A PERSONAL PRAYER
God, sometimes, when I think about the future, I get anxious. I have worries about kids and grandkids. I fret about stuff at work. I have fears about health. I worry about money and have anxiety about our country and our world. I know those fears are natural and very human, but I don’t think the attitude of the Christian toward the future should be fear. I know that you are at work all around me, and your kingdom is growing and emerging whether I see it or not. And as Paul says in Romans, if God is for me, who can be against me? So instead of being afraid, God, today I choose to be hopeful. I choose to be excited about whatever you have in store for me in the days ahead. I will lean into each day with expectancy, and welcome each season of my life when it comes. And when I reach my very last day and take my last breath, I will lean into whatever you have in store for me next. All my hope is in you. Amen
SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE
You are invited to be a part of a dinner on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall to support St. Luke’s Christmas Offering for Amazing Place, a faith-based ministry whose mission is to empower lives disrupted by dementia (https://www.amazingplacehouston.org) You can RSVP here. To donate to the Christmas Offering click www.stlukesmethodist.org/ChristmasOffering.
Parents won’t want to miss a presentation next Sunday, Nov. 17, by Crystal Collier, addiction expert, called Technology: The Reshaping of Our Children’s Brains. Screen time affects mood, learning, memory, sleep, and relationships. Invite a friend to come with you next Sunday from 4-5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.
This Sunday, we continue our sermon series called “Next?” In this series, we are looking together at three questions that deal with how Christians view the future. Last week, we asked, “what happens when we die?” This week, we ask “how can I stay hopeful?” in a sermon called “Tomorrow.”
If you have not had the opportunity to make a commitment to our “Giving with Gratitude” generosity campaign to support the ministries of St. Luke’s for 2020, you can do so here.
Did you miss last week’s message, “Heaven” on November 3? Watch it here.
Sunday, November 10
Heavenly Father, thank you for always hearing our prayers and caring about what is on our hearts. Thank you, God, for always having a plan that is in our best interest. Please continue to grow us in our prayer life through honest prayers of confession and heartfelt petitions. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
Monday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day
Heavenly Father, today we honor the veterans of our country. We give thanks for their willingness to stand up and protect us. We pray for the families of those who laid down their lives to serve our country, and we pray for healing for those who have been wounded while serving. Please bless our veterans and their families. Amen.
Tuesday, November 12
Heavenly Father, thank you for this day and the opportunities it provides us to bring peace and love into the world. Please help me to take notice of your works and your Spirit today and every day. Please fill me up with your Holy Spirit so that I might be a vessel of your love to the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Wednesday, November 13
Heavenly Father, we pray for our loved ones who are suffering from addictions. Please guide them to people and places where they can receive help. Please care for them and help them to know that they are loved. Give them strength and hope. Amen.
Thursday, November 14
O Father in Heaven, you are amazing. Your love has no bounds. Let us sing your praises daily and be faithful witnesses to your word. Amen.
Friday, November 15
Lord, thank you for this Church, its leaders, and the congregation. We pray that you will guide us to the next step in our spiritual journey. Place it on our hearts to speak boldly about you. We also pray for those who are looking to become more involved in this church community by joining a small group. Amen.
Saturday, November 16
Heavenly Father, we pray for those who are without a home. We pray that you would provide for their needs and open doors to a place that they can call home. We pray that you would work through us to bring them into your community of faith. Amen.