As a spiritual community, it is our deepest intention to be authentically present to one another, especially in times of challenge and times of joy. One way we do this is by pausing in the Sunday service to listen to the personal milestones in each other’s lives.
During this time in the service, you are encouraged to share you joys and concerns with the congregation. These are recorded and the Prayer Team prays for these during the week. Of course, we all are encouraged to include these in our daily prayer also.
Sometimes people may be reluctant to share. Perhaps they are uncomfortable speaking in front of a group of people, or perhaps they feel that their comments are not meaningful enough. Know that nothing is insignificant to God. And know that we, your church family, want to share in your good and your bad times by raising prayer on your behalf to the Lord.
If, for any reason, you do not wish to speak your thoughts to the congregation, please write it down and give it to Pastor Dale or me before the service (or hand it to me during this part in the service). You don’t have to put your name on the paper, if you do not wish to.
After both Sunday services, I collect all of the joys and concerns and send them out to the Prayer Team. I have been blessed with the help of Karen McClelland at the first service. Karen has faithfully recorded all of the joys and concerns – or in her absence has arranged for someone else to do so. She then forwards these on to me. I put these together with those collected from the second service. Then, they are emailed to the team.
I would like to tell you of two concerns that I have. One is that I feel that there are many who do not share their joys and concerns with the church. I encourage those of you to prayerfully consider:
- First: Share your thoughts with God. He wants you to share your thoughts, concern joys and feeling with Him.
- Secondly: Consider that by sharing with your church family, it may be that you are helping others also.
Additionally, others may be experiencing like situations; knowing that one is not alone can often help one to cope. And, the thoughts and prayers of others can be very helpful and encouraging to you also.
My second concern is that I don’t have someone like Karen at the second service to record the joys and concerns. I have been attempting to write them down as I move throughout the church during the joys and concerns time; but find it increasingly difficult to do two things at one time. My request is that you will do this for me on an ongoing basis. I need someone to record the joys and concerns, give them to me (either by e-mail or in written form after the service). This person would also arrange with someone to do this if they are not able to attend service. Please let me, or Pastor Dale, know of your willingness to do this.
Jeanette Matthews, Prayer Team