Trinity Evangelical Covenant Church

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On June 20, 2017, Trinity observed a Day of Prayer. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. our congregants took turns praying in 20-30 minute intervals. Some prayed at the Church, while others prayed from home or work. Trinity is in a time of growth and revitalization. The purpose of the Day of Prayer was to invite the Holy Spirit into our vitality process and guide us on our path of revitalization.  Some of the suggested topics for consideration during our Day of Prayer are listed here:

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

  • Pray for the teaching and preaching ministry of the church to be effective:  so that each member of our fellowship is equipped and growing in their ability to apply biblical truth in ways that lead to a spiritually integrated life.  (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Pray that each member of our fellowship continues to grow and mature in their personal relationship with Christ.  Help us to understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually deconstructs and reconstructs a person’s life.  (John 3:3, 30; Philippians 1:6)
  • Pray that our hearts are burdened by those who do not yet know Christ.  Help us to remember that the primary mission is fishin’.  May the church become more and more intentional about building new friendships and learning how to share the good news of the gospel as God-birth opportunities arise.  (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Pray for our missionaries (see material in the Prayer Room)
  • Pray that worship, fellowship, and care for one another are the highest priorities as we share life together.  (Acts 2:42-47)
  • Pray that our corporate worship is pleasing to God and that people leave worship knowing something more about the heart of God in their own hearts.  (Psalm 138:1;John 4:23)
  • Pray that each member is encouraged not only to discover their gifts, but to freely share them in the building up of the church. 
    (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Pray that all of us grow in the giving of our time, talent, and treasure. (Romans 12:1-8)
  • Pray that we are able to identify Godly leaders for the many ministries of our church and continue to pray that our leaders of all levels serve with character, competence and conviction. (Hebrew 13:7)
  • Pray that God will help us articulate a compelling, Christ-honoring vision for our church. Pray that we’ll become more efficient in making decisions in the church; while at the same time building congregational ownership for all of the decisions we make. (Exodus 18:13-26; Acts 6:1-7)

Our need for prayer continues beyond Tuesday, so I invite you to revisit this list of topics and the June 11 sermon and consider devoting time regularly to prayer. For me, spending thirty minutes in prayer on Tuesday was so gratifying. Often times I feel self-conscience about praying, like I am not saying the right words or saying them eloquently enough. I found a new confidence during my time of prayer. I took time to look up the scriptures next to the suggested topics and even found myself expanding my reading of the scriptures so as to better understand the message. In doing this, I was more intentional about my prayer. The words flowed easily, and I truly felt God leading me through the process. My time with God was dedicated and peaceful. If you have a testament to your experience yesterday, please feel free to share it with me and others. I also encourage you to keep praying. Pray often, and intentionally that God will be abundantly present in the life of the Church, as well as in our own lives so that we will all grow in our faith and live in a Christ-honoring way.

 

In conclusion, I pray this:

Lord, thank you for hearing our prayers. Guide us and strengthen us by your Spirit so that we may give our whole selves to you. Grant us wisdom and help us to make good choices in carrying out the work of the Church so that we will be more efficient and fulfill the vision you have for us. Give us courage to share your word with others as opportunities arise and to be more intentional about bringing others to Christ. Help us to trust in you and to give you our troubles and worries. Through our faith, we pray that we will be led to give of our time and our talents to serve you and to build up your church. Fulfill our desires and prayers, God, as may be best for us. In your name we pray, Amen.

Peace and Grace,
Melissa Panush

Church Chair

 

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