Pastor’s Note – October 25, 2018

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Good Day Friends of God,

I’ve been thinking about and practicing prayer lately.

One of the art pieces in my office is an early prayer found in stories of people interacting with Jesus: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” The Gospel of Matthew recounts many of the stories of people reaching out to Jesus in similar words: a blind man (Mt 9.27), a Canaanite woman seeking help for her daughter (Mt 15.22), a father who has an ill son (Mt. 17.15), and two blind men at the outskirts of Jericho (Mt 20.30). Their words carried urgency and hope, as they looked to Jesus to do something that was beyond them. They looked for something to come about that could only be attributed to God’s power and presence in their lives.

A couple of weeks ago, a young man shared with me, “Every Moment Holy,” a book of prayers and liturgies. I was surprised to see two prayers for the changing of a diaper. Yet, I was reminded that in all things, great and small, God is accessible and interested. In all things, from significant events to the granular dust of necessary chores, we live by the grace and mercy, the very breathe of God. In all things, we need God’s power and presence in our lives.

We, as a staff, often pray for you. We pray that Christ will be your first love, and give you courage and love for the journey you’re on. We appreciate when you pray for us and ask God to lead the church with boldness and faith. One of the prayers we’ve been praying together is this:

“I’m calling on you to prepare for _________, by radically relying on me and each other, praying boldly and expectantly, and waiting with joy and patience.”

As I pray that prayer for Schweitzer and our community, I’m encouraged as I watch Jesus interact with the characters from the gospel. Jesus heard their plea, attended to their souls, and God’s power and presence changed their world.

How are you praying today? May every moment be overflowing with God’s glory and goodness.

Much love to you,