Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past few months, we at St. Matthew’s have been paying extra attention to prayer. We have explored a variety of methods of prayer. We have reminded each other that, if we want to grow in faith, we should spend time in prayer each day, speaking to God and listening for God’s voice. In short, we have been seeking to better understand prayer so that we might better practice it.
This summer, our sermon series is “Great Prayers of the Old Testament.” Over the past two weeks, we have listened as Abraham and Hannah have encountered God. This week, we will hear a prayer of David. As we hear these prayers from our spiritual ancestors, I invite you to try to see yourself in their prayers. What can you learn from these prayers? How do they pray like you? How might your life of prayer be enriched by listening in on this ancient prayer journal?
In addition, next week is a big week in the life of our church. Each morning next week we will be hosting Vacation Bible School (VBS) for children preschool through fourth grade and KAMP (Kids And Mission Projects) for fifth and sixth graders. Through these programs, we pray that our children will grow in faith, encounter God more deeply, and see how much God (and the church) loves them. These programs need a lot of adult and teen helpers to function well, and we are particularly in need of more helpers for the first week of KAMP. If you are able to help, please contact Sheila Martin at SMartin@stmatthewsumc.org. By helping, you are a part of what God is doing in the lives of our children.
So come to church this Sunday to encounter God through prayer and worship, and come all next week to encounter God through service to children. We hope to see you here!
Brian and Denise