Lent is often a time we talk about giving things up. I am calling on you to give up a little of your time each day by taking something on for lent.
Please join me in a Lenten prayer campaign. During these weeks as we journey toward the cross and pause before it in worship, let’s take time each day for those who walk with us at St. Paul’s. It could be each morning when you wake up or while you are waiting for your coffee to brew. It could be as you drive to work or ride the commuter train. It could be when you take a break, have lunch, or after dinner but take time each day for these special pray-ers.
Now the format is up to you, but if you need help getting started try this:
Begin by giving thanks for the people who serve, as individuals and groups, those you can name and those you can’t. Another time, give thanks for the things that have gone well here.
Give thanks for St. Paul’s school ministry and ask the Lord to move more families to send their children to it to be nurtured in His Word.
Then pray for the people who aren’t here. The ones you haven’t seen for a while. Ask the Lord’s help to bring them back to His house and to His table.
Ask the Lord to bring more of our people to feed on His Word in Bible Class.
Ask Him for new opportunities to share His Word.
Then take a moment to think about how you can help answer these prayers. Ask the Lord to guide you and give you strength to be part of His answer to our requests. You can be one to say thank you to those who serve, to encour-age them and to join in the work. You can be one helping to bring folks to the Lord’s house and one to join in the study of His Word.
Come join me this Lent as we stand before the cross.
Dear Friends in Christ,
This month a team from Synod will join us in an effort to strengthen our outreach to our community by offering classes and workshops to improve our witnessing and assimilation skills and procedures.
You will be hearing more about this as we continue to prepare for their arrival.There are many ways you can be involved in this effort called “The 72 Project”. I hope you will participate in several of these opportunities. One aspect we need your help with right now. Please join me in praying for God’s blessings on this effort.
From now until April 12th please pray the Lord will bless and guide the efforts of our leadership team and prepare the members of St. Paul’s for participation in this project.From April 13th to the 17th please add prayers for the Lord’s protection and blessing on the project team as they travel from their homes. From April 18th to May 7th please pray the Lord will bless and guide the team and the congregation members who participate.And on April 8th please pray the Lord will protect the team as they travel home.Most of all begin now asking the Lord to direct and bless you in your participation in this project and its application to your life.
May this time with the team and time spent in prayer be a blessing to us all.
Rev. Don Stock is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Munster, Indiana.
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