“But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” Luke 15: 32. God’s grace is bigger than our imagination. God’s mercy is wider than the sea. Soak in the grace and mercy of God whose love is encompassing.
“Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.’” Luke 15: 31. Consider that we have sometimes taken for granted God, and we have gotten comfortable. God is giving us all that God has! Pray for a heart to receive God’s generosity and a spirit to respond.
“But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” Luke 15: 30. The cry of the indignant can cloud our vision to love and compassion. The cry of unrighteous rage can keep us from seeing God’s movement. What anger do you need to let go of today?
“But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.’” Luke 15: 27-29. Where do you find yourself in the voice of the older brother as he expresses frustration as the father showers love on the prodigal son? Where is God inviting you ask for forgiveness and welcome the prodigal back yourself?
“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on.” Luke 15: 25-26. Consider that sibling rivalry is recorded in the biblical witness. Many of us are familiar with the concept. Pray for siblings as they compare themselves to one another. May a spirit of cooperation be known in the families.
“Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons.’” Luke 15: 11. Pray for parents who are raising children. May they be filled with wisdom and humility to raise godly children who seek a path of curiosity and dependence on God’s ways.
“Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.” Luke 15: 1. Jesus was first and foremost a teacher. People came to hear him. Listen to the stories of Jesus. Parables are invitations into God’s sacred future that we are supposed to make happen.
“But strive for the greater gifts.” 1 Corinthians 12: 32. God does not call God’s people to get by with mediocrity. But rather, we are called for excellence, so that the glory of God might shine through us. Strive for the greater gifts!
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12: 27. Christ has no hands, but your hands; no feet, but your feet, and no heart, but your heart. You are a part of the body of Christ.
“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26. Pray for your brothers and sisters who hurt and celebrate with those who rejoice. May you know the fullness of sorrow and reaches of joy as you are surrounded in community.
“On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,” 1 Corinthians 12:22. Consider that those we have called ‘the least of these’ are needed and valuable, vital and essential. The least, the last, and the lost all have faces, addresses, and family. Pray for the transforming of your mind.
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?” 1 Corinthians 12: 17. We need one another. No one part can make it without the other parts. In your wisdom, find humility to depend on, even those you find least desirable.
“For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13. Where is God calling you to find commonalities within the Spirit? Where can you find common ground with your brothers and sisters?
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12: 12. Pray for the body of Christ. We are made up of many different parts held together by the connective fiber of Jesus. Pray for the wisdom and perseverance of the body of Christ.
31-10-2019: October 31, 2019
Pray for children, youth, and our neighbors who will trick or treat tonight. May God’s presence of kindness and goodness be known as neighbors gather.
30-10-2019: October 30, 2019
Lift up those serving in the armed forces for safety, wisdom, and peace.
29-10-2019: October 29, 2019
Thank God for Maira Teña, our Nursery Attendant, who loves and cares for the youngest of our children.
28-10-2019: October 28, 2019
Pray for our youth as they find a strong foundation in faith to raise questions, concerns, and joy.
27-10-2019: October 27, 2019
Trunk or Treat is 3-5pm today. Lift up our community and our children as we gather in joy!
26-10-2019: October 26, 2019
Praise God who is abundantly generous! Pray for a generous heart to tithe and give financially.
25-10-2019: October 25, 2019
Pray for Donna Fackler, our Church Administrator, who supports and undergirds all the ministries through the office.
24-10-2019: October 24, 2019
May God bless Betsy Smith, our Music Director as she leads traditional and contemporary music.
23-10-2019: October 23, 2019
Lift up in prayer those who are homebound.
22-10-2019: October 22, 2019
Thank God for all God’s people. Pray for how God is asking you to spend time with someone different than yourself.
21-10-2019: October 21, 2019
Give thanks to God for Sandy Deckard, our bells director.
20-10-2019: October 20, 2019
As Family Promise begins, lift up the families who are temporarily homeless.
19-10-2019: October 19, 2019
Lift up our Consignment Sale and our preschool. May our children know God’s love.
18-10-2019: October 18, 2019
Thank God for clergy during clergy appreciation month. Pray for Pastor Monica and Pastor Jim.
17-10-2019: October 17, 2019
Generosity shapes in God’s image. Abundance reminds us that God is always caring well. Pray to live in generosity and abundance.
16-10-2019: October 16, 2019
Lift up Tracy McLaughlin, our CMO Director who leads our preschool program.
15-10-2019: October 15, 2019
Pray for those in recovery and all who know addiction. They are brave!
14-10-2019: October 14, 2019
Lift up Ali Wills our sexton, as she lovingly cares for our church.
13-10-2019: October 13, 2019
Pray as we share our strategic plan for God’s future to be made known.
12-10-2019: October 12, 2019
Praise God for discipleship! Pray for open hearts as we learn today about new ways to grow in faith at our charge conference.
11-10-2019: October 11, 2019
Lift up those who are caregivers. May they know rest.
10-10-2019: October 10, 2019
Our Food Pantry welcomes our neighbors this afternoon 4-6pm. Pray for daily bread, so that all might be food secure.
09-10-2019: October 9, 2019
Give thanks for the Bible! Pray for God’s insight and join a Bible study.
08-10-2019: October 8, 2019
Lift up Melanie Hartley, Director of Children and Youth as she loves and cares for our kids, youth, and volunteers.
07-10-2019: October 7, 2019
Pray for economic justice needed around the world, so all may eat and be filled every day.
06-10-2019: October 6, 2019
On this World Communion Sunday, may God connect Christians around the world in the sacrament of Communion.
05-10-2019: October 5, 2019
Abundant God, teach us to give like you that we might be good stewards of all you entrust to us.
04-10-2019: October 4, 2019
May the Rummage Sale bless our community to fulfill needs and provide fellowship.
03-10-2019: October 3, 2019
Let praises ring from your lips! Thank God for our choir!
02-10-2019: October 2, 2019
Lift up our Bishop Peggy Johnson as she meets on our district. Come to St. Matthews UMC Valley Forge to join the conversation.
01-10-2019: October 1, 2019
Generous God, show us how love abundantly and include fully.