Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Dear Friends,
We are now more than two weeks into the season of Lent. How is your prayer life coming along? This Lent, our worship theme is Lord, Teach Us to Pray. Each week we are focusing on a different aspect of prayer. On March 13th, I introduced the A-C-T-S Prayer and the Collect. These are just two ways of practicing to pray. I’ve included them in this week’s Action so you can continue to practice them at home. Thank you to those who shared their prayers out loud in worship on Sunday.
On Sunday, March 20, we will consider “quiet” prayers, when the Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26c). We will try some special ways of sitting in the silence, listening to and for God’s voice. If you are curious, you might want to google Lectio Divina, Praying in Color, or Mandala prayers.
On the 27th, we will learn about Lament, how God does not turn away from our deep cries of anger or despair but rather gives us room to voice our sorrows and complaints.
When we join back together for our First Sunday of the Month blended service at 11:00 on April 3rd, we will hear scripture about persevering in prayer. And finally, on Palm Sunday, we will focus on Prayer Walking, labyrinths and remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, and his walk to the cross.
My hope is that through this season, your prayer life will deepen. Remember that God is near and always ready to hear our prayers.
Grace and peace,

Pastor Nancy
Rev. Dr. Nancy Jo Dederer,
Transitional Pastor
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2022 Lenten Sermon Schedule
  *  March 20     Quiet Prayer
  *  March 27     Lament
  *  April 3         Perseverance and The Lord’s Prayer (One blended service at 11:00)
  *  April 10       Prayerful Walking (Palm Sunday)
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HOLY WEEK – We will share services with our neighbors at First United Methodist Church (FUMC). We hope you will join us Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.