And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lordís people.
Prayer. Paul is urging the church in Ephesus to pray on all occasions. To pray with all types of prayers. It seems easy and obvious, but do we follow Paul? Do we bring everything to God in prayer as the hymn ďWhat a Friend I Have in JesusĒ encourages us to do?
During the August Mapping Tomorrow Meeting, we discussed gathering people together to pray. When we read and watch the news, there are so many things in our world to lift up in prayer. Yet, we donít have to look very far to find occasions in need of prayer. There are so many things right around us and in our congregation that are in need of prayer.
Over the next month, there are going to be some new opportunities to pray on all occasions, keeping all the Lordís people in prayer.
1. During the announcements, I will be asking for prayer requests. These will be lifted up during worship and I will be praying for these requests during the week. I encourage you to join me in praying for each other during the week. Please email, text or call me with prayer requests you have during the week.
2. You can call or email Danielle with prayer requests for the bulletin. These will be in the bulletin for two weeks, and please let her know what prayer requests are long term as these will be kept on the list longer.
3. Paul encourages us to pray on all occasions, and to pray for all the Lordís people. Our work as a congregation is much more fruitful when it is grounded in prayer. We wold like someone to be praying for every worship service, meeting, educational opportunity and event at Holy Trinity. There will be a list in the narthex each week and I encourage you to sign up for a few events each week to pray during for the Holy Spirit to be with us. There will be a guide of sample prayers. Even if you do not sign-up, I encourage you to take the calendar home and pray for meeting, worship and education happening in the congregation.
On September 20, the evening service will be changing to a 5pm prayer service which will include holy communion. This will be a different worship experience which will ground our week as the Lordís people in prayer.
Thank you for joining with me as we explore new ways to pray and connect to God as a congregation. Know that each of you are in my prayers.
Yours in Christ,
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
OF THE HOLY TRINITY
502 Main Street, Irwin, PA† 15642††† 724-863-7350