Posts tagged prayer

#SMUMC’s #ASP team send off at 7:30am this morning! Be in #prayer as they go forth in #mission. (Photo by Heather Grafton) (at St. Matthews UMC)

#SMUMC’s #ASP team send off at 7:30am this morning! Be in #prayer as they go forth in #mission. (Photo by Heather Grafton) (at St. Matthews UMC)

Pastor Brian Johnson begins our first Sunday morning worship in Lent with the message, Encountering Jesus in the midst of Temptation. Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11

Senior Pastor Jay M. Hanke begins our new worship theme, The Gifting Continues…., with the message, The Gifts of the Wise Men and King Herod. Scriptures: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. - Romans 12:12 (NRSV)

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. - Romans 12:12 (NRSV)

Question for Personal Thought

Do you personally decide to pray or not to pray for someone based on their religious beliefs, or does prayer transcend religion?

FALL SERVICE DAY:  Join us Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 AM to Noon for our annual Fall Service Day.   We will be packing 500 bags of food for our Power Pack Program (feeding at-risk children at local schools over the weekend), serving brunch to residents at a local senior housing facility, making blankets for children at Fairfax INOVA hospital, planting wildflowers at a local park, writing notes to folks on our prayer list, and much more! We will have bagels, coffee, and other breakfast treats to begin our day and warm soups and chili for lunch to close our time together. Join us as we do God’s work in our community!  8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

FALL SERVICE DAY:  Join us Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 AM to Noon for our annual Fall Service Day.   We will be packing 500 bags of food for our Power Pack Program (feeding at-risk children at local schools over the weekend), serving brunch to residents at a local senior housing facility, making blankets for children at Fairfax INOVA hospital, planting wildflowers at a local park, writing notes to folks on our prayer list, and much more! We will have bagels, coffee, and other breakfast treats to begin our day and warm soups and chili for lunch to close our time together. Join us as we do God’s work in our community!  8617 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Prayer, funds needed after Colorado floods [UMCOR]

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Multi-sensory Prayer Experience: A multisensory prayer labyrinth will be set up in the Social Hall on Friday, Sept. 13 (3:00 - 7:00 PM) and on Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM).  The labyrinth uses physical objects, movement, music, video images, and a variety of other means to help you encounter God in unexpected ways. Our staff went through this during Lent in 2012 and found it a very powerful opportunity.  The labyrinth only takes about half an hour to complete, so come on Friday or Saturday and encounter God in a new way.

Multi-sensory Prayer Experience: A multisensory prayer labyrinth will be set up in the Social Hall on Friday, Sept. 13 (3:00 - 7:00 PM) and on Saturday, Sept. 14 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM).  The labyrinth uses physical objects, movement, music, video images, and a variety of other means to help you encounter God in unexpected ways. Our staff went through this during Lent in 2012 and found it a very powerful opportunity.  The labyrinth only takes about half an hour to complete, so come on Friday or Saturday and encounter God in a new way.

Attention Ladies!   St. Matthew’s member Lisa Nelson will begin a weekly class next Monday (Sept. 16) evening from 7:00-8:30.  “Spiritual Practices for Women” is a hands-on class covering a broad range of spiritual issues including prayer, Bible devotions, meditation, forgiveness, and fasting.  Lisa shares that “the goal of the class is for each woman to grow in faith as she learns to use the spiritual tools that promote faith and grace and greater trust in our Lord.”  Lisa is an international speaker and author who feels called to be in ministry with women.  She will be teaching this course all year, and wants women to know that they are welcome to attend whenever they can make it – this is not a course that you will fall behind in if you miss a week!  Childcare will be provided. 

Attention Ladies!   St. Matthew’s member Lisa Nelson will begin a weekly class next Monday (Sept. 16) evening from 7:00-8:30.  “Spiritual Practices for Women” is a hands-on class covering a broad range of spiritual issues including prayer, Bible devotions, meditation, forgiveness, and fasting.  Lisa shares that “the goal of the class is for each woman to grow in faith as she learns to use the spiritual tools that promote faith and grace and greater trust in our Lord.”  Lisa is an international speaker and author who feels called to be in ministry with women.  She will be teaching this course all year, and wants women to know that they are welcome to attend whenever they can make it – this is not a course that you will fall behind in if you miss a week!  Childcare will be provided. 

Sr. Pastor Denise Honeycutt leads her final worship service at St. Matthew’s with the message, My Prayer for You. Join us as we say goodbye to Denise and wish her well in her new position at UMCOR in NYC. Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21. 

St. Matthew’s Worship Audio - July 7, 2013:  Join us as we continue our sermon series, Great Prayers of the Old Testament. Pastor Brian Johnson delivers the message, When the Temple Crumbles. 1 Samuel 2:1-10 & Mark 13:1-8. 

stmatthewspastors:

June 28, 2013
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Can prayer be more than just us talking to God? This Sunday, we begin our summer series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  When you read Genesis 12:1-4 you may initially wonder where the prayer is in the text?  This is the wonderful story of God calling Abraham and Sarah, but there’s not much talking on either Abraham or Sarah’s part.  Prayer can be that holy act of listening, of turning our attention toward God and just being quiet. It is in such listening that we can hear and respond to the inner calling of God through the Holy Spirit and the outward calling of God through the church.  Join us as we worship our God who is forever faithful.  If you are unable to be present, join us by live streaming the service at  http://www.stmatthewsumc.org/worshipMinistries.php.  
Hope to see you all.   
Peace,
Denise and Brian

stmatthewspastors:

June 28, 2013

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Can prayer be more than just us talking to God? This Sunday, we begin our summer series Great Prayers of the Old Testament.  When you read Genesis 12:1-4 you may initially wonder where the prayer is in the text?  This is the wonderful story of God calling Abraham and Sarah, but there’s not much talking on either Abraham or Sarah’s part.  Prayer can be that holy act of listening, of turning our attention toward God and just being quiet. It is in such listening that we can hear and respond to the inner calling of God through the Holy Spirit and the outward calling of God through the church.  Join us as we worship our God who is forever faithful.  If you are unable to be present, join us by live streaming the service at  http://www.stmatthewsumc.org/worshipMinistries.php.  

Hope to see you all.   

Peace,

Denise and Brian

New Summer Study/Experience Opportunity!  Are you a morning person? Or do you have a lengthy commute in the morning? Start your Monday off right with a new study/experience on various spiritual disciplines. This study/experience will be offered at 6:30 AM on Monday mornings in the Narthex (just outside the sanctuary doors), starting July 15th! The idea behind that is to have coffee, experience community, have great conversation, then actually PRACTICE what we’re talking about that same morning. We would be done by 7:15 AM in order to get you on the road in time for your commute. No required reading. And if you can’t attend all 6 weeks, it’s okay to miss some. We understand - it’s Summer. Email ncowan@stmatthewsumc.org to join in!  All are welcome!

New Summer Study/Experience Opportunity!  Are you a morning person? Or do you have a lengthy commute in the morning? Start your Monday off right with a new study/experience on various spiritual disciplines. This study/experience will be offered at 6:30 AM on Monday mornings in the Narthex (just outside the sanctuary doors), starting July 15th! The idea behind that is to have coffee, experience community, have great conversation, then actually PRACTICE what we’re talking about that same morning. We would be done by 7:15 AM in order to get you on the road in time for your commute. No required reading. And if you can’t attend all 6 weeks, it’s okay to miss some. We understand - it’s Summer. Email ncowan@stmatthewsumc.org to join in!  All are welcome!

"Prayer is the best armor against all trials."

"Prayer is the best armor against all trials."

St. Matthew's UMC Pastors' Blog: Pastors' Message - June 6, 2013

This week’s St. Matthew’s Pastors’ Message via stmatthewspastors:

Dear Friends,

This week I had the joy of sitting in the hospital cradling a newborn baby girl, one of the newest arrivals in our St. Matthew’s family. When I left there, I went to the home of one our older church members who is struggling with cancer. I sat, holding her hand as she talked…