Be confident and trust in the Lord . . .

Why should I spend an hour in prayer when I do nothing during that time

but think about people I am angry with, people who are angry with me, books I should read…

and thousands of other silly things that happen to grab my mind for a moment?

Why? Because God is greater than my mind and my heart, and what is really happening in the house of prayer

is not measurable in terms of human success and failure.

If for no other reason, I must spend time at prayer simply as an act of faithfulness.

If I believe that the first commandment is to love God with my whole heart and mind and soul,

then I should at least be able to spend an one hour a day with nobody but God.

Whether it is helpful, useful, practical, or fruitful is completely irrelevant.

The only reason to love is love itself. Everything else is secondary.

The remarkable thing, however, is that sitting in the presence of God for one hour each morning—

day after day, week after week, and month after month, in total confusion and with a myriad of distractions—radically changes my life.

God, who loves me so much that he sent his only Son not to condemn me but to save me,

does not leave me waiting in the dark too long.

I might think that each hour is useless, but after thirty or sixty or ninety such useless hours,

I gradually come to realize that I have not been as alone as I might have thought;

a very small, gentle voice has been speaking to me far beyond my noisy places.

So: “Be confident and trust in the Lord.”

~~Henri Nouwen, The Primacy of the Heart ~~

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Here’s what I want you to do:

Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.

Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.

 

~~Matthew 6:6 MSG~~

 
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.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • Chandra Irvin – congrats on your initial sermon!
  • Carolyn Anderson – she is improving and out of the hospital
  • Speaker for St. Peters World Outreach Center Summer Youth Camp – great time with elementary and middle school students
  • Facilitating a session with a law firm to develop mission, values and vision statements
  • Speaker for Greensboro Kiwanis Club Clergy Appreciation luncheon
  • A great time at the Uptown Charlotte Jazzfest last weekend
  • Happy Birthday to my father, Eldridge D. Alston (85 years old) 
Please Pray For:
  • A Church leader – for discernment, healing and wisdom
  • Rudy Boone (his wife Renee) – she is having reconstructive surgery after a battle with breast cancer
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices. Please keep her in prayer indefinitely as she needs guidance and the wisdom to accept it.
  • Cynthia Butler – she had hip surgery recently resulting in severe insomnia. Please pray for Cynthia and for her husband Roger, who is doing all he can to help her manage the situation. 
  • The family of a former WSFC student (basketball player) – Celeste Burgess, age 14 – who died in an automobile accident 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 is the most intimate activity I can share with God,

the utmost in self-revelation,

the place where I can bare my heart and soul before Him.

In prayer I am made vulnerable to God,

my truest self is revealed,

and I find the promise that God is transforming this ragamuffin into royalty—

a son of the King

 

Terry Glaspey

 
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.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
 
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
 
  • Father’s Day speaker at St. Paul UMC in Kernersville, N.C. yesterday. Great service, good people and spirited service with Rev. Oscar Pilson.
  • Livingstone College W-S alumni gathering last week – a good start to reviving the local chapter.
  • Stephen Leader/ Stephen Minister commissioning service yesterday at UMMBC. Congratulations to Chris, Crystal and Cornelious.
  • Mellisa Wheeler – dinner celebrating her victory over breast cancer last weekend and the people who shared it with her.
  • My week at the US War College – conversation can change the world
  • Happy Father’s Day – to all men who make a difference whether you are a father or not
 
Please Pray For:
 
  • John Martin – on the death of his sister last week
  • Chandra Irvin – She will be delivering her initial sermon on Friday, June 21 at 7:00 at St. Stephen Church, in Louisville KY. Please be in prayer that above all she will hear and honor God.
  • Harold Thompson – scheduled for knee replacement surgery on Thursday, June 20th.
  • A Church leader – for discernment, healing and wisdom
  • David and Ronda Plummer – for their Uncle who suffered a massive stroke recently
  • Mr. Ervin Phillips and William Shouse – both patients at Forsyth Hospital
  • Rudy Boone (his wife Renee) – she is having reconstructive surgery after a battle with breast cancer
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing
  • Celina Bailey – for sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices. Please keep her in prayer indefinitely as she needs guidance and the wisdom to accept it.
  • Carolyn Anderson – recently hospitalized in CICU
  • The family of James Edward Jeter – a college classmate and fraternity brother who died last week. His service is today.
 
The Benediction in pictures:
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!

God first loved us . . .

You have first loved us, O God, alas.

We speak of it in terms of history, as if you have only loved us first but a single time,

rather than that without ceasing you have loved us first many times and every day and our whole life through.

When we wake up in the morning and turn our soul to you…You are the first…You have loved us first;

if I rise at dawn and at the same time turn my soul towards you in prayer, You are there ahead of me;

You have loved me first.

When I withdraw from the distractions of the day and turn my soul in thoughts towards You, you are the first and thus forever.

And yet we always speak ungratefully as if You have loved us first only once.

~~Soren Kierkegaard ~~

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Prayer is the most intimate activity I can share with God,

the utmost in self-revelation,

the place where I can bare my heart and soul before Him.

In prayer I am made vulnerable to God,

my truest self is revealed,

and I find the promise that God is transforming this ragamuffin into royalty—

a son of the King

Terry Glaspey

 

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.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.

Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):

  • The outstanding men and women of the armed forces I met this week at the US Army War College 59th National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa.
  • Dale Carnegie Immersion 3-Day class this week
  • Tour of the Gettysburg Battle Field (outstanding experience)
  • Col. Samuel Mowery (Marines) – my National Security Seminar Sponsor this week
  • Yasmeen Alston – 20th birthday – I hope you have many more.
  • Rev. Prince R. Rivers sermon yesterday: Hope When There is no Hope
  • Rev. Tony Hines – happy birthday

Please Pray For:

  • Eric Wood (for his stepfather) – hospice has been called, and for his mother who has been his faithful caregiver
  • John Martin – on the death of his sister
  • A Church leader – for discernment, healing and wisdom
  • Father’s Day speaker at St. Paul UMC in Kernersville on Sunday
  • Claudette Weston – Please pray for Jack Ronan and his family…He is a 17-year old in UNC Hospital.
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni gathering (reviving the alumni chapter) this week
  • The family of Leonard Staten – a longtime family friend who died this weekend
  • Rudy Boone (his wife Renee) – she is having reconstructive surgery after a battle with breast cancer
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing
  • Celina Bailey – For sanity, maturity and peace as she struggles with making good life choices. Please keep her in prayer indefinitely.  She desperately needs guidance and the wisdom to accept it.

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

To pray is nothing more involved than to lie in the sunshine of His grace,
to expose our distress of body and soul to those healing rays
which can in a wonderful way counteract and render ineffective the bacteria of sin. 
To be a man or woman of prayer is to take this sun-cure, to give Jesus, with His wonder-working power,
access to our distress day and night. 
To be a Christian is in truth to have gained a place in the sun! 
 
from Prayer by O. Hallesby
 
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.
  • Submit your prayer requests for the eLectronic cHurch to join with, and for, you (and others) in prayer.
Give Thanks For (Praise Reports):
  • Participated in a clearness committee – powerful process through questions, reflection and discernment.
  • Happy Birthday to my wife (Sarah) last Thursday, May 30
  • Winston-Salem Center for Education and the Arts (WSCEA) – open house last week to continue to raise funds
  • Social capital building and networking with several people last week
  • Phi Delta Kappa Breakfast honoring educators and community leaders
  • Attending the US Army War College 59th National Security Seminar in Carlisle, Pa.

Please Pray For:

  • Eric Wood (for his stepfather) – hospice has been called, and for his mother who has been his faithful caregiver
  • Debbie Shannon – for continued prayers for her health.
  • Tonya C. – for healing for surgery.
  • John Carter – for his mother who has dementia, and his brother ho died last Monday from pancreatic cancer.
  • Claudette Weston – Please pray for Jack Ronan and his family…He is a 17-year old in UNC Hospital.
  • Families in Oklahoma impacted by the tornado and those in Texas impacted by recent floods
  • Pastor Bryant Ali – The inner cities violence & killings. Father, please give strength and healing to the numerous families who have lost family members & the victims who have been injured, killed & maimed by the violence in our inner city communities.
The Benediction in pictures:
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots
Let the eLectronic cHurch say Amen!