Jesus promised that his Father’s house would be a house of prayer for all nations (Mark 11:17; Isaiah 56:6-7). The Lord also promises that joy would be a primary characteristic of His house (Isaiah 56:6-7).
In January, we will continue our Prayer Room Series, using the theme “New Beginnings.” The prayer guide will focus on John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer and our (re)commitment to God. As we begin this new year, let’s reflect on new beginnings and how each of us in Covenant with God can live together in unity as true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Visit the links below to signup for prayer times, find instructions for how to signup, and explore resources for prayer. When signing up for prayer times, double click on a day and time you’d like to reserve, and the website will prompt you to reserve your spot. More than one person can signup for a slot, and we highly encourage signing up for both individual times AND signing up with others.
On the day before the Prayer Room begins, a daily prayer guide will be provided, along with tips and suggestions for how to pray. And lots of opportunities will be made available to gather together in groups to pray. For more information, please contact the church office.
About Community UMC's Prayer Room
What is the Prayer Guide? The Prayer Guide is a thematic jump-off point for our prayers around big and small things, whether we are rejoicing, celebrating, excited, worried, sick, scared, sad, grieving, trying to adapt, etc. We can join Christians around the globe to pray about urgencies like injustice, violence, war, climate change, refugees, etc. Praying together strengthens our faith and encourages others. When prayer is done regularly, you have a spiritual discipline. This makes space for belief and trust in God to become active gratitude and willing participation in God’s mission to restore and right all the brokenness in the world.
Why should I pray? Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. It’s an adventure for your whole lifetime! We nurture a relationship with God like we do with good friends. We invite God into our messy, everyday lives in our families, workplaces, church, community, projects, plans, activities and interests. We get used to doing it in “all kinds of weather” and for others besides ourselves.
Why participate now? It’s never too late to start. You will be in solidarity with others who say: we are God’s children and belong to a family here at CUMC that is interdependent. We are imitating Jesus, our Lord, when we care for each other, the world and all God’s creation.
How much time will it take? You decide. Whether you set aside five minutes or fifty, it’s an opportunity for our church to be together and grow deeper as a family of faith (also known as the body of Christ) with intention and attention.
What do I get out of it? The more often we have prayer-versations with God, the easier it becomes to see how God is part of everything, that we are blessed and that we can be blessings for others. That’s a lot!
What if I want to catch up? Access to the first eight Prayer Guides is available by request from the office, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Vicki Duane, coordinator of the Formation Team, email@example.com. Other topics have been: Blessing & Sending, Blessings & Welcome, Blessing & Growing, Deeper into Learning, Deeper into Church, Deeper into Community, Choosing Gratitude, and Expecting Miracles.