Call to Prayer
How fortunate we are at Dayspring to be a People of Prayer! We have found during this challenging time of the pandemic that relationships with each other and with our God have taken on new meanings.
Prayer is not only speaking words or listening for direction with God. Prayer is also sitting silently. Prayer is reaching out to someone who needs our help. Prayer is found in reading inspirational writings. Prayer is holding a baby. Prayer is listening to another person who simply needs someone to be there. Prayer is seeing a rainbow, or a bird, or a flower, or some other unexpected beauty. Prayer is helping a child with school work. Prayer is washing the dishes or the car or the patio. Prayer is anytime we encounter another person and our souls reach out to touch each other.
You are invited to be involved in two special times of prayer during the week. One is Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom when we have a time of PRAYING TOGETHER. (see below) We share our own concerns and then hear the concerns of the community followed by LORD, IN YOUR MERCY, HEAR OUR PRAYERS. This is a special intimate time for sharing in prayer.
The other time is Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Even though we are in places all over the valley, we come together at this time to pray for those who have been affected by the pandemic. We pray for those who have died, for their families, for those who are ill and for those who love them, and for all the health professionals who are caring for patients in hospitals and care center. Wherever you are, stop for a moment and offer your prayer to God for healing and strength.
Please answer this CALL TO PRAYER! God will become real to you in a new and wonderful way!
Praying Through the Pandemic
These are different times that we are experiencing. One way we can stay in touch, even though we are apart, is through prayer. God hears each and every one of our prayers. We are not alone! And we want those who are especially struggling during this time to know that we care for them and love them.
On Wednesday evenings at 7pm, please pause to chat with God about the needs of others who are hurting. You may use your own words or the following prayer by Pastor Shirley:
a community time for intercessory prayer
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me,
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me,
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
From the first moment I attended Youth Camp at Jumonville in southwest Pennsylvania, I have loved this hymn. The words are filled with meaning of times past but also are so appropriate for us in this present time. Please join us on Monday evenings beginning on August 3 at 7 p.m. via Zoom to join with others for a time of prayer and renewal. Come whenever you would like.
We will share prayer concerns that we bring to this meeting. Also, we will name those who have been on the Prayer List during the Sunday Morning Worship Service. There is so much value in PRAYING TOGETHER. Our hearts, hopefully, will be “strangely warmed”!
This is an informal time –probably no more than 30 minutes –when we can call on the Spirit of the Living God to truly fall afresh upon us individually and as a community of faith. To learn more or for the Zoom link, please email Pastor Shirley.
During these days of isolation, I am blessed to find new ways to pray. Sharing with friends their experiences and reading about suggestions have intensified my prayer life. Here is one that might be helpful to you!
TRY: Soaking Prayer
First, lay aside all intensive prayer and reading. Lay aside intercessory prayer for a while. (God will take care of those for whom you pray as you rest.) Make your body comfortable and at rest, whether on a bed, a deep chair, on the floor, or on the ground.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence: from God comes my salvation.”Psalm 62:1
Think of God’s warmth and light surrounding you, as if you lie in the sun or a pool of water. If this image seems too warm or confining, think of yourself in a cool, blue lake or lying on the beach with the ocean waves gently washing over you. Or you may wish to think of yourself as an underwater reed, slowly swaying in the water currents, or as a flexible tree rocking in the breeze. Some other image may come. You may wish to let your own body slowly and gently rock from side to side as if you were being cradled.
Or you may just wish to lie very still and let God’s light and breath flow slowly and deeply into every part of your body, saturating you just as water saturates a sponge. Your whole self is washed in God’s presence.
This prayer can last for fifteen minutes or for several hours. Let it send you into sleep if you wish.If you are seriously fatigued or ill, let this be your only form of prayer for a while – maybe for weeks. This form of prayer used for a few minutes every day can also prevent exhaustion.
Blessings of Peace as your enter into a new form of prayer, courtesy Upper Room Ministries.
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