Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

– Acts 17:28
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • Sermon Series by Rev. Prince R. Rivers: Chosen. Sermon yesterday: Chosen to be Different
  • United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Retreat: Times of Refreshing
  • Opportunity to hear columnist Sharon Randall speak on Friday– she is a great storyteller
  • Meeting with Chuck Spong (WS First) – great conversation and sharing
  • What every manager needs to know (2nd session) at the Children’s Home
  • Lynn Brooks – prayer for my dad, who has been facing one serious health challenge after another. Usually upbeat and positive, these challenges are wearing him down.
  • Debbie Shannon – for continued prayers for her health.
  • Angela Dearman – for healing her of cancer and help her with the pain as she endures chemotherapy.
  • Chad Kirkendall – for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill Cook– for positive results from his recent exam and a job offer.
  • Matthew Blyther – for healing of a skin condition.
  • Verschello Nelson and her boys who joined the church (UMMBC) recently. Her husband died suddenly at their home on March 15th. Please keep them in prayer.
  • Tonya C. – for healing for surgery
  • Cleveland B, Debra Miller’s mother, Ellen and James Miles, Eddie Henderson, and Solomon Harry.
  • Jessica Smith (her mother) – pray for her strength in caring for her mother, for her mother’s well-being and care in assisted living, and peace of mind.
  • Kim Nesbitt (for her grandfather, Waldo Lester) – he was on the list last week. He transitioned a few days later at 89 years old.
  • Marshal Jeffries (and his family) – on the loss of his mother last week.
The Benediction in pictures
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Prayer Makes A Difference

Prayer Makes A Difference

The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

C.S. Lewis
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • The Stephen Ministry at UMMBC – continued prayer and discernment as the ministry prepares to offer a Divorce Care program in September 2013.
  • Lynn Brooks – I would appreciate prayer for my dad, who has been facing one serious health challenge after another. Usually upbeat and positive, these challenges are wearing him down.
  • Debbie Shannon – for continued prayers for her health.
  • Angela Dearman – for healing her of cancer and help her with the pain as she endures chemotherapy.
  • Chad Kirkendall – for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill Cook– for positive results from his recent exam and a job offer.
  • Matthew Blyther – for healing of a skin condition.
  • Verschello Nelson and her boys who joined the church (UMMBC) recently. Her husband died suddenly at their home on March 15th. Please keep them in prayer.
  • Tonya C. – for healing for surgery
  • Cleveland B, Debra Miller’s mother, Ellen and James Miles, Eddie Henderson, and Solomon Harry.
  • Please hold in prayer those injured in the Boston bomb blasts yesterday as well as their loved ones.
  • Jessica Smith (her mother) – pray for her strength in caring for her mother, for her mother’s well-being and care in assisted living, and peace of mind.
  • David Hinton (for his mother – my 4th grade teacher at Columbia Heights Elementary School) – she is facing a challenging time and is tired.
  • Kim Nesbitt (for her grandfather, Waldo Lester) – his is a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Currently in the hospital and not doing well.
  • Pray for the victims of the explosion in West Texas last week and the entire community that was impacted
The Benediction in pictures
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

Reflections after Easter . . .

During the fifty days of the Easter season culminating on Pentecost,
Ignatius of Loyola encourages disciples to pray daily for the gift of ‘intense gladness.’
Clearly, he does not mean a giddy cocktail-party gaiety or a brave attempt
to smile through the tears, but a deep-seated joy in the resurrection triumph of Jesus Christ.
If this prayer is heard, I shall have found a source of joy that is unassailable, for whatever happens, the Lord is always risen.
Contingencies cannot suffocate this deep joy.
Whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I am sick or healthy, whether I feel like a dirt ball or a butterfly,
whatever comes cannot alter the fact that the Lord is risen.

Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Boston Marathon Explosions

Boston Marathon Explosions

The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

– C.S. Lewis
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please consider the following additional prayer requests received:
 
  • From Lynn Brooks – I would appreciate prayer for my dad, who has been facing one serious health challenge after another. Usually upbeat and positive, these challenges are wearing him down.
  • Also, please hold in prayer those injured in the Boston bomb blasts yesterday as well as their loved ones.

 

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

The prayer preceding all prayers is “May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

C.S. Lewis
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • The Stephen Ministry at UMMBC – for prayer and discernment as the ministry prepares to offer a Divorce Care program.
  • Rick & Kay Warren and family (Purpose Driven Life Author & Pastor of Saddleback Church) – as they lost their youngest son to suicide.
  • Debbie Shannon – for continued prayers for her health.
  • Angela Dearman – for healing her of cancer and help her with the pain as she endures chemotherapy.
  • Chad Kirkendall – for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill Cook– for positive results from his recent exam and a job offer.
  • Matthew Blyther – for healing of a skin condition.
  • Altie Anderson (my sister-in-law) – released from the hospital on Saturday.
  • Verschello Nelson and her boys who joined the church (UMMBC) recently. Her husband died suddenly at their home on March 15th. Please keep them in prayer.
  • Pray for Nigel Alston – that he be led by the Spirit in his first Stephen Ministry match.
  • Tonya C. – for healing for surgery
  • Cleveland B, Debra Miller’s mother, Ellen and James Miles, Eddie Henderson, and Solomon Harry.
  • Jessica Smith (her mother) – pray for her strength in caring for her mother, for her mother’s well-being and care in assisted living, and peace of mind.
The Benediction in pictures
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

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Prayer is . . .

Prayer is the outgrowth of both silence and solitude.
In silence we let go of our manipulative control.
In solitude we face up to what we are in the depths of our being.
Prayer then becomes the offering of what we are to God:
the giving of that broken, unclean, grasping, manipulative self to God
for the work of God’s grace in our lives

Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Never let anything so fill your heart with grief 
that you forget the joy of the risen Lord.
 
Mother Teresa
 
As the Spirit of God guides you (while you are at the altar) please hold the following reminders, celebrations and concerns in your prayers:
  • Please pray for those in need of prayer and not included specifically on this list.
  • Please pray for everyone who takes the time to pray for, and consider the needs of, others (it is appreciated and it does make a difference!).
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Thanks (Praise Reports):
  • Dale Carnegie Class graduation last week and for the graduate coaches who made a difference.
  • Sermon by Rev. Prince Rivers yesterday: God Is Not Finished Yet
  • Kelliann Miranda-Baltimore – for her husband who was in an accident which caused brain damage and is now making progress.
  • Lenten Prayer Walk captured in pictures.
  • Congratulations to Skip Foreman and Jeri Young, who were married two weeks ago.
  • Speaker at a training session for A Formal Affair Limousine Service yesterday.
Please Pray For:
  • The Stephen Ministry at UMMBC – for prayer and discernment as the ministry prepares to offer a Divorce Care program.
  • Rick & Kay Warren and family (Purpose Driven Life Author & Pastor of Saddleback Church) – as they lost their youngest son to suicide this weekend.
  • Deneen Hulbert and family – her brother (Darryl Rucker) who was in hospice in Winston-Salem died. His service was last week.
  • Debbie Shannon – for continued prayers for her health.
  • Angela Dearman – for healing her of cancer and help her with the pain as she endures chemotherapy.
  • Chad Kirkendall – for healing from a cancerous tumor on his hip.
  • Bill Cook– for confidence as he prepares for his exam.
  • The family of Peggy Knox – may she RIP. Peggy died last week and had a beautiful memorial service on Saturday.
  • Matthew Blyther – for healing of a skin condition.
  • Altie Anderson (my sister-in-law) – is in the hospital for various tests after a recent blood clot.
  • Verschello Nelson and her boys who joined the church (UMMBC) recently. Her husband died suddenly at their home on March 15th. Please keep them in prayer.
  • Pray for Nigel Alston – that he be led by the Spirit in his first Stephen Ministry match.
The Benediction in pictures
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!