. We’re all rejoicing with John that we’re alive and here together. Shannon rejoices to be one test away from finishing her schoolwork. It’s good to have Michael back with us today. Kim is having less pain. Pam praises the Lord for good weather, blessings in her life, and the church.
Cathy prays for Janet, a classmate who lost a family member. Pray for another classmate Jimmy. Pray for Benny as he faces trouble with his heart. Ruth asks prayer for Dana and her family facing illness. Keep praying for Edith as she is still searching for the source of her health problems. Keep praying for Shelly. Pam needs new special shoes so she can walk. Brenda O still needs the attachment for her chair. Keep praying for Anita. Pray for the Whitmores’ son-in-law John facing medical issues due to internal bleeding.
Be an answer to prayer this week!
Is there a person in the Bible that you especially identify with? Maybe you feel you understand something of where they were coming from. Maybe you are encouraged by seeing how God used them despite their flaws. I’m encouraged by many of them for different reasons, but one of my favorites is Thomas. Yes, “doubting Thomas.” We’re not told a lot about him, but I think if I lived back then, that would be me. So I studied with interest the exchange between Jesus and Thomas after His resurrection, recounted in John 20:24-29. What I found was a blessing for all of us who believe in Jesus today.
He is Risen! Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Ruth rejoices that she is well enough to be here today and that her cousin in Georgia is doing well. Kim is thankful for her parents and all they have been doing for her. Kelly says she keeps getting better and is walking on a walker some. Pam thanks the Lord for His blessings. Galen is thankful for the church. Didi is thankful for the people who have helped her as she works through her problem. Anita is thankful to be getting better. Lisa thanks Priscilla for getting them to church and helping with Jane. Priscilla is thankful for the blessing of getting to care for Pastor David’s and then her parents. She is now able to see the rewards that came from it. Pam and all of us are thankful for what Don and Brenda do for the people in the church.
Kim prays for a friend Laura who lost her father. Kelly prays to see her sister. Keep praying for Shelly. Priscilla prays for a friend, Kathy who has lost her father. She also wants us to pray for Ruth and Cathy as this is the time of year when they lost loved ones. Didi asks that we pray for the people who live around her. Keep praying for her living situation to improve. Pam asks us to pray for Vicki who couldn’t come due to a health issue. Pray also for Michelle to find what she needs. Teresa has an unspoken request.
Be a source of life this week!
Joanne will have surgery today to remove the cancer from her nose. Keep her in your prayers.
Our scripture verse will be Luke 22 39-46. As Jesus is praying he is demonstrating the way we should be praying. Our prayers are the most powerful tool we have yet many don’t know how to pray or don’t feel like their prayers do any good. There are many people who have lost their faith in God because they felt like God does not answer their prayers. As Jesus was about to sacrifice his life on a cross he reaches out to God and it appears God does not answer his prayer. The truth is God did answer his prayer because Jesus asked God to let his will be done. God knew without the sacrifice of Jesus we would not be forgiven. God answered his prayer for our benefit. God always wants the best for us and we need to understand that. The things we want are not always to our benefit. God only wants the best for us. We will look at this prayer and see what Jesus wanted us to understand about how to pray.
(Excerpted from the pastor’s introduction)
Linda illustrates the value of devotional time with a seasonally appropriate study of John 20:11-18
Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Pam thanks the Lord for His blessings. We are glad to have Teresa back with us. Pam is walking more. Ruth is thankful that her minor surgery went well. Vicki got a new apartment. Brenda got to see her grandchildren. Pastor David is thankful for an enjoyable outing and time with family. Kim is thankful for the church.
Pray for Toni, a lady who came into the church who has lost a child and doesn’t have money for funeral expenses. Pray for Kim as she continues to deal with help issues. Pray for Edward also with a. Toothache. Kelly prays for Shelly. She has been moved to a new facility. Her health is declining. Pam asks prayer for Michelle who is looking for a place to live. Anita is having trouble with her legs so that she is not able to walk. She will have rehab this week. Keep praying for Didi to find a place. Vicki asks prayer for her aid whose wife is in the hospital . He does not have transportation. Vicki is also struggling with her health. Keep praying for Jerry and his family after the loss of his father. .Pam still needs her shoes repared. John prays to reconnect with his brother.
Be blessed to be a blessing this week.