Prayer Persistence Pays Off

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

I want to give a shout-out to our Sunday Sacred Service folks… without them we couldn’t give the quality of service that we do. It starts at 7:30 in the morning with Christine Wolf coming in to do the AV for the 8 a.m. service. She gets everything turned on and ready to go. Don Labbe arrives, as well, to support Deana and the music for the services. And then of course on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays the choir is there as well.

Then about 8:30 Bill Taylor arrives and starts the coffee, followed by the folks in the kitchen, starting the prep for lunch. About that same time 9:30ish the bookstore angel appears, as do our greeters and ushers, ready to welcome you as you come through the door.

Also at 9:30, the angel who is on for the meditation takes his or her place on the platform and leads those who have come early into the silence. Meanwhile, down the hall, the children’s room is buzzing with activity as the teachers prepare for the little folks who will be arriving shortly.

By 10 a.m. the service is ready to go… whew! Can you see the importance of every person and how valuable they are to prepare for your arrival? I often say “many hands make light work,” and this is just an example. We are always encouraging you who are not serving to consider stepping onto a team. If you are thinking about it, but not sure, please talk to me, Steph or someone on the team you are considering. We will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

For those of you who have served over the last year mark, your calendar for June 15. We will be honoring you with a party. More information will be coming out soon.

This past Sunday, the topic of the message was prayer. This is always a timely message because prayer never grows old or is outdated.

prayerI gave a few points that make for a solid prayer life and I will share them with you.

  1. Set aside a few moments every day. Do not say anything. Simply think about God.
  2. Pray using simple, natural words.
  3. Pray as you go about the business of the day.
  4. Do not always ask when you pray, but instead affirm positively that God’s blessings are being given and spend most of the time giving thanks.
  5. Always express being willing to accept God’s will.
    Practice the attitude of putting everything in God’s hands.

I also gave the acronym PEIGH it means “Put everything in God’s Hands.”

A Chinese scholar says: “Prayer is that exercise by which I bring myself into such communion with God that I become possessed of God’s plan, God’s thought, and God’s passion for the world.”

Next week’s message will be “The Hero in Us.” Join us before you begin your Memorial Day festivities.

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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