Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Prayer is shaped by Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Our knowledge, our needs, our feelings are taken seriously, but they are not foundational.

God, revealed in the Scriptures that we read and meditate upon and in Jesus whom we address,

gives both form and content to our prayers.

In prayer we are most ourselves; it is the one act in which we can, must, be totally ourselves.

But it is also the act in which we move beyond ourselves.

In that ‘move beyond’ we come to be formed and defined

not by the sum total of our experiences but by the Father, Son, and Spirit to whom and by whom we pray.

 

Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book

 

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):
 
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – 13–week program starts 9/16. Interested participants can register now
  • Great message from Minister of Discipleship, Rev. Tasha Gibson, yesterday at UMMBC
  • Livingstone College W-S Alumni Chapter organized
  • Lunch with a former co-worker at GMACI and brother from a different mother – Rick Pierce
  • ECHO strategy planning sessions last week with a great group of board members
  • Meeting with Margaret Elliott of Crisis Control Ministries to prepare for 40th anniversary on 11/3
  • Friends (and others) who are supporting (through donations) the equipment needs of the Carver High School Band ($400 so far)
  • Tomi Richard  (for her husband Ira) who is now home from the hospital
  • March on Washington 50years ago and MLK Speech – how it became popular  
  • Jeerry McLeese and his work with Compassionate Winson-Salem
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • Rick Pierce (for his friend Mike Byrd)  – he continues to struggle in ICU with respiratory problems following lung surgery.
  • Pray for the homeless and those serving them – Feeding homeless apparently illegal in Raleigh
  • Louis and Vanessa Smith (for their son Dwayne) – he cancer has returned. They ask for Prayer Warriors and Intercessors standing in the gap to intercede and to thank God for the Healing of their son.
  • Carver High School Band – that they receive enough donations and support to purchase new instruments.
  • The Littlejohn Family (Tony Littlejohn a nephew) – he died early Sunday morning of a heart attack (53 years old)
  • Peyton Hairston – in Whitaker Care
  • The crisis in Egypt – pray for a resolution and for the people who have lost loved ones in the violence.
  • The people of Syria and the ongoing crisis
  • Marilyn Odom – for healing
  • Bill Hinman – for his son-in-law who had recent surgery for brain cancer and their families.
  • 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.
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
  • Students returning to school and those going off to college for the first time (and their parents).

The Benediction in pictures: 

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

…when it comes to prayer, it seems that we do more asking then hoping.

This is not surprising, since we pray mostly when very specific and often momentary circumstances ask for it.

When there is war, we pray for peace;

when there is drought, we pray for rain;

when we go on vacation, we pray for nice weather;

when a test is coming, we pray that we’ll pass;

when friends are sick, we pray that they will get well;

and when they die, we pray for their eternal rest.

Our prayer emerges in the midst of our lives and is interwoven with everything else which busies our day.

Whatever fills the heart is what the mouth pours forth.

This is also true of prayer.  

 

Henri Nouwen, With Open Hands

 

 

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):
 
  • DivorceCare Ministry at UMMBC – 13–week program starts 9/16
  • 3-day Dale Carnegie Seminar graduates from S.C., N.C. And Tenn.
  • Bonnie and Bobby Henderson – on the birth of their granddaughter (Isabella) last week.
  • Wali Alston – my nephew on his birthday last week.
  • Sermon Highlights from the last in a series of sermons on “Knowing God” by Rev. Prince R. Rivers. Sermon yesterday: The God Who Keeps Promises.
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • Pastor B.R. Ali – pray for his sons Ian Rasheed Ali and Terrell Rasheed Salaam.
  • Carver High School Band – that they receive donations and support to purchase new instruments.
  • Missy Wheeler (my niece) – who lost her significant other (Donald Montgomery) last week. He died in his sleep (45 years old) – apparent heart attack.
  • Tomi Richard  pray for her husband (Ira) who has had surgery recently (just out of ICU) and her decision to close her business to care for him.
  • James and Ellen Miles – for healing.
  • Peyton Hairston – in Whitaker Care
  • The crisis in Egypt  pray for a resolution and for the families who have lost family, friends and loved ones in the violence.
  • Keith Phillips – a scare this weekend (possibly malaria) – will not know for sure until later today. Continued prayers for him and Kim.
  • Carlton Ray – for continued healing and relief from his most recent back surgery.
  • Marilyn Odom – for healing
  • Bill Hinman – for his son-in-law who had recent surgery for brain cancer and their families.
  • 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.
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work.
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges.
  • Students returning to school and those going off to college for the first time (and their parents).

 

The Benediction in pictures: 

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new,and yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—and that it may take a very long time…Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that His hand is leading you,

and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
 
— Teilhard de Chardin
 
 
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):
 
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • Claudette Weston – continue to pray for the Holder family, especially, Nancy Holder. Her husband, Jim Holder(86), died recently. They were married for 65 years.
  • James and Ellen Miles – for healing.
  • Carlton Ray – for continued healing and relief from his most recent back surgery.
  • Marilyn Odom – for healing
  • Bill Hinman – for his son-in-law who had recent surgery for brain cancer and their families.
  • Mary Tyler (Vaughn) – asks for prayer for her brother (a diabetic) who is in the hospital with ulcers on his feet.
  • 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 – Please continue to pray for Cynthia and for her husband Roger.
  • Bill Cook’s mother – and their family as she faces a recent health challenge
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work
  • Wenna Phelps – for her sister (Sheila James) who is facing health challenges
  • Students returning to school and those going off to college for the first time (and their parents)

The Benediction in pictures: 

  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots

If you are praying . . .

Apart from the requirement that we be authentic before God, there is no prescribed way to pray.
Each of us presents a unique mix personality, outlook, training, gifts, and weaknesses, as well as a unique history with church and with God.

As Roberta Bondi says, “If you are praying, you are already ‘doing it right.’”

~Philip Yancey, Prayer~

Please Pray . . . And Give Thanks

Apart from the requirement that we be authentic before God, there is no prescribed way to pray.

Each of us presents a unique mix personality, outlook, training, gifts, and weaknesses,

as well as a unique history with church and with God.

As Roberta Bondi says, “If you are praying, you are already ‘doing it right.’”

 

~Philip Yancey, Prayer~

 
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):
  • NBTF was outstanding last week. Thanks go out to everyone who made it happen and all the wonderful people who volunteered and those who attend a multitude of daily events.
  • Thanks for the life and work of Julius Chambers
  • UMMBC summer intern – D’Najah Pendergrass – whose time with us has ended. Now back to Duke Divinity School.
 
  • Georgia R. – for emotional healing.
  • Claudette Weston – pray for the Holder family, especially, Nancy Holder. Her husband, Jim Holder, died last week. He was 86 years old and they were married for 65 years.
  • Dotty Reinhardt-Alspaugh – I would like to put a prayer request in for positive support for the Israeli/Palestinian Peace talks which we have heard about in the news today.  I have such positive feelings about this from some kind of innate “knowing”.  If there were peace and justice there, what an effect it would have for the world!
  • James and Ellen Miles – for healing.
  • Carlton Ray – for continued healing and relief from his most recent back surgery.
  • Marilyn Odom – for healing
  • Bill Hinman – for his son-in-law who had recent surgery for brain cancer and their families. They have a five-month old baby and the prognosis is not good..
  • Mary Tyler (Vaughn) – asks for prayer for her brother (a diabetic) who is in the hospital with ulcers on his feet.
  • 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 – Please continue to pray for Cynthia and for her husband Roger.
  • Bill Cook’s mother – and their family as she faces a recent health challenge
  • Bill Yates – pray for pain management and a new procedure that hopefully will work

 

The Benediction in pictures:
 
  • Make it a great day
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Look for the bright spots