Rector’s Blog: July First Friday Prayer

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Friday, July 7 is the first Friday of July. That means it is our First Friday Day of Prayer! Over the past few months, we’ve set apart the first Friday of every month as a day of intentional prayer for our church, particularly our ministries and our new building. As you’ll see in the requests below, there is a lot happening in our church right now! God is using us to help people know Jesus as Immanuel – “God with us!” – in a deeper way. He is maturing us spiritually through Build Your Kingdom Here. He is also laying the groundwork for our future as plans continue for our new building. We need to ask God’s protection over this good work that he has started. We need to ask him to continue to bless and expand his work in and through Immanuel. But, as Jesus told his disciples, his great work is only accomplished through prayer (Mark 9:29).

Would you join me in prayer for our church on July 7 and throughout July? Here are some key requests:

  1. Gadgets and Gizmos VBS is July 31 – August 4 at Beville. Melissa Byers has a vision to see 75 kids from our church and neighborhood learn that they are Made by God…Made for a relationship with Jesus…and Made to love others. What an amazing opportunity to share Jesus with these kids and watch the Holy Spirit start his work of building a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ!
  1. Our Move Team is meeting with John Recny, our architect, and Chamberlain Construction, our contractor, on July 6. They will discuss estimates for construction costs and timelines for construction. Pray for wisdom and clear discernment regarding our future home.
  1. Given that this is the birthday month for our country, let’s intentionally pray for our nation and our leaders. Here is a collect that you can use to guide your prayers: Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.