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Lois did our lesson this week, and requested that we listen to this hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul."
Horatio G. Spafford wrote the text to this hymn. His son only son died of pneumonia. He then lost everything in the Chicago fire of 1871. He planned to travel with his wife and four daughters back to England. However, Spafford was detained with business at the last minute, and his family traveled without him. The ship they were on sank, killing all four of his daughters. When his wife reached Cardiff, Wales, Mrs. Spafford sent a telegram to her husband: "Saved Alone."
Spafford immediately went to join her. The words were said to be written as he approached the area of the ocean where the ship carrying his daughters sank.
When we met together in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take some time to think about the last week. Who might you pray for? What prayer requests do you have? If you have any that you would like to share, you can add them as a comment below. When you are ready, pray the prayer below, including any prayer requests we may have.
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Today is the first Sunday in Lent.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments. This is a time when our church is beginning to think about searching for a new pastor. It is a challenging and exciting time, but as we pray about finding the right pastor for the future, we should remember that we are all coworkers with Christ and with each other in sharing the gospel right now.
The prayer below may serve to guide us in our opening prayer. It is from the Vanderbilt University website.
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CHURCH JOYS AND CONCERNS
Birthdays: Gabriel Molla, Butch Ward, Bruce Burnfield, James O’Hara, Bryan Miles, Savannah Hathaway, Gavin Hathaway
Anniversary: Dana and Billie Wilson
Congratulations to Don and Karen Hanes on a new Grandson, Cash Michael Posey born on 2/8/21.
Lenten Bible Study: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament
Biblical laments are prayers that can be spoken, sung, painted, or communicated in some other way to God. Lament is a response to a momentous occasion of grief over which we have no control. For Lent this year, we will have a weekly online Bible study centering on prayers of lament, based on the current Horizons Bible Study, Into the Light. Each Wednesday of Lent, starting on February 17, a new lesson will be posted online to the same page that has our Sunday School lessons and worship services. This will be available throughout the day. These will include scripture passages, a lesson, and an opportunity to practice lament. You may share your laments, as you choose. If you have questions, please contact Nellie Baker or Christine Welling.
We added Cody Clifford (Lois Miller’s grandson) to our prayer list this week. He was taken by ambulance from the pediatrician’s office to Children’s Hospital with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Please pray for Cody and his family as they learn to live with this new diagnosis.
Doug Ward’s infection in his knee is clear doctor wants to wait until May 6th to do a total knee replacement.
Roma Grose is home recuperating from her hip replacement.
John West’s gallbladder surgery went well.
Ed Horne is recuperating from back surgery, please pray this will take care of the pain he has been experiencing in his legs.
Remember our continuing prayer list.
Roma Grose, Ruth Hampe, Susan Schively, Jimmy Davis, Judy Donaldson, Margo Johnson, Melissa Pedigo, Aaron Blake, Lisa Phillips, Mickey Gubitti, Chip Rogers, Dixie Avoila, Dennis McWreath, Chuck Warlow, Chuck Dicks, Randy Moore, Margaret Knabenshue, Janet Schively, Mary Ann Durila, Patty Nagey, Dr. Craig Fox, Karen Eisiminger, Kelley Gump, Mary Ann McFeeley, Ed Horne, Donna West, June and Keith McGill, Dianna Donaldson, Chuck Montecello, Glenn Miles, Dave Cummings, Doug Ward, Mark Knabenshue, Rick McFeeley, Deron Wood, Susan Alberti, Bryan Dunn, Dana Wilson, Marge McWreath, Tim Knabenshue, Jack Burnfield, Debbie Rugg, Joyce Pastorchalk, Reba Flowers and Jackson Corwin (3 years old).
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns together. Consider your past week, and what joys and concerns you have. These might be for yourself, for someone else, or for a community. If you would like, you can share these in the comments so that we can all pray. The God of the universe invites us to talk with Him at anytime and anywhere about anything and everything (source). When you are ready, pray this prayer below (fromhere), including your requests and those that have been shared.
We're so happy you've joined us today!
When we were able to meet in person, we shared our joys and concerns together. Take a few minutes to consider the past week, and what joys or concerns you have. These could be for yourself, a loved one, our community, our country or our world. Feel free to share any of these in the comments if you would like us all to pray for this as well. When you are ready, use the prayer below (from this website):
We're so glad you've joined us today!
When we met in person, we shared our joys and concerns together. Take some time to think on the past week. What were you thankful for? What brought you joy? What is worrying you? If you would like, you can share any of these things in the comments below, and we can all pray for them. When you are ready, you can pray the prayer below (from here), and include your own prayers as well.
We're so glad that you are joining us today!
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments. This is a time of great division in our nation, and all Christians can certainly pray for more love and unity, that we might be an example to others.
If you need a prayer to focus your thoughts and to prepare your mind for the lesson ahead, you can use the one below. It is from a study on the Gospel of John by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson.
We're so happy you've joined us for Sunday School today!
It has been a little over ten months since we have met together for Sunday School. It seems like such a long time! When we met in person, we shared our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time this morning to think about what prayer requests you may have. If you would like, you can share them in the comments so that we can all pray.
Today's devotional reading is Psalm 103:1-14. I thought we could use that to build our prayer on. When you are ready, use the prayer below as a guide.
We're so happy you've joined us today!
When we met together in person, we shared our joys and concerns with each other. Consider the past week. We certainly have a lot to pray for! If you have joys or concerns you would like to share, please feel free to put them in the comments so that everyone can also pray for your concern.
When you are ready, use the prayer below to begin. It is drawn from the St. Augustine's Confessions.
Happy New Year!
Epiphany, the end of the Christmas season in the church, is this Wednesday. According to the Presbyterian Mission Agency:
"Epiphany is the celebration of God’s manifestation or self-revelation to the world in Jesus Christ. In particular, we celebrate the revelation of God’s promise and purpose to the nations of the world, as the magi came from the East to worship to the Christ child, and God’s covenant of grace is extended to all who believe the good news of Christ Jesus. The symbolism of light is important: not only because of the star that guided the magi, but as it relates to the bright dawning of God’s self-revelation in Christ."
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns together. Take a moment to consider your past week, especially as we have started a new year. What joys and concerns do you have? Who do you need to pray for? Feel free to share your prayer requests with us in the comments. When you are ready, pray the prayer below:
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas this year, even if it looked a little different that most years. If you did not yet see this year's Christmas Program, you can click here to see it.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take some time to think about your past week. Most notably it included the celebration of Christmas, which may have been much different this year than in years past.
Did you find any unexpected joys in the differences? Perhaps you had new insights into the core meaning of Jesus’s birth, free from all the trappings of modern Christmas celebrations. Or maybe you are mourning the season without so many traditions that have brought you comfort and joy in the past. Or maybe you have needs and concern of a whole different kind. You can share these in the comments if you would like. Then pray the prayer below, which is by the Rev. Susan A. Blain and is posted on the United Church of Christ website.
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