A PERSONAL PRAYER
Wow, you were so present in that worship service this week at our United Methodist Annual Conference. I could feel you warm my soul and lift my heart. I felt connected to those around me. A packed house full of brothers and sisters in Christ, singing loudly and enthusiastically the hymns of the church. Great preaching, challenging us to be servants. I was motivated. Is that who you are, Holy Spirit? A really strong motivational force in our lives? A good feeling all over, convincing me of your presence? I confess that sometimes I reduce you to something as simple as a strong emotion. Forgive me.
God, At the moment of creation, you breathed into Adam and Eve the breath of life. That same way, on the Day of Pentecost, you breathed into the church the Holy Spirit, that we might come alive. Everything was different from then on. The Spirit’s arrival brought a rush of joy and peace, but what made the Spirit real was the outcome, the transformation that happened in the lives of the disciples and those they touched. It was you, Holy Spirit, who gave the church the courage to speak the good news aloud. It was you, Holy Spirit, who worked through the disciples to bring healing to the hurting and love to the lonely. It was you, Holy Spirit, who gave the disciples the perseverance to keep on keeping on. You are so much more than a good feeling. You are power.
Come, Holy Spirit, and use me. You are changing the world with your power. Let me be a part of it.
SOME THOUGHTS TO SHARE
Go online here and see information about our upcoming five year plan, changes to our governance structure, and proposed renovations to the Fellowship Hall. A church conference is planned to vote on these on June 25 at 6:00 p.m., and we would love to have you present.
I hope you will be in prayer for Vacation Bible School, which begins on Monday. It is going to be a marvelous week for all involved. We have over 600 children, 200 youth helpers (wow), and 140 adult workers involved in this effort, with a theme of Super Heroes. The five daily hero themes are: God’s heroes have heart, courage, wisdom, hope and power. Lots of new children, youth, and adult workers this year. Awesome!
Sunday, June 4
Let us not associate stability with stagnation. Let us be thankful for the calm moments in our lives. Let us appreciate all of the good things God has put in our path. Amen.
Monday, June 5
Dear God, we pray for those feeling alone and lost. We especially pray for our youth and the communities that surround them. We pray for personal communication to increase so our youth would receive our counsel. Help us to break the silence and connect with those who are struggling to find their way. Amen.
Tuesday, June 6
Dear God, we pray for those seeking new employment opportunities. Let these people know they are important. Give them self-worth and guidance. Amen.
Wednesday, June 7
Thank you God for our whole world. Thank you God for hospitals, firefighters, and the army. Thank you God for all helping people and vehicles. Amen. -Jack (age 5)
Thursday, June 8
God, we pray for peace, understanding, and love. God allow us to feel what others are feeling with empathy, and we ask for your help with our own peace and renewal. Bless us all. Amen.
Friday, June 9
O God, we pray for strength and courage for the weak. Guide us as we approach the day’s challenges and look for your opportunities to love others. Amen.
Saturday, June 10
Almighty, heavenly Father, may you bless us with loving families and good sustainable jobs. We ask you, Lord, for peace of mind and for peace in our country. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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