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Coffee House Talent Showcase & Art Walk

May 3, 2018

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Join us for a celebration of art and performance to support our youth attending the Regional Youth Event this summer. Local performers of all ages will dazzle us with their skills, and artwork will be on display for all to enjoy.

Where? In Fellowship Hall

When? Friday, May 18th, beginning at 7 pm

How can you get involved in this great event? Come out to enjoy the performances and/or perform in the show yourself. We are seeking anyone who has a skill to showcase and original artwork to display. If you’re a little stage-shy, you can also support the event by donating baked goods, which will be sold during the coffeehouse. We are also seeking donations of bottled water and/or juice boxes to serve at the event.

Admission is by donation and includes coffee, tea, and other light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

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Guest Artists and Choirs Galore in May!

May 3, 2018

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Please be sure to join us for worship during the month of May.  We have crafted a number of exciting worship services in the month ahead!  On May 6, partake in Holy Communion and enjoy great music by the Chancel Choir and our own Angie Richards and Josh Brumbaugh.  Violin and Trombone music will accompany congregational singing and special selections.  On May 13, is Mother’s Day and the Celebration of the Christian Home.  Our youth will be the worship leaders. Pentecost is May 20.  Wear Red!!  Kari Hostetter, our guest trumpeter, will enhance worship with her musical gifts and our Children’s and Youth Choir and Chancel Choir will conclude their seasons with a joint anthem.  Our annual Memorial Day observance will take place during worship on May 27th.

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May News From St. Paul’s

May 3, 2018

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May’s Meetings at a Glance (available at time of publication)

Thursday, May 3rd:  Care Team, 1:00pm, CE Room

Monday, May 14th:  Women’s Fellowship, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, May 15th:  Church Council, 7:00pm, CE Room

Saturday, May 19th:  Men’s Fellowship, 8am, King’s Restaurant

Thursday, May 24th:  Spiritual Life & Evangelism Team, CE Room

St. Paul’s is on Facebook!  Be sure to “Like” us to keep up with updates and events.

Book of Remembrance forms are in the literature rack in the narthex.  If you wish to give a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please use this form.  You can place it in your offering envelope along with your monetary gift or you can bring it to the office.  We save these forms for documentation until the Book of Remembrance is published in the newsletter twice a year.  Thank you for taking the time to submit the form.

Bible Study: Bible Studies following worship themes will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Salem Chapel.

Women’s Fellowship

All women of the church are invited to attend the upcoming Women’s Fellowship meeting on Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm.  We hope you can join us!

St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community is May’s Mission Offering:  St. Paul’s, historically related to the United Church of Christ, has been serving the needs of residents of western Pennsylvania and the surrounding states for 137 years.  Our congregation has a history of supporting the mission of St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community.  Through our continued support of St. Paul’s mission, we are realizing Jesus Christ’s call to love God and neighbor.  Please give generously.

Church Camp Schedule

The 2018 Living Waters brochures are now available!  Copies of the brochures, complete with this year’s schedule of events are available in the Edgewood Avenue Narthex.  Scholarships are available for those who are interested in attending camp.  Please talk to Pastor Matt for more details.

Greeters & Ushers for April

May 6:  Communion by Intinction: Pam Webreck—Chair & Elder, Carole Wilson—Elder, Pat Beggs, Nancy Thomas

May 13:  Craig Schenck—Youth Group Members

May 20:  Roger Rayman—Chair, Judy Emerick, Isabel Shumaker,

May 27: Sally McClintock–Chair, Gary Cameron, Doug Glessner, Melody Glessner

2018 HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE GRADUATES:  Please let us know if you are a graduate!  We would like to honor you by placing your graduate photo in our display case in the narthex.  We would like a 5×7, however, if you do not have this size, please bring us what you have available.  Thank you!

“Putting On Our Love Shoes” is the theme for the 2018 Penn West Conference Annual Meeting:  June 8 & 9 at California University of Pennsylvania.  Join us for two days of inspiring worship, fellowship, and learning.  The annual gathering of the churches of the Penn West Conference is always a great opportunity to connect with other churches and share resources and ideas.

St. Paul’s UCC has the opportunity to send three voting delegates and one youth delegate.  Please speak to Pastor Matt if you’d like to attend.

Festival of the Christian Home

Please join us for worship on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th as we celebrate families of all types and sizes.  Members of the youth group will help to lead us in our celebration.  We hope you can join us!

Save the date for “Rolling River Rampage!”  Community Vacation Bible School!  This year’s Community VBS will be June 18-22nd.  The theme is “Rolling River Rampage.”  Come and experience the thrill of a lifetime as you ride the rapids of amazing grace!  Children from 3 years old to 6th grade are invited to attend.  This year’s Bible school will be a cooperative effort between 4 partner churches.  As is the case every year, we need adult and teen helpers to make our VBS a success.  Please talk to Pastor Matt or Andra Snyder if you are interested in helping!

 St. Paul’s Youth Attend the Eastern Regional Youth Event

We need your help!

United Church of Christ Youth from Maryland to Maine will gather this summer at California University of PA for the North East Youth Event.

Your help is needed to assist our members (10, so far!) in getting to the youth event.

Along with their Christmas candy fundraiser, youth will also be having a coffee house in May to help pay for their trip.

Our custom as a tithing church is to assist our youth through being good stewards of our gifts.  If you’d like to give a scholarship gift to help pay for our youth to attend this summers event, please note Youth Event and the amount on your offering envelope.  The registration cost is $350 per person, with each family contributing $50 toward the effort.  Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated!

Faith Formation Class Schedule for the remainder of the term

The Christian Education Classes that meet on Sunday, will continue with their current schedule until the conclusion of the term on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.

The Saturday classes will meet as follows:

Grades 4-6 will meet from 9:15am-10:00am.

The Children’s and Youth Choirs will rehearse together from 10:00am-10:30am.

Grades 1-3 will meet following Choir rehearsal until 11:15am.

Their term will conclude with an all-church celebration on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.

Coffeehouse Talent Showcase and Art Walk

Join us for a celebration of art and performance to support our youth attending the Regional Youth Event this summer. Local performers of all ages will dazzle us with their skills, and artwork will be on display for all to enjoy.

Where? In Fellowship Hall

When? Friday, May 18th, beginning at 7 pm

How can you get involved in this great event? Come out to enjoy the performances and/or perform in the show yourself. We are seeking anyone who has a skill to showcase and original artwork to display. If you’re a little stage-shy, you can also support the event by donating baked goods, which will be sold during the coffeehouse. We are also seeking donations of bottled water and/or juice boxes to serve at the event.

Admission is by donation and includes coffee, tea, and other light refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Special Things Planned for Worship In May

Please be sure to join us for worship during the month of May.  We have crafted a number of exciting worship services in the month ahead!  On May 6, partake in Holy Communion and enjoy great music by the Chancel Choir and our own Angie Richards and Josh Brumbaugh.  Violin and Trombone music will accompany congregational singing and special selections.  On May 13, is Mother’s Day and the Celebration of the Christian Home.  Our youth will be the worship leaders. Pentecost is May 20.  Wear Red!!  Kari Hostetter, our guest trumpeter, will enhance worship with her musical gifts and our Children’s and Youth Choir and Chancel Choir will conclude their seasons with a joint anthem.  Our annual Memorial Day observance will take place during worship on May 27th.

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A Message from Pastor Matt

May 3, 2018

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Dear St. Paul’s Family,

During this Easter Season we’ve been living under the great influence of John’s gospel and the First letter of John.  One of the great themes that has emerged in this journey from Easter to Pentecost is love.  The writer of First John implores us to love one another, “…Because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). He goes on to warn us by saying, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love”  (1 John 4:8).

I love love.  I’ve even been accused of preaching too frequently about love.  I admit that I’m a bit of a Polly Anna about love.  If everyone would just love one another everything would be so much better.  That may sound a bit naive, but I do believe that there’s something to Christ’s new commandment for us to love one another.  There’s got to be some good reason for this command.  Perhaps it’s so we humans get along better and live more peaceably with each other.  Or, maybe, it’s even more basic than just making peace.  Maybe Christ’s new commandment is motivated by who God is.  God is love, so the scripture says over and over again.  If we want to dwell in God, if we want to know God, if we want to be saved, then we must love.  We must love others as we love ourselves, and we must love God.  In other words, we must try our best to be as God is; love.

Love is challenging.  Or, to put it more precisely, it can be difficult to love other people.  Loving anonymous categories of people is much easier.  Collectively, I can love my neighbors half way around the world.  I can even love people who are much different than myself: people of color, poor folks, rich folks, gay people, people of different faiths, people who are smarter than me and not quite as smart as me, people who have had more than their fair share of bad luck, and people who have created their own messes.  It’s not hard to love categories of people and one could even argue if that’s loving in the first place.

Where things get much more challenging is loving an individual or a smaller group of people that you find offensive, hurtful, or threatening.  If you have trouble just generally loving groups of people, you’ll likely find it much more difficult to love people who you actually know who have hurt you.  Therapists, pastors, and friends are kept quite busy trying to help others reconcile with family members, co-workers, and friends who have hurt them.  The work of love:  forgiveness, reconciliation, and understanding is difficult work.

Luckily for us, examples abound of relationships sustained by love.  Jesus is one of the most obvious and best examples of love in the midst of personal tragedy and hardship.  Even as he hung on the cross with his life slipping away he forgave those who were killing him.  He even took time to charge his Beloved Disciple with taking care of his mother after he died.  Once Jesus was resurrected, one of his first acts was motivated by love.  He forgave and restored his relationship with Peter after Peter had denied him three times during Christ’s trial.

Closer to our own time we find more examples of people loving others in difficult situations.  The families of the victims of the Charleston AME Church shooting forgave the shooter motivated by Christ’s commandment to love.  They not only forgave him, but spoke out in opposition to the death penalty being used in his case.  Other crime victims inspire us by their love and courage as they forgive perpetrators and advocate for other victims of similar crimes.  In our schools and in our places of work, people stand up for each other in the midst of being bullied, isolated, or overcoming adversity.  It turns out, the work of love is anything but Polly Anna.  It’s often hard, but life-saving work.

May you find the courage to love, and in doing so, may you experience the healing presence of God’s love.

Blessings,

Pastor Matt

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May’s Mission Offering is St. Paul Homes

May 3, 2018

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St. Paul’s, historically related to the United Church of Christ, has been serving the needs of residents of western Pennsylvania and the surrounding states for 137 years.  Our congregation has a history of supporting the mission of St. Paul’s Continuing Care Community.  Through our continued support of St. Paul’s mission, we are realizing Jesus Christ’s call to love God and neighbor.  Please give generously.

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May Newsletter

May 2, 2018

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May 2018

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Sermons from St. Paul’s

April 8, 2018

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April 8, 2018

Not All There

 

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

No Partiality

 

Maundy Thursday, 2018

God’s Recipe

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Bible Brew for April!

April 8, 2018

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Bible Brew meets on April 19th at 6:30pm

Our popular small group forum, Bible Brew, meets on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30pm.  Monthly conversation topics usually focus on themes of faith, theology, Biblical interpretation, and trends in church and society.  This month’s topic is “The Holy Spirit.” 

Craig and Denise Weaver have offered to host Bible Brew at their home, 389 Stepping Stone Rd, Somerset, PA.  Participants are welcome to bring snacks to share with the group, if they wish. We hope that you can join us as we brew up some good conversation over good food and fellowship!

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St. Paul’s Prayer Vigil Resources

March 29, 2018

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Thank you for joining our prayer vigil!  We hope that God will bless and guide you during your time a prayer and discernment.  You will find below resources to help you on the journey.  There are 8 gates to guide you on your way.  May God Bless and Keep You!

GATE 1- PRAISE & WORSHIP- HOLY GOD

Praise God for:

Revealing the Divine to us in Worship.

Revealing the Divine to us through God’s Spirit.

(You may pray a song from St. Paul’s hymnal or a Psalm 22, 23, 24, 139, 37)

Acknowledge God’s greatness and incomparable power.

(Deut. 4:39; Psalm 8:1; 83:18)

Worship God for his constancy.

(1Tim. 1:17; Rev. 1:5; Deut. 7:7-9; 1 Cor. 1:9)

Thank God for inviting us to pray and for God’s goodness and mercy.

(Rom.9: 14-18; Ps. 106; 1 Thess. 5:1)

Offer yourself to God.  Ask God to be with you during your prayer time.

“ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Matt.11:28

“Lord, teach us to pray.”

Luke 11:1

Come be with me, Lord Jesus. 

 

GATE 2 – BLESSING ST. PAUL’S UCC

Ask God to reveal Christ’s will for St. Paul’s  (Gal.2:2;  Matt 16: 17-19) (See Prayer suggestion sheet-attached).

Ask God to bless the work of Christians so that they might give freely to those in need (Psalm 24:3-5)

Pray for wisdom, direction, blessing and protection for St. Paul’s UCC Teams  and Leaders:

St. Paul’s Church Council

President: John Geary, Jr.

Vice President: Karen Addleman

Secretary: Sally McClintock

Treasurer: Jonathan Hillegas

Trustees: Roger Rayman, Jonathan Hillegas, Craig Schenck

 Spiritual Life & Evangelism: Sally McClintock

Music and Worship: Michelle Sredy and Karen Addleman

Pastoral Relations: Karen Addleman and Patrick Ferko

Christian Education: Andra Snyder

Stewardship: Peg Roy

Pray we understand God’s vision for  St. Paul’s Ministries:

St. Paul’s Youth

Women’s Fellowship

Men’s Brotherhood

Homeless

Confirmation

Visitation for homebound & sick    

Prayer Circle / Prayer List

Pause for Persons

HospitalityTeam

Members

Bible Brew

The Special Gift Team

Pre-school & Nursery

Cornerstone–St. Paul’s newsletter  

CD Ministry

GATE 3 – WORSHIP / PASTOR

Eph. 1: 11-20  Jn.4:23  Ps. 95:6  Ps. 66:4

Give thanks for the opportunity and privilege to worship God.  Pray for your pastor and other pastors as they lead people in worship.  May they be a blessing to others and be protected.

 

Please pray for those who are engaged in our worship life as a church.

Pastor Matt and Amanda Deal

David Neimiller–Director of Music and Organist and Special Programs

Marcy Shellenberger–Children’s & Youth Choir Director

Eyvonne Shaffer–Accompanist for the Children’s & Youth Choir

Cindy Lambert–Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

Amy & Mark Marteeny–Custodians

Rev. Dr. Art Gotjen, Rev. Glenn Sadler, and Mr. Bill Deal–special worship leaders and preachers

Rev. Westley Conn–Associate in Ministry and staff pastor at the Harvard Memorial Church

The Chancel Choir

The Children’s & Youth Choir

GATE 4 – HEALING

Psalm 147:1-5,  Luke 9:1-6,  Isaiah 53:4-6

Pray that others may know Christ as their healer as well as their Savior. Pray for healing of relationships, physical healing, inner/emotional healing, and special needs (jobs, financial hardship) and deliverance from addictions.  Pray for those struggling to overcome sins that damage relationships.

Claim the promises of complete health and wholeness for any who are sick and suffering.  (Please feel free to refer to the April Prayer Concern List.  The list is updated monthly.)

Pray for recent families who grieve the loss of loved ones

Pray for our shut-ins

Pray for St. Paul’s members’ prayer requests

Pray for extended church family

Pray for St. Paul’s Visitation ministry to the Homebound & sick

Thank God for Carole Wilson for coordinating our Care Team ministry and Prayer Circle/Prayer Concerns for the church.  May God bless members of our Care Team:  Carole, Marge Ankney, Nancy Thomas, and Audrey Hay; and our Prayer Circle:   Carole, Marge, Martha Walker, and Helen Brown

 

GATE 5 – PERSONAL PRAYER GUIDE

Philippians 4: 4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always….Rejoice! Phil 4:4

 

Consider God’s goodness: Ps. 34:8, 37:3, 119:68.

Ponder God’s nurturing ways:  Jn. 5:17, 8:28, 10:30, 14:6, 14:9,

Sing praises to God:  Psalms 148, 150, 113:3, 117, 145:21.

Praise the name of the Lord.  Ps. 52:9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Phil. 4:6.

Cast your cares on God. 1 Pet. 5:7, Phil. 4:19

Give thanks to the Lord.  Ps. 100.

Pray, petitioning the Lord accordingly

Count your blessings and answer to prayer. Matt.7:11

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Receive God’s peace.  Jn. 14:27

Consider God’s works. Ps. 8:3, 1 Sam. 12:24

Rebuke fear in Jesus’ name.  1 Jn. 4:18

Whatever is true, right, pure, lovely, and admirable-think about such things.  Phil. 4:8

Receive God’s word. Ps. 119

Claim God’s wisdom. (one chapter of Proverbs per day).

Declare God’s power  (one chapter of Acts per day).

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Phil 4:23   

GATE  6 – FAMILY THANKSGIVING & BLESSING

Some things you may want to remember as you pray

  • Thank the Lord for working in your family
  • Pray for forgiveness and healing over past hurts
  • Pray for your children and their needs
  • Pray on behalf of your extended family. (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents)
  • Pray for protection and blessings for families

Sunday School- Praise God for our Sunday School teachers & learners.  Pray for our program as we discern its future.

Family Fellowship Dinners (June & December)- Thank God for the Women’s Fellowship for organizing these dinners.

Church Family Picnic- (August)- Pray for those organizing this family event.  Pray all who will attend–our church family, friends, & children

Mother-Daughter Tea-  Thank God for the volunteers who are organizing this event. Pray for the spiritual food & fellowship @ this celebration.

Quilters & Knotters Praise God for this women’s ministry @ St. Paul’s UCC.  Many people felt the warmth of the quilts & lap covers and many have been healed by the prayers of these women.

Card Ministries- Pray for Marge Ankney ‘s and Karen Gibson’s faithfulness in doing this important hospitality ministry.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study- Thank God for Pastor Matt’s teachings on the Scriptures.

St. Paul’s Community Garden- May God bless those who are planning this year’s garden and those who will take care of it.  Ask that God may use the fruits of our labors to bless the hungry in community.

St. Paul’s Youth Group- Ask God to bless the youth of our community and the members of our youth group.  May God expand our ministry to the youth in our community and help us to grow in faith.

 

GATE 7 – WISDOM 

(FAITH FORMATION & SCHOOLS)

COL. 2:3, JAMES 1:5, PROV. 24:3 

Pray that God may be with all educators.  Lift up by name the schools in our area. Pray that God may bless the staff, teachers, students, and administrators  the principals, teachers and administrators. (Tim. 1:8)

  • Somerset Area School District 
  • North Star School District
  • Berlin-Brothersvalley School District
  • Shanksville-Stoneycreek School District 
  • Rockwood Area School District
  • Salisbury Elk-Lick School District
  • Meyersdale Area School District
  • Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District 

(Feel free to pray for other schools that you may be connected to.)

Please remember in prayer our students in post-secondary programs and schools:

  • Sara Geary
  • Sydney Geary
  • Carter Geary
  • Kira Geary
  • Anna Chan
  • Colby Keim
  • Becca Gary
  • Seth Rose
  • Annie Snyder
  • Chandler Marteeny
  • Kortney Glessner
  • Balee Wahl
  • Matthew Willison

 

Pray for St. Paul’s Christian Education Team, Community Vacation Bible School, (See Prayer Requests). Pray for our Sunday School Teachers & Programs.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MINISTRIES/ YOUTH MINISTRIES

REACHING OUT: Community Vacation Bible School, The Children’s Aid Society, Heifer Project, Souper Bowl of Caring, Ronald McDonald House

BUILDING UP: Preschool and Nursery, Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Youth Group, Easter Sunrise Service, Church Library

SENDING FORTH: Camp Living Waters, Mid-Atlantic Regional Youth Event, Children & Youth Choirs

Camp Living Waters: ask God to bring many children and youth to camp this summer.  May God direct and guide the staff and counselors.  Pray for guidance for the board members.

Regional Youth Event (July 19-22) Thank God for the generosity of Congregations, Churches, and individuals who give financial assistance.  Pray for St. Paul’s UCC youth who are attending.  Pray the youth will connect through fellowship, worship, and service.

FUTURE MINISTRIES: Mission Trips & Teams, Children’s Ministries, Community Outreach

GATE 8 – MISSIONS / COMMUNITY / WORLD

Thank God for Stewardship Team: Chair, Peg Roy and members Sue Willison, Henry Cook, and Karen Gibson.  We give thanks for their organizing and coordinating local, regional, and global missions.  We pray for continued wisdom as they seek ways in which we may use our time, talents, and treasures to do God’s work in the world.

Please pray on behalf of our Missionaries and Global Ministries

  • Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek and his family serving in Japan
  • Rev. Martha Mensendiek and her family serving in Japan
  • Our board of Global Ministries and the over 40 missionaries serving around the world

Our Mission Partners

The SAM Van

Church World Service Blankets

One Great Hour of Sharing

Hoffman Homes for Youth

St. Paul Homes

Living Waters

The Children’s Aid Society

Our Church’s Wider Mission

The United Church of Christ

The Salvation Army

Habitat for Humanity

Lancaster Theological Seminary

The Next Step Center

Somerset Area Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry

Somerset Area Ministry

Penn West Conference

Offer a prayer of confession for the sins that hurt our neighbor and grieve God.

“We confess to you, O God, the indifference that inflicts our society.  Forgive us for turning a blind eye toward the hungry, sick, and inflicted.  Help us to establish a more just society as we work to make educational opportunities available to all your children and incorporate the prisoner back into the fold of your people.  Forgive our greed and self-serving actions.  Help us to be generous as Christ our Savior is generous, so that others may have life through our life.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

We pray for our world:

    • The victims of terror attacks around the world.
    • Pray for victims of violence and exploitation.
    • Puerto Rico-recovery and rebuilding form last fall’s hurricanes.
    • Conflicts and war throughout the world.  May the Prince of Peace be known among Israelis and Palestinians, Afghans and Pakistanis, Syrians and the people of the Middle East.  May God be known in our community and homes.
    • Pray for peace and understanding between the United States and Russia
    • Pray for the millions of refugees who are fleeing war and famine.  May they find hospitality and a safe home away from home.
  • Conflicts and war throughout the world.  May the Prince of Peace be known among Israelis and Palestinians, Afghanis and Pakistanis, Syrians and the people of the Middle East.  May God be known in our community and homes.
  • Pray for the un-churched and those hurt by churches.  Pray that St. Paul’s UCC would seek opportunities to minister with them.
  • Pray for those who have addictions and for those agencies treating them. Pray for police and law enforcement.  May their work help to free our community of drugs.
  • Pray that God may give wisdom to our civic leaders, especially, Local, State and Federal Government officials.
  • Pray for President Trump and Vice-President Pence, members of congress, and public servants.
  • Thank God for those in authority who honor God.
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Prayer Guide for St. Paul’s Prayer Vigil

March 29, 2018

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St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

24 Hour Prayer Vigil

Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00PM – Saturday, April 15, 2017, 7:00 PM

PRAYER GUIDE

Take time to quiet yourself in God’s presence.

Take a few deep breaths and relax.  You may read some scripture verses to quiet your spirit or be silent.  Sometimes we cannot stop our thoughts.  Just let your thoughts go by or each time a thought comes lift it up in prayer.

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10

Declare your desire to rely on God by asking God to be with you during this prayer time.

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 

“Teach me to pray.” Luke 11:1

or say the phrase:  “Come be with me Lord Jesus.”

 

Tell God your desires and needs and lift up specific prayer requests.

A. Pray for our Church

B. Pray for our Pastor and members of our church family.

C. Pray for your friends and your family.

D. Pray for yourself

E. Pray for our community

F.  Pray for the world.

Pray scripture as a Prayer of Adoration, Thanksgiving and Petition

Psalm 22, 23, 24,  Psalm 139,  Psalm 37,  Psalm 42,

Isaiah 53 (Good for this Easter Season), Jeremiah 14: (17-21), Psalm 63

Morning Prayers

Psalm 11, Psalm 15, Psalm 36, Psalm 57, Jeremiah 31:10-14,  Psalm100, Psalm 42, Psalm 43

Evening Prayers

Psalm 20, Psalm 4, Psalm 31, Psalm 134, Psalm 27 (1-6),

Colossians 1:12-20

Psalm 30,  Psalm 110,  I Peter 2: 21-24 (For Lent)

You may pray songs as Prayer of Praise, Petition, or Confession

“Have Thine Own Way Lord” #588,    “ Abide with Me” #636

“Amazing Grace” #546,   “The Old Rugged Cross”

Closing Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer of Gratitude to have this Time in Prayer

Remember there is no right or wrong way to pray. Praying is personal and communal.  We join with others to offer our prayers for the church, the community, and the world.    Some of us will come to God with burdens and requests, others will come with many praises, others will come in gratitude, and yet others will come with a repenting spirit.

Come as you are and pray for yourself and family, St. Paul’s UCC’s mission & ministry, Pastor Matt, and church family and friends, our community, the Church and the World.

 

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