September 25, 2016
This Sunday, we studied the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ response to his friends’ request that he teach them how to pray.
This week, spend some time integrating the Lord’s Prayer into your prayer life. Here’s the prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4, along with some prompts to guide your prayer time:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
- “Our Father” implies we are a part of God’s family…consider what this means and thank Him.
- “Hallowed” means greatly revered and respected…spend some time contemplating who God is and what he means to you.
- Pray for God’s kingdom and will to come in your life, church and community.
- Pray for provision for your needs and the needs of those around you.
- Search your heart to confess any sins in your life and receive God’s forgiveness.
- Think through the temptations you face in life and ask God to guide and protect you.
September 18, 2016
Prayer: A conversation with God.
It seems simple enough. However in reality we find it hard to slow down and quiet our scattered, distracted selves enough to find the time each day to connect with God in this powerful and life-changing way. But we are not alone. When Jesus’ disciples watched him spend time in prayer, they saw something they wanted for themselves. So they asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1)
In our new teaching series, we will not only study what the Bible has to say about prayer, we will also teach skills to help each of us get better at speaking and listening to God in prayer. Along with focusing on how to pray, we will devote time to pray together as a church.
This Sunday, Sept. 4th, don’t miss out on our Family Reunion Labor Day Weekend Picnic! We’ll be meeting in the playground at our typical Sunday morning meeting space, 4862 Broadway (The Muscota School). There will be food, games and fun for all! Hope to see you there.
PS – If you are in an Everyday group, check with your group leader to find out what you can bring to share at the picnic. If you are not in an Everyday group, you’re invited to bring a side dish to share!